“But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
The aim of the cross is to put away sin. Entirely. Not to merely forgive and therefore free us from consequences or punishment. No, the deliverance we know in Christ is much greater, much more absolute.
Our God desires us to walk in victory. To walk in true freedom, not bound by the lies sin would have us believe. This is why we experience discipline. Because He seeks to break the chains of everything that holds us back from joy. Jesus wants to expose whatever lies we are believing and reveal the glory of His truth. And in perfect love and faithfulness, He will do whatever it takes to free us.
In John 8:11, Jesus tells someone, “Go, and from now on sin no more.” This is what He speaks to our heart. He saves us, removing all condemnation and taking our shame upon Himself, and commands us to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
He perfects our faith. It is this faith in Him that brings us victory (1 John 5:4). Because the more steadfast our faith, the more we trust in who our God is and what He has called us to. This life isn’t easy. Obedience doesn’t come naturally to us. But God has given us a new nature. One that is filled with His strength, His grace, and His glory. His Spirit dwells within us, renewing us day by day, shining light into the darkest recesses of our heart and working to make us like Christ. So in the strength of Christ, in the power of the cross, let us put away sin. Let us fix our eyes on our Savior, the One who truly satisfies, and walk in a manner worthy of our Lord.