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The True Purpose of the Blood of Christ and the Meaning of 'Remission' - Part 1

Updated on September 2, 2017
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The following will be a deep study in comparing what the harlot church system teaches concerning the purpose of the shed blood of Christ and the foreshadowing of it in the Old Testament. The purpose of the blood of Christ has been twisted to give precedence to man-made doctrines. The following Scriptural evidence will expose the deception that has blinded many into coming to the understanding of the true purpose of his blood.

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

Many quote Hebrews 9:22 and say that without Christ shedding his own blood there can be no remission of sins. They believe that ‘remission’ means ‘forgiveness,’ but they are in error as the evidence will soon show.

One of the lies that most of Christendom believes is that in the Old Testament God demanded that innocent animals were to be sacrificed upon an altar so that the sins of His people would be forgiven. This may come as a surprise, but you will find nowhere in Scripture where this is stated.

On their first false premise, another lie is built upon it. They go on to say that God was not satisfied with the blood of animals; therefore, he required a human sacrifice to pay the penalty for all of mankind’s sins. God’s requirement for blood would finally be satisfied going from animals to the ultimate human sacrifice.

Do you ever wonder why atheists ask Christians why God required 'human sacrifice' to forgive sins?

Do they have a good argument in saying that human sacrifice is the same thing that the pagan gods required to appease them?

I know what you are thinking and you will probably point to some Scripture verses to support the notion that God had to demand human sacrifice before our sins could be forgiven. What you may discover is that when we take a closer look at Christ’s sacrifice and how it was foreshadowed in the Old Testament, it does not add up to what most of Christendom believes the purpose of his blood was for.

When John the Baptist saw Christ coming, he stated,

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

This verse is commonly used to mean that Christ was God's human sacrifice take away our sins perpetuity. In the Old Testament, we find that the three types of sacrifices were an allegory or foreshadowing of Christ’s death upon the stake.

  • The Passover Lamb
  • Yom Kippur (Atonement)
  • The Sin Offering

What is interesting is that none of these three sacrifices have anything to do with forgiveness of known sins or willful disobedience. However, they do foreshadow the purpose of Christ’s death, but not with the notions of how Christendom teaches. They say that because of Christ’s ‘human sacrifice’ that whoever believes in him has forgiveness of all sins in perpetuity, meaning all their sins past, present and future.

The fact is that this is not true. God does not forgive willful sins through blood sacrifice. It is only by repenting of the sin, turning from it and making the determination to not repeat it again. To attempt to make a sacrifice with no intention of ceasing from sin, God will reject it because He knows the heart of the person. The sacrifice would be made in vain being completely meaningless and worthless.

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. A man who disregards Moses' law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses.

How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, "Vengeance belongs to me," says the Lord, "I will repay." Again, "The Lord will judge his people."  - Hebrews 10:26-30

Any sacrifice that is made before God when you heart is not right with Him is equivalent to Cain’s vain offering.

Yahweh respected Abel and his offering, but he didn't respect Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and the expression on his face fell. – Genesis 4b- 5

The greatest downfall of many is that they have been taught a lie. They have been told that by believing on the blood of Christ means that they have forgiveness of all sins that are past, present and future. They are assured that although they will continue to sin for the rest of their lives, they no longer have to pay the penalty for their sins. They have been duped into believing that ‘remission’ means ‘forgiveness’ based on this following verse.

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

I know what you are thinking and you have been probably been seared with this type of false teaching over and over again. The following evidence will show proof of one of the greatest lies found in Christianity where they have twisted the purpose of the blood of Christ to keep people in bondage.

The Passover and the Purpose of the Lamb’s Blood

John the Baptist was the first person in the New Testament to refer to Christ as the ‘Lamb.’ We must ask ourselves what sacrifice he was referring to as being the foreshadow of his death. The only sacrifice that qualifies and gives precedence to a ‘lamb’ under the Law in Scripture is the Passover.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at evening.

They shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they shall eat it. They shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs. – Exodus 12:5-8

After reading this passage, you may say that there is also ‘goats’ spoken of in this passage as well. The reason is that a goat could take the place of a lamb to allow for the poorer families of Israel to also be able partake of the Passover. The Passover ritual is the only sacrifice that strictly specifies that there is to be a lamb ‘without blemish.’

However, the sin offering and the atonement sacrifice do not specifically specify, require or say anything in the Law about a lamb without blemish.

