Finished Work Part 3: Forgiven Past, Present, Future.

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"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." (Hebrews 9:12 KJV).

Many Christians need to come to grasp with the new covenant and it's modus operandi. Some Christians want to live the new testament life with an old testament mentality. When it comes to the forgiveness of sins, the old and the new are galaxies apart. In the old testament the blood of bulls and goats was used to atone for sins and the high priest would go with animal blood into the most holy place of the tabernacle of worship to offer for his sins and the sins of all Israel once every year. Their sins were never taken away, they were just covered in God's mercy until the atonement day again next year. The blood of bulls and goats has no power to take away sins. We needed superior blood and the Son said "...a body You have prepared for me." (Hebrews 10:5). Born of a virgin, He grew up to be a fine young Man full of grace and truth. He was erroneously sentenced to death by crucifixion and tortured beyond recognition.

Jesus bled on Calvary and died all for our sins. He was the Lamb of God slain to take away the sins of the world. He did it once and for all time. His blood's worth was more than enough to pay for sins that were committed through eternity past, to sins that are being committed now and to the sins which shall be committed in the future. His sacrifice was in essence an overpayment for our sins because of the value of that one man Jesus Christ. He didn't need to do it twice but once was enough for all time and for all people.

Now Paul came along preaching, "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:38‭-‬39). In Christ Jesus our sins are forgiven past present and future. Our redemption is an eternal redemption not a temporary one. You don't get forgiven every Sunday when you confess your sins. Your sins were forgiven in Christ two millennia ago. It is time we walk with a conciousness that we are the forgiven ones. God is no longer counting men's sins against them. He has presented us to Himself holy and blameless in sight all because of Jesus.

When Jesus was forsaken for the sake of our sins, we were eternally forgiven. In Hebrews, the prophetic Word from God is quoted thus: "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." (Hebrews 10:16-17 KJV). In the new covenant, God remembers our sins no more because they were taken away by Jesus Christ. This kind of knowledge gives people freedom of guilt, condemnation and sin. When you know you can never outsin God's grace, your struggle with sin stops immediately.  That eternal assurance that salvation can't be lost by one mistake is so empowering and helps believers to see sin for what it is, their enemy.

Therefore when sin is out of play, life is back in the game. As sin lead to death,  the taking away of sin is the taking away of death itself. Since death is God's penalty for our sins, what happens when God remembers your sin no more. It means the penalty cannot hold anymore. Hallelujah.

My sins of the past, present, future are forgiven. Since sin has been washed away,  death has been abolished too.

*All scripture quotations are taken from the New King James version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.

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