The law says… I will carry my end and I will bless you if you carry your end. If you don’t carry your end, I will curse you
GRACE says… I will carry my end and then come and carry your end and treat you as if you carried your end yourself
Old Covenant – 613 Laws
NEW COVENANT – 2 LAWS
- FAITH – BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS (ROMANS 10:9)
- LOVE – LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOU ARE AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (MARK 12:30-31)
- LOVE GOD – LOVE PEOPLE
MIXING THE TWO BECOMES THE NEW-OLD COVENANT
NEW OLD COVENANT NULLIFIES THE CROSS
**DROP OF URINE IN LEMONADE**
It’s equivalent to a drop of urine in lemonade. If I offered you a large, cold glass of lemonade, sweet and delicious, but told you it only had a small, tiny drop of urine in it – would you want to drink it????
NO ONE WOULD!
But that what we do – all the time! We’re gulping down urine lemonade and calling it refreshing!
Read Hebrews 8:7-12
8:12 – The thing that holds it all together
SIN IS NOT A PROBLEM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT — BOMBSHELL!!!!
***YOU’RE EITHER: SHOCKED, REJOICING, CONFUSED… OR EVEN A LITTLE ANGRY***
SIN IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE WITH GOD BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN REDEEMED
MOST HAVE HEARD SOMETHING SIMILAR: Sin breaks relationship with God
Back-sliden – God can’t use you, Prayers aren’t answered, you can still go to heaven but you’re relationship stinks, Etc. – BUT CONFESSION = RESTORATION WITH GOD
I grew up under old covenant thinking…. sin conscious every week (rededication)
GET SAVED AGAIN AND AGAIN – EVERY WEEK
EVERY WEEK WAS A MESSAGE ON SALVATION – EVEN TO A BUILDING FULL OF CONFESSING BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS
God’s angry – He’s distant – you better get right before the hammer comes down
That’s NOT the Good News – WHY? ALL OF US SIN
1 John 1:8
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
If sin separates us from God – WE’RE ALL IN TROUBLE
BECAUSE IT’S NOW NOT UP TO WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS – IT’S UP TO HOW GOOD WE DO AFTER THE CROSS
THAT’S THE NEW-OLD COVENANT – IT’S MIXTURE – AND IT’S DEATHLY
WHAT DO WE DO???
TYPICALLY WE TRY TO CONFESS OUR SIN ALL THE TIMEWE BECOME SIN CONSCIENCE
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CONFESS EVERY SIN!!!
“…whatever is not done from faith is sin.”
“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do It, to him it is sin.”
**SIN IS NOT ONLY DOING WHAT IS WRONG BUT NOT DOING WHAT IS RIGHT***
ANYTHING THAT IS NOT CONTINUALLY BEING DONE FROM – LOVE FOR GOD, LOVE FOR PEOPLE IS SIN
Even if it was possible for us to continuously confess ALL our sin – it puts the burden of salvation on US and NOT on JESUS ***OLD COVENANT***
***SIN DOES NOT SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD ONCE YOU’RE A BELIEVER***
NOT UPHOLDING SIN!!!! SIN IS STUPID!!!!!
STAY WITH ME…
**SIN DOES NOT CHANGE THE WAY GOD FEELS ABOUT YOU – IT CHANGES THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT GOD***I
T HARDENS YOUR HEART
IT DECEIVES YOU
IT MAKES YOU SIN CONSCIENCE
Most Christians believe that the forgiveness of sins is something that God CAN do and He CONTINUES to do but not something HE HAS ALREADY DONE – IT’S COMPLETED
***GOD HAS ALREADY FORGIVEN ALL THE SINS OF ALL HUMANITY THAT WILL EVER BE COMMITTED***
HE’S ALREADY SAID, ‘YOU ARE FORGIVEN’IT’S UP TO US TO BELIEVE IT AND RECEIVE IT
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SINS ARE FORGIVEN – PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN IS SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED
GOD DOES NOT WANT US CONSCIENCE OF SIN – HE WANTS US CONSCIENCE OF HIS SON
For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very [a]form of things, [b]can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3 But in [c]those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,“Sacrifice and offering You have not desired,But a body You have prepared for Me;6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure.7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come(In the scroll of the book it is written of Me)To do Your will, O God.’”8 After saying above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” You = GodJesus was God’s idea!(which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He [d]said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By [e]this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
WHAT PRODUCED THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN IN YOUR LIFE AND WHEN DID IT HAPPEN???
WAS IT THE MOMENT YOU SAID, ‘GOD FORGIVE ME’?
