IN REMISSION WE HAVE
Be it known unto you therefore, men
and brethren, that through this man
is preached unto you the forgiveness
(remission) of sins: And by him all that
believe are justified from all things, from
which ye could not be justified by the law
of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).
We learnt in our previous study that what
we have in Christ isn’t forgiveness, but
remission of sins. Some Bible translators weren’t sure
when to use the word “forgive” and when to use the
word “remit.” So in different translations, they render
the Greek word “aphesis” as “forgiveness” and also
as “remission.” For example, the King James Version
translated it as forgiveness instead of remission as seen
in our opening verse.
Remission is the complete removal of sin. In the
Greek Septuagint, there’s a word used in Leviticus
25:10 that’s akin to remission; it’s the word “liberty,”
which means “release.” Part of that verse says, “And
ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land….” The word “liberty” is the
same word “aphesis,” which means remission. We’re
to proclaim remission; man’s total release from sin, its
effects and consequences!
Just as all debts were cancelled during Jubilee in
the Old Testament, remission in the New Testament is
the wiping out or blotting out of a debt (sin), as though
it had never been; as though it never happened. In
forgiveness, the record shows that you’re the offender
but have been pardoned for the offense, whereas in
remission, there’s no record of offence.
In remission, the offence is separated or divorced
from you; it doesn’t exist; hence, you’re justified. Yes,
in remission, you have justification! The Bible says in
Acts 13:39 that by Jesus Christ, all that believe are
justified from all things, from which they couldn’t be
justified by the law of Moses.
To be justified means that you’re acquitted;
you’ve been declared “not guilty,” in spite of your
sins, because they’ve been remitted; they don’t exist.
How is this possible? It’s the righteousness of God: “To
declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he
might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth
in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
I pray for sinners around the world today, that as they
hear the Gospel, their hearts are open to receive the
remission already accomplished for them through the
death of Christ, to live unto righteousness, in Jesus’
FURTHER S TUDY:
2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Romans 3:23-26