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  [03.20.2006] The Path to Having All Your Sins Eternally Forgiven
And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the LORD: and the bullock shall be killed before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock's blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail. And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the LORD, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall take all his fat from him, and burn it upon the altar. And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. (Leviticus 4: 13-20)

The Gospel that Changed Kevin

I knew a young man named Kevin. His father was a black American soldier, and his mother was Korean. He was born in Korea and upon become school age, enrolled in a local elementary school. The children at school made fun of him because he was not Korean. He got into so many fights that eventually he was unable to continue school. His mother could not raise him in Korea and sent him to America to live with his father. Even in the United States, however, racism kept the boy from leading a normal life. Not surprisingly, he ended up getting into drugs and joining a gang. One day, before his very eyes, one of Kevin's friends was killed, shot by a rival gang member. That made him think about his life and what would become of him. It was then that he was introduced to the IYF and became a new person. He heard the gospel and the sin in his heart was washed clean. Last year this same young man, who had such a difficult beginning in life, went to Africa as a short-term missionary. There he witnessed and preached the gospel to many people who were living a life as wretched as the one he had lived. He preached to unfortunate young people whose parents had died of AIDS and malaria. Kevin could not overcome the joy in his heart as he saw them receive forgiveness of sin and change who they were. He was amazed at their transformation, although he too had experienced it. Evil people are no different from good people. Anyone can become evil, if Satan rules his heart, and anyone can become good, if Jesus enters that person's heart. I have seen many people who have received the Word of God into their hearts and who because of that changed in word and deed. They do not change through any effort of their own. If Jesus enters their heart, their only recourse is to change. Just as one becomes drowsy after taking a sleeping pill or becomes numb for having been given anesthesia, or dies for having taken poison, we become evil if the evil spirit enters us. Conversely, we live clean, bright lives if Jesus enters our hearts.

The Bible Shows Us The Path to Forgiveness of Sin

The most important thing in receiving Jesus into our hearts is receiving forgiveness of sin. There are many people in the world today who repent and pray daily for forgiveness, but there are few who have assurance of forgiveness of sin and whose hearts are free from sin. The Bible speaks clearly and often about forgiveness of sin. Most people, it turns out, value their own thinking more than the Word of God andare thus unable to find the path to forgiveness of sin. Most people consider themselves sinners if they think about the sin in their heart. They repent and because of that sometimes feel that their sins are forgiven. Other times they feel that their sins remain, but there are still many people who constantly pray for forgiveness of their sins. I, too, at one point lived a sinful life and for that I suffered a great deal, but one day, after receiving forgiveness of sin through the grace of Jesus, I was reading the Bible. I saw that the Bible speaks often and in great detail about the forgiveness of sin. From among those passages, today I would like to talk about what is written in Leviticus chapter 4.

All Sins Are Forgiven If a Sin Offering Is Given

And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. (Lev. 4:20) Leviticus chapter 4 talks about the sin offering. The Bible says that sin is forgiven if the sin offering is given as required. No matter how you feel, whether or not in your conscience you still feel guilty, such issues have nothing to do with the forgivenessof sin. If the sin offering is given as required, no matter what sin was committed, God says that that sin is forgiven. This is the promise of God. That is why if the sin offering for the Israelites is recited in detail, all of their sins were forgiven. The offering that had to be given when the entire congregation of Israel sinned was not given by the entire congregation, but by only a few representative elders. In fact, there were some among the people of Israel who would not even know that an offering was given. Regardless, if an offering was given, then all the sins of every person of Israel were forgiven. This is what it says in the Word of God. We too must be redeemed through what the Word of God says. In regard to the sin offering for the congregation of Israel, Leviticus chapter 4, verse 13 says, And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; Then in verse 15, it says, And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the Lord: and the bullock shall be killed before the Lord. When the entire congregation of Israel sins, they are to bring a bullock without blemish to receive the forgiveness of sin. That bullock is killed and given as the offering. However, the important part says, shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock. They do the laying on of hands because it is through this that all the sin of the congregation is moved onto the bullock. Leviticus chapter 16, verse 21 records this. And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions and sins, putting them upon the head of the goat In this way the elders of the congregation do the laying on of hands upon the bullock and all sins of the congregation are moved onto the bullock. According to the words of Leviticus chapter 16, verse 21, our sins are moved onto the bullock through the laying on of hands. Before the laying on of hands, we are the sinners because we have the sin, but the moment the laying on of hands is done, all of our sins are moved onto the bullock, which is the offering and the sin is no longer on us. It is now the bullock that has the sin. Since the sin is now upon the bullock, the elders kill the bullock as the price of sin. The priests then take blood from the bullock, enter the tabernacle, and sprinkle the blood with their finger seven times before the veil of God and pour the remaining blood below the altar. Then they burn the remains of the bullock and the sin offering is complete. The Bible says that through this all sins were forgiven.

