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Isaiah 1:18 – God said: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The blood of Jesus Christ can completely remove the guilt of sin as though it was never committed. Consider some lessons from the New Testament teaching.
Hebrews 7:25 – He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.
10:1-4 explains that Old Testament animal sacrifices had to be repeated because they could not completely remove guilt. Sins were remembered every year. But Jesus’ sacrifice can save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him.
1 John 1:7,9 – Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin, all unrighteousness.
Some people think they have been so wicked that God would never forgive them. But no sin is too hard for Jesus’ blood to forgive if we truly repent and come according to His will.
The Bible describes people who were forgiven for murder, adultery, alcoholism, idolatry, stealing, homosexuality, and every imaginable evil. If He can forgive these sins, He can forgive you and me. The only sin Jesus will not forgive is a sin for which we refuse to repent.
Revelation 5:8,9 – He was slain to purchase men of every tribe and tongue.
Hebrews 2:9 – He suffered death for every man.
1 Timothy 2:6 – He gave Himself a ransom for all.
Some Calvinists say Jesus died only for a certain predestined few, but the Bible says He died for everyone.
The blood of Jesus is not just for middle-class White Americans. There is no person anywhere who cannot be forgiven by the power of Jesus’ blood.
Jesus died for everyone who is of an age to be accountable before God: men and women, every race and nationality, Jew and Gentile, poor and rich, famous or obscure, educated or uneducated.
And all people everywhere need His forgiveness.
Some people think the gospel is out of date, so it is not relevant to our day. But Jesus’ death has not lost its power to forgive.
Hebrews 9:11 – As our High Priest, Jesus entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. He did not have to offer that sacrifice repeatedly like animal sacrifices; but once at the end of the ages He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. His sacrifice was so perfect that it does not need to be repeated.
Hebrews 13:20 – His is the blood of an eternal covenant.
Hebrews 10:10 – We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all.
Verse 12 – He offered one sacrifice for sins forever.
Verse 14 – By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Verse 17 – God says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
The power of Jesus’ blood is not limited to time or place. It is just as powerful today as it was 2000 years ago. What people needed then is what people need now. We all need forgiveness of sins, and only Jesus’ blood can give it.
It is the blood of that sacrifice that we remember in the Lord’s Supper.
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2021
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