And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us, for after saying,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them

after these days, declares the Lord;

I will put my laws on their hearts,

and write them on their minds.”

Then he adds,

“I will remember their sins no more.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Hebrews 10: 15-18

 

God has done something wonderful and remarkable for us. Sure, He granted to all people the opportunity to enter into His complete forgiveness for our sinful rebellion against Him, and that is the biggest thing that exists in this life and beyond it into eternity. To me this is a fact that I do not even consider rethinking or doubting. Jesus is God. He did live as one of us on this earth, and His life was given up in sacrifice for the sinfulness of all of humanity. Then He overcame the realm of this world by coming alive again, and He resides with the Father. These are the basic facts that I accept, and it is this acceptance that leads me to the place where God does this truly over the top thing.

 

My Lord wants me to be fully aware of the difference that His presence within me and in my life means for the way that I can go about living. God wants each of us who know Him to have His ancient and everlasting view of what it means to dwell in a loving and peace-seeking manner within the world of our existence. He replaces the ethic of death that everyone is born into with His living one that considers hope, restoration, and relationship as its foundation. This is all formed up around God’s grace that He has poured out upon all of creation in the form of Christ’s sacrificial blood and that now grants total forgiveness to those of us who choose Christ. God wants us to grasp the wonderful gift that has been given to us in the form of the totality of our forgiveness in Christ.

 

Now we can live with bold engagement and with complete fearlessness in our world. We will make mistakes, and we are all still prone to sinful thoughts and actions. Yet, God will not hold any of these missteps and misdeeds against us. They are forgiven and put behind us so that we can continue forward with a life that is committed to serving Christ by making His name known to our world. God is not like many human rulers and leaders in that He does not desire to control any of us by means of superior power and forced obedience. Instead, the Lord grants to us the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and love that make it possible to think and to act out of His truth with His Word as our guide. This comes about because of the presence of this great gift of the Spirit of Christ who works to reform our hearts and to form our minds into ones that are shaped more and more fully into the image of our Creator.