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No More Consciousness of Sin, Part 2

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July 18, 2022 9:00 am

No More Consciousness of Sin, Part 2

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July 18, 2022 9:00 am

All of us have made mistakes that haunt us. And whether we embrace our sins or try to hide them, apart from Christ, we’re all slaves to them. But there is hope!

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Today on Senate life changed career forgiveness means release for the negative consequences of guilt. Impurity means that you are made into something new in your given an exalted position of righteousness ribbon Bay.

We been clinched and dressed in white. When you made your means of a girl who committed sexual sin is pure and spotless again in God's eyes. The blood back to another. We solid biblical teaching here on life with pastor G year of the summit church in Raleigh, Durham, North Carolina. As always, I'm your host Molly, but a batch I think it's safe to say that all of us have a few skeletons in our closet. You know past mistakes that we regret that. And, whether we embrace these misdeeds or try to hide them. The truth is, apart from Christ. We are slaves to sin. But I'm here right now to tell you there is help today. Pastor Judy describes the only way to be free from sin. It's easier than you might think. And it's free yet costly wondering what that means eschewing Pastor JD in Hebrews chapter 9 with the message he titled no more consciousness of sin counselors that I respect and read a great deal make a distinction between what they call overt guilt and covert guilt over guilt is when you know you got something wrong and you feel guilty about it. Maybe it's a sexual sin that you have committed or maybe you've gotten ahead where you are right now by cheating that no one's ever found out about that school by all that is what we call overt guilt when there's this other dimension called covert guilt, which is a sense that all of us have something is wrong. A sense of shame that we may not be able to identify what comes from but it just for the human condition object way that even if you don't believe in God.

Your soul has a sense of that shame.

Here's a question. What is the Bible say about guilt and how to deal Hebrews chapter 9 verses one through 12 of chapter 9 the author of Hebrews goes to a description of the Old Testament sacrificial system and he explains that the whole temple was set up to deal with our guilt. The reason we had temples because we felt guilty were guilty. We had the sense of separation from God. Verse two describes two intersections of the temple on two intersections. The first was called the holy Place a curtain that divides it from the inner most section called the holy of holies into that holy of holies only one priest, the high priest would enter and only one time a year on that day, the high priest would go in and sprinkle the blood of a clean animal sacrifice upon the top of that Ark, the high priest was supposed to make meticulous preparation before entering the holy of holies all the ceremonies all these regulations. All these arrangements for entering the presence of God.

But here's what the author concludes about all verse nine. According to this arrangement. Suggestion sacrifice offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper.

All the pomp and circumstance it could do the one thing that we needed which was perfect the conscience remove the guilt or change the heart verse 11 but when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come visit the greater and more perfect in one not made with hands, that is not of this creation, he entered once for all of the holy place, not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption for the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God boldly symbols the author says don't have to point to something Christ all of these things were shadows, but the old temple debut was a shadow Christ fulfilled.

In reality now. What is most intriguing to me.

In this passage, however, is how the writer says that that blood of Jesus, how it does something with her guilt that the old covenant and all religions ever could never do I got from three of them in this chapter the first to ring verse 14.

Sliver 14 how much more the writer says, will the blood of Christ, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Three things the blood of Jesus does with her guilt number one we go from guilt to purity we cover our guilt or waive the penalty away with it forever.

When Jesus was on the cross. The words that he spoke right before he died in Greek, patella stock, which met literally, it has been paid. How does Jesus dying for sin. How does that actually remove our guilt before God. Actually, I don't know exactly it's easy to see for me to see that a lot of injustices require some kind of restitution.

Example of you before the ballot you borrow my car you take it out directed my options are. I can tell you that you will go to pay every penny of what it cost to repair my car.

The other option I have is to say you know what, don't worry about it. I forgive you, as an accident you're forgiven you only need money for the car if that's what I do with you and what I just agreed to do. I just agreed to pay the penalty. What Jesus did when he died on the cross is the penalty go away.

He absorbed the penalty for us. When somebody commits an injustice against you and make you suffer the way you alleviate your suffering is to make them suffer if I forgive that person.

However, that means I will not pay them back for their injustice. I will absorbed the sting of it into myself and give them a mercy and respect that they don't deserve at the cross.