WHEN DID FORGIVENESS HAPPEN?
JESUS IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SACRIFICED – ONCE AND FOR ALL
JESUS TOOK AWAY THE SINS OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
IN HIM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE (8) – WHICH HE LAVISHED ON US
IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
WHEN DID JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD??? 2000 YEARS AGO
HE WILL NEVER DIE AGAIN
ONCE FOR ALL – COMPLETELY DONE – IT IS FINISHED
HEBREWS 9:25 (YEAR AFTER YEAR – CONTINUOUSLY SHEDDING BLOOD – PRIEST WOULD ENTER WITH BLOOD THAT WAS NOT HIS OWN) 25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once He has been manifested to put away sin [x]by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And inasmuch as it is [y]appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
IT IS AN ACCOMPLISHED WORK – IT’S ALREADY DONE – EVERYTHING’S BEEN PAID FOR!!!
PAUL DIDN’T SAY TO THE JAILER TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS – HE SAID BELIEVE IN WHAT JESUS HAD ALREADY DONE AND HE WOULD BE SAVED
WE CONFESS THE LORD JESUS – NOT OUR SINS – TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF SALVATION (ROMANS 10:9)
WE DON’T HAVE TO ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE OUR SINS!!!
YOUR SINS ARE ALREADY FORGIVEN – God has reconciled the entire world unto Himself
Does that mean everyone’s saved? No – WE’RE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
1 JOHN 2:2 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. – GRACE
WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IT AND ACKNOWLEDGE IT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE IT – THROUGH FAITH
WHAT ABOUT CONVICTION?
The Holy Spirit is NOT Convicting the believer of sin – He’s Convicting you of your righteousness
JOHN 16: 8-118 And when the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
THE ENEMY IS CONDEMNING YOU
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONVICTION AND CONDEMNATION:
CONDEMNATION = YOU ARE BAD AND UNTIL YOU GET RIGHT OR BE BETTER – GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOU
CONVICTION = THIS BEHAVIOR IS NOT WORTHY OF ME – I’M WORTH MORE THAN THIS (BOUGHT WITH BLOOD)
WE ARE BEING CONVICTED OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS – BEING DRAWN BACK TO LIVING OUT WHO WE REALLY ARE – OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
(AGAIN, BOUGHT WITH BLOOD – WORTHY – WORTH EVERY LAST DROP OF JESUS’ BLOOD)
ISN’T THIS ALL SEMANTICS???
IT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN LIVING IN TRUTH (SECURITY & PEACE) OR CONSTANT CONDEMNATION
UNDER CONDEMNATION – WE’RE LIMITED / OUTSIDE OF SONSHIP
ISN’T THIS JUST GIVING EVERYONE A FREE PASS TO LIVE IN SIN? WON’T PEOPLE JUST CONTINUE TO GO ON SINNING?
I HAVE YET TO KNOW OF ANYONE WHO TRULY UNDERSTANDS THE SONSHIP / FREEDOM / TRUTH OF WHO THEY ARE LIVE LIKE THAT
I HAVE MET PEOPLE WHO CANNOT LIVE UP TO THE LAW – THE MIXTURE / NEW OLD COVENANT – AND LEFT THE CHURCH IN DROVES
I’VE MET PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CHURCH – THE RELIGION – THE CONDEMNATION – IN DROVES
I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE
HOW CAN GOD FORGIVE OUR SINS BEFORE WE COMMIT THEM?
YOU BETTER PRAY HE CAN!!!! OTHERWISE – WE’RE ALL IN TROUBLE!!
JESUS ONLY DIED FOR SINS ONCE!!!!IF HE CAN’T FORGIVE YOUR SINS BEFORE YOU COMMIT THEM – YOU CAN’T BE SAVED
HEBREWS 10:10-18 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ[b] had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord:I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
ARE YOU SAYING THAT SIN DOESN’T MATTER???
NOT ADVOCATING SIN – SIN IS STUPID!
AGAIN: **SIN DOES NOT CHANGE THE WAY GOD FEELS ABOUT YOU – IT CHANGES THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT GOD***IT HARDENS YOUR HEART
IT DECEIVES YOUIT MAKES YOU SIN CONSCIENCE
IT GIVES SATAN AN ENRODE INTO YOUR LIFE – GIVES HIM AN OPEN DOOR TO MEDDLE
WHAT DESTROYS THE POWER OF SIN??? TO KNOW AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETELY FORGIVEN
BUT DOESN’T SIN KEEP US FROM GOD’S GOODNESS? WON’T IT KEEP ME FROM RECEIVING?
