The Remission of Blood

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The scriptures tell us that without the remission of blood there is no remission of sins. Let’s find out what exactly this means. According to the Bible, remission means in Greek, aphesis, which is forgiveness, deliverance and liberty. In other words, in order to have deliverance which is freedom from bondage or imprisonment, and forgiveness which is , pardoning of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed),  BLOOD MUST BE SHED.

Under the law, a life must be given up for a life. The soul that sins shall die.  Therefore, either you die or else blood is shed for your remission.  A sinner cannot die for a sinner because both would end up in hell any way. This is why the bloodshed must not be tainted with sin from the soul who shed it. God knew this and that is why he provided the perfect sacrifice for us. Jesus, who was without sin, gave his life up for the sinner.

There is one more thing. In order to receive this remission, one must repent. Scriptures tell us in Mark 1:4 that John and Jesus (Luke 24:27) preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. In other words, one must turn from any and all activity that excludes faith in the blood for remission of sins and turn toward God and trusting in his remission of blood through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Scriptures plainly tell us that it is FAITH IN THE BLOOD that brings salvation, to be saved from the penalty of sin. PERIOD!!! NOTHING ELSE!! NOTHING ADDED.

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. Romans 3:25

Paul tells us the same thing. He says that under the law all are condemned to die eternally because of sin unless they turn to Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins. Read all of Romans chapter 3.

In a nut shell I will simplify Paul’s message.

. All are sinners and condemned to die eternally.

  • Right standing with God comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as the remitter of sins.
  • To be justified (just as if you had never sinned) comes as a free gift through the redemption provided by Jesus Christ.
  • God gave Jesus as propitiation (appeasing the law of God) through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD for the remission of sins.
  • No one can boast that they earned their salvation by any works of the law whatsoever.
  • The law of God is established through faith in the blood of Jesus or in other words the blood of Jesus has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law.

In conclusion, remission from sins comes by FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS ALONE without the works of the law. Read the book of Galatians, for confirmation, because Paul specifically says that if you trust any other message then you are trusting in a false message that will result in you dying for your sins, and spending eternity separated from God, in everlasting punishment. So, make sure that you are really saved by calling on God to forgive you from all your sins based on faith (trusting in) the blood of Jesus Christ for your remission.

 

 

 

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Jesus is our Righteous King

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Jesus is our righteous king. He alone is righteous. Let us look and see what the word righteousness actually means shall we? In the Hebrew tsedeq righteous means justice, doing what is right, obedience to the law, partaking in salvation. Since the Bible specifically says that NONE ARE RIGHTEOUS both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament we can conclude that the only way to be righteous is to be made righteous by God. How is this done?

Simply by receiving Jesus as our personal Savior. This is what is meant by entering into his rest and ceasing from our works. In other words we cannot work our way to righteousness. Nor, may I add can you work your way to keeping righteousness. The righteousness in Christ Jesus is given by IMPUTATION. This means the righteousness of God is accredited to the account of the receiver by grace. (unearned mercy)

In other words when a person receives Jesus Christ and becomes born again that person is MADE righteous. That person is right in the eyes of God, fulfilling the law’s demands of perfection, partaking in salvation. Based on what? JESUS CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS BEING IMPARTED TO THEM BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one Romans 3:10

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

When you hear so called Christians tell you that you must be righteous by behavior that is another gospel you are hearing. A false gospel, one that will lead you straight to hell if you adhere to it! Be forewarned of this!

Let me show you what the Bible says about being righteous.  

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30

When one is made righteous by God then one will act righteous. It is like a mathematical equation.

1 (impartation of righteousness) + 2(faith in Jesus Christ’s righteousness)= righteousness imparted.

When one becomes righteous by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, he becomes a new creature in Jesus Christ. The old man is dead and crucified with Jesus Christ.  No longer does the new creature live like the old man. Many scriptures tell us to test the fruit. If the fruit stinks then the tree is bad and the tree is dead in sin.  The Bible does not tell us to judge whether someone is a Christian or not just because he says he is one or because he names the name of Jesus. It says to JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT, test the fruit, and prove all things.

