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Forgiveness and Sin

“Neither do I condemn thee:
go, and sin no more”
John 8:11

Forgiveness is the means to God’s end not the end in itself. Forgiveness is not for the purpose of continuing in sin; it is the respite required to free us from sin.

The goldsmith does not abandon the gold in the fire because of the dross. He has patience in the process to realize his desired vessel. Justification is not the conclusion of God’s work; it is the vehicle by which we fulfill His purpose.

“…and whom he justified, them he also glorified”
Romans 8:30

The true glory is freedom from sin.

“Whereunto he called you by our gospel,
to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ”
2 Thessalonians 2:14

Brian Troxel
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The Blood Speaks of the Remission of Sins

The Remission of Sins
God’s Part

Part Two

What is the Remission of Sins?

The Greek Word αφεσις ,translated “remission” in most places in the New Testament, was primarily a medical term* (Vincents Word Studies) which is still used today of a disease going into remission. Luke the beloved physician uses this term more than any other writer in the New Testament. It comes from the Greek Verb ἀφίημι which primarily means to “send away from self” or “release”. Remission of sins is a transaction between two parties.

Remission of Sins
God’s Part

“And almost all things
are cleansed by blood according to the Law;
and apart from shedding of blood
no remission occurs
Hebrews 9:22 (LITV)

Remission of sins begins with the Blood of the Lamb of God. There would be no possibility of the remission of sins apart from the blood. No amount of human effort, sacrifice or good works will ever affect the glory of this wonder apart from the blood of Jesus. The blood is the very fulcrum of God’s covenant; the sacrifices of the Old Testament are fully eclipsed by the power, the life and the total fulfilment of His Blood shed on our behalf. Yet in spite of this powerful truth we hear so little of the blood in our day. We hear of Christian “resources” being made available with strategies for depression and self-improvement; we see people more concerned with their physical health than they are of living and walking in the Spirit of God. There are seminars for “inner healing” and all kinds of workshops and conferences but to what end? The Power of God is in the blood. The power of God is released by a life of communion with Him; where we eat of His flesh and drink of His living blood (John 6:53) and in the personal carrying of our cross as we follow Him. The pouring out of His Life and His Blood on Calvary was and is God’s only offer to mankind.

The remission of sins begins with the blood and in the shedding of the blood the penalty for the sins of the whole world were paid in full.  There is no further offering for sin. When Jesus declared “it is finished” the offering was complete and God’s Holy Righteousness was fully satisfied. The “remission of sins” cannot occur until the penalty for sin has been paid.  Once paid God can righteously send away our sins forever from His remembrance. It is from this basis that the transaction of God, i.e., the remission of sins is proclaimed.

Remission of Sins
As Revealed in the Sin Offering
The Azazel
(The Goat of Departure)

“And he is to take the two goats and put them before the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting. And Aaron will make selection from the two goats by the decision of the Lord, one goat for the Lord and one for Azazel. And the goat which is marked out for the Lord, let Aaron give for a sin-offering. But the goat for Azazel is to be placed living before the Lord, for the taking away of sin, that it may be sent away for Azazel into the waste land… Then let him put to death the goat of the sin-offering for the people, and take its blood inside the veil and do with it as he did with the blood of the ox, shaking drops of it on and before the cover of the ark…And Aaron, placing his two hands on the head of the living goat, will make a public statement over him of all the evil doings of the children of Israel and all their wrongdoing, in all their sins; and he will put them on the head of the goat and send him away, in the care of a man who will be waiting there, into the waste land. And the goat will take all their sins into a land cut off from men, and he will send the goat away into the waste land”
Leviticus 16:7-10, 15, 21-22

Contained within these scriptures is the Law of the Sin-Offering. We see the two goats set before the Lord. The one goat chosen by God to be sacrificed for the all the sins of Israel. This of course is the perfect picture of Him who would come in the fullness of time; the perfect One, chosen by God, to be the perfect ransom for all of our sins and iniquities. Not just for the small nation of Israel but for the sins of the whole world!

“And he is the propitiation for our sins:
and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world”
1 John 2:2

It is in the sacrifice of the first goat and the sprinkling of that blood we are justified by faith in the living God.

“Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him”
Romans 5:9

It is here we experience the power and the life of being justified by faith and are brought to a new place of standing before His presence with great joy. The salvation of God in Christ does not stop here for in the second goat (the Azazel; the goat of departure) God reveals the truth in picture form of His portion of the remission of sins.

