Saturday, February 27, 2010

I will remember their sin no more

We have just looked at Hebrews 8:14-19. Let’s look into this in a little more depth. First, “I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Heb 8:10b) This is an explanation of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide our thoughts and behaviors if we but listen. This will not be in the form of conviction and accusation after sin….that is the accuser of the brethren, Satan. And, it is used by Satan to try to drive a false wedge between God and the believer. The Holy Spirit only convicts of the sin of unbelief (John 16:9). The accuser of the brethren tempts and then afterward accuses (Rev 12:10). It is explained that he accuses day and night…always accusing us before God.

When the believer says that the Holy Spirit convicted them of sin after they have sinned, is just not biblical. John clearly points out that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of the sin of unbelief and that is it. The truth is that under the New Covenant God is not remembering sin (Heb 8:19.) Now, before you blow an aorta, let me acknowledge that the believer still does have to deal with sin. However, they can work on it with the assurance that God is not holding it to their charge because of the blood of Jesus and the New Covenant. And, if they will but trust God and the Holy Spirit within them, they will develop godly sorrow for the times when they fall short of the mark. It will actually be a healthy mix of an incredible love for God based upon his glorious grace and, the godly sorrow/grief produced by the heightened awareness of God’s tender love and holiness.

This understanding of God’s grace, the purpose and action of the Holy Spirit and, abiding in the Sabbath Rest will work together to transform the saint into a far more godly behavioral pattern. Remember that one cannot tie this to salvation, proof of salvation or any such combination because it will immediately turn into a read and do law and, we see from the passage above that the law is not read and do but, is written in our minds and on our hearts. It is there by the work of the Holy Spirit and is brought to our attention as needed. Jesus said the following: Joh 16:13 ESV When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come…..and…..Joh 14:26 NKJV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Law of Christ will be in our hearts and minds via the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is also referred to as the comforter, helper, (parakletos in the Greek.) It is vital that the saint understand this operation of the Spirit in conjunction with the declaration that God is not remembering sin under the New Covenant.

1 comment:

  1. When you know someone actually, really and truly cares and loves you, usually you are more prone to try and please the one who genuinely cares for you. And when we miss the mark we feel upset because we know we have disappointed the person that loving cares for us. We just don’t want to hurt, anger, or disappoint them.


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