The most wonderful truth in the Bible is the fact that Jesus’ blood paid the full payment for our sin (Romans 3:24-25). Those who ask God’s forgiveness of sin will be forgiven, based on what Christ did for us at Calvary (Col. 1:14). Understanding this will cause us to “joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” by whom we received this atonement (Romans 5:11).
We have to understand that in receiving Christ we receive the blood sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. This sinless sacrifice is the only sacrifice that God would eternally accept for man as a sinner. It is then God Himself who provides the necessary righteousness to save our souls. In 2 Cor.5:21 the Bible says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” When we trusted in Jesus and what He did for us, God remitted our sins (Romans 3:25-26). Remission of sin here is an act of God based on the blood sacrifice of His Son. Remission of sin in this context is defined as forgiveness of sin, never to be remembered. The believer is completely cleared of the guilt of sin based on the eternal blood sacrifice of Christ Himself. To better understand this, and why it must be Jesus’ blood alone that offers remission, we will compare the New Testament with the Old Testament.
There are only two Testaments in the Bible. The fact that there are only two Testaments in the Bible is sometimes clouded by the fact that there are many covenants in the Bible, and the Old Covenant with Israel is confused with the previous Old Testament. Briefly, a testament is made by God alone; a covenant is an agreement made between God and men.
God established the Old Testament in the Garden of Eden when He gave “coats of skins” to clothe Adam and Eve. The blood of an animal had to be spilled for this to occur. We see this further illustrated when Abel did animal blood sacrifices and it pleased God (Gen.4:3). The reason that Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted is because he had not followed God’s instruction to make a blood sacrifice.
In Leviticus 17:11 we find that God had given the blood sacrifice of animals for a temporary atonement of sin. The key word here is temporary. The reason is obvious; an animal does not possess eternal life, and so cannot provide eternal forgiveness.
This Old Testament later merged with the Old Covenant made between the newly formed Nation of Israel and God at Mt. Sinai. The animal blood sacrifices, which could never clear the guilty, continued (Ex. 34:7). The Israelites’ sins were forgiven but NOT remitted. The sins of Israelites were remembered from year to year. The Levitical High Priest made an annual, temporary atonement for sin.
The book of Hebrews 10:1-4 explains; “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
It becomes clear here that animal sacrifice was only a temporary forgiveness of sins, and cannot result in the remission of sins. The Christian under the New Testament has received forgiveness in the atoning blood of Jesus, AND the full remission of sin. We have been eternally cleared of guilt and we are fully accepted in the beloved! (Eph 1:6). The Power is in THE ETERNAL BLOOD!!!