“And Aaron, placing his two hands on the head of the living goat, will make a public statement over him of all the evil doings of the children of Israel and all their wrongdoing, in all their sins; and he will put them on the head of the goat and send him away, in the care of a man who will be waiting there, into the waste land”
Leviticus 16:21

In this illustration Aaron places his hands upon the goat of departure (Azazel) and confesses all the sins of Israel thereby transferring upon the goat the sins of Israel and sending it far away into a remote waste land typifying the total removal of their sins and their guilt!

This is the perfect picture of what the remission of sins means to those who are in Christ Jesus. As mentioned earlier “remission” in the Greek means “to send away from one’s self” and because the price has been paid for those sins God is now able to send them away forever; we no longer carry the stain and sorrow for them! When we see this “remission of sins” from God’s perspective we see the power of God moving on our behalf to give us newness of life, freedom from past failures and the ability to walk uprightly. It is in the two-fold work of God in Christ, the fulfillment of the sin offering, that we are able to defeat and overcome the accuser.

“O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood”

Brian Troxel
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Justification

“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest…”

Psalm 51:3-4

Religion has a way of clouding and obscuring the thought and purpose of God in Christ. Righteousness is not simply a standard of moral conduct. Righteousness is a description of a life that is compatible with God’s character and an expression that is consistent with His redemptive plan of salvation. It is here in David’s acknowledgment of his transgression, with godly sorrow and repentance, that he shows what the righteousness of God is. “For I acknowledge my transgression…that thou mightest be justified. It is in our acknowledgment of our sin that we justify God’s sending His own Son to atone for our wickedness. We are now in the place of agreeing with God that this way is absolutely necessary for us to have relationship with Him. We clear Him to speak to the accuser of the brethren on our behalf. By faith we release the efficacy of the blood of His Son to justify us to the righteousness of God. It is here that many of us stumble and labor under a sense of condemnation that is not of Him. Condemnation is a ministration of the enemy that ever seeks to undermine our faith in God. It causes our countenance to fall from that of hope in Him to a hopelessness in ourselves. Its intent is to motivate us to try and establish a “righteousness” based on our efforts and resources. It ever declares that we are not worthy of the mercy and grace of God. When we agree and allow ourselves to wallow in that ministration of condemnation we now are siding with the adversary of God and we become recipients of all that he stands for. The fruit of such a ministry will produce bitterness, discouragement, anger and hopelessness for us and others. Those who agree with and hide not their transgressions from the face of God will find themselves the recipients of His mercy, grace, faith and forgiveness and the fruit of such a life will be found in agreement with Gal. 5:22-23. Fruit by its very nature is the result of something else. It is the inherent result of a law that is either unto life or unto death. So we find David at one of the lowest points in His life agreeing with God and as the Psalm continues we see the hope of God’s forgiveness and his restoration to the joy of God’s salvation.

Let us not linger in our failures and sins. Let us not wallow in the mire of our wickedness but let us agree with the purpose of all that Calvary stands for! For it is in this place of agreement with Him that we will discover the resources to rise out of our own helplessness into the joy of His salvation. It is in this place of us honoring the grace and salvation of God that His righteousness will be revealed in us from “faith unto the faith”. It is in our acknowledgment of the righteous work of God in Christ that His righteousness is ministered into the reality of our own life. Who cannot glory in such a God? Who can remain silent in the revelation of such things! Who could ever seek any other righteousness than this! It is declared with great clarity in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The salvation of God is two-fold. First is the forgiveness of sins and the second work is to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Unless we agree with the first there will be no ability to draw upon the resources of God to complete the second. So let us go on and not grow weary but agree with our gracious God and draw from Emanuel’s veins the life and the power of the everlasting covenant that He signed with His own blood. Let us declare unto Him that He is worthy of our praise. He was just in sending His own Son for our atonement, He paid the debt of our transgression, He died that we might live, He was bruised for our iniquity, wounded for our transgression, He took upon Himself the shame and sorrow of sin, in dying He tasted death for every man and in rising from the dead He now offers life to everyone that comes to Him by faith. “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

Let us arise in the power of this! Let us lay aside every weight of sin and run with endurance and hope because of what He has done. Let us seek to provoke and encourage one another to rise up in His life and by the blood of the Lamb overcome the accuser of the brethren so that we no longer partake of his lies but that we through the life of agreement partake of the truth and life of the Lamb of God.

“And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him”.

(Luke 7:29 – 30)

 

Brian Troxel

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