What Is Remission Of Ins? (1)

Holy-Bible21Only Elohim has the power to forestall, neutralise and nullify the effects of sin on mankind. This He does in three distinct, though interrelated, ways—atonement, forgiveness, and remission. Unfortunately, I am unable to teach these ways in detail here, except to say that each of them becomes operational in, and beneficial to, the lives of men, only when they express faith in, and obedience to, Elohim’s specific instructions on them.

The scriptures teach the ways and means that Elohim used to bring about atonement (cf. Leviticus 1:2, 10, 14; 2:1; 6:15; 16:10, 21-22; 23:26-32, Psalm 78:38; 85:2-3) and forgiveness (cf. Leviticus 26:40-42, Numbers 5:5-8, Nehemiah 1:4-11, and Daniel 9:3-20), under the Old Covenant, to deal with the effects of all sins committed by Israel.

Even though Israel was greatly blessed by Elohim under the Old Covenant, in, and by, the ways and means of atonement and forgiveness for their sins, these ways were then in shadow forms. Their real value and blessings were billed to come in the New Covenant to all followers of Yeshua HaMashiach—Israelites and Gentiles alike.

Fact is, under the Old Covenant, Israel could not enjoy the blessings of remission of sin because it is only peculiar to and characteristic of the New Covenant lifestyle—it came only in, and by, the sacrificial death of Yeshua HaMashiach. So then, it is only when one gains remission of one’s sins, as the blessing of that sacrifice that one gets to enter the New Life that is available only in Yeshua.

The mandate of the Good Father to Yeshua HaMashiach in his mission to mankind was to put in place the means and manner, and further teach how mankind can receive the blessings of remission of sin. Obviously, then, all New Covenant saints freely enjoy the blessings of remission of sins together with those of atonement and forgiveness.

Now, be it known that forgiveness of one’s sins, per se, even when granted by Elohim, cannot put anyone into His salvation that is in Yeshua HaMashiach. Please, dear reader, think deeply on this statement, to accept it as fact.

As you do, understand that forgiveness of sin apart from coming to us from the Almighty, can also be received from people we wrong when we ask it of them (cf. Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 11:4 and 17:4). Fact is that, people do not have power to put others into Elohim’s salvation even though they are able to grant forgiveness of sins to people who offend them.

So then, one can have one’s sins forgiven by Elohim, when one repents, confesses them to Him and asks for pardon from Him and the wronged person, but that forgiveness cannot be the basis upon which anyone can enter His salvation.

If forgiveness of sin were the basis upon which the unsaved may enter the salvation of the Almighty, then there would have been no need for Yeshua Mashiach to be sacrificed, since before shedding his blood, he could, and did, forgive sin.

This fact is evidenced in the following scriptures—Matthew 9:2, Mark 2:5, Luke 5:20-24; 7:47-48 and Luke 23:34—all of which refer to situations where Yeshua forgave sin, after which he still had to go to Calvary to execute the plan of Elohim for mankind’s redemption. Please, read and meditate on them.

Whenever Yeshua forgave people their sins while he was yet to go to Calvary, he never intended or meant to bring such people into the salvation of the Almighty. Until Yeshua HaMashiach was sacrificed as the Lamb of Elohim, who was sent by Him to take the sin of the world away, there was no basis upon which Elohim could grant the unsaved His salvation.

So then, today, any unsaved person seeking to enter the salvation of the Most High One, cannot gain it by asking Him to forgive the sins one has committed against Him and mankind.

One may ask: What, then, does it mean for Elohim to forgive sin? Whenever Elohim forgives sin, it means He is simply holding back His wrath from coming upon the sinner who is wise and fearing enough to ask Him for pardon for his sins. When Elohim forgives sin, He holds back His wrath whether the repentant sinner is His child or yet to be made one.

Where the consequences of one’s sin are already manifest in one’s body in sicknesses and diseases before one asks Elohim for the forgiveness of one’s sins, His granted pardon always leads to the removal of whatever sufferings that came as a result of one’s sins.

