"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.
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, to take away sins. By one sacrifice, he takes away sins and unrighteousness that causes sin and then he forgives past sins.
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Praise the Lord, Alleluia. Our topic is: Declaration of Faith #7. Take away sins, means Remove sinning. Declaration says: ďFirst 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 takes away our sins, our sin addictions and then he forgives our past sins. So, God makes us perfect.Ē Let me explain it. What is the meaning of 'take away' our sins. Standard meaning is, to forgive our sins. If sins are forgiven, they are gone and so they are taken away. But, it is does not mean that. It is to remove our sins. In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were made mainly for the forgiveness of sins. Yes, they got the forgiveness for that particular sin. But Jesus says, that it does not remove sinning from them. So, they sin again, so sacrifice again, sin again, sacrifice again, and it goes on. It was a cycle, routine, or it was perpetual. God had no pleasure in it, that is, God was not happy with it. "Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." See, those animal sacrifices could not "take away" our sins. So, Jesus came to "take away" sins, that is to remove the sins. How did he remove the sins, it is by removing the unrighteousness that causes sin, so that the sinner may not sin again. It is not religious, but it is spiritual. We cannot do it, but God has to do it. We should be asking God, when God is convinced that we mean business, then he will remove it. But any religious activity cannot remove the sins. Since the sacrifices of animals could not take away sins, people were committing sins repeatedly, and made sacrifices repeatedly. God does not like scarifies, but he loves mercy. Repeated sacrifice system is not the will of God. "Hebrews 10: 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." Repentance is to change our minds from sinning again, but not just to feel sorry for it. So, ask God to remove the addiction of sins so that we donít sin again. If God removes the addiction to sin, he takes away our sins. 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." The forgiveness by applying his blood is special. 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, which is 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. (that is he forgives all the sins that we have committed, which are the past sins) ... 9 ..., he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Unrighteousness is the nature to commit sin, I call it as an addiction to commit sin. Since the addiction is "taken away', we don't have to commit sins. Our past sins are forgiven, and we donít have to commit anymore sins. In this way God make us perfect. The problem is, we love sin. Do you really donít want to sin anymore? If your inner heart, loves to commit sin, you will like it, and God will not remove it.
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:." 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." We get a new heart, (not every Christian, but those who sincerely follow God only, and those who are sincerely trying to follow God in his ways.) and our goal is not to sin anymore. The goal of most Christians to keep enjoying sin and to go to heaven. They will not be included here. 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: It will be supernatural. 1) He will forgive all your past sins, 2) He will cleanse us, that is he will take away all unrighteousness, that cause us to sin. 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?" That is, you will not serve the religion or the church or the denominations anymore, but you will be serving the living God in righteousness. "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, (but our preachers say that God forgives the sins of the past, present and the future. No, they are the servants of the devil, who is the Old Serpent from the garden of Eden, who deceived Eve. They are still alive and well and keep on deceiving the sin loving congregation, for fat salaries.) 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, or still in the first 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. This information will be a bomb shell to Christians, because preachers hide this very successfully from their congregation.
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
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that
he may establish the second.
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;"
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 the forgiveness of
all the sins committed, and it is to cleanse our addiction, that is to root out
all our unrighteousness. "1
..., he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
But, there is one downside to this wonderful heavenly eternal benefit. Please
get into the second covenant. Thank you for
listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
Thank you for listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
For further details, please look at this link: "Forgiveness by the Blood", "sin no more", "sanctified". Thank you.
God Bless You