Your Sins Are Not “Covered” by the Blood of Jesus
One of the keys to success in business is to provide a product or service that results in people wanting more. In other words, repeat business. The religious business—within what I refer to as Church Incorporated—has used this approach ruthlessly when it comes to forgiveness from God. Sinful actions aren’t exactly in short supply, and even those calling themselves Christian believers are habitually seeking additional assurance as to where they stand with God in order to ensure they are truly forgiven for whatever sins, shortcomings and failures they’ve committed.
The religious business has ensured themselves of repeat “customers” who have been convinced they need to constantly be seeking a renewed forgiveness from God. People look for new ways towards establishing self-improvement, more dedication, trying harder, tithing, another sin confession, another water baptism, and serving more at the church building—all while attempting to commit to rules and commandments they can’t begin to consistently keep.
Those who consider themselves to be in charge of this forgiveness business might tell their clientele the blood of Jesus has covered their sins … until they commit another sin. Any wrong thought or action will require the seeking of yet another renewed forgiveness from God. Sound familiar in your own life? You’re not alone. This is the same hopeless and burdensome path the Israelites were traveling within the Mosaic Law under the Old Covenant. It’s why they needed a Savior.
The Jews performed daily animal sacrifices which brought a temporary forgiveness. The blood of the animals would provide an atonement—which means a covering—but it could not permanently remove the sins … the stain of sin was still there. The people could not rest in forgiveness under that covenant, which served only to bring a reminder of sins, while leaving them in a state of a sin consciousness resulting in a chronic state of guilt and condemnation. This system was not the ultimate will of God. It was never what He desired, but it was merely a shadow of the real solution.
The solution to the problem? Jesus came to do the will of God by offering a sacrifice to end all sacrifices. A very different, better and brand-new covenant would replace the Old, where He would take away the first covenant in order to establish a second covenant (see Hebrews 10:1-10). The result would be the forgiveness of sins for the world … all of them … past, present, and future. The shedding of His blood would not cover sins, but take them away, once for all. I repeat, once for all.
The work was finished with the issue of sin coming between God and man ever again. How do we know? Jesus did what no other priest under the law could ever do … He sat down. The work was never done for priests under the first covenant, because there was always the need to seek another act of forgiveness from God for any sins that occurred since the last sacrifice. Unlike us today, they were unable to rest in a forgiveness that wasn’t going to last any longer than the next time they fell short of perfection.
God has done all He is going to do about forgiveness of sins. If this not true, then the cross didn’t work. The writer of Hebrews concluded this: “Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:18). When forgiveness is complete, the offerings stop. God is not “offering” more forgiveness than what has already been given at the cross. If more forgiveness for sins is still required, Jesus would need to offer Himself again and again—just like the Old Covenant high priest would do under the law (Hebrews 9:24-26). Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness that can be provided. Jesus isn’t shedding any more blood! Yes! Woo hoo!
Is Jesus described as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of believers? No, the sins of the world! (John 1:29). He has extended mercy and forgiveness for sins, not just for us as believers, but the entire world (1 John 2:2). God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting trespasses against them (1 Corinthians 5:19).
This doesn’t mean everyone is saved. It doesn’t mean everyone has been made the righteousness of God. It doesn’t mean people weren’t born into sin as it was inherited through Adam. God’s act of forgiveness and reconciliation through Christ will not benefit the individual if they remain spiritually dead. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
When one confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and believes in their heart God has raised Him from the dead, they receive Life—the life of God abiding in them as a new creation in Christ Jesus. In Him, the believer is no longer identified as a sinner born in the image of Adam, but as a child of God receiving an inheritance through a will (covenant) that was established by God Himself (because He could swear by no one greater). This isn’t about seeking forgiveness from God, it’s about receiving what has already been finished. It results in salvation and a new identity for you as the righteousness of God in Him (see Romans 10:9-13). One confession. “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15).
It’s time to rest easy in Him and the forgiveness God has already gifted. No one walking this earth should ever have to wonder if they are forgiven by God for each and every mistake that has been made. It’s really very simple … we receive and benefit from this gift by simply believing in Jesus Christ. Believing that what He already did was more than enough. Since all have fallen short of perfection, the only thing that can keep you from eternal life and getting to know Him is unbelief.
The gospel is not about your dedication to God, but His dedication to you. It’s not about you giving your life to Him, but Him giving His life to you. Let’s stop selling the blood of Jesus at a discount by continuing to grow in the grace and knowledge of the truth— the truth of Jesus—and the power of the cross and resurrection. Grace will empower us to live in a way that reflects the light of Jesus Christ.
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