Despite being in such a blessed state after having received Elohim’s forgiveness a blessing that forestalls the evil consequences all sins bring about for the yet-to-be-saved person, one’s sin nature acquired from Adam of Eden that indwells one’s spirit, causing the members of the person’s body to constantly sin with impunity, remains inside him un-removed, and needing to be uprooted and cast away.

This sin nature must be completely uprooted from the unsaved person’s spirit to enable him gain freedom or liberty from its influence and power, so he can then stop committing sin. This done, the wrath of the Almighty is forever kept at bay, and, as a matter of course, eternally forestalls the coming of the evil consequences every sin must bring upon all who sin.

The mechanism and way to uproot mankind’s sin nature out of his spirit is what Yeshua HaMashiach came to make available and show, in, and, by his sacrifice on Calvary he came to take our sins away, individually by shedding his blood to make remission of sin available.

Whenever any individual gets the remission of his sins, by acting appropriately on the instructions of Elohim, he is then deemed to have had his sin nature, given to him, genetically, when in Adam, removed from his spirit. The scriptures reveal that the removal of anyone’s sin nature comes about only in the waters of baptism, after one repents of one’s sins and exhibits faith in Yeshua HaMashiach. Read Ezekiel 36:25-27, Acts 2:38, and 22:16, KJV.

Contact must be made with the blood of Yeshua HaMashiach in the waters of baptism for the removal of man’s sin nature from his spirit, since it is only the mix of water and Yeshua’s blood (First John 5:6) that has the power to uproot sin, once and for all. So then, Yeshua had to shed his blood at Calvary—for “without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22, KJV).

Even though it is only Elohim who has the capacity—wisdom and power—to take away sin from the spirits and bodies of sinful mankind, and thereby grant him the remission of his sins, He is only able to do so when men exhibit faith and obedience to His instructions in this regard.
Fact is, for all the might and power of the Almighty, He is unable to take away the sin nature from the spirits of mankind, when man asks Him in prayer to do so, instead of showing faith in His Word and acting appropriately on it, toward achieving this.
The book of Acts has made it clear since the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (ca. 30 AD) that, for one to gain remission for his sins, one must obey the simple instruction of the Most High One, to “repent and be baptized . . . in the name of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) for the remission of sins . . .” (Acts 2:38-39, KJV, words in parenthesis mine), and this instruction must be obeyed by all salvation seekers—throughout the Grace Dispensation.

So then, whenever the salvation seeker obeys Elohim’s instructions in Acts 2:38-39, he is met in the waters of baptism with the blood of Yeshua HaMashiach according to the power and wisdom of Elohim, which blood then takes away every trace of sin he committed by default, when yet to be begotten out of the loins of Adam of Eden, and also takes out of his spirit and body his sin nature, which, hitherto, controlled and commanded him to sin constantly and against his will. What glory!

From the foregoing, clearly, people are born again of the Most High One only when their sin natures have been removed from their spirits; and this is done only in baptism. And so, “no baptism, no salvation”: a truth I uttered that infuriated the clergymen on the aforementioned radio program, leading them to angrily retort that the unsaved can enter the born again experience without baptism, in attempt to ridicule my faith!

In conclusion, let me briefly contrast forgiveness and remission of sin. Forgiveness can be received by both the saved and unsaved, given by either Elohim or man, possibly, in as many as “seventy times seven” times in one day, upon verbal requests after repentance!

Remission brings about the uprooting of the sin nature from a man’s spirit, comes about only once in a saved person’s lifetime, dispensed through Yeshua’s shed blood—as of a birth—not through verbal requests, but only in obedience of Elohim’s instructions on repentance and baptism.

So then, by remission of sin, one enters the Kingdom of Elohim, gains His son-ship, sainthood, and Divine Nature: Ordinarily, forgiveness brings mankind none of these blessings.

Oh, would that my clergymen acquaintances of the radio program knew these truths of Elohim’s salvation for their own good and that of their followers. Shalom.  By Chris Bapuohyele

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