If God chooses never to think about what you did wrong, then why should you hold on to it? I don’t mean that you should pretend sin is not there and carry on living as you want. However, God has so effectively dealt with sin, that he has not only forgiven us, but he has also cleansed our consciences from any guilt of sin or shame that results from sin in our past.
God did this through Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ holds such merit, that on the basis of the blood of Jesus, God chooses never to focus on man’s sin again. He desires to also remove from man’s focus all traces of his sin.
“Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans 8:32, 33
The Old versus the New Covenant
Under the Old Testament, sins were forgiven and merely covered by the blood of the animal that was sacrificed, but the awareness of the sin remained. Hebrews 10:3 says: “But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year.”
The Old Testament sacrifice merely made the people outwardly clean but could not erase guilt and shame. The conscience of man remained affected by the sin. The very sacrifice served as a reminder of sin. “Gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience”, says Hebrews 9:9.
“For the law, since it has only a shadow of the things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins”. Hebrews 10:1-4
However, the New Covenant is not just a covering of sin, but a cleansing of conscience. “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?,” says Hebrews 9:14.
In Christ, God dealt with finality with the sin problem. We are heirs of this new covenant. We are determined to enjoy the full benefit of it. We do not shy away from God in guilt or only come into His presence to get forgiveness of sins like the Old Testament priests. God has completely and perfectly dealt with the sin problem. Christ did two things:
- Through the cross, Christ destroyed the legal power of sin over man. “But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2, and
- He also dealt with the effect of sin in man’s functioning and conscience. “For by one offering He has perfected for all time [“completely cleansed and perfected” – Amplified Bible] those who are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14