Jesus is a common name. Many are called Jesus. It is a derivative of Joshua. It is not the name which saves but the person behind the name! Paul said…DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANOTHER JESUS?

Now this brings me to my next point: Those who are in works to keep their salvation. These are those who trust in their own righteousness to save them. Why? Because they do not trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.  If they did then they would know that only God can keep his laws and be righteous. A new creature in Christ does not need to try to work to be righteous any more than a bird needs to use a manual in learning how to fly!

This is the test of a true Christian. By faith in the power of Jesus Christ’s righteousness the Christian is righteous and the fruit is righteous because it is produced by the Righteous King.

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1 John 2:29

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 1 John 5:8

Jesus Christ makes the Christian righteous and by the Holy Spirit they live righteous and the devil cannot touch him.

 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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One of the names of God is   “The LORD Our Righteousness”  according to Jeremiah 33:16 ” In those days shall Judah be saved , and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called: The lord our righteousness. “

One of the reasons that I prefer reading the KJV is because it is the most accurate translation in my opinion. Other versions translate this verse as “the Lord is our righteous Savior” but that is not what this verse actually says. Yĕhovah tsidqenuw translated means Jehovah is our righteousness.

Righteousness means truthful, ethical, moral, lawful, just, and vindicated. In order to have a relationship with God we must be righteous. However, the Bible tells us that all are sinners. In other words, all are the exact opposite of righteous. Sinners are not ethical, nor moral, nor just. In fact, even the good humans do are considered as filthy rags in God’s sight. The translation in the verse which tells us this is actually, filthy like a menstrual cloth.

“but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags;( a menstrual cloth) and we all do fade as a leaf, and all our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. ” Isaiah 64: 6

Human so called goodness, is not good in God’s eyes, because all mankind’s efforts to attain righteousness fall short. Sin taints all the “good ” efforts. For example, if a sinner gives to the poor it in no way justifies all other behavior, such as lying, hypocrisy, fornication etc..

The Bible tells us that if we offend in just one point of the law then we have broken them all! God demands absolute 100% perfection in our behavior to be considered righteous. That is why if you put yourself under the law to attain righteousness, even if you believe in Jesus, you cannot be saved. Those seeking to be justified by the law will die in their sins.

Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1:30). We cannot have a right relationship with God in our own righteousness because our self-righteousness is as filthy rags.

We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness from a perfect Savior (Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23).

When we receive Jesus as our Savior he saves us from our sin and then we are justified, ONCE AND FOR ALL.  By grace through faith in Jesus Christ, APART FROM THE DEEDS OF THE LAW.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.: Romans 8:23

Christians are clothed in the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. He is the basis of our acceptance with God and nothing else. God has IMPUTED (attributed to our account) the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the sinner.

Humans cannot produce the righteousness God requires. It has to be given to person as a free gift by Jesus Christ  the Savior. When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, the faith in his ability to save them, is accounted to Christians as their righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:26).

Jesus Christ Himself becomes the Christian’s righteousness 2 Cor. 5:21

Won’t you receive Jesus Christ and his righteousness today?

 2 Corinthians 5:17-21King James Version (KJV)

 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

FAITH IS COUNTED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS

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According to Galatians chapter 3 Abraham’s faith was counted to him for righteousness. In other words faith in God: which means to trust in and rely upon as in a personal relationship (not just to acknowledge as true), made Abraham right with God. Then by this right relationship he offered up his son Isaac as a sacrifice because he knew God and trusted him that he was able to raise Isaac from the dead if need be.

It was Abraham’s faith which justified him and his work was the result of that faith. If one tries to earn favor with God by his deeds he is in sin for all our works are as filthy rags in God’s sight but if we have faith through relationship with God because of Jesus blood covenant we then have the Holy Spirit who is able to empower us to do work for God.

