The Focal Point

Think about Job for a moment.  He is a prime example of what most of us look like as New Covenant Believers.

When we see Job in the first chapter of Job, verse five, he offers burnt offerings for his sons just in case they sinned.

He was focused on the sins of him and his family.  He was under the Old Covenant.  Jesus hadn’t yet died for his sins or the sins of his family.  At that time, burnt offerings provided the only way for Job and his family to be cleanse of their sins.

We are under the New Covenant.  Jesus died for our sins.  He took every one of them–past, present and future.

Jesus fulfilled the law for us (Matthew 5:17).  We are not required to fulfill the law any longer.  We can’t fulfill it.  That’s why Jesus had to come.  He didn’t abolish it.  Instead He fulfill all that the law required through His perfect living.  Only Jesus could do that.

But instead of being conscious of our righteousness, our right-standing with God, through Jesus’ shed blood (2 Corinthians 5:21), we are still focused, like Job, on our sins.

We have a better covenant with better promises (Hebrews 8:6).  We are no longer servants of God.  We are children of God.  We are adopted into God’s family.

That does not mean that we are engrafted into the Jewish family.  It does not mean that we are now required to fulfill the traditions and laws of the Jewish faith.

No, we are no longer under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14).  We are under the unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor and blessings of God.

The blood of Jesus continually cleanses us of our sins, according to the original Greek of 1 John 1:7-9.  It continually cleanses us.  Not once but continually.

Does that mean that we can just go out and sin any time we feel like it?

When we truly understand that we are righteous not because of our works but because of what Jesus did on the Cross, when we truly believe that God loved us so much He sent Jesus to die for us, we won’t want to sin.

We need to take our focus off our sins, our shortcomings, and turn our eyes on what Jesus did for us.

– Annagail Lynes

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