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Did Christ Die in Vain?

Updated on November 10, 2017
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There is a lie in Christendom that many believe concerning the purpose of Christ's blood. What will follow will show evidence that the Gospel that was preached by the apostles in Scripture has been butchered and twisted by mainstream Christianity today. In fact, they nullify purpose of Christ's blood.

Unfortunately, many have bought into the indoctrination of the counterfeit church system that twists Scripture as the foundation for their popular established mainstream ‘Gospel.’

But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Based on this verse, the Christianity’s mainstream ‘Gospel’ is built upon twisting the meaning of these verses. Their general narrative goes like this.

The whole world is doing their own sinful deeds; therefore, they are considered lost sheep. Because of their state, Christ had to come to earth so that the sins of the whole world would be ‘laid upon him.’ He would come and be God’s ‘human sacrifice’ for us where all of our sins were ‘nailed upon the cross’ with him. Christ would fulfill the purpose of the Passover lamb that would die in our place for the sins of mankind by paying the penalty for our sins and those of the whole. Christ is the ‘Lamb of God’ who 'paid the price' and ‘penalty’ for our sins just as the purpose of the Passover lamb was to shed blood and pay the penalty for our sins.

Based on this narrative, this what most within the church system generally believe the purpose of Christ’s blood was for and the basis for their Gospel message.

Do you believe in the Gospel they are preaching to you?

If it is, you have been deceived and are in great error. I know what you are thinking and many are not going to like this, but Scripture does not lie and the following evidence will show that the Passover lamb’s purpose as the foreshadowing of Christ was never to pay for the people’s sins or the blame for those sins put upon him.

The Scape Goat, Atonement and the Sin Offering

The fact is, the blame for people sins was placed on a ‘scape goat.’

In Leviticus 16 on the ‘Day of Atonement,’ it was not the Passover lamb that was killed and sacrificed because it was not part of the atonement ceremony. The Passover lamb’s purpose was never part of the atonement ritual, nor were the people sins placed upon it. The Passover occurred on the High Sabbath and the lamb’s blood would represent how Israel escaped the spirit of death and were freed from the bondage of Egypt because they painted its blood upon their lentils and door posts.

The lie of Christianity in regards to the atoning blood of Christ is not synonymous with the purpose of the Passover lamb.

Here is why.

On the Day of Atonement, no lamb was used. It was a goat or what was also called a ‘ram’ in Hebrews (they are the same thing).

"Herewith shall Aaron come into the sanctuary: with a young bull for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. – Leviticus 16:3

Here we find evidence of two things. First, in the ordinance of the sin offering there was a ‘bull.’ Second, in the ordinance of the burnt offering, it was a ‘ram’ or what is also called a goat. Nowhere in these two ordinances was a lamb offered.

"Aaron shall offer the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house. – Leviticus 16:6

We should also make note here that the sin offering was not for the sins of the people or for the world, but was only offered for Aaron and his household. This means that the sin offering was for the priest, not for the people. Also, there is nothing stated that the sins of Aaron or his household were put upon the bull that would bear the blame and penalty for the sins of the priest and his house.

Nowhere can it be found in Scripture in the ordinances where the purpose was to place sins on the animal and then make it pay for those sins.

What is the sin offering?

It was a sacrifice offered by the priest to ‘atone’ for his sins and that of his family. Both him and his household would be deemed ‘clean’ from their sins before going on to the next ritual.

Are Past, Present and Future Sins Forgiven?

For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before Yahweh. -Leviticus 16:30

To be cleansed of sins meant being ‘purified’ of past sins. There is nothing stated in the text that their present and future sins were forgiven in this sacrifice. There is no implication whatsoever that because of the sin offering that the person was cleansed of all their sins along with the ones that they would commit afterwards. This is why the ritual was repeated year after year.

"This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the children of Israel once in the year because of all their sins." It was done as Yahweh commanded Moses. – Leviticus 16:34

You may say it says, ‘because of all their sins,’ means that all their sins were atoned for past, present and future. However, common sense would dictate otherwise, since there is a command to repeat the offering each year.