Works in the flesh, even good works are an abomination to God because as scriptures tell us “whatever is not of faith is sin” which means whatever does not proceed through a right relationship with Jesus is an unacceptable work. Just like Cain’s work, it was rejected by God because it proceeded not from faith but from self initiative.

Abel’s work was accepted because it was based on right relationship with God, one that relied on grace through faith in the sacrifice of the lamb. Paul tells us in this same chapter that those who try to be perfect by fleshly or man initiated works are adhering to another gospel. They are bewitched by evil spirits to go back to the Law of Moses for salvation and in doing so they put themselves under the curse of the law. Which means in the end if they do not repent they will be spiritually lost, accursed from God.

Have you received the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Did you do any good work to receive him? Then why are you trying to be justified or made right with God by keeping the law? By observing days, and weeks, taste not, touch not, etc.

Paul also asks, did you receive a miracle because of any good thing you did? Did the Holy Spirit heal you or did you get blessed with his gifts because you were such a nice person? NO! The gifts of God are gifts and so is the gift of salvation. A gift! Why then are you working to keep your salvation? Nothing you do can earn God’s favor in your life except FAITH in him.

Faith that comes from a relationship of trust and reliance in God and through this faith will come obedience to the Holy Spirit who is the one who will change your heart and cause you to walk in his ways. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and comforter who will guide you into God’s truth, his will and his ways. All you have to do is yield to him!

Yield means to surrender. Let go of doing things your way and through your understanding and ask the Father in Jesus name to release his Holy Spirit to do HIS work in you. Then you will be walking in the Spirit rather than obeying rules and regulations from a lawkeeper (Pharisee) mindset.

For we are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit living in us. If any have not the Holy Spirit he does not belong to God but is only what the Bible calls a “false believer.” One who is trying to please God by the works of the flesh, or carnal unregenerate nature which has not been born again. For as many as you who have been baptized into Christ (and received the Holy Spirit)have put on Christ. Have his nature in us!

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing OF FAITH?

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

So then they which BE OF FAITH ARE BLESSED with faithful Abraham.FOR AS MANY AS ARE OF THE WORKS OF THE LAW ARE UNDER THE CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

But that NO MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW in the sight of God, it is evident: for, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.

AND THE LAW IS NOT OF FAITH but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit THROUGH FAITH

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of PROMISE: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

WHEREFORE THEN SERVETH THE LAW ? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come(JESUS CHRIST) to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded ALL UNDER SIN, that the promise BY FAITH of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH.

BUT AFTER THAT FAITH HAS COME, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A SCHOOL MASTER (THE LAW)

For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Notice that we are heirs ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE and not according to keeping the law of Moses !

Blessings in Jesus brethren!

Christian Humanism

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Christians who deny the Biblical doctrine of total depravity are humanist Christians. In other words they add human goodness to the Adamic fallen nature. The Bible says that man is not good. There is nothing good in man at all outside of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. According to scriptures, mankind is dead in trespasses and sin. That means just what it says! DEAD!

The fallen nature is corrupt. (depraved) Nothing is good in man. Not in the mind, the will, or the emotions which are all part of the brain process. In the Old Testament when God told the Israelites to choose life, what he was saying was to choose to be under the law and the animal sacrifice system in order to be right with God. The new covenant was not in effect back then and so men had to be under God’s grace system at that time which was a temporary covering for sin. It was not in any way a heart changing system.

To say today that man must choose his salvation is to say that some part of man is inherently good which is not scriptural. What does the Bible really say about man’s condition in the fallen nature? Let me show you.

Romans 3: 9-31
What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin,
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways, And the way of peace have they not known, There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

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. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Why is it that people think they can choose salvation? Why do they think that they can accept Jesus Christ? This is an unscriptural doctrine. Man has no good, he cannot choose any good for he does not seek God and in fact he CANNOT do good! Scriptures tell us clearly that man is in ENMITY (deep seated hatred) with God and is not subject to his laws and indeed CANNOT submit to his laws!