If sin stopped people from receiving from God – There’s a serious problem with the earthly ministry of Jesus – Everyone who was healed, who received, was a sinner
SIN IS NOT A PROBLEM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT – SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE PROBLEM
Sinners, who knew they were sinners, received Jesus and His grace faster and more abundantly than those who were self-righteous
WHAT ABOUT: CONFESS OUR SINS??? 1 JOHN 1:9???
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
WE DON’T HAVE TO CONFESS SIN TO BE SAVED OR TO MAINTAIN SALVATION
WE NEED TO CONFESS IT BECAUSE OUR FLESH GETS DEFILED
CONFESSION OF SIN IS FOR ME – IT’S NOT FOR GOD
IT’S THE SAME AS ACKNOWLEDGING HIS FORGIVENESS
RECOGNIZING THAT JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR THIS – THANK YOU LORD
EXAMPLE: MAN, THIS WAS REALLY STUPID. THIS BEHAVIOR WAS NOT WORTHY OF ME – THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS OF SINS
IT’S RECOGNIZING AND ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED FOR A SAVIOR AND THE WORK THAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE
“HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST” – HE’S HOLDING UP HIS END OF THE COVENANT TO REMEMBER OUR SINS NO MORE
CONFESSION OF SIN IS TO REMIND ME OF WHO I REALLY AM: NOT A MAGGOT, BUT WORTHY (BOUGHT WITH BLOOD)
IT’S SIMILAR TO COMMUNION – TO REMEMBER THE WORK THAT WAS ALREADY DONE
REMEMBER – *SIN DOES NOT CHANGE THE WAY GOD FEELS ABOUT YOU – IT CHANGES THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT GOD*
CONFESSING YOUR SIN IS NOT REMEMBERING WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU’VE DONE WRONG, “OH, I’M JUST A FILTHY SINNER – GOD FORGIVE ME…” IT’S BELIEVING IN JESUS THAT YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN
WHEN YOUR CONSCIOUS IS POLLUTED – YOU GO BACK TO HIM – “YES LORD, I RECEIVE IT ALL OVER AGAIN”
YOU’RE NOT FORGIVEN AT THAT MOMENT – YOU’RE JUST EXPERIENCING REFRESHING
IT GETS SATAN OFF YOUR BACK
IT BRINGS THE FORGIVENESS THAT’S IN YOUR SPIRIT FORWARD INTO YOUR EXPERIENCE
YOU BECOME SON CONSCIOUS AGAIN
WELL, IF IT’S TO REMEMBER THE WORK THAT WAS DONE – SHOULDN’T WE BE CONFESSING SIN ALL THE TIME, THEN???
WE’RE BACK TO THAT CIRCLE OF SIN-CONSCIOUS
WE’RE GOING TO SIN – 1 JOHN 1:8
BUT IF WE FOCUS ON THE SIN – WE TAKE OUR FOCUS OFF OF THE SON
you become what you focus on (try NOT thinking about a baby elephant)
IF WE WANT CORNERSTONE TO BE FULL OF SIN – LET’S PREACH AGAINST SIN ALL THE TIME
THAT’S GIVING PEOPLE LAW – THE OLD COVENANT
IT BREEDS SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS – TRYING TO LIVE IN OUR OWN EFFORTS
WHEN WE FOCUS ON WHAT JESUS DID – WE’RE ABLE TO SURRENDER AND LET HIS LIFE FLOW THROUGH US
WE’LL BE ABLE TO DO MORE ON ACCIDENT BY FOCUSING ON THE ACCOMPLISHED WORKS OF CHRIST THAN WE EVER COULD IN OUR OWN EFFORTS TRYING ON PURPOSE
2 PETER 1
PARAPHRASE: ALL THESE GOOD THINGS ARE ADDED TO YOUR LIFE IF THEY’RE NOT – IT’S BECAUSE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN THAT YOUR SINS ARE ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN
9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
WE BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS WHEN WE FOCUS ON HIM AND HIS ACCOMPLISHED WORK
WE BECOME WHAT WE BEHOLD
SIN IS NOT A PROBLEM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT – SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS (TRUSTING IN YOUR OWN WORKS) – SIN HAS BEEN DEALT WITH
AGAIN – NOT ADVOCATING SIN – SIN IS STUPID!
Hebrews 8:12 “no more” – original Greek – strong negative: meaning NEVER AGAIN – STRONG, HARD NO
For God to remember your sins, He’d have to forget what Jesus did
God remembers your sin no more because He remembered them in Jesus.