For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Or else wouldn't they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a yearly reminder of sins. For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. – Hebrews 10:1-4

The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29

The atonement blood in the sacrifice was not the blood of a lamb, but the blood of ‘bulls and goats.’

To Take Away Sins

When John the Baptist stated that the Lamb of God would come to take away the sins of the world, he was not talking about atonement because it did not take away sins.

Christians falsely believe that ‘take away sins’ means the same thing as atonement under the Law. This false conclusion would make the author of the Hebrews out to be a liar.

According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission. – Hebrews 9:22

“Take away the sins of the world’ is not a reference to atonement because it came through the ritual of bulls and goats. When John the Baptist said, ‘take away sins,’ he meant the ‘cessation of sins’ because the blood of Christ did much more than just atonement because he would also took away sins completely. The promise to take away sin was not promised under the Law, but under the new covenant.

Right here, we can see another lie of Christianity that the cross of Christ only atones for their sins. Their version of ‘atonement’ is deemed as ‘permanent’ and their false conclusion of 'imputed righteousness.'

If you believe institutional church doctrines, then Christ ultimately died in vain nullifying the true purpose of his blood. If the only purpose of Christ’s blood was only for a means of atonement, then the purpose for his blood was really no different than what the blood of bulls and goats offered under the Law.

According to Christianity’s twisted Gospel, only the blood of Christ can truly atone for sins. His atonement was once and for all for all sins past, present and future. However, this is clearly false.

It states in Hebrews if you sin willfully after receiving the blood of Christ then you have no more sacrifice and will face judgement.

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries. – Hebrews 10:26-27

If the purpose of the blood of Christ is used for atonement only, then his sacrifice makes him nothing more special than the blood of a bull or a goat reducing him to a beast. The Christ that is sold in Christianity has the same purpose of bulls and goats; therefore, he died needlessly because there was already atonement given through animal’s blood under the Law.

For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh: how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – Hebrew 9:13-14

Christian teaching will state that the blood of bulls and goats could not really atone for sin until Christ’s sacrifice. If that is the case, then all the animals died in vain and Israel had no atonement until Christ provided his blood in their stead. To say that animal sacrifice did not bring forgiveness is in contradiction of Scripture.

According to Christian Gospel there can be no real victory over the sins of the flesh because it is supposedly God’s will to demonstrate His grace through His Son through our continual weakness in the flesh. They will state the purpose of Christ’s blood was to ‘pay the penalty’ or the 'price' for their sins, not to take them away.

Think about it. If that is really the case, then ultimately Christ does not shine through our good works, but through our sinful failings.

Does God’s grace really shine through us by our continuation in sin? What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer? – Romans 6:1-2

Imputed Righteousness is not Real Righteousness

The next lie is that only Christ could be righteous and obedient to the Father because he was God. The false conclusion is that we must exclude ourselves from ever being able to do the works of Christ or follow in his footsteps by the Spirit. This is where the imputed righteousness doctrine comes in where God does not take away your sins through Christ, but only takes away our sins from His sight.

Is this not the exact same thing that the animal blood did under the Law?

Animal blood could never bring an end to sin, it only brought atonement. This is why it was done year after year. Animal blood removed sin from God’s sight as if it never happened and this is the same atonement that Christianity offers in their twisted Gospel message. They believe there can be no ceasing from sin and they will readily tell you this. In their misguided understanding, they conclude that no one can really attain to or truly walk in righteousness like Christ did because he is God.

However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness." – 2 Timothy 2:19

Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

There is no genuine righteousness or good works in the Christian Gospel. They openly state that their ‘righteousness is filthy rags’ and that only Christ could be righteous because he is God, and because we are not God. The funny thing is that they often contradict their teachings and speak out of both sides of their mouth. On one breath, they say that God no longer see yours sins through ‘imputed righteousness,’ but under the other breath, they will say that God is aware of their sins because Satan is there to remind Him of them.

The false Gospel of Christianity states that the only way to receive atonement and forgiveness of sin is through Christ’s blood. However, the evidence has already been presented through Scripture that this is completely false.

They love to preach about the beatitudes with a call to act like Christ, but then say that Christ could only be righteous because he was God.

How is this possible?

