"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.
In the Old Testament, animal sacrifice was made for a few reasons, one of these reasons is for our sins. But those sacrifices will not "take away" sins, even though sacrifices were made for the sins. "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." These sacrifices were made repeatedly because these blood could not "take away" sins. The meaning of the word "take away" is not complicated, but because of conditioning, or brain washing, we will not understand as "take away" but we take it as forgiven. But "take away" and "forgiven" has different meaning. "Forgiven" means that what you have done is considered void and is forgotten. It will not prevent you from doing the same thing again. "Take away" means, that the very thing which caused you to commit the sin, is "taken away" from you. In my language Bible, it says that the thing that caused you to do it, is "carried away and destroyed," and if it is done, you will not commit sin again. So, the difference between "forgiving" and "taken away" is that, "take away" will remove the root cause of sin, but "forgive" will not do it. The blood of animals cannot "take away", but the blood of Jesus Christ can and will "take away' the sins. Christians do not even know it.
Hebrews 8th chapter compares 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:" The Old was at fault because, the people did not continue in the covenant. So, God made the second in such a way that the people will not discontinue. God fix the laws in their mind and heart, and so they cannot and will not discontinue the covenant. The rest of the chapter says that God completely forgives their past sins. So, if we are in the new covenant, the Old 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 purge our conscience from ceremonial kind of works, but to our life to serve him in Spirit and truth. "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." 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 (take away) all unrighteousness, that cause us to commit sins. That is, his blood will clean you so that you no longer sin and your past sins are forgiven. Now, you became perfect by the blood of Jesus Christ. And this is because of the second covenant. 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 you are in the first covenant. The blood of Jesus is nor for repeated sins.
Bible says very clearly that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Why did he die for the sins? There are many ways to answer. However, we all unify to say that he died to redeem sinners, or to save sinners from the punishment for their sins. The next question is, how does he do it? The Bible explains it clearly. But preachers find their own explanations, and so there are many ways come out of them. Let us see what the Bible says. "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."John the Baptist said that he is the Lamb of God, who will die for the sins of the world. "Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins," Again he dies for our sins. "Hebrew 9:26 ... but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." He gives himself as a sacrifice for sins. "1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." He dies for the sins for the whole world. So, it is established that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. But, the whole world is not saved. So, there must be another element present in the Bible to decide who is saved and who is not saved. Let us find that scripture. "Hebrew 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" According to this verse, Jesus Christ suffered death, etc, and became the author of salvation, and he will give eternal salvation to all who will obey him. That is, the deciding factor for our salvation here is, that the sinner must obey him, that is he/she must do what he tells them to do for their salvation. Please read this link to know what to obey: "Author of Salvation."
So, the blood of Jesus Christ, not only forgives the past sins, but also purge our conscience so that we will only do the things of God, but will not commit sins. "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. (You may refer this link for sanctified: "sin no more", "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 he take away the first and to establish the second. What is the main difference between the first and the second? In the first, there will be sacrifice for every sin. But, in the second Jesus sacrifices himself only one time. But it is not for one sin, but for the sins committed, and it is to cleanse the action or addiction of sinning, which will cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). "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." With all this they will not sin again. However, there is a caution, and we should not ignore it.
For further details, please look at this link: "Forgiveness by the Blood". Thank you.
God Bless You