That's what God did, he absorbed the sting of our insult into himself. Now I can use those things for you as analogies, but at the end of the day. I guess when you exactly why the blood of Jesus removed our guilt. God said JI Packer were my favorite theologians in a booklet in my place can there be studies that listen, how it is possible for Jesus. The bearer penalty. We do not claim to know anymore than we know how it was possible for him to be made man but that he board is the certainty on which all roads rest CS Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia called the deeper magic of the universe that when an innocent willfully suffers for the guilty and the curse upon the guilty is reversed, so I cannot tell you exactly how it all works.

But what I can tell you is that the Bible is clear that a part of the blood of Christ.

There is no forgiveness of sins. Verse 22 without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins, which means that does religions that tried to teach that God can forgive Sam apart from the shed blood of Jesus are simple point rock for example saying there are multiple ways to God is a Christ death is one way and Buddha's eightfold Path tomatoes five pillars are another are wrong because Hebrews 922 says about shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. That means that Christians modernize Christians you like to say that the blood of Jesus was actually a payment for Samberg Like that yet.

I was just an example how much God loved us.

That means the wrong because he said it that did the shedding of blood and the forgiveness of sins, one produces the other and enter note by the way on that. How is it that Jesus would approve you love me by dying for me of his dive for me would not she forgive you my sin, that it make it. It's almost website as I best of him will call my daughter and my sweetheart you and how much I love you much daddy, what's this about the myself and oncoming traffic.

That's not really showing her how much I love her that showing her that I have lost my mind is my death and that point doesn't do anything for a bargain at your tell you how much I loved you as your pastor.

Here's how much I love you I'm going to let myself be accused of sexual misconduct and abuse wrongfully get fired. It's not true, but I do it just to show you that I looked that's not helping you at all like it's only loving if Christ was actually doing something by dying for our sin without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. I can just tell you what. 922 says that it's what you all how it works and tell you what it says blood is required is the only way to remove guilt, but notice of the verse is simply say that guilt is removed is that we are made pure forgiveness major release for the negative consequences of guilt, purity means that you are made into something new and you're given an exalted position of righteousness. We have been bay we been clinched. We been dressed in white. We do made pure limits of the girl who committed sexual sin is pure and spotless again in God's eyes. The blood of Jesus.

She is cherished again because of the blood of Jesus on the best illustrations of this of ever heard come from a book by Mark Driscoll called death by love. He talks about a friend of his who'd been married to a woman that he loved dearly for many years, even though he loved her.

That way they were never as close and intimate as he desire he could never figure out why write later into their marriage. About five years.

He figured out is because his wife was filled with shame. She had been molested as a young girl rape is a young woman and promiscuous that throughout much of her teen years and she never told her husband about any of this. She even cheated on her husband to be during their engagement and did not share any of that knowledge with him to cheated on about what they were engaged after many years.

She finally confessed to him who she was and what she done what he had what she had done to him, devastated her husband who would never have married her had he known of her infidelity during their engagement class. She knew that there are some guys who would want to be with a girl that had been abusive much because he might look at her like she was damaged goods and she change it always feared telling in this right she would. She she was afraid he would leave her and never want anything to do with her after she confesses to him madrasa says the true horror he just walked out of the room. He left her home.

She didn't know where he was born if he would ever return but he did something to put completely unexpected went to the store to purchase for her a new clean white nightgown.

He returned home and asked her to undress in front of him and then after she did pulled out distant whites beautiful garment and said closed yourself now in this, he then said that he had chosen to see her, not by what she daughter about what had been done to her, but he chose to see her solely by what Jesus had done for her to forgive her and to cleanse her from her defilement. He embraced her and prayed for her and she wept tears that purified her soul as her sin was put away from her by the love of Jesus and by the love of her husband was filled with the spirit of God, and committed to love her like Jesus. That's what forgiveness does to you eventually remove the condemnation it closed in your forgiveness tells you, you may go by now that we like to provide you with practical resources each month to engage and encourage you in your walk with God. Sometimes it's hard to make Christ first in our lives.