They go on to say that we can only be deemed ‘righteous’ by imputation.

Then what would be the point of preaching about the beatitudes?

What is the point of Christians calling others to act like Christ if they admit that it is futile to even try to attain to be like him.

Can you see how ridiculous this is getting?

The Christ they are selling offers the same value of the blood of a beast and then they think they can enter the holy of holies being full of spot and blemish. Their reasoning is that Christ died for our sins means that all of their sins were put upon him and crucified with him on the cross. This somehow means that God no longer sees their sins because the blood of Christ is used like a blindfold on the Father.

The Counterfeit Gospel Equates to Zero Victory over Sin

Putting this all together in a nutshell most Christians believe that Christ’s blood takes away their sins, but what they really mean is that Christ ‘took the penalty away from our sins.’ They will say that without the blood there is no remission of sins, but what they really mean is that ‘remission’ means ‘forgiveness.’ The purpose of Christ’s blood is then reduced to mean atonement only, which is the same thing that could be obtained under the Law through the blood of beasts. The Christ they believe in has been reduced to a mere beast who was born and raised to be slaughtered so that they can continue in the sins of their flesh under the banner ‘grace.’ The Father no longer sees them as the result of his shed blood that covers their sin while they still continue to sin.

Christians love to quote this verse.

According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission. – Hebrews 9:22

Their error is that they believe ‘remission’ means ‘forgiveness.’

Christ shed his blood to end the sin in the flesh and destroy the works of the devil. ‘Remission’ means far more than ‘forgiveness;’ otherwise Christ’s purpose was no different than the shed blood of bulls and goats bringing ‘imputed righteousness’ only, not actual righteousness.

The Punishment of Christ

The next question is,

Did God put upon Christ all of our sins and nail them to the cross according to the Christian Gospel?

Nowhere in Scripture does it state this and nowhere in the ritual of the Law were the sins of man placed on the Passover lamb.

What about this verse?

All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:6

What was the iniquity that he bore?

Isaiah was speaking about the treatment and suffering from those who wanted to kill him and the mission of enduring upon the stake that was an ‘iniquity’ unto itself.

But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Notice it doesn’t say that our transgressions were put upon him, but punishment was. ‘By his wounds we are healed.’ The truth is that we are not just forgiven and atoned for, but we have the promise of the freedom from the captivity of our sin.

Making Christ your Scape Goat

Christ did not die to atone for sins because that was not the Passover lamb's purpose, but the blood of bulls and goats. The purpose of the Passover lamb’s blood was that death would not pass over the first born of Israel and that the deaths that came to the Egyptians would be a means of setting them free from their captivity. This would foreshadow the purpose of Christ’ blood to the coming release of being captive to our sins.

Unfortunately, Christianity does not make Christ the fulfillment of the Passover lamb, but put him in the place of a scapegoat.

Here is the false Gospel of Christianity spelled out in Leviticus.

Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, even all their sins; and he shall put them on the head of the goat, and shall send him away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall carry all their iniquities on himself to a solitary land, and he shall let the goat go in the wilderness. – Leviticus 16:21-22

The animal that bore the iniquities of the people on the Day of Atonement was the first goat known as a ‘scapegoat.’ Many have made Christ into a ‘scapegoat’ reducing his purpose to that of a mere beast and that is why the false Christ of Christianity is ultimately represented as a goat and not a lamb.

The Purpose of Christ’s Blood

Who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

The purpose of Christ’s shed blood on the stake is made explicitly clear that we can be ‘dead to our sins’ through him and have the ability to live righteously.

When you talk to a Christian and ask them what the purpose of the cross is about, I guarantee they will tell you that it is about forgiveness and atonement, yet you will hear no mention of being set free from sin so that they can live righteously before God.

Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously – 1 Peter 2:23

This verse is almost identical to Isaiah 53:5 that references the horrible things that were done to punish Christ at the hands of the people who wanted to kill him. The difference between truth and deception is whether you believe that ‘the sins of man were put on Christ,’ or it was ‘the suffering of Christ by the hands of men who hung him on the stake.’

The truth is that God put Christ upon the stake because the mission that was given to him from his Father was to suffer and die so that we could be free from the captivity of sin.

