In the midst of a suffering, or ‘wounding’, event that is happening in our lives, the moment that we accept and believe that this wounding event belongs to Christ and is causing Him to bleed, so that His blood is sprinkled on His body, the Father sets forth Christ in our lives as a mercy seat. Accepting and believing this point demonstrates our faith in Christ’s blood. As Paul wrote, ‘God hath set forth [Jesus Christ] to be a propitiation through faith in His blood’. Rom 3:23-26.
When the Father sets forth Christ in our lives as a mercy seat, He grants to us a connection to Christ’s suffering. By this means, as Christ’s blood flows from His heart and falls upon His body, it is also falling upon us. His blood is then sprinkling our hearts, cleansing our conscience from its death-producing works. Heb 9:13-14. These works are the fruit of our self-justifying attitudes, which are motivated by the other law within us, and are manifest as the emotions of sin through aggressive behaviour or depression. Rom 7:5.
The whole world is already under the condemnation and judgement of God. The wrath and vengeance of God is already upon us. When the Lord comes to us and speaks to us, the first words that He speaks to us are words that minister faith to our hearts. His first word to us is, ‘Fear not; only believe’. Mar 5:35-36. Gen 15:1. Rev 1:17.
The psalmist declared that Christ comes to us as ‘God who forgives’ (Heb: El Nasa; pronounced ‘naw-saw’). He wrote, ‘You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their deeds’. Psa 99:8. The closeness of this forgiving God is expressed in ‘the hand of God’. Job declared, ‘I will teach you about [or by] the hand of God’ that lifts, raises and forgives through chastening. Job 27:11.