When Christ “appears a second time for salvation, it will be without reference to sin” (Heb 9:28) … because the more excellent work of the blood of Christ has dealt with the sin issue once and for all, for ever! Did you ever wonder why it took the Israelites so long to leave the wilderness? —40 years? Didn’t God lead them out of bondage, part the Red Sea, provide water and manna! Why not believe Him for the Promised Land too? There were two primary reasons. They are usually the same reasons we wander in the wilderness today.
First, they were conscious of sin. When the law was given, instead of making them free from sin, it made them conscious of their sin and failure. All their broken promises, and then a yearly reminder of sins and failures too.. And they never forgot how Mt Sinai quaked violently and smoked after they had promised, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
How many promises to God have you made?—and failed to keep? I’ll be more loving, more patient, more self-controlled… When you try to promise God better behavior to be in right standing with Him or to be a success, it too results in sin-consciousness. He is not counting on your promises to Him, but only on His promise to you!
The more excellent blood took your sin away—it is no longer an issue for determining your worth or right standing with God. In the Old Testament, the blood of bulls and goats covered sin. Because it only covered sin, there remained a consciousness of sin. Christ’s blood, being a more excellent sacrifice, took away your sins. ALL your sins paid in full and taken out of the way! Therefore, you have right standing before God. The blood and the body of Christ has taken sin away and you are made righteous! No, your behavior isn’t always righteous. But, you, your spiritual identity, is always righteous. You are in right standing with God based on your spiritual birth, not behavior. In fact, because you are dead to sin, you are no longer a slave to sin. So stop focusing on your sins. Stop trying to do better to get right with God. Start setting your mind on the more excellent blood that has made you right with God already. As you do, you will stop being sin-conscious and start becoming God-conscious and righteousness-conscious. When, as an act of faith, your mind is set on your righteousness in Christ, you stop sinning and the grace of God which teaches us to say no to ungodliness abounds to you!!!
Secondly, because they feared God’s wrath, there remained a consciousness of sin and failure. So, they did what we all do. They tried to do better to earn God’s approval and promises. Then believing they were separated from God’s love, they tried to meet their needs in their own strength through the self-life. Their hearts turned to the things of the world for false comfort and false peace to take the edge off wilderness living. They murmured for leeks, of all things. They blamed Moses and God. And they had their idols. They gave him the responsibility of believing God and receiving the blessing on their behalf because they feared God. As you know, their clothes didn’t wear out; their hearts did.
Likewise, your robes of righteousness are never going to wear out. So walk as one clothed in robes of righteousness, saying no to all ungodliness knowing that even when Christ returns it will not be to deal with the sin issue. That is finished. Lay aside your “murmurings”, your “idols”, your “leeks”, and delight in the Lord because the more excellent blood of Christ has taken away your sin and therewith sin-consciousness. You now "live by the law of the spirit of the life in Christ Jesus which set you free from the law of sin and death". “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are (past tense) yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen (agreement) to the glory of God through us.” When you stop living from a wilderness mindset, you find yourself enjoying the promises of God. What is the ultimate promise of God? Christ Himself! So Enjoy!