Freedom from Sin Consciousness in New Covenant Worship

I was asked a very good question as follows:

What is your interpretation of the following Scriptures?

HEBREWS 10:1-3

1) For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no conscience of sins.

3) But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

In particular, I would like for you to comment on this phrase: “Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no conscience of sins.”

My answer:

The law spoken of here is the Law of Moses, and especially refers to the Levitical sacrificial system. Remember this book was written to Jews / Hebrews who were asking whether Christ was really all they needed, or whether they needed the Law of Moses also.

The first five books of the Bible, especially parts of Exodus through Deuteronomy, which describes the sacrificial system and civil law of Israel, as well as many ordinances which flow from the moral nature of God is actually full of typology. That is, things like the Table of Showbread have a symbolic meaning which points to an aspect of service to Christ in the New Testament – in that case – continual consecration and prayer. In fact, everything in the Tabernacle symbolizes something important in the Christian life, or something in the nature of Jesus Christ, or something in God’s design for the church. I refer you to Derek Prince or Kevin Connor, esteemed Bible teachers, for more on this – as huge books have been written on the subject and they contain fascinating insights.

These things in the Mosaic Law are thus only SHADOWS of the good things to come. The spiritual reality is in Christ. All the spiritual treasures are in Christ. Forgiveness of sins is also in Christ. It is no longer through the animal sacrifices referred to in Hebrews 10:1.

There is no need for further SACRIFICES to be made to atone for sin. Our acts of obedience to God are NOT sacrfices that pay for sin – whereas in the Old Testament, there was a sense in which the sacrifice of a valuable animal was a necessary and required faith step for the people’s sins to be covered. Such sacrifices are no longer required, as Christ fully provided through his own body and blood all the SACRIFICES needed for atonement.

God no longer remembers sins which are under the blood of Christ, and furthermore, God certainly doesn’t want us to be conscious of guilt for those things which Christ has paid for.

Today those WORSHIPERS the Father seeks should have no consciousness of sin. Why? Because the Father is seeking those who worship in SPIRIT and in TRUTH (see John 4:23,24). The Father is not seeking for unfaithful hypocrites, idolaters, lovers of uncleanness to give Him lip service. Those he calls to stop deceiving themselves and REPENT.  But those who come to God as worshipers with FAITH – with HONESTY – with HUMILITYand dependence on the Spirit of God are pleasing to God because it is these people who are in Christ and are being SANCTIFIED. These are the people who believe that God is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). They have that faith, without which, it is impossible to please God. As for those who worship with their lips while their hearts are full of greed, lust and impurity, who say, “I love you Lord” when really they don’t – these ones can and should have consciousness of sins, because they are not abiding in Christ at all. But those who are humble enough to be honest, who confess their sins and forsake them, who trust in the Blood of Jesus as their sacrifice, these are the ones whose lawless deeds God remembers no more. And if God remembers them no more, neither should anyone else.

What do YOU think?


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  1. The audience that all these texts the author uses was first century Jews being delivered out of the old covenant law. Not you and I, today. The Jews (not Gentiles) were under the Law for the Law was given to them (alone). They (not Gentiles who were not placed under the Law (Romand 2) had a conscience of sin because the blood of animals that they were continually offering, could not make them that offered, perfect as pertaining to the conscience (Heb 9:9).

    Under command of Law, the soul was forever kept in bondage to a sin consciousness and death (the Law was both the source of sin’s knowledge and strength of sin’s death sting). Contrary things (sacrifice vs mercy) could never co-exist in peace. There was no release; nothing could deliver from sin’s guilt kept “alive” by law’s testimony and condemnation. Only the spotless blood of Jesus, the “lamb of God”, who bore the sins of the world in His soul, was able to remove sin’s guilt. Only through His blood, could man be delivered rom the “body of death” (Rom 7:24). Only through His blood, could man be “purged” from a defiled conscience (cf. Heb 10:22 “evil conscience”). It is in the VERY state of KNOWING Christ had been made sin for him, and in the VERY state of KNOWING Christ had been made wisdom, justification, sanctification and glorification” (at every stage leading to the full measure of a man in Christ and thus always complete Christ) for him, THAT MAN WAS SET FREE. It was in the VERY POSSESSION of an UNDEFILED conscience, that man enabled to serve God in his spirit, for it was for freedom that Christ set man free, for where the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom –, both from the dominion of sin and the law of sin. (Galatians 5:1: 2Corinthians 3:17; Romans 6:14; Galatians 2:19; Romans 7:6). That is the “cure” for sin consciousness.

    The condemnation of law and conscience / consciousness of sin, were taken away in Christ Jesus. God made Christ the end of the Law and made Christ the end of sin, as a standing. “The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus set man free from the law of sin and death and gave man the righteousness of God, a righteousness which has nothing to do with law yet satisfies law. (Romans 8:1-4; 3:21).

    Those who try to justify the existence of the old covenant Law, today, do not know what they are talking about (1Tim 1:7). They are attempting to bring man back under the consciousness of sin and sin dominion. They are attempting to bring man under a defiled conscience. They are attempting to restore that which is contrary to man. They are in fact making man a slave to sin. They are attempting to replace a work of grace, for a work of law.

  2. I appreciate this teaching very much. There has been a misunderstanding that receiving the Lord’s grace allows one to continue in sin. I was so confused that I went back to basics, If I am not under law, why am I trying to change so much about my life for the Lord? Am I sin conscious of I seek the Lord about my thoughts, behaviors and relationships? I even stopped praying in tongues, so as not to confuse any lumped teachings together, but to just hear from God. It is pretty clear To me now that when saved by grace, there is am EMPHASISASUS NOT SIN ANY LONGER according to the Bible. Maybe even more so because we have the Spirit’s abiding power. The focus is on Jesus, is on love, is on grace AND we reflect a holy life by putting away the desires of the flesh. Now, I come to my question. I was recently told that a second marriage should be out away if the first marriage ended from anything other than adultery? Mine ended because my first husband was a drug addict and alcoholic and stole medication from me which caused me to need Medical care. I left him. We were both professing Christians at the time. I am now remarried. I have been told I am living in adultery. I was told that I had to divorce again because this marriage is not recognized by God. I was also told the exact opposite. I am aware if I do leave, I would never be able to re marry, This is a true crisis. I know I can not live in sin. I never thought a second marriage was sin. What a mess! Can you shed any light?

    • This is a very difficult issue for me theologically and pastorally. I actually am not sure of the answer. It sounds like your first husband was quite abusive. Most pastors would say that your remarriage is acceptable to God, the past is the past. What does your conscience tell you? If you end your current marriage I am sure it would be hurtful not only for you. Please let me know how you come to understand things here – as this is the one major issue I grapple with – not that I face that issue personally. But it is very real in our society and churches amongst sincere people.

      • Thank you Michael. I am struggling with the same issue, I have imagined leaving my husband and the aftermath of another divorce would be so hurtful to so many people. I am truly sorrowful for the first failure…would adding another failure be loving? I led my husband to the Lord and we strive to live a life pleasing to the Lord. I am witnessing to his family. What would they think of my divorcing him from a HAPPY home for reasons of adultery where there is no unfaithfulness on our part now. I believe wisdom and love and mercy will allow me to have a clear conscious to stay married now and sin no more. No more divorce and remarriage. I will keep you updated as I am still praying and seeking the Lord.

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