This knowledge of Me will never again be based on a sin-consciousness; My act of mercy in Christ as the new Covenant, removed every possible definition of sin from My memory! (Heb 8:12 Mirror)
In our days of ignorance we related to God through the law and consequently we related to Him through a sin-consciousness. We were like the Israelites who daren’t approach the burning Mountain on account of fear. Every image we had of God was colored by our faulty perception of His glory and holiness. We de facto believed that God had a split personality. On one side He was love and on the other He was wrath. Hence we believed that Jesus came to mitigate His wrath so that the legalistic side of God could find satisfaction, and His love take prominence. However, we never felt quite sure that His wrath was quenched so we approached Him with feeble knees not sure in which mood He was. In many ways we imagined that His mood would be in accordance with our behavior. An easy going God who welcomed us with a smile when we had succeeded in following His ordinances or a God who turned His back on us due to our many failures.
Notice that God did not empty His wrath on Jesus instead of us, like many think. His wrath is His eternal No to man’s fate outside and without Him -an eternal No to our alienation and estrangement in our relation to Him. A deafening No to all the effects of the fall! When light dawns we begin to see that Jesus died to swallow up death in order to reverse the effects of the fall, but that is another story.
God found fault with the Old Covenant since it couldn’t establish a relation with Him based on trust, confidence and boldness. A consciousness of sin can never close the gap between man and God and fashion the quality of relationship which God yearned to see when He created man. It is thus imperative that we abandon these erroneous conceptions which prevent us from cultivating a meaningful relation to God. Every possible definition of sin is erased from God’s memory. To obstinately refuse to move out of old though patterns into a new reality is a grave attempt at obstructing God’s intensions with man. When we ascended into the Heavenly realm in Christ we were included in a fellowship which conversations are completely void of the word sin or any notions about sin. This is our present reality and which is the foundation for our confident and healthy relationship to God.
“Oh, if the world could see that God in Himself outside the creation wills nothing but God, He creates nothing but good: that Jesus Christ is the object of His affection, that the Son is the Sun that shineth upon all in nature to produce the same life of God.” (Earl Hitchcock)
(“But that is another story” hints to a future article which objective is to expound on Jesus death in relation to the “law of opposites”.)