That Was Yesterday….This is Today
We have an accuser, the ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Rev. 12:10) and we know him as the Satan, the Enemy who condemns and discourages thereby diverting our attention away from what God is forever doing for us through Jesus to what we have done that makes us undeserving of “so great a salvation”; it is most effective on those whose conscience struggles with memories of past sins, sometimes to the point of despair. And this kind of distraction is a constant danger because it turns us from the light of God’s word and love to the darkness that marks their absence; there are no other options.
It is important to remember that we live as both time-bound and timeless creatures and the truth about whom and what we are in Christ depends on this fact. I’m confident all who read this have had bad days replete with failures during their walk with the Lord that is fodder for the Enemies attacks. But at 12:01 AM a new day begins and whatever failures, sins committed, duties omitted that happened yesterday are beyond doing anything about; midnight is a ‘new’ beginning. But this is only the temporal side of things.
I’m always so grateful that He knew these bad days were coming before the world even began but loved me anyway. He “chose us (you and me, personally) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:4-6) This is the timeless part of our existence overarching all yesterdays, today’s and our remaining tomorrows showing who we are from eternity’s perspective.
So, is there an answer we can give the accuser to his accusations? I believe there is and you might have guessed it already. It has to do with our experience of time and God’s timelessness. The proper answer to the accuser who, in fact, speaks the truth about us (it’s never any use denying it) is “yes, what you say is accurate but that was part of my yesterday, and this is Today, not only in the temporal world but also the eternal Present tense in which I now stand. Those things of which you accuse me are already forgotten by my Father because I’m forgiven and cleansed through the ministry of my High Priest”.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Hebrews 10:22 is helpful understanding our conscience when it runs amok after taking seriously the accuser’s attacks. When it does, it is an ‘evil’ conscience and interferes with our relationship with God by generating a sense of regret, fear and/or guilt about something we did or failed to do; it is faulty insofar as the memory and anguish of past sins and failures continue to grip it. What we learn from this verse is that, as with every aspect of our walk with God, it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses and purifies our conscience while shielding us from all condemnation; we can, and must ‘draw near’ when the accuser comes and our conscience forgets to Whom it now belongs. And we are to ‘draw near’ in ‘full assurance of faith’ which stands against and overrides what we think, see, or feel about ourselves or what the accuser says.
In other words, what we are, our existence, our very beingness as children of God is defined solely by the Sacrifice of Jesus and the blood He shed; trusting that this is forever true, not just for others, but for YOU, is one way of understanding what the “ drawing near in full assurance of faith” really is.
We really do have to take all this ‘personally’ because our conscience is ‘personal’, the accuser attacks us ‘personally’ to create a barrier between us and the Father, so we ‘personally’ must “boldly” step into His Presence where the Light of truth and the Lamb of God dispel the lies of the Enemy.
© W.G. Ryzek 2013
 The word ‘evil’ denotes a moral dimension as well. However, its meaning here is more like something that is faulty or broken.
 Those new to this blog are encouraged to read the series “On the Meaning of Mercy” for a fuller explanation of ‘drawing near’.