REDEMPTION AND REMISSION
In whom we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according
to the riches of his grace
“Redemption” in the verse above, is the Greek
word, “apolutrosis” and it means riddance.
In Christ, we have our riddance. He rids or plucks you
out of trouble, and rids your life of anything that’s
wrong. So, you can say, “I have my riddance in Christ,
no matter what!” That’s redemption. It doesn’t matter
what mess you may think you’re in, you can trust Him
to get you out.
In Christ Jesus, we also have remission of sins. The
King James translation uses the word “Forgiveness”
of sins, but the Greek word is “aphesis” and it means
remission; the total removal or blotting away of sins.
God did much more than forgive us; He blotted out
our sins. There’s no trace or record of your sins; it’s as
though you never sinned.
That’s why it’s wrong for a Christian to keep a
consciousness of sin. Some are forever praying and
asking God for forgiveness, because they’re always
overwhelmed by the burden of sin-consciousness.
The truth is that the Bible never tells us to ask God
for forgiveness. God never made provision for your
“forgiveness.” This might upend some people’s
theology, but it’s a present truth.
To forgive means to pardon, in which case
the record of wrong remains, though you’ll not be
punished. But that’s not the case with God and us. The
actual Greek rendering is “to take away completely, to
put away, blot out, separate from.” You might want to
ask, “How about 1 John 1:9 that says, “If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness?”
What that simply means is that if we acknowledge
(confess) our sins, God is faithful and just to put them
away, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There’s
an automatic cleansing going on. That’s what it says in
the seventh verse: “But if we walk in the light, as he is
in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from
all sin” (1 John 1:7).
God wants you to walk free of guilt or condemnation!
He wants you to walk in the light of your riddance, your
righteousness, your justification, your holiness, and your
sanctification in Christ Jesus, not snowed-under by guilt
Thank you dear Father for this glorious truth in
your Word! Christ is my riddance; He rids me of
trouble, and of anything that’s inconsistent with the
provisions of the Gospel. I walk victorious, conscious
of my right-standing with you, and my triumphant
life in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER S TUDY:
Romans 3:2-25; Romans 6:14; Luke 24:46-47