"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, ... 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.
'Take away' sins is to remove the sinning; as a scapegoat. First covenant sacrifices could not "take away" sins. So, sins and sacrifices were repeated. So, 'God the Word' became man, sacrificed himself, and became the author of salvation. As a scapegoat, he takes away sins. As a lamb, he died for sins. As the author of salvation, Jesus Christ turns away his people from sinning and forgives their past sins. So doing, he removed the first covenant and established the second covenant.
Let us see how the sins were handled in the first covenant. Sins were divided in two kinds. 1, we sin without knowing the law of God, that is, we sin because of ignorance. 2, we do sin knowing that they are sins. Both sins are handled differently. Let us see how the sins of ignorance are handled. "Leviticus 4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: 3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering." If anybody committed sin against the law of God, and if it is by ignorance, an animal should be sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins. It is given in Leviticus 4&5, in Numbers 15 and in other places also. They offered the sacrifice, and the sin was forgiven. Then the people committed the same sin again. And now, it was not by ignorance. It was ignorance at the first time, after that it was not ignorance. Yet, they sacrificed again, sin again, sacrificed again, and it went on. God did not like this repeated sacrifices. Then how the sins that are knowingly committed were handled? "Leviticus 16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness." Here two goats were brought before God. One was chosen for sacrifice and the other for a scapegoat. The sacrifice was for ignorant sins, and the scapegoat was for all other sins. "20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." So, after all the sacrifice ceremonies are done, the scapegoat was brought in for the sins that are committed knowingly. All the sins of all the people were put on it ceremonially and the scapegoat took all their sins away from them. So, by the sacrificial and the scapegoat, every sin was removed from people. However, sinning was perpetual, and this could not take away sins.
In the first covenant, sacrifices could not "take away" sinning. So, sins and sacrifices were repeated. God had no pleasure in the covenant that caused repeated sacrifices. So, Jesus made a statement to God the Father in the book of 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, that is, it could not remove sins from us. So, God wants to remove the covenant of sacrifice by the people, and to establish a second covenant to take away the sins of the people. Further, God has decided to take away the old priesthood also, because they did not keep the covenant. "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:." So, 'God the Word' became a man. It was told to Mary in "Matthew 1:21, And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. In 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." Jesus made himself as onetime sacrifice for the sins of the people and took away the first covenant and established 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. In the second covenant, Jesus sacrificed himself only onetime, and became the author of salvation. "Hebrews 5:8 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;" As the author, he removes sinning from people, which was done by the scapegoat in the old covenant, and forgive their past sins, which was done by the lamb that was sacrificed. So, Jesus took away the sinning of his people, and they should not sin repeatedly, if this is done. "Hebrews 10:10 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; ... 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." The priesthood and the sacrifices with the first covenant could not take away sins. But, Jesus Christ by sacrificing himself, took away sins, and perfected them that were sanctified. He has established the second. One important thing that we should not miss here is that, he did not perfect the whole world, or the whole Church, but he has done this perfection, only to those who are sanctified. In Acts 3:26, it says as, he appears only unto them that look for him.
God had two set ups, there were two goats, doing two functions to remove sins from people, in the first covenant. Now, God has changed the first covenant to the second. Here, God sent Jesus Christ twice to the world. "Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." First time, Jesus Christ came as a man and sacrificed himself for the sins of many, and the cause of his death was the sins of the world. Please pay attention: this is a very important point. By his sacrifice, he became the author of salvation. But churches teach as, the death of Jesus is directly applied to our sins. No, no, no! Because of his death, he became the author of salvation. And as the author of salvation, he does justice. We cannot bye-pass Jesus. He is now the living God, and we must come to him for our salvation. Churches bye-pass the fact that we must stand before Jesus to receive our salvation, and we cannot go to his cross and to his blood, to own our salvation. It is wrong. His sacrifice, symbolically it is his cross, is very important in our life. We must be very careful about the teaching of his cross. His cross is not a shelter for us to get asylum. We must take our cross and die to our flesh, to reach his cross. Jesus teaches to pick up our cross, but not to escape it. His cross is not a substitute to our cross, but it establishes our cross and tells us to die to our flesh. Nobody can take his blood and apply to themselves. He died for the sins of the world and became the author of salvation. We need to come to the author of salvation to receive our salvation.
After his resurrection, he became, Lord, Christ, and God.
Then he came for a second time to make his people without sin, that is to make
them sinless, to salvation.
For further details, please look at this link: "Forgiveness by the Blood". Thank you.
God Bless You