Forgiven Of All Sins
- Early from the start God established that sin, which is transgression of his law, would not be ignored nor treated with passive benevolence, for sin incurs a debt that must be satisfied. It is written "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin and that by no means clearing the guilty...." (Ex. 34:7). From personal experience we know that sin has both temporal and eternal consequences, and reason tells us that, as a man guilty before a magistrate, when judged will receive a sentence. The atonement or covering for sin has to come either by direct punishment or by substitution, one paying for another. God gave us the example and it is written that it is the offered blood of one innocent upon the altar that atones for sins: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for the soul" (Lev. 17:11). And it is written, "And almost all things are purged with blood: and without the shedding of blood there is no remission" (Heb. 9:22). How can some traditions offer Jesus on the cross as a sacrifice in an unbloody manner, and contradict Scripture? God had already devised a plan by which he would redeem humanity and satisfy the wrath on sin by making true of his promise of Gen. 3:15 of the seed of the woman's defeat the seed of the Serpent. God had it all prepared to bring in redemption and would do it justly while preserving his righteousness intact.
- This alone gives us a good picture of the God of Creation, of his Providence and everlasting intent to rescue us by his own means. The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament were but a type of the sacrifice that One, the Servant of the LORD, would offer for the sins of the world. It became ingrained in the minds of men that sin requires satisfaction made by blood of an innocent and not another guilty party. God the Son incarnate would “in the last days” come to do exactly that, in substitution for our transgressions, in the person of Jesus Christ. He was born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31-35) supernaturally, as the spirit of God the Son entered into the product of conception so that He would have a human nature like us, and be able to die for the race (humanity), for it is written of our Saviour Jesus Christ, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity.....(Titus 2:14). If I had the audacity to deny this, God would make me a liar, for it is written, “...in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him (Rom.5:8,9).Of the blood of Jesus Christ is written (Mark 14:24) that it is the blood of the New Testament, which the Lord Jesus Christ himself consecrated at the Lord's Supper when he drank the last cup at the Jews' Passover celebration (Luke 22:20).
- If any man says that it was by his sufferings that he redeemed us, God would make that man a liar too for it is written, that we are accepted to God in the beloved (Jesus the Son), “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins..( Eph. 1:7 and Col. 2:14).God set his Son Jesus, be a propitiation (redemption price) as it is written, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood.....for the remission of sins... to declare his righteousness that he might be just and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus (Romans 3:25,26). By Jesus Christ's death we are redeemed while God is propitiated, our sins are washed away (purged), so that we no longer are under penalty or guilt, given that he took the punishment for all. Therefore, I take great caution (and you should too) in not contradicting anything written in Scripture, in particular concoccting the notion that it was his sufferings (and those of others too) that redeem sins. Peter was very clear in this matter when he wrote by the Holy Spirit that “...ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,......but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was forordained before the foundation of the world...(1 Peter 1:18-20)”. If a pastor, an evangelist, a bishop, a priest or a teacher contradicts this, you ought to call him out on this matter if he claims to be a Christian. In the last days we are especially called to be weary and not deceived by false christs, false prophets and false teachers.
And if you say that his blood does cleanse but is not totally redemptive and we must cooperate in our salvation, it is written that “...by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption of us (Heb. 9:12). And eternal redemption qualifies us for an eternal inheritance and an eternal salvation as it is written, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death..for the redemption of the transgressions... they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15); And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation...(Heb.5:9). Not often do deceivers wish to use the epistle to the Hebrews, claiming it to be for Jewish Christians, given that it will undress liars and leave them naked to the truth. Salvation is totally a gift of God, and our good works are but the fruit of the fact that Jesus Christ already saved us! We now stand justified by his blood as the Spirit spoke through Paul when he exhorted the Macedonian elders to “feed the Church of God whom he had purchased through his own blood (Acts 20:28)”.And how were they to feed the Church of God? By the preaching of the gospel (Acts 20:24). Paul himself wrote what the gospel message was all about in 1Cor. 15:1-4, the message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for that Christ had died for our sins, and by which we are saved! Of the gospel it is written, “... for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth...(Rom. 1:16)” and “ For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God (1Cor. 1:18). So that God has placed his spirit power behind this message for our salvation! In Peter's sermon in the house of Cornelius the Roman centurion, he said of Jesus, as it is written “..that through his name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43)”. When I stumbled into this, I realized that it was addressing two things: first is whosoever or anyone willing, of his free will, to believe; the other one is faith or the trust in the one that died for us, that his sacrifice on the cross resulted in the remission of my sins. It is open to all who are willing to come to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, not coerced or forced or programmed to be faithful.
Yet the are those traditions of men that teach not only that Jesus Christ can be offered to God in an unbloody manner (which as we saw, contradicts Scripture), but that he must be offered repeatedly, which again contradicts Scripture. These are but the words of men, their so called 'sacred traditions' that they presume they can bring to the level of the word of God and use to hold the faithful followers chained to the ruling bureau of their congregation or denomination. What sayest Scripture? It say as written, “...we are sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” and “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified (Heb. 10:10,14)”. And where sin has been washed away, it is written “.... then there is no more offering for sin (Heb. 10:18)”. And where from did men get the idea that we are to offer Christ to God when it is written that “.. now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (Heb. 9:26)”? For it is clear that the reason he only had to die once was that his sacrifice only required to be done one time to perfect those who believe in him.
