In the new Covenant what can wash away my sins? This is a revised version of my most recent post.
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Remember that revered song “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” It is a great song but there is something else that washes away our sins!
“Nothing but” is actually not true at all. Please listen carefully.
By being reconciled to God, by the blood of Jesus, I am washed of my sins previously committed. (Romans 3: 22-26) I am a new creation in the sense that I am a babe and now must mature. Mature into what is the question.
After reconciliation, as life goes on with its sometimes tormenting challenges, I must walk in the Light. What is the Light? “Jesus is the Light of the World,” you say. Yes He is. But do you think for a minute He is not referring to the understanding of the Ways the Father spoke through Him? What about the Law of the Spirit of Life? What are those laws, those Ways? (Romans 8:2)
Jesus is like a marvelous flashlight. He, in His human form, has all the components to shine except for one thing. He admits that He is nothing, can do nothing, except the Father speaks it or shows it first to Him. The empowerment comes into Him like batteries into a flashlight and enables Him to shine as it might us also, as His wisdom and understanding fills our souls.
So what besides (and after) the blood, can wash away my sins?
As I enter the new covenant through Jesus, a new means of cleansing is made available to me. I must choose to implement it. In fact it is a key to the kingdom. Remember “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,…” (Matthew 6:10)
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 (NASB)
On a daily basis, why would our forgiveness be necessary if we are already covered (forgiven) by the blood of Jesus?
“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:15 (NASB)
Among all the wisdom Christ taught, avoid judging, pray for those who persecute you, etc, the same forgiveness that covered our sins, paid for by the blood as Jesus died for our sins, the same forgiveness can later on in our life cover us daily.
Jesus sheds His blood for all men only once, (1 Pet 3:18) bringing us to God. Like Him, after that the life we live we live unto God. Our flesh is to have died and we are to be then alive in spirit. Obviously we did not physically die so to die while still in our flesh, we are to daily crucify our carnal ways as we submit to and implement His Ways. By doing so, we maintain what was freely given in reconciliation.
As we die to self and come alive in Christ, the same verse that set Him free into eternity sets us free here as well as there. That which assured Him of eternal life also assures us of eternal life.
As I forgive the sins of others against me,… (like Christ on the Cross) then I am continuously forgiven of my sins. (See the Lord’s Prayer and Matthew 6:14) We need His daily bread, Christ and His example is that bread, reminding us, supplying us the grace needed for ourselves as we forgive daily sins, against us!
As I walk in that Light, (1 John 1:7) “as He walked,” the Blood of Jesus continues to be the covering I originally received freely. I must maintain it and do maintain that which I was freely given, as I follow His Ways, His commandments, that guide and protect me.
If I declare I have been enlightened in Christ and I refuse, if I do not forgive others, if I do not consistently and fervently try to walk in the Light of His Ways, I put my freely received blood covering in jeopardy. Is this rebellion not teetering on the brink of a chasm, a falling away? Am I not crucifying Christ in my heart, and the Holy Spirit’s prompting to forgive. Is my attitude not open shame to my claim of Christ as Lord? (Hebrews 6:6 ) Let us RUN to Christ for mercy and repent by forgiving and interceding for our offender from our heart without delay!
Once made pure in reconciliation, I must maintain that condition. I have been given all things pertaining to life and Godliness. (2 Peter 1:3 NASB) Why? To make me able! I am able to maintain life and Godliness, by the Holy Spirit. Will I, do I, even know that I must maintain that condition? Many do not.
Anger, bitterness, rebellion, hatred, and judging will not get into heaven. We can and must repent of any of these things NOW and then bear or walk in the peaceful fruit of righteousness, the Light of Jesus.
What is the light? When Jesus said, I am the Light of the World He meant more than His person. He was the Word before He became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word is the power of the Light, and is the light. We must do as the Word says.
After our reconciliation back to God, after being made alive again through Christ, our forgiving others continues to wash away our own sins. By this, we are maintaining the blessed forgiveness and righteousness we freely received. We must understand that God’s grace applied to others is Christ and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. We must faithfully practice walking in this Light!
“How can we possibly do this?” you ask. Rest assured in this truth, 1 John 3:7 (NASB)
“Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; ..”
The church around the world must grasp this. Events are potentially stabbing us to death. It is death by our being provoked into violating God’s Word and coming under a judgment sustained by God’s Words. PLEASE, warn a fellow Christian. NOW.
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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