“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” – Acts 13:38-39
LIGHT FOR NOW: Nothing can be added to the finished work of Christ.
Through the offering of the blood of Christ, we were sanctified once and for all. He offered one sacrifice for sins forever, and then sat down, expecting His enemies to be made His footstool. “By they which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ one and for all. But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrew 10:10, 12-14).One offering sorted man’s sin problem permanently. So, all sins without exception were remitted by the blood of Christ. It was a perfect and complete job that He did for the salvation of mankind; nothing can be added to the finished work of Christ! “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sin” (Acts 10:43). The phrase ‘remission of sins” implies the removing or the wiping away of the evidence of sins; in the Old Testament, sins were not remitted, but were covered for twelve months, hence there was a remembrance of sins after every twelve month and the ritual of the atonement was repeated. The circle continued for ages because the blood of animals could not effect a permanent solution for sins. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).
Apostle John in his epistle says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if, any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but only for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:12, 1 John 2:2). Today, Jesus is the propitiation (sacrifice) for sins, He is the one that paid for sin, and fulfilled the demands of justice. It is not in the nature of the believer to sin, however, if he does, he has an advocate with the Father and can, therefore, receive forgiveness. Sins are not taken away by confession, prayer or fasting, they are taken away by a person. That’s why God was made manifest in the flesh; He came for sin and the scriptures emphasize this truth. “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified”(Hebrews 10:12, 14). Jesus is the propitiation for sins; He is the payment for sins forever; our sins are not forgiven in phases neither are they forgiven based on our faithfulness at confessing them. If that was the case, then forgiveness of sins would have been uncertain. But thanks be to God, we are eternally forgiven of all sins: past, present and future. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: There is no record of sin for the believer in Christ. Think on this!
PRAYER: I affirm that I am accepted in the beloved because by Jesus’ singular sacrifice, I am eternally saved
QUOTE: Jesus is the propitiation or payment for our sins.
DAILY READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 25