- And it is also clear from this epistle to the Hebrews that he was not only the offerer High Priest, but was also the victim that instead of by animal blood offered himself, and at that at the Tabernacle in heaven, to be not only our redeemer but also our mediator to God. One has to decide at some point either to believe Scripture or to believe the traditions of men, for they are incompatible and what rests on the balance is our own souls, for to be saved or to be comdemned. Anyone that pretends to add his good works to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is NOT TRUSTING IN HIM FOR HIS SALVATION BUT IN MEASURE, ON himself! What else can be understood where it is written that John the Baptist exclaimed, “..behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29)”?What else can be understood where it is written, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree....(1Pet. 1:24)”? Or Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions... the chastisement for our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed”? Or Isaiah 53:12, “........he was numbered with the trangresssors; and he bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”? Or “For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God......(1Pet. 3:18)”?
Do we really know why Jesus Christ (God the Son in the flesh) came to earth? We are often told he came but to be an example of how it is done so that we too me do it likewise and go to heaven (to show the way). Really? Today he has been a 2000 year old example that no one can imitate, no, not one! He is not around for us to watch do the works of God. But can fallen humans do that which only God can do? What Jesus Christ came to do is that which we could not do by ourselves! He was the sinless God-man [“in him is no sin” 1 John 3:5] and perfect Lamb (Heb. 4:15) and it is written, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins.....(1John 3:5)” “ ...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8)”. These verses ought to clean up any cobweb we may have in the mind, lest the cofusion of the deceivers take us by the wide gate and the wide road into the place we really do not want to go, that leads to destruction. Yes, he came to save us and to boot the Devil out and his stinky world system! And to say that others can also co-mediate between God and man one needs to overthrow the clear teachings of Scripture, for it is all of Christ and no one else. “...and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us of all sin” (1 John 1:7) and “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) and “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2), and “ And being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation...” (Heb. 5:9) and “.... that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9) and “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). See then that one need not be a 'theologian' not a member of a teaching magisterial body in order to understand the Bible, for God has made it understandable to those who believe and are taught then of the Holy Spirit: “Which things also we speak, not in the words that man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:13). It is a fact that we inherited a sin-nature from Adam, so that by nature we are always inclined to sin and not seek after God, being all under sin (Rom.3: 9,11) and that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23)”. We deserve eternal death or eternal separation from God, But He wants an eternal relationship and fellowship with us, and that is where his grace and mercy come in. God the Son became man in order to die for the human race's sins, not just some, but all sins, and make us complete or perfected for heaven. Jesus Christ did that which we could not do. What it takes is for a person to be willing (whosoever will) to ask Jesus Christ to save him and trust him as Saviour for it is Christ alone that can make a person a Christian (John 1:12,13) by the will of God. Listen to these written words: “ For he (God) hath made him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21) and “... the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Is. 53:6) and the LORD “...hath put him to grief, when thou shall make his soul an offering for sin...” (Is. 53:10). It is quite clear that he (Jesus Christ) alone is our substitute, and no one else, for no one else can be! He had to be sinless to be the Lamb of God and perfect offering; he had to be man to die for the human race, and had to be God to make the sacrifice universal of all peoples of all times.
Imagine what is being done to the young generations that receive the sacred traditions of men that nix the scriptural realities and fall away from the faith, going away into all kinds of unbeliefs when in reality they have never been taught the truth and in bitter opposition turn away. Is it any wonder that college professors have a field day in challenging a young person as to the absurdity of Christianity that they themselves are ignorant of? But those who are taught the truth of the Bible and are willing to receive the salvation from their sins, God is willing to save for no one will be turned away, regardless of what kind of life they have lived or how awful they think their spiritual condition is in. God will grant them spiritual life (eternal life) by bringing their spirits back to life (new birth) and are now born of God. They become new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17) in Christ, are baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 2:33) and the sin that they commit will no longer be allocated to their records: “ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin...and he can not sin because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9) and “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not.... (1 John 5:18). Does that mean that we are free to sin freely? No, it does not but it does admit the fact that we still have our Adamic nature and will fall into sin and the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers in this age of the Church will be separating us from sin, sanctifying us to God. The Spirit in the new believer will put out the fire of desire for sin. When a born again believe sins, it is because he is walking in his old adamic nature and not by being led by the Spirit, not following after the Spirit. But as a new creature, his sin is not entered into his record, for he has been fully redeemed of all sin for all time and seasons.
CONCLUSSION: salvation is of God alone by Jesus Christ, God the Son incarnate, to those who are willing to receive him as Saviour and trust exclusively in him and not in themselves or their church to accomplish that that only Jesus Christ can do. End
Revised, sharpened, refurbished and re-published on 12/10/2014