Thankfully, the book of Hebrews was written to people who needed a boost in their fate gives us a clear message to keep fighting and trusting and believing our newest Bible study actually follows along with our teaching on the program we'll learn that Jesus is greater. Every other hero of our faith. Want to know more, contact us now and receive the Christ that are Bible study your gift to the ministry right now. Call 866-335-5220 were checking Now let's get back to the conclusion of today's teaching is your second thing the members were 14 purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Number two from dead works to loving service religion is filled all kinds of works but the dead before the gospel. The reason we were doing good works was a trying to guide you approve of us.

If you're doing something good so that God will reward you for it. Thing about this, that's a loving God is loving yourself. Write me if you own some really nice beach house. I found out you let your friends use the beach house so I call you up on my tablet to get the dinner. I got the dinner table wonderful person you are tell you how much I'm glad to be part of Europe or the church a month. We glad to know each other right that's that's not love for you.

That's me saying if I take you out for dinner. Maybe you let me use the beach that's not love for you that's an investment. I'd like that's like for $60 dinner. I can score.

We get your beach house you should let me use it. So be because I'm your pastor you like. That's the only reason that you should be motivated by that I religion lead you to dead works because you're doing good works to be accepted by God. The gospel gives you God's acceptance as a gift, and the result is a new motivation, you begin to serve God because you love God because you're grateful to him. You serve God, not in order to be accepted because you have been accepted in religion. You do good works in order to be accepted by God but the gospel liberates you to do good works because you have been accepted by God that there was a dead works of living works. I think it was John Newton, a former slave owner told the story about a converted slave owner might've been himself on the way who would save his money after he became a Christian and go to the slave auctions to purchase slaves, at which point after purchasing them, he would probably set them free after one of these occasions he told the girl that she was free had purchased three-headed paper so that she would never be a slave again. She says what he means she sees that. I mean you can go anywhere you want to says I don't have to go with you is not an is like she said I don't have to serve he said no, you're free. I purchased your freedom said you took your own money and came to this auction.

Having never met me and purchased freedom to go anywhere I want you so that that's right is what it she said that I choose to go in with you. Not because I'm have to is a slave, but because a desire to religious rituals cannot take away sin. The Jewish people made a mistake. They took the symbol and started to treat it like it was the real thing. They started to think that the blood of bulls and goats actually could take away sin. People do that today may think they're saying hello Mary's, and I can take away their sin is best to just cover said let's write yourself of Colonus have taken a bath work for a few times, but something where the stench rethinking taken communion to take away your said, church law could take away your said those are dead works with no power to actually remove said only the blood of Jesus takes away sin.

Just cover your sander spray cologne on religious cologne on you and removes your guild and it transforms you. Which leads me to number three from Delta purity from dead works to loving service number three from dread prolonging from dread along verse 27 justices.

It is been appointed for man to die once and after that comes judgment, surprise, having been offered once to bear the sins for many will appear a second time, not to deal with Samba to save those this who eagerly wait for him. That's the biggest change of the gospel. We used to have a sense of dread about God's fear, but the gospel gave us a love for God that replace that dread. I will longing for him. I see this in my kids right you know when I go off on a trip. I come home on driveway and the garage merely that. Doors open and kids are running down the stairs. They know that I long to see them so they long to see me now when my kids think I'm angry about. Which happens sometimes when I run up to me got hop in my lab in the other room, drawing like avoid daddy that is angry that they want to be apart from me.

Same way with God our father. If you believe that there is judgment there. You want to resist.

You want to stay away from God, but when you understand that he is absorbed the guilt it creates and you will longing for God. That's the side of the gospel has come into your heart, because the gospel gives us that kind of sense of adoption before God. Rather than fearing judgment would begin the long forgot three changes three changes from Delta purity from dead works loving service from dread to longing it is because of his heart transformation that we can escape the shame of our sin to people sometimes say why know that I'm forgiven, the guilt is gone must also feel so much shame over what I did schedule understand that yes you actually did those things and you are responsible for there's things, but what the Bible tells your sacred is 517 is that when you're in Christ, your new creation. Old things are passed away.

