Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Rom 8:33-34 ESV
I recently had a moment with God where He brought to light what Jesus actually did for us on the cross. I wish I could put His clear message to me, and its impact, into words. We were under condemnation, headed for death, God’s wrath resting upon us. Picture yourself headed for the cross, for eternity apart from God and Jesus steps into your shoes. He takes your place, carrys the cross and then hangs and dies for you.The cross is where God’s wrath intersected with God’s love and grace. His love won.
Some say that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father pleading with God not to condemn us when we fail. I would argue that His presence at the right hand of the Father speaks volumes of His finished work. He is there seated at the right hand of God in the actual Holy of Holies as a living testimony, resting because His work has been finished. No words need to be spoken. No pleas need to be made.
Jesus literally interceded for us on the cross having all our sin imputed to him so we could have His righteousness imputed to us. In the same way, He did no sin and did not deserve sin, we did no righteousness and do not deserve God’s righteousness. God’s righteousness is imputed unto us by God’s grace through faith alone. A gift of God so no man can boast.
Jesus is our new high priest. In the Old Testament the high priest never sat down in the earthly replica of the Holy of Holies, their work was never finished. Jesus being seated as He is, reminds the Father, and us, the work is finished. Our sins have been paid in full by the perfect blood of Jesus. There is no more need for more sacrifices. Jesus sacrifice was once for all, for all time.
He Hit the Bullseye
Many of us have heard of sin as being defined as missing the mark. Put another way; we missed the mark when it came to keeping God’s law, living a sinless life.
This comes from the Greek word used in the New Testament for sin - harmartia ("to miss the mark, sin")http://biblehub.com/greek/264.htm
When Romans 8:34 talks about Jesus interceding for us, it is telling us Jesus fulfilled the law. He hit the bullseye for us. Then He took our sin and our place on the cross.
The Greek word used in Romans 8:34 translated “interceded” means “hit the bulls-eye."
The antonym (opposite) of harmartia: 1793 entygxánō (from 1722 /en, "in," which intensifies 5177 /tygxánō, "to obtain by hitting the mark") – properly, "light upon (meet with), obtain" (LS); "to go and meet a person to converse, consult," i.e. to intervene ("intersect with").The root of 5177 (tygxánō) means "to strike, hit the bulls-eye" ("spot on").
Are You Sin Conscious or Forgiveness & Righteousness Conscious?
Under the Old Covenant, if the sin offering had worked, they would no longer be conscious of their sins, they would be conscious of their forgiveness, their righteousness, right standing with God.
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? Heb 10:2 ESV
In the New Covenant, the perfect sin offering by Jesus of himself, finished the work. We missed the mark, and Jesus hit the bullseye for us. Therefore, we are to no longer be conscious of our sins; we are to be focused on Jesus sacrifice that has perfected us for all time. We are to be conscious of our forgiveness and righteousness in Christ, the same thing the Holy Spirit convict’s believers of.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (made holy). Heb 10:14 NAS (emphasis mine)
To be sin conscious is to doubt God’s finished work.
Studies that go along with this one.
Holy Spirit Does Not Convict a Believer of Their Sins
Sin Consciousness Grieves the Holy Spirit
Self Occupied or Christ Occupied
Lacking These Qualities?
Sin Not The Problem
I Am Holy, I Am Sanctified, I Am Perfected
Only Way to be Righteous
Literally Righteous in Christ
Seek First His Righteousness
I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST
Can You Say This Christian?
Many more New Covenant Studies: HERE