The world is living under the reality of the effects of sin, but man has little or no information about the evil called ‘sin’. Most believers think that sin is unconquerable, that man must always be enslaved by it. This belief is built on unbelief and it is false.
A man called Jesus conquered sin even when it was at the prime of its operation. Jesus lived above sin, not as God but as man, before its power was broken on the cross. “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9:26 KJV. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 KJV. Man’s ONLY problem is how to stand before God. Adam’s sin produced a separation. Sin brought death. Death is the separation. Adam was sent out of the Garden, out of God’s presence. He must NEVER come to God without a mediator. Then Jesus showed up.
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24 KJV. Sin brought separation, blood brought association and reconciliation. Anytime the Blood was offered, sin was covered (Forgiven). Man on that basis could relate with God and stand before Him. This sacrifices of the Old Testament were imperfect as it never gave back to man what Adam had lost . Only Jesus blood could offer this. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Hebrews 10:4 KJV.
The blood of bulls and goats covered but never took away sins. God wants to restore fallen man. The regular blood offerings of the patriarchs under the law showed clearly that sin had not been taken away. Then came the Good News! “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV. This is the message of the entire bible. His sufferings, death (spiritual and physical), burial (hell), and his glory (resurrection and Ascension). This is where we must preach holiness, faith, love, success, provision and any other message. Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 KJV.
He is the Lamb of God. He takes AWAY SIN. He does this for the WHOLE WORLD.
“For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9:26 KJV. This is what Jesus did by His death- His redemptive Sacrifice. “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28 KJV.
Remission means to TAKE AWAY. TO SEND AWAY. IT WILL NOT BE USED AGAINST YOU ANYMORE. This is The heart of The Gospel. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19KJV.
He will Grant reconciliation. He will give it freely. He will not count sins. He will not take record.
Not because He condones it. No! It has been taken away. It has been paid for. God’s anger with sin was vented on Jesus. All His fury was poured on Jesus. All the punishment for sins has been DONE once and for all. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:10-14 KJV.
The Sacrifice for sins has been DONE. Once and For All.
To punish any man for sin any more will be unfaithful of the Holy God. This would mean His Word cannot be depended upon. But He cannot deny Himself. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12KJV. Remember here means no recording. There is no taking to account. He says this before you commit them. The Prophets foresaw this, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12 KJV. Sin will never stand between us and God. A better description is to say that sin will never come between God and us. Jesus has taken the place of Adam’s sin. He now stands between us.
In Him we are Justified. God’s commitment is to forgive man. To Remit man’s sins. To Grant Him right standing. The Gospel preaches the taking away of Sins. “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:47 KJV. We preach remission of sins because God has forgiven. He has cancelled it. We preach it because it is available. “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:43 KJV. No man goes to hell anymore because of sin but rejecting Jesus! To refuse this offer is to be condemned.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 KJV. The condemnation is not to believe. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15-16KJV. The Damnation is for unbelief. Unbelief is not to be persuaded Christ has paid. This is the blasphemy.
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” Matthew 12:31-32 KJV. He is condemned not for sins but for blasphemy in opposing the sacrifice of Jesus. “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:26-29 KJV.
To Sin wilfully here is disobey the message of the Gospel, to despise the message. It is to do despite to the Blood shed for you. It is to resist the Spirit of Grace.
Grace is to be freely given. This is not referring to believers for we have believed already. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:38-39 KJV. He was not referring to those who have received the Gospel. Not to believe is the condemnation. Since there is ONLY one offering for sin. If you despise it, you are condemned. You go to hell.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 KJV. This is His commitment to man, Gods outstretched arm, I believe Him. The Gospel is the Power of God. It is the Only solution. Its message is no condemnation. Thank you Jesus!