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THANKSGIVING FOR THE REMISSION OF SIN
Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, mankind needed a sacrifice to pay for sin. There had to be bloodshed for the remission of sin. In Hebrews 9:22, the author explains, “Without shedding of blood is no remission.” In the Old Testament, we see that God set up a system of animal sacrifice to illustrate the need of a payment for sin. However, an animal sacrifice could not bear the full weight of sin for mankind. Only God could make an eternal offering to pay the penalty for our sin, and that is what he did through his son, Jesus Christ.
At IFM, we believe in the provision of God to pay for man’s sin. Our doctrinal statement explains, “We believe that Jesus Christ the eternal, only begotten Son of God, is totally God and totally man. He was incarnated by means of the Virgin Birth, lived a sinless life, and He died by shedding His blood for the remission of the sins of mankind.” Christ fulfilled the Law and met all of the requirements for payment of sin in his death on the cross. He said of himself in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” The temporary sacrifices were completed. The writer of Hebrews tells us as well, “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” (7:27). God had indeed provided the sacrificial lamb.
What a blessed hope! We rejoice that “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). I lift a heart of thanksgiving for this truth of our faith.
Hal S. Pope
IFM Executive Director
“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6