Because the carnal mind (sinful nature) is enmity (hatred) against God: for it IS NOT subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7

Many Christians have mixed the doctrine of humanism with the gospel of Jesus Christ. What does the doctrine of humanism teach? That Man is good in the state of nature.

What part of man is good so that he can freely choose the gospel? The soul? The spirit? The flesh? Did you know that the will is a function of the brain? Cut out that part of the brain and one cannot make rational choices.

The Bible says that there is none good, all are corrupt, (Depraved), all have the devil’s nature, unless God grants them repentance unto life through faith in Jesus Christ!

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18/Luke 18:19

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 –

To the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. Titus 1:15-16

You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:17-18

Whoever trusts in his own [heart] is a fool Proverbs 28:26

To learn more about the sinful nature and saving faith check out my other blogs!

https://thegospelofgraceministries.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/saving-faith-3/

Maranatha Brethren.

Salvation is Eternally Secure!

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No one can snatch a true believer out of God’s hand and neither will a true believer fall away from the truth. This is because Jesus is holding on to us for salvation. He holds us even though we may feel like we are weak in faith at times. Jesus will hold on to us through every trial and adversity. He has promised in his word to walk with us through the fire and through the waters of adversity and be our strength in weakness.

The problem that people have in accepting eternal security is that they do not understand how fully Jesus dealt with sin on the cross. They still have an Old Testament view of forgiveness. The Bible tells us that “We are not of those who draw back to perdition” (the Apostate) but rather we are the redeemed that believe and who are eternally saved!

God’s word is written in the born again Christian’s heart because the law giver lives in us. Therefore we no longer need to obey the written code but rather each of us individually and corporately are led by the Spirit of God who dwells in us. Any person who does not have the infilling of the Holy Spirit does not belong to God. Even if they name the name of Jesus Christ, attend church, are baptized, or obey the golden rule. A true Christian will live for Jesus because the heart has been transformed into the new person, the person with a revived spirit which is indwelt by the living God! A true Christian has been changed and will continue to change from one degree of God’s glory into another! Why? Because God indwells them!

Those who sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth are believers who have received the word but have never had a changed heart. They know the gospel with the mind but they are not children of God because they have never been born from above.

It is not enough to believe the gospel to be saved! The bible says that the devils believe in God. Both demons and men know the gospel and will even preach the gospel but they are not partakers of the gospel. To taste of heavenly things means to have some understanding and to witness the things of the Spirit such as miracles or answers to prayer but it does not mean to drink of the wells of living water. Taste and drink are two different meanings. Jesus said you must drink of his living water not just taste it!
Those who count the blood of Jesus as unholy are those who desire the law in preference to the blood covenant.

There is no Christian who has never sinned and even willfully sometimes. All have sinned the Bible tells us, even Christians. Scriptures (Hebrews 10) tells us that whoever seeks to be justified by the law falls from grace or in other words they don’t stand the test for salvation. Whoever seeks righteousness by the law makes Jesus Christ’s death to be in vain. Christ is become of no effect to them. Christ’s sacrifice profits them nothing, (Gal. 5:2, 4)

Apostates crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame. “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite to the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:29)

The Spirit of God calls those who prefer their own righteous after the law rather than Jesus Christ’s righteousness doomed. These are they who are under the law and despise the blood covenant. They add works to their faith or human belief. They trod on the blood of Jesus and do not think it holy enough to save them. Yes, they have heard the gospel many times but still they sin willfully by knowing the truth and yet prefer the law even as Cain preferred the law, his own works of righteousness rather than the slain Lamb of God. To these people Jesus Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice is in vain because they reject it.

Charles Spurgeon wrote “Can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. If one dear saint of God had perished, so might all; and then there is no gospel promise true, but the Bible is a lie, and there is nothing in it worth my acceptance? If I did not believe the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, I think I should be of all men the most miserable, because I should lack any ground of comfort.”

The Bible says that God keeps his children to the end. He has sealed his own with the seal of his Holy Spirit and the blood of the lamb. Jesus Christ is an anchor to the soul and all that come to him he will never cast out!

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14