“All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive the remission of sins” Acts 10:43

Todays Gospel Word – REMISSION

While it may be true that the word remission doesn’t usually pop up in  our everyday vocabulary, we actually use it, or at least a word that is practically synonymous with it, often. As a matter of fact, those who are in Christ have experienced the power of remission personally.

As it relates to the Gospel, Remission basically means forgiveness. It refers to a sending back, a putting away of our sin. Remission truly is good news.

While we’d probably be quick to see remission as a New testament term, it’s the Old Testament where we find the idea of remission coming to light. One great illustration of the remission of sin is found in the book of Leviticus, chapter 16, as we find the High Priest bringing two goats into the Tabernacle during the Day of Atonement. One Goat would be killed and it’s blood sprinkled upon the mercy-seat. Concerning the other goat we read:

“Aaron will lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the Israelites’ wrongdoings and rebellious acts—all their sins. He is to put them on the goat’s head and send it away into the wilderness by the man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on it all their wrongdoings into a desolate land, and he will release it there.” Leviticus 16:21-22

Just as we studied yesterday, as beautiful as this was…there was still a problem. Old Testament propitiation/appeasement (The Mercy Seat) was only temporary. As the Old Testament came to a close, a great problem remained to be solved. The problem centered around two words, remission and forbearance.

Remember, the word remission refers to the act of letting something pass by, in this case the sins of the Old Testament Saints. The word forbearance refers to the act of holding something back, in this case, the just wrath of God upon those sins (Ps 50:16-22, Acts 14:16, 17:30).

The Question: Yesterday we made the case that God must punish sin as He is a just God. Here we find the Old Testament Saints, whom God loved…as sinners. How then could God possibly reconcile His holiness and righteousness with His mercy and grace?

The answer: the remission of sin

The problem was gloriously solved by Christ’ substitutionary death. This became the fulfillment of the Psalmist prediction “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Ps 85:10). Because of this fact, the Apostle Paul could write with absolute confidence,

“”God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:25-26)

The remission of sins speaks to the fact that through Christ’ substitutionary atonement, those who, by grace,  have placed their faith in Him as Savior are declared righteous. Their sins are forgiven.  

Praise God for the remission (putting away) of sins! That’s Good News! That’s Gospel!

Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle

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