God forgives sins for healing, etc, but for eternal life
it is by His blood.
"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God forgives sins for healing, etc, but for eternal life it is by His blood.
Our topic here is the forgiveness of our sins by God. Or, how God forgives sins? We all think that if we sincerely ask God to forgive our sins, God will forgive them immediately and we become clean. So also we believe that a person can live a wretched life throughout his life, and at the death bed if he can jester a sign that means to say sorry God, then we think that God will take him in heaven. We think like this since we know nothing about God from the word of God. The Bible says that sins cause many harms to us, and every sin has consequence. So, we ask God to forgive us for healing and to escape many calamities. On many occasions God listens to our prayers and gives us relief. But these prayers and forgiveness will not sanctify us to be counted for our eternal life. Our sanctification that will contribute a sinless life, followed with forgiveness of our past sins, the cleansing by his blood, will be counted for eternal life. As God uses his blood to make us perfect, he gives us a severe warning, which we do not usually notice. This is according to the Bible. But, our churches and preachers will never tell this different levels of forgiveness or the warning to people. Let us study about them in detail.
When Jesus Christ was a man, a few people asked for healing and he healed them, and he healed many people who didn't even ask for it. He even raised a few from death. He told them not to tell anybody about their healing. He forgave their sins in order to heal them. He did many miracles without even asking. Again, he made wine by a miracle on the request of his mother. He cast out devils from people to heal them. Then, he told his disciples to do what he was doing. "Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." However, through any of these healings, miracles, and forgiveness, he did not give anybody eternal life. In order to obtain eternal life, all their past sins must be forgiven by the cleansing or washing by his blood. It is the only forgiveness that counts for eternal life.
2. Requirements for the forgiveness of sins
Jesus Christ has forgiven sinners and he requires people to forgive others in order to receive forgiveness from God. If we do not forgive others, our sins will not be forgiven. "Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors... 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:25-26 and many other verses say the same. Even after God forgives sins, if the person does not forgive others in the future, God re-imposes the punishment back on the person. Matthew 18:23-35. "18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." Then, the servant did not forgive another man. So, look what God did to him in response. "33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." There are more conditions for forgiveness, like repentance, etc. But the important part is that we have to fulfill all these requirements, and still we must obtain the forgiveness by the cleansing of his blood. If not, it will not be counted for eternal life. Let us find what will be the requirement for the washing by his blood.
God tells us to forgive each other and we forgive others, but this forgiveness will not give us eternal life. "Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." But, they did not inherit the kingdom of God. "Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Peter asked Jesus as to how many times he should forgive a brother. Jesus answered until seventy times seven. As we see this, we immediately come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ will also forgive us seventy times seven. Okay, even if Jesus forgives you seventy times seven, if they are healed, etc, but not counted for your eternal life, you cannot go to heaven because of those forgiveness. But, as soon as we hear the word forgiveness, we connect it to eternal life, in our religious mind. Our Christian belief is this. For eternal life, whatever you do doesn't matter, if you come to God in the end of the day and say 'I am really sorry Lord' and it will take care of everything. God is so loving and he created us, and he is willing to forgive everything if we say sorry, etc. It sounds very good, true and it is very appealing. This is mainly what we want to hear, it seems good to common sense, this is what preachers preach. But, the Bible, which is the word of God, is opposite to this wonderful idea. So, preachers hide the Bible, pick just a few verses from it, decorate them with a little touch up and make up, and preach them as if the rest of the Bible is void and obsolete. Most preachers are good speakers, and they win big against Christians to whom the Bible is the sermons of preachers, but not the word of God. So, the word of the preachers win against the word of God. Does the preachers really win? Eternity will tell. But, it will be too late for the people, and they will have to spent the rest of their time in eternal damnation, because they were willing to be deceived.
