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Why Water Baptism ? page 6

For Remission of Sins.

By Pastor Jim Brenay 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

When Adam committed the act of treason in the garden, by betraying the sovereign God, he opened the door to death. In Genesis 2:17 God said, "of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." In Psalms 51:5 King David says "behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Romans 5:12 Tells us by one man, Adam, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:14 Says death reigned from Adam to Moses. These passages let us know that there is a sin which passes to all born into this world (mankind). A sin that cannot be atoned for. The sacrifices that were made on alters from Adam to Moses were just atonementís for the personal sins of the individuals making the sacrifices. Israel was taught to bring animals for sacrifices to atone for their sins. Hebrews 10:4 tells us that it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. The blood of bulls and goats could only provide atonement, a covering for the sins. Read Hebrews 8, 9, and 10 for a better picture of this process.

A dictionary definition of atonement is; satisfaction, reparation, or expiation, as for sin or a sinner. The redemptive work of Christ. Reconciliation. The work of Christ on Calvary, did provide a means whereby men might be reconciled to God, however so did the blood of bulls and goats.

In John 1:29 John the Baptist seeing Jesus coming unto him, saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. You notice the words, the sin, it is not sins as personal, but singular. John recognized the spotless Lamb of God as being able to not just atone for sin, but to pay the price for the act of treason committed by man in the garden. A dictionary definition of remit: is to pardon; forgive; restore. Remission; the act of remitting; discharge from penalty; pardon; deliverance as from debt or obligation. So we see that Peter in Acts 2:38, was letting everyone know that The Sin of the world was not just being atoned for, but was actually being remitted. Romans 3:23 Says for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:24 We are being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Justified means just as though it had never happened. Salvation is a free gift, through the redemptive act of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. Hebrews 9:22 says that without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 10:15 - 17 Says, under the new covenant, their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Jesus paid the price for The Sin. He was not your substitute. A substitute is one who takes your place. You could not pay the price for sin, therefore there is no substitution for the work of Christ. Itís not in the Bible, itís a man made doctrine that needs to be removed from our thinking. A sacred cow, that wants to elevate man to the level of Christ. If we follow Him in his death burial and resurrection, we can be debt free from sin.



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