What Gospel message are you going to believe?

The purpose of the Gospel of the harlot church system is to leave you in bondage. Christ came not just to bring forgiveness and atonement, but so much more. He would send the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the truth. By delivering us, he would then give us the power to walk as he did in genuine righteousness before his Father.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don't go away, the Counselor won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; about sin - John 16:7-9

Some More Things to Consider

If you believe that Christ could only be righteous because he is God, then your Christ died in vain nullifying his true purpose on the cross and the genuine Gospel message.

The purpose of Christ’s blood was to bring us into true righteous standing with our Father through the power of the Holy Spirit giving us the ability to walk in righteousness as Christ did.

Who are you going to believe?

Do you recognize the true Christ and his purpose?

Christ promised to take all that he had received from his Father and give it to his followers which included sinless works of righteousness and obedience to the Father.

If only Christ could be truly righteous because he is God, then how is it that Christ stated that that those who follow him will do his works also?

Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. – John 14:12

The Gospel of Christianity has become so twisted and perverted today that they have created ‘another Christ’ making his purpose is no different than what was offered under the Law. Their claim to ‘imputed righteousness’ that is supposedly obtained through atonement and forgiveness through Christ’s blood is no different than the sacrifice of beasts.

To believe in a perverted 'Gospel' means that Christ died in vain.

I don't make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!" – Galatians 2:21

The idea by many that Christ 'paid the price' or the 'penalty' for our sins is not found in Scripture. The truth is that Christ died for our sins and takes away our sins.

Can you see the difference?

For the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23

Many acknowledge this verse, but don't tell us how to get rid of that sin. They incorrectly say that we can be saved from the 'penalty' of sin.

However, there is the difference between being saved from the 'penalty' of sin and being saved from the sin itself.

Christ did not die to 'pay the price' or 'penalty' of our sin, but he died for the sins themselves.

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures - 1 Corinthians 15:3

This verse says that Christ 'died for our sins,' not to 'pay the penalty' for them. God did not set a price and send His Son to pay it, but sent His Son to correct sin and take them away.

If you don't believe this then get out your Bible and search out keywords, but be assured you will not find a single passage stating that Christ 'paid the price' or 'penalty' for our sins.

Christ came to take our sins away and set us free from the bondage of them.

It's time to start believing in the genuine Gospel that will set you free!

That is what the Good News is all about.

The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! - John 1:29

They overcame him because of the Lamb's blood, and because of the word of their testimony. - Revelation 12:11

Does your righteousness ultimately come by the Law?

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Does the Christ you believe in die in vain for you?

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Your answers will all depend all on what you believe the purpose of Christ’s blood is for.

For a deeper study on this theme, please read the articles in the following links for more clarity.

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    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR

      PlanksandNails 

      11 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      KingdomCome,

      The purpose of the cross was that through the death and resurrection of Christ the Holy Spirit would come. The purpose of his shed blood is a means to purge sin right out of our lives and set us free from them. Christ did not die as a ram, bull or a goat, but as the fulfillment of the Passover lamb. Under the new covenant there is promise of so much more, but many hold on to the old nullifying what Christ did in the cross.

      Christ came to take our sins away and set us free from the bondage of them. It's time we start preaching the genuine Gospel that will set the captives free!

      That is what the Good News is all about.

      Unfortunately for many is that they use the purpose of Christ's blood as that of a beast to their peril. Christ is not a beast, but he is our High Priest.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      PlanksandNails 

      11 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Michael-Milec ,

      Amen!

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      PlanksandNails 

      11 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Charlie,

      Yes he did. He brought us a means of having life and victory in this lifetime.

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      KingdomCome 

      11 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Christ took my sins with Him on the cross, I can assure you it was not in vain.

      Great article PandN. You have more than enough scripture here to support this article. I hope many will read this article and learn from it.

      God bless.

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      Michael-Milec 

      11 months ago

      No. Jesus christ did not die in vain for me. I live because He is risen, HalleluYAH.

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      charlie 

      11 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Amen and Jesus said "John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

      He brought the only thing can save anyone from destruction at the judgment, life everlasting, eternal Life

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