We ask forgiveness from God. It is a good thing. But the ignorant part is this: We connect all forgiveness for twofold purpose, one is for the worldly benefits like, healing, or any consequences caused by sins, etc, and we link it also for eternal life. But, God considers eternal life with very high dignity. God is merciful and he shows his goodness in granting our prayers in many ways. Those are for earthly needs. But, eternal life is entirely a different ball game. Christians are totally ignorant of this. They think that it is two birds in one stone. It is not so. We think that we must repent (they mean to feel sorry) for our sins to receive forgiveness and eternal life as we repent. Further, some preachers say that God will forgive all sins that are past, present, and future, and so, we do not even have to repent again and again. These are stupid deceptions of Satan, and these teachings are not from God. Sadly, they connect these things for eternal life. But it is not true. If we have 100 criminal cases on our head, and if a judge acquitted a few of them, it does not mean that we are declared righteous. Acquitted means 'not punished' and it does not mean that we are righteous. Jesus Christ did forgive so many people, including those who have crucified him, out of his goodness. As genuine as they were, those forgiveness were by his mercy but not by his blood to declare them righteous. If his "blood is applied", it remits, washes, cleanses, and removes all past sins without a trace, perfecting the person. So, his grace 'sanctifies' a 'sinner' and his blood makes the 'sanctified' person 'perfect'. This criteria gives eternal life. This is the truth of the Bible.
What is the requirement for eternal life? "Ephesians 5:25 .., even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Christians automatically reads everything into the death of Jesus on the cross and the subsequent forgiveness. Here we see that "Christ gave himself" and we immediately connect it to the crucifying of Jesus and shedding of his blood. Look at the verse again. Is it really the cross and the death of Jesus? Is it not the begotten Son gives himself to the church, in order to "sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word (verse 26)"? "Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." The resurrected living Jesus Christ, who is God in Spirit, washing his people with the word of God, cleanses and sanctifies them. After they are sanctified, Jesus Christ again forgives their past sins, by his shed blood. The blood cleansing comes as the grand finale, to make the 'sanctified' perfect. It is explained in many scriptures, let me give just two. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 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;" They are sanctified or justified by the grace, power, and the word of God. Then they are, perfected by the one time sacrifice on the cross, that is the blood of Jesus Christ. This blood cleanses us from all sins and from all unrighteousness, and it is done supernaturally by the power of God. We call it as forgiveness, but it is actually cleansing from all the sinning and it is counted solely for Eternal Life, but all other forgiveness are not for eternal life. "Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." Here, first the resurrected Jesus Christ (Begotten Son) turns a person from darkness to light, that is from Satan to God, thus sanctifies (justifies) them; so that Jesus Christ (Son of Man) forgives by his blood. This will give them inheritance in the kingdom of God.
Let us see a few more verses. God wants to change the sacrifice system for forgiveness. So, Jesus had to become a man to sanctify and to perfect his people, which is the 'will' of God the Father. "Hebrews 10:8 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." God was going to establish a new system that will not depend on repeated sacrifices. So, he gave himself as one time sacrifice, and then as Resurrected God, he turns his people away from their sins. "Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Here, the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is again sent to the world, takes the believer as his workmanship, and turns them away from their sins and iniquities. So, then they are holy, that is, they are sanctified and are walking in Christ Jesus doing good works, which are ordained by God. Now they are justified, and what is left in them is their past sins. "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." Now, God forgives their past sins and perfects them. "Revelation 1:5.. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;" When they are made perfect, they are made kings and priest unto God the Father. It is the highest glory of all. You may read more details in this link: "God Perfects".
We saw above that a person must be sanctified, and sin no more, for forgiveness of his "past sins". "Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." Here we see that God writes his laws on the hearts and sanctify the person, so that he will not sin anymore, remit all his/her past sins, and God says at the end that if this person sin again, the blood of Jesus Christ (offering for sin) will no more apply to him/her. So, this is just one time deal, and it is done toward the end. All power is given to the person, including the abiding of God. This person will not commit sin, and the word of God says that he cannot even sin. "1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." This person cannot even sin. However, God gives the caution to him/her.
After redemption by grace and forgiveness by the blood, there is a caution given to this person. "Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." That is, if they commit sin again, it will not be forgiven, because there is no more offering for sin. "Hebrew 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Hebrews 10:26 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." So, if the sanctified and perfected people, for whom the blood of Jesus Christ was applied once for their forgiveness, fell into sin again, it will be equivalent to crucifying Jesus again, and so their sins will not be forgiven. "1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18 Let no man deceive himself." If God abides in us, we will not sin because of God, who lives in us. But, if we are carried away by some kind of lust, and commit sin, then God will destroy us. This is a warning for matured believers. However, the power of God will protect them from committing sins. But, this caution is not given to common Christians, since they neither have the power, nor the abiding of God in them. Example: 440 volt power need caution, but 10 volt battery does not need caution. What all churches know is to repeat a few clichés, to sing a few songs, etc,. For more, please click on this video link: "Son or Bride", "Prodigal & Elder Sons", "Reconcile".
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