All things become new means that he's taken that part of you that did those kind of things and he crucified it and put it away. Your new creation to her about a guy one time it that up to the time he became a Christian he cheated on his wife several times of multiple mistresses after became a Christian he was walking to town Monday the some woman came up to him and grabs a woman that he had an affair with the G than in an CNE Pulls away from a source to push back and she's like what you doing if it's me, it's me your response to her was never does not make it's not me that the media used to do these things with you on the new creation of a new person what you what you understand is that yes, that was you that did those things without supporting you that Christ died for, put away for you begin to be release from guilt and shame, because Christ was crucified naked to put that person who did those things away forever. Not only silly like well but I did all the things I probably saved three things I did them. The Bible says as long as you are here. Romans six on earth you still have this body of sand that is around and when your flesh does things. Even though I'm a Christian. I know that Jesus has already died. To put that part of the away and I've corrected myself dead to that and say that guy that God is go to hell. That's what Jesus died for. But I'm going to reckon myself dead to him and alive to God so that I no longer am the person who did those things Christ did away with it forever.

I will say well I know the God of forgiven me based on what you tell me, but I just can't forgive myself. People say that I can't forgive myself.

When you make that statement what you're saying is that your opinion of yourself matters more to you than God's opinion of you guys what it means is that you have a standard you have to reach and you'll reach that standard.

You don't have any worth or value.

That standard might be want your parents set for you if you will get the centigrade to get the job you have any worth it might be a standard that you have set for yourself because only to get the status right here. Would you have any worth is, then you would be set above others. You have to base your work on what God thinks about you. You'll have work because you're better than others because you've read some standard work because God has set his affection on you yet to find your identity and that when you say I know God forgive me but I can't forgive myself. Since you said is I matter more to me than God does. Part of what it means to walk with God is that you define your life based on what God says about you say his opinion is the one that matters even more than any of these fall standards are set for myself. The point is that God is forgiving these cherished you so all the accusing voices, whether from the devil or from others from yourself, they can all be silenced or stored close of this about a little boy probably heard some birds with her little boy who was at his grandmother's house and playground.

This slingshot in the front yard and his grandmother had a pet duck without the country Getting slips often kill the duck looks around does anybody seem to murder this dock so you take that our manslaughter duck floor or whatever and takes the.ini berries. It puts it away thinks that nobody saw that well.

Couple days later finds out that his sister had seen the whole thing go down and so I said please don't tell grandmother and she said I will tell her he will be our little secret, but every time that they were assigned a chore that she did want to do.

She just can't walk up to me like remember the duck you do the dishes in there. He would you take out the trash or whatever was this went on for several months with her continually saying remember the duck.

Remember the.finally you is little 12-year-old life. He got the boys like I can't take it anymore and he goes to his grandmother burst into tears and confesses that he killed the duck when he says that to his grandmother's grandmother said finally you come to tell me she said I was watching from the kitchen window when a soul think I forgave you at that moment I was just waiting on you to be honest with me about this, and because you would not be honest with me about this. You live in captivity to your sister who is told you to remember the.when I do what he forgot when you understand that God has forgiven you all these voices I keep saying, but God has put that away because God is put that away because of a new creation in Christ.

I don't have to live in captivity of my own conscious will captivity to you and you will when you get the gospel in change all your horizontal relationships, because ultimately this is the one this relationship is one in control. The message titled, no more consciousness of sin. Pastor Ginny, the study of Hebrews has been so encouraging to me. I'm sure our listeners would agree has been really helping me remain faithful in my walk with the Lord yeah appreciate you saying that Molly, you know. Hebrews was written to people who needed a boost in their faith. They really have the same struggles we have today.

How do I trust Christ when anything around me seem so challenging and difficult the book of Hebrews gives us a very clear message and that is don't give up trying you one of the things you like to do your Summit life is to provide you with with a practical resource that will take you deeper into the passages that were studied and so this newest Bible study that we've we've produced will do that with the book of Hebrews Hebrews is one of the most rewarding books that you can study this book of the Bible. Hebrews shows us over and over again that Jesus and Jesus alone is worthy of our trust in our devotion. He is the only true hero of our faith.

This is a fun study that's can include some interesting insights into the Scripture questions that'll make you dig deep not only to the Scriptures, but also your own heart and then some easy homework that you can do between sessions.

That'll help help help your spirit understand the work so much better. Take a look at it today and reserve your copy JD We left to get you this exclusive Summit life Bible study right away. I went saying thanks when you donate today to support Summit life suggested level and $35 or more.

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