Be it known unto you therefore, brethren,
that through this man is proclaimed
unto you remission of sins: and by him
every one that believeth is justified from
all things, from which ye could not be
justified by the law of Moses
(Acts 13:38-39 ASV).
Before Jesus came, there were sacrifices and
offerings for the atonement of sins in the Old
Testament. The Jews always had to offer sacrifices year
after year for sins. These involved the killing of animals;
several bulls and goats, but the Bible says in Hebrews
10:4, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and
of goats should take away sins.”
The blood of bulls and goats couldn’t provide
remission, but when Jesus came, with one sacrifice,
He perfected forever all those who are called in Him.
He offered Himself once, not for the forgiveness of our
sins, but for the total blotting away or remission of sins.
(Hebrews 9:14). He made remission of sins possible.
Too many around the world aren’t aware that their
sins have been remitted. He didn’t do it for Christians;
He did it for the whole world (John 3:16). There’re
those today who ignorantly put themselves through
some harsh penance; they punish themselves for their
sins, thinking if they suffered enough, God would be
sympathetic towards them and overlook their sins. But
it doesn’t work that way.
The Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians
2:8-9). It’s not by your efforts. So, it doesn’t matter how
many times you buffet yourself for your sins; it makes
no difference how long and hard you suffer and go
through self-inflicted penance; your sins can’t, and won’t
be remitted that way. What was required was sinless
blood, the blood of Jesus Christ. He alone was qualified
to offer Himself for the remission of our sins.
Acts 10:43 says, “To him give all the prophets
witness, that through his name whosoever believeth
in him shall receive remission of sins.” If you’re born
again, happy are you, because you have remission
of sins; total obliteration and removal of sins—past,
present, and future. His blood is that powerful; it speaks
better things (Hebrews 12:24); it speaks of eternal
redemption and eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:11-14).
Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus,
whom you sent for the remission of the sins of the
world. I walk in the finished works of Christ, and the
glory that His death, burial, and resurrection wrought
for me. I’m forever righteous, holy, blameless and
unreproveable in your sight. What a blessing!
FURTHER S TUDY:
Hebrews 10:4-7; Hebrews 9:13-15