"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
First covenant sacrifices could not "take away" sins. So, sins and sacrifices were repeated. It was not God's 'will'. So, God the Word became a man, became a sacrifice, and replaced the first covenant with the second. By ONE sacrifice, he took away sins, their addictions and he forgives our past sins. But, if we willfully sin again, God will devour us as his adversaries.
In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were made for a few reasons, and one of the reasons is for the forgiveness of our sins. Unfortunately, those animal sacrifices could not "take away" our sins. Forgiven is to excuse the sins and the penalty will not be imposed on the sinner. "Take away" sins is to remove the sins, as well as to remove the one that causes sin, so that this sinner may not sin again. The root of cause of sins is unrighteousness. If the unrighteousness is removed from a person, that person will not sin anymore. Since the sacrifices of animals cannot take away sins, people will commit sins repeatedly, and make sacrifices repeatedly. God does not like scarifies, but he loves mercy. Repeated sacrifice system is not the will of God. "Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." These sacrifices were made repeatedly because the blood of animals could not "take away" sins. So, Jesus Christ came to take away the sins of the people. "John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." When Jesus Christ forgives sins applying his blood, he "takes away" their sins, and also he removes the unrighteousness, which causes them to commit sins, as an addiction. "1 John 1:7 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. ... 9 ..., he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Since the addiction is "taken away', they don't have to commit sins. Their past sins are forgiven, and they will not commit anymore sins, so God made them perfect.
God has decided to take away the Old Testament priesthood, sacrifices, Covenant, etc, with the provisions of Jesus in the New Testament. The Old was with fault and so God made it all New. "Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 1 John 1:7 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. ... 9 ..., he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." In the New Covenant, God takes away, or washes away the sins and the unrighteousness, and put the laws of God in their heart for them to obey. "2 Corinthians 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." They get a new heart and they will not commit sin anymore. So, if we accept the new covenant from God, that is, if we walk in the light of Jesus Christ, he will do two things: 1) He will forgive all your past sins, 2) He will cleanse from or take away all unrighteousness, that cause us to commit sins. That is, you will be perfect, with no sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is because of the second covenant. So, if we are in the new covenant, the old covenant is void. The new covenant will apply not only to the Jews, but to all. "Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" Jesus got eternal redemption for us with his blood. His blood purged our conscience from ceremonial kind of works, circumcision, etc, but our life is to serve him in Spirit and truth. Are you in the second covenant? If you are in the second covenant, don't try to use the blood of Jesus Christ repeatedly, as if you are in the first covenant. His blood is for only ONE time.
"Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." So, his blood will make us perfect, if we are sanctified. "Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 and every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" Jesus Christ came to take away the first and to establish the second. What is the main difference between the first and the second? In the first, we will sacrifice animals every time we sin, that is repeatedly. But, in the second covenant, Jesus sacrifices himself only ONE time. It is for all the sins committed, and it is to cleanse that causes our addiction of sinning, which is all our unrighteousness. "1 John 1:9 ..., he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." But, there is one downside to this wonderful heavenly eternal benefit. "Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." After the unrighteousness is removed, we will not sin again. However, there is a caution, if we wilfully sin after the addiction is removed, there will be no more sacrifice for you, and so there will be no forgiveness. The good news is, that we will not sin. However, we should not ignore the warning given by God. God is true. Peachers lie.
For further details, please look at this link: "Forgiveness by the Blood", "sin no more", "sanctified". Thank you.
God Bless You