The Important Thing Is not Feelings, but the Word of Go

Although the Bible tells us unequivocally how to receive forgiveness of sin, most people do not heed the Word of God. Rather, they rely on their own emotions. If they are in a good mood, their impression is that their sins are forgiven. Likewise, if they are in A bad mood, they attribute it to a failing to have their sins forgiven, protesting," my sins are not forgiven." This approach itself to spiritual life is wrong. The Word of God speaks to us clearly about our spiritual life. Our emotional state does not enter into it. Even though a person may feel that he is wicked and sinful, if God's Word is that his sins are forgiven, then indeed they are. Even though a person may feel that his sins are forgiven, if God's Word is that his sins are not forgiven, then indeed they are not. In matters of forgiveness of sin, it is God's Word that is important, not our emotional or physical state. When the entire congregation of Israel sinned, a bullock was brought, the laying on of hands done upon the bullock, passing the sin of the congregation onto the bullock, and when this bullock that had the sin was killed, all the congregation's sins were washed away, the wages of sin paid. Whether the people felt that they had sin or not, the sin of the congregation was passed onto the bullock when the elders of the congregation did the laying on of hands. This was without regard for how people felt, and when this bullock was killed, the bullock had paid the wages of sin in full, in the place of the Israelites, and thus, the sin of the congregation of Israel was forgiven. Whether the people knew that the offering for their sin was given or not, regardless of how they felt, their sin was forgiven through this offering. Leviticus chapter 4, verse 20 reads, and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. What our thoughts might be is not important in our spiritual life. It is not important how you feel or how things appear, but how God sees you and what the Word of God says. That is the important thing. No matter how clean we may think we are, we are dirty if that is how God sees. No matter how sinful and evil we consider ourselves to be, if we are righteous and holy in the eyes of God, then righteous and holy we are. People who live spiritual lives must not rely on their own feelings, emotions, or judgment. Regardless of how you feel in court, only the verdict delivered by the judge counts. In the same way, it is not important how you see things in your spiritual life, but how God sees things. The Bible says that if the congregation of Israel sins, a bullock is to be given as an offering, and when that offering is done, the congregation receives forgiveness. They should believe, not in their own feelings, thoughts, or experiences, but in the Word of God exactly as it is, saying that their sins are forgiven. This is true faith.

