Masking Tape Covers
Jesus and masking tape, a strange title that begs the question – what could possibly be the connection between the two? Jesus, who bore the sin and punishment, pain and suffering for a guilty world has absolutely nothing in common with masking tape, or so it would seem. Masking tape serves to cover something while an action like painting is taking place in close proximity to what is covered by it. Having painted many things over the years while utilizing masking tape I have acquired a reality-based insight as to the value of the tape. When spray painting automobiles, masking is absolutely necessary if a desirable result is to be achieved. Since masking hides the thing it covers from the paint that is being applied or to the things in close proximity, it becomes a necessary component. Masking tape hides what it is covering to prevent the paint from altering its established appearance or its natural character. Some will say – now I see the connection between Jesus and masking tape, because Jesus covers and consequently hides our sin. While this idea that Jesus covers our sin sounds feasible, it is completely wrong. Jesus does not cover sin!
Now for emphasis let me repeat that, Jesus does not cover sin. Furthermore it is that kind of thinking that pollutes the truth of the gospel. Jesus took away the sin of the whole world. That action includes believers of His finished work as well as unbelievers of what He accomplished. He took upon Himself the sin of the whole world!
A Refusal To Believe
Herein lies one of those important truths concerning the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those who go to hell do not go because of their acts of sin. People go to hell because they reject the record that God gave of his Son. It is a result of their refusal to believe that eternal life is in Christ Jesus through His accomplished, completely finished work, apart from human effort. Herein lies one of the greatest snares to the religious unsaved. The belief of the completed work of salvation for the clearing of the conscience is not measured by degree. The answer is yes, Christ fully transacted my deliverance from God’s judgment for sin, or it is no, He did not perform well enough to secure my complete justification before His Father! There is no half-way house for the unsure or those who say maybe.
Three important components to see in the following scripture of Hebrews 10:5-14. First, remember Christ came to execute His Father’s Will ( That perfectly executed will) is what created our perfect sanctified standing in Christ. The second is that He did execute the will of the Father perfectly. Thirdly is the fact established by the completion of the first two, through His sacrificial offering, He perfected forever we who are sanctified.
The Unforgivable Sin
Though the exact location of the sin that Jesus took to the grave is not made known in the Scripture, we do have some important information concerning this sin. Jesus arose without sin, and because of this we can speculate that the sin was left in the Earth. By Scripture we know that the earth already cries out concerning the sin and blood spilt through the murderous activity of mankind throughout history. To digress for a moment to a future time, we see that there will be a new earth. We also know that this current earth will melt away with fervent heat as described in 2 Peter 3:10. We do know that it is God’s method to remove sin as far as the East is from the West. The only Sin not removed under this proclamation from God is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. That blasphemy, which is unforgivable, is to say in simple terms ” I don’t believe the record that God gave of his son.
Wherever sin is, it exists not as covered, so far as a saved man’s guilt is concerned, for by the grace of God sin is removed. The blood of Christ does not hide my sin; it removes it along with my guilt established by God’s principles of what is righteous and what is not. For upon my acceptance of the truth of the gospel my connection with the first Adam is severed once and for eternity. It is an established fact, according to Scripture, that our connection to the first Adam is the reason for the behavior that is contrary to God’s will, that which is commonly called sin.
We Are Born Sinners
We do not become sinners because we do things contrary to God’s will! We do those things contrary to God’s will because we are sinners, and this is the result of our connection to the first Adam. Unfortunately it seems a large portion of teaching from the Scripture gets this point backward by supposing that we become sinners because of our actions. While this is a popular notion it is no more true than if it were never heard.
We are sinners because that is our nature from birth and that is what necessitates the need for being born again. The law was not put in place to help us correct our behavior but rather to reveal the impossibility of doing so on a consistent basis. This fact is amplified by the occurrences of temple sacrifices which were in place for a covering of sin until the promised One would appear. The law came to reveal the sinfulness of men and women proving with absolute certainty that we are all sinners by nature. In digressing slightly for a moment, it is important to note the 10 Commandments were not given to Gentiles. They were given only to Israel. It is important also to note that Israel was not told to share the 10 Commandments with the Gentiles or to try to convert Gentiles to Judaism.
