Part 14 of 16 -
Under Law Vs Sins Under Grace
Until the cross and Christ’s blood was shed, men’s sins could only be covered – their sins were not taken away totally. God “covering” the nakedness of Adam and Eve after their sinning prefigured this.
under “the Law,” were only “covered”
so long as the prescribed works of sacrifices were made and repeated annually.
Sins were not to be held against the righteous that lived by faith,
such as Abraham (Rom 4:3), whose works were a demonstration of their faith.
This resulted in their sins being covered.
85:2 NKJ - You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered
all their sin.
Prophetically, Isaiah records God’s promise of a day to come for Israel, when Israel will receive the Messiah, a day in which Israel’s sins will be not merely be covered, but actually forgiven to the point of God no longer remembering their sins. Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember (Hebrew, zakar, take note of) thy sins. Paul quotes Isaiah’s words in his epistle, reminding the Hebrew believers. Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember (Gk., nmaomai, bear in mind) no more.
today, after the cross, and under “the dispensation of the grace
of God,” our sins are not “covered,” but
rather…they are “cancelled,” no longer counted against us
Cor 5:19 NKJ that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world
to Himself, not imputing (logizomai,
no longer counting) their trespasses (sins)
The good news of the Pauline grace gospel for “the body of Christ” is that Jesus Christ already paid for and “canceled” the price for all sin,” past, present, and future sins. Not only is God no longer holding any sin against us, but all our sins have been dropped entirely from the record of our debt. We’ve been forgiven of ALL sins. Our debt is not “covered,” but “cancelled” – as being "Paid in full!"
Hebrews 9:26 (KJV) For then must he (under the Law of sacrifices, Christ would) often have suffered since the foundation of the world:
now once in the end of the world (aion,
age) hath he (Christ)
appeared to put away
(athetesis, cancel) sin (all sin) by the sacrifice of
Romans 3:25 (Jesus) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (a expiatory sacrifice that atones or pays for sins) through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission (Gk., paresis, passing over) of sins that are past, through the forbearance (self-restraint that is) of God;
Now, under grace, we must simply believe in order to receive the benefit of Jesus' sacrifice.
3:25 (KJV) 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;
2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of
works, lest any man should boast.
now have redemption and justification
through His shed blood.
are Redeemed - Our Debt is now paid in
1:7 NKJ In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness
of sins, according to the riches of His grace
1:13-14 NKJ He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us
into the kingdom (realm)
of the Son of His love, 14in whom we have redemption through
His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
are Justified - In Christ, we
stand “justified before God” - “just-as –if-I’d” never sinned. We
stand just and righteous, in Christ. Romans 5:9 … being now justified
by his blood…
Ephes 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…He chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him…