"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.
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"Video Take away Sins"
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What are the things that Jesus Christ took away? 1, He took away the animal sacrifices. 2, He took away the scapegoat. 3, He took away the old priesthood. And 4, He took away the old covenant. He replaces all of them with new, which are better. Hebrews 10:4 says that animals could not take away sins. 11 says that the priests could never take away sins: "10 says By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 14 says For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 9 says, Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." So, Jesus Christ took away the first covenant and established the second covenant.
Let us study about the sacrifices and the scapegoat. Sins were divided in two kinds. 1, People sinned without knowing the law of God, that is, sins by ignorance. 2, People also sinned knowing that they were sins. Both sins were handled differently. In "Leviticus 16:7-10, and 20-22", two goats were brought before God. One was chosen for sacrifice and the other as a scapegoat. The sacrifice was for ignorant sins, and the scapegoat was for all other sins. Leviticus 4&5 and Numbers 15 have more details. After the sacrifice ceremonies are done, the scapegoat was brought in for all other sins. The sins of all the people were put on the goat ceremonially and the scapegoat took away all their sins. So, by the sacrifice and by the scapegoat, every sin was removed from the people. However, people committed sins again and the sacrifices and scapegoats were repeated again, and again. God did not have pleasure in these repeated sacrifices. So, God wanted the first covenant and the priesthood to be taken away and to establish the second. Please notice this: God's "will", is to give us a way to escape from sinning. But we like our sins. We do not want to escape from our sins, but we want to escape the punishment for sins, so that we may commit sin without the fear of hell. This is the conflict of interest. However, God took away the Old and established the New. God says, it is the better covenant and it will give us inheritance in his kingdom. "Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." The better promises are for eternal inheritance in God's kingdom.
In Hebrews 10:7-10, Jesus Christ tells God the Father, that he is coming to the world to do his "will", which is to take away the first and to establish the second. He will sacrifice himself for once and remove all sin sacrifices. He will come back to the world after his resurrection as God and turn his people away from sinning as the scapegoat takes away sins. He removes the priesthood in verse 11, and he becomes the high priest in verse 21. By doing these, he took away the first covenant and established the second covenant. Let us look what is changed in the second covenant. In the first covenant, people and priest sacrificed their own lamb and led their own scapegoat. As soon as the ceremonies are done, their punishment for sins were removed, and it was automatic. In the second covenant, God provided the lamb and the scapegoat, and it was Jesus. He offered himself without spot to God through the eternal Spirit as in Hebrews 9:14. By his sacrifice, Jesus became the author of salvation. So, now the forgiveness of sins is in the control of Jesus Christ, but it is not automatic. Now, people must come to the author of salvation for forgiveness. Hebrews 5:9 says, that Jesus Christ forgives only those who obey him. Acts 3:26 & Hebrews 9:28 say, that Jesus Christ is here to remove the sins of the people. But he will appear to us only if we look for him. And, Jesus became the high priest and he is the judge. In the first covenant their sins were removed as soon as the sacrifices and ceremonies are done. However, they were just shadows; but neither eternal, nor real. Now, the first covenant is taken away, and Lord Jesus Christ has established the second covenant, in which forgiveness of sins is not automatic by sacrifice.
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."
This is the resurrected Jesus Christ, turning people away from sinning. These
people were turned away from sins by God's power, and they have no reason to sin
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." Jesus Christ now forgives all their
past sins and perfects them. This is the second covenant. So, salvation is by
two steps. If we humble ourselves to God; first, he will turn us away from our
sins, and then, he will forgive all our past sins, and thus makes us perfect.
This is salvation.
"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." This is the resurrected Jesus Christ, turning people away from sinning. These people were turned away from sins by God's power, and they have no reason to sin anymore. "Romans 3:25 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." Jesus Christ now forgives all their past sins and perfects them. This is the second covenant. So, salvation is by two steps. If we humble ourselves to God; first, he will turn us away from our sins, and then, he will forgive all our past sins, and thus makes us perfect. This is salvation.
But, famous celebrity preachers and most churches pulled along the old covenant forgiveness for eternal salvation; using the blood of Jesus on the cross forever, so that they may sin repeatedly without the fear of hell. Our world-famous evangelist Billy Graham said that we must keep the crucified Jesus with his blood in front us every day and all the time, because that is our salvation. Not only him, but almost every church preaches the same. But the old covenant did not have the kingdom of God and eternal salvation; further it was taken away. Jesus died one time and became the author of salvation. Jesus Christ use his blood, and we cannot use it. We Christians want the crucified Jesus, dripping with blood, in front of us as God, so that we may sin without the fear of hell. We do not want the resurrected Spirit Jesus Christ, turning us away from sinning, because we love sin. We don't want him as an author of salvation, but rather have his blood, so that we may wash ourselves, after we enjoy our sins. Who is your Jesus Christ? Is he the one still on the cross, bleeding for you to provide you with the readymade blood? Or, is he the one, who will turn you away from sins, and then forgive your past sins? The one who is providing his blood now, is another Jesus, false Christ, the anti-Christ, and he is the legend or phantom of the man Jesus. The true Jesus Christ is God in the Spirit, who will turn you away from sins, and then forgive your past sins. If you look for him, he will reveal himself to you. He is the author of salvation. He is the only God. He is the only one who can save you.
Two more videos with details, and the link are: "Take away sins as Scapegoat" & "Forgiveness by the Blood".
God Bless You