Old Testament experiences
From an email I sent this morning . . .
I was thinking about it more, and what I was trying to say last night amounts to this:
If we are left sinning again and again, the same sins over and over, present and future, then we are left with an Old Testament experience. We have not yet entered into a New Testament experience brought on by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. This is where I believe most Christians find themselves, largely because the ‘Church’ has stopped teaching victorious living—that is, living free from sin. So we are left with people being taught that their cyclical experience is acceptable, even normal—but if that’s the case, then we are not a royal priesthood and holy nation, but are instead no better off than the priests of the Old Testament who had a ‘remembrance of sins every year’. Christ came to set us free from sin—we cannot be in ‘at one ment’ with God and keep on sinning; in other words, Christ doesn’t just offer a convenient way for us to continually receive forgiveness—a sort of perennial ‘on the altar’ sacrifice. His blood does what bulls and goats could not—it changes US.