Going back to the comparison of Jesus and masking tape, hmmmm, should we entertain the thought that salvation is the masking of sin, the hiding of sin? Some sort of a cloak that would allow us to live the abundant life available to all believers? That kind of thinking does not offer much hope. But on the other hand if we approach salvation and the Christian walk that follows with the concept or view that we are indeed new creatures, created by God, we may then experience resurrection power in everyday living. As we accept the fact that when born again we become new creatures, we find new horizons open to us concerning our outward behavior.
Consider this fact, that while masking tape will cover an object by hiding what is underneath, it will not remove its existence. Now by contrast, Jesus comes into the human being who believes Him to be the Christ of God, and in so doing severs that sinful life connected to the first Adam. That spiritual life connected to our first birth is altered, and the old man to whom it is connected dies. That life ends, and is reckoned dead (Romans 6:11) by each individual in direct proportion to the degree we believe God’s word. This reckoning is what frees us from compulsory service to the sin that rules in all of us while unsaved. This reckoning concerns the power of the Sin that overcame Satan and consequently overcame the first Adam and all that followed. We are told to yield our members (body parts) to God and not to Sin that is in us. Sin is alive and well in we who are saved, it is the I, we, us, that is dead. The I of our first birth, Dead.
No Condemnation to Those Who Are in Christ
The unalterable fact of faith is to realize that the Spirit of God is the very life you now possess. We have eternal life through our joint crucifixion with Christ, we (past tense) have already died, and thus we have answered to the penalty required of those who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Those of us in Christ have acquired (right now) His history as it relates to sin and punishment for it. This fact is borne out in 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ’s life is now our life, and the second death will have no power over us. Through this same process the old man connecting you to Adam died and will never live again, for through this death and consequent rebirth, your history before God ended as an unrighteous son of Adam. Because of this fact God’s judgment is completely satisfied concerning your sin as pertaining to salvation of your soul. There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ!
It is God who declares the wages of sin is death and it is God who says Christ was made sin for us and we are made the righteousness of God in Christ. He, the Christ of God completed the rescue mission on which he was sent by God the Father. Leaving all humans left with a choice to make, to believe the record that God gave of His Son, or to disbelieve and thereby condemn themselves to an eternity devoid of God.
If for one moment anyone thinks that any effort on the part of any human enhances the righteousness of God on their behalf, then close self-examination is in order to discover whether or not they are in the faith of Christ. For as Ephesians 4:5 states there is one faith, His faith, and it is a gift from God. For God shares his glory with no one.
There are many places where this masking for sin is marketed as a remedy for sin. Only God offers salvation, and that by belief of the truth that is offered to all mankind. Men and women will enter hell because they reject God’s remedy sent to deal with the sin nature and acts or symptoms of the indwelling sin. God does not punish us because we have a sin nature and are obedient to it concerning salvation, but punishment comes because we choose to refuse His gift of righteousness. This while we cling to our claim to rule our own lives in an attempt to establish our own righteousness which is based on our definition of who God is. Men and women do despite to the Spirit of grace in so doing.
Saints Not Sinners!
Look to the Scripture, for anyone who chooses to be recognized as a sinner after receiving the truth, is by doing so, declaring openly that the blood of Christ was and is an insufficient sacrifice as the remedy for sin and the judgment of it. If this choice of unbelief is chosen only judgment can follow. Every human being on the planet will be judged and condemned or they will be decreed righteous, and this will be based on his are her valuation of the sacrifice God provided Himself as described in Hebrews 10:26-29. It is only through the acceptance of the death of our old Adamic nature that we can have true victory over sin in our everyday walk in this life.
The perfect work of redemption is finished, and that is an applicable truth to every human – unless by choice we declare it unfinished.