Cleansed from Sin

Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the
Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit

(Psalm 32:1-2).
 
In the Old Testament, under the Old Covenant, sin was not
cleansed, it was covered. The life of an animal was sacrificed and its blood
was poured on the Mercy Seat, which was the lid of the Ark of the Covenant in
the Holy of Holies in the temple. The presence of God dwelt in this man made
place, and the animal blood provided a covering of “life” for the sins of the
Israelites.
Sin was covered because God
is Holy.
And His Holiness is so pure that it cannot manifest where there is
sin. The fire purity of the Holiness of God would annihilate us since we are an
impure, fallen race. To keep that from happening, a covering of animal blood typifying
cleansing, was used in the Holy of Holies.
  
For the life of the
flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an
atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the
soul
(Leviticus 17:11). The word atonement means a covering. Sins were not removed, they were only covered, and the
blood had to be re-applied to the Mercy Seat every year on the Day of Atonement.
The life represented in the blood covered
the sins of Israel
so that they could fellowship with a Holy God. When He looked at the Ark of the
Covenant with its contents of the Ten Commandments, He saw the blood that
covered Israel’s
failure to obey His commandments and judgment was abated.
  
Jesus is the Lamb of
God who takes away the sin of the world
according to John the Baptist. When
Jesus spilled His blood on Calvary, died and
was resurrected, He took His blood into heaven and placed it before God as an
eternal cleansing for our sins. Jesus Death and resurrection doesn’t just
forgive us and cover sin, His death and resurrection literally removes our sin! Our sins are remitted, not covered!
Notice Hebrews 9:24-26: For
Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the
true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not
that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy
Place every year with blood of another — 
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the
world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by
the sacrifice of Himself.
  
Our sins have been judged and removed from us when we are
Born Again! We are justified. It is Just-As-If-I’d-Never-Sinned!
 The sin is expunged and forever removed,
not covered to be remembered year after year! Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more (Hebrews
10:17). And now, when you miss the mark
and sin as a believer, sin is cleansed when you confess it (1 John 1:9).
  
When thoughts of your past deeds come to mind today, remind
yourself and the Lord that you are totally forgiven; that your sins have been
removed; and thank Him for never remembering them again! The accuser of the brethren wants you to
live in the past and brood over your failures. God has made a way through the
blood of Jesus for you to completely
forget the things which are behind, and reach forward to the things ahead!

Act like a person who has never sinned today!
 

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