The Lamb of God Which Taketh Away the Sin of the Word

This was how the people of Israel received the forgiveness of sin long ago. Notwithstanding having received forgiveness of sin, however, the people of Israel would sin again. Then they would become sinners again. That is why, in the Old Testament, lambs and goats were repeatedly sacrificed, and their blood was continually shed. In the end, God said that He was not pleased with such offerings. In response, He prepared another body, the body of Jesus Christ. Why did Jesus come to live among us? Because people were still sinning, even though they killed and made offerings of lambs and cows. God made Jesus into an offering and gave Him up as the eternal offering. For this He sent us Jesus. Jesus was born to virgin Mary two thousand years ago and came as the Lamb of God. When Jesus met John the Baptist at the Jordan River, John the Baptist testified, "Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!" This means that Jesus bore our sins. Just as in the Old Testament sin was moved onto the bullock through the laying on of hands, Jesus had come to this earth to receive all of our sins and die for those sins. One day Jesus went to the Jordan River. John the Baptist was baptizing people when Jesus came and asked John to baptize Him. John was surprised and said, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? Then Jesus said to John, Suffer it to be so now. For thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. John then baptized Jesus. When John did the laying on of hands upon the head of Jesus during the baptism, it was not an ordinary laying on of hands. It was the laying on of hands that the elders of the congregation carried out in the Old Testament, passing the sin of the congregation onto the bullock. There was no reason for Jesus to be baptized. He was baptized because through the laying on of hands from John the Baptist, all the sins of mankind moved onto Jesus eternally. The next day, John the Baptist met Jesus again at the Jordan River, where he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!" In the Old Testament, only the sins of the moment passed onto the lambs or goats. Because Jesus had come among man to bring about eternal redemption, all the sins of all the people of the world moved onto Jesus through the laying on of hands by John the Baptist. When John the Baptist testified, "Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world," all the sins of the world had already transferred onto the shoulders of Jesus although it is invisible to our eyes. When we commit wicked deeds such as stealing, adultery, or lying, we think that our sins remain in us. They do not, because they moved onto Jesus Christ the moment He received the laying on of hands from John the Baptist. The sin offerings of the Old Testament achieved forgiveness for only the sins of the moment. Through Jesus man was redeemed eternally. He was crucified and died after having received all of our sins.

No More Offering for Sin

Place no stock in how you feel when you read the Bible. Believe the Word. You may think that, once committed, the sins of lying and adultery remain in you, but in truth, they have all moved onto Jesus, moved forever, and that is why John the Baptist said, Behold! The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, took away the sin of the world. It means that all the sins of all the people in this world have already moved into Jesus. No matter what you think today, all of your sins, great and small sins have already moved onto Jesus. Isaiah chapter 53 says, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. No matter what your feelings may be, Jesus received all the sins of mankind through the laying on of hands from John the Baptist. In that act, Jesus, who was without sin, received sin. He then was to be punished for those sins. He was crucified and died for your sins and mine. Jesus did not bring forgiveness of only the sins of that moment. He carried to his death all the sins of all mankind from creation until eternity. Your sins too were included in His death. All of your sins have been redeemed. The sins that are torturing you now and causing you guilt are sins for which Jesus accepted punishment, through His suffering on the cross. You sinned, but God does not, nor will He, punish you. It is because Jesus has already received the punishment for your sins. Loving folks, now let us look into the word of God. Hebrews chapter 10, verse 14 says, For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Through the death of Jesus we have been sanctified and eternally perfected. There is no reason for God to crucify Jesus multiple times on the cross for our sins. One offering is enough. That is why in Hebrews chapter 10, verses 17 and 18, it says, their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Where remission of these is, there can be no more offering for sin. Because Jesus was crucified in place of all of our sins, our sins no longer remain, and God says that He will never again remember our sins and iniquities.

You Must Believe the Word of God

At the time of Noah's flood, people believed in their own thinking rather than in the Word of God, who had said that He would punish them with water. That is whythey thought that there would be no flood, and did not enter into the ark, thus bringing about their destruction. The people of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah did not believe Lot when he said, "You must leave because this city will be destroyed." They believed in their own thinking. Our thinking is different from the thinking of God. If I truly believe in God, then I must believe in the Word of God, regardless of what I might otherwise think. It may seem to me that I am a sinner and that I have many sins, but because the Word of God says that all of our sins were forgiven through the crucifixion of Jesus, it says, God remembers our sins and iniquities no more. You may recall the sins you have committed and be in pain because of those sins, but God has said that He does not remember our sins whatsoever. Believing in God means to believe in the Word of God and not to believe in your thinking, no matter what it might be. Because our sins are eternally forgiven through the crucifixion of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, God now no longer calls us sinners but righteous. He calls us clean. It says this in many ways and in many places in the Bible. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:23, 24)






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