Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 31:34 which says,
“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
What the Lord is saying is that Israel would know God and that He would forgive their sins and remember them no more. If you think about it that promise is amazing, have you ever had someone do something really mean to you and you just don’t want to forget it? Well this is what it’s like only God said He was going to forget their sins. And the Israelites didn’t just do 1 thing, they did a lot of things, like sacrifices to other gods and being impure. And the Bible records a lot of grumbling on their part, what I’m trying to say is that God made them a gracious promise, and like I said in my post a few days ago God doesn’t break promises.
God would forget their sins no more, as if they had never done anything wrong. But a sacrifices was needed, but not just any sacrifices, like an animal. But a sacrifice that was perfect, and one that could atone for not only the Israelites sins but for the sins of the whole world. And if you’re wondering what that sacrifice was then John tells us, ”
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Who is this “He”? Jesus! Jesus is the atoning sacrifice that atoned for the sins of the whole world, not just for the Israelites. All we have to do is believe in Jesus. No Old Covenant law. You might think then that christians can go and do whatever they want because we’re not under the law, but that is not true. Christ is our example, in Romans 5 and 6 Paul says that we are dead to our sins and trespasses and alive in Christ. And if we are true christians, we are.
Jesus died for our sins to set us free, Christ is our example and we are dead to our sins and alive in Christ, how? Because our sins and the Old Covenant law were nailed to the cross with Jesus and they died or were destroyed with Him. But Christ rose from the grave unlike our sins and the law, and Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place for us.
Jesus is our atoning sacrifice.
Are trusting and believing in the sacrifice that atoned for the whole world (Jesus)?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.