Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:55 PM
Subject: REMISSION OF SINS [08/18--2005]

The "remission of sins" refers to everything that is involved in pardon, forgiveness, and cleansing from the condemnation and penalty for sins.

Remission of sins is enjoyed thru faith in Christ whose substitutionary sacrifice is the basis on which it is possible for God to remit sins (Romans 3:24-26; Hebrews 9:28). Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes (Romans 10:4).

By receiving Christ by faith the believer immediately enjoys the benefit of freedom from all legal guilt and punishment for sin. And in place of a record of unrighteousness, the righteousness of Christ Himself, Who fulfilled all aspects of the Law of God, is imputed or reckoned to the account of the believer and he is justified, or declared righteous, before the Divine law of God.

The remission of sins is referred in Scripture to three distinct sources:

(1) Christ's Blood, or Death -- Matthew 26:28; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22

(2) Repentance / Faith -- Luke 24:47; Acts 10:43; Hebrews 10:16-22.

(3) Baptism -- Acts 2:38

CHRIST'S DEATH was "for our sins," and answers to the demands of Divine justice, or the "curse of the law: (1 Cor. 15:3; Galatians 3:13). We are accounted "dead to the law by the body of Christ" which was sacrificed for us (Romans 6:6-11; Hebrews 10:10-14). Thus, our sins are remitted thru the death of Christ.

REPENTANCE / FAITH is the means or channel by which a person "receives" the remission of sins in his own experience in his mind and conscience. By believing on Christ, he passes "from death to life." He now enjoys peace with God thru his relationship to Christ, the Mediator. This blessing has the effect of renewing the mind and cleansing the conscience, and brings rejoicing in the heart.

BAPTISM is the visible representation which refers to the remission of sins obtained by Christ in His death and received by faith (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4-6). Baptism neither accomplishes what Christ already has done in His death, nor does baptism "receive" remission, which is the place of faith; rather, baptism symbolically represents that which is the basis for remission and that which is enjoyed through faith.

This is the sense in which baptism is "for the remission of sins." Regardless of how one may translate "eis" in Acts 2:38, baptism can do no more than what it is capable of doing -- and that is, it is a representation of remission that is secured by Christ and received by faith. It is neither capable of dying for our sins, nor receiving remission of sins; it can only profess or represent remission.

Don't be misled by sacramentalists and baptismal remissionists who would have you to think that you do not receive remission of sins before baptism. Faith is the only act which is said to "receive" remission (Acts 10:43), and it is an act which takes place BEFORE baptism. One is not even qualified for baptism until he has, in experience, received the remission of sins that comes only by faith. -- Bob L. Ross

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