When John the Baptist spoke of the ‘Lamb’ in John 1:29 that ‘takes away the sin of the world,’ the people would have known that he was referring to Christ who would come and be the fulfillment of the Passover, the High Sabbath, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The Passover was a festival in Israel during the time of the Temple in Jerusalem that was connected to first fruits of the barley where in the spring the first grains became ripe and harvested. The ancient tradition was that Passover would not start until the barley was ripe meaning that spring had begun. On the 15th day after the barley had ripened, the Passover would start.

On the dusk of Nissan14, the unblemished Passover lamb was slaughtered in preparation for the next day where it was roasted and eaten.

"Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest: and he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, to be accepted for you. On the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. On the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb without blemish a year old for a burnt offering to Yahweh. – Leviticus 23:10-12

The bringing of the ‘first fruits’ would mark the beginning of the Passover. When the sun went down, the lamb without spot, wrinkle or blemish was slaughtered. This began the ‘High Sabbath’ based on the harvesting of the ‘first fruits.’ This meant that it could occur on any day of the week and did not have to be on the 7th day Sabbath. The High Sabbath was in effect when Christ was being crucified was during the same time as the Passover lamb was being offered.

The Passover was the figure and allegory of Christ being the Passover Lamb, but this is not how Christianity points to it. They say that Christ was the ‘Lamb’ that died for their atonement, forgiveness and as payment for the penalty of their sins.

Again, I know what you are thinking. You probably believe this deception as truth. However, when we take a closer look at the purpose of the Passover Lamb, it will hopefully become glaringly obvious.

Have you ever thought what the purpose of the Passover lamb dying was for?

Was it for forgiveness?

Was it for atonement?

Was it to pay penalties for sins?

Let’s find out.

The Passover is also called the ‘Feast of Unleavened Bread.’ This required that all leavening had to be discarded before the 15th of Nisan.

This is how you shall eat it: with your belt on your waist, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is Yahweh's Passover. – Exodus 12:11

The reason there was to be no leaven was to be in remembrance of when Pharaoh let God’s people go. They left in such a hurry that they did even wait for their bread dough to rise. Throwing out the leaven was in remembrance of why no leavened bread was to be eaten.

Moses said to the people, "Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. – Exodus 13:3

The sole purpose of the lamb’s blood was a means to set Israel free from their captivity in Egypt. The blood of the lamb was put upon their doorposts so that when the angel of death passed over Egypt, death would not come into the homes of all the firstborn children of Israel. When death came, Pharaoh finally conceded and finally let God's people go.

Yahweh said to Moses, "Yet one plague more will I bring on Pharaoh, and on Egypt; afterwards he will let you go. When he lets you go, he will surely thrust you out altogether. – Exodus 11:1

The purpose of the lamb’s blood should be clear, but Christendom fails to teach this. They conclude that the purpose of the ‘Lamb’ that was slain was to free them from the penalty of their sins.

If we read the clear words of Scripture, death did not come to all those who did not have the blood of the lamb marked upon their door posts. All those who were sinners did not die because not all of Egypt faced death, only their firstborn.

The blood of the lamb's purpose was not used to provide a way for sinners to escape death or the penalty of their sins.

Many have a misconception of the purpose of the Passover lamb. They must come to the ultimate conclusion that God killed the firstborn of Egypt as punishment for their sins based on what they believe the purpose of Christ’s blood is for. This where the next level of their false doctrine comes into play where they say that innocent babies died because of the sins of their parents.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins, he shall die. – Ezekiel 18:4

The soul who sins, he shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him. – Ezekiel 18:20

Their premise again is wrong with their ‘imputed sin’ doctrine.

Man-made doctrines go against the evidence found in the Old Testament concerning the purpose of the blood of the Passover lamb that would foreshadow the figure of Christ who would be the ‘Lamb' that John the Baptist spoke of.

False doctrines ultimately lead to false conclusions. In this case, it twists the purpose of the of the Passover lamb where the Israelite’s were spared and escaped ‘punishment for sin’ by putting blood on their lintels and door posts.

The truth is that no one was in jeopardy except the firstborn in the land of Egypt because the blood only protected the firstborn in the homes that had blood on the door posts. All the firstborn innocent babies that were in Egypt were at risk of dying whether they sinned or not.

I hope you can see that the only conclusion based on false teaching is that the Passover lamb was sacrificed as a means of escape from their punishment of sin, which is the same allegory they use for the purpose of Christ’s blood.

Moses said, "This is what Yahweh says: 'About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of livestock. – Exodus 11:4-5

The true narrative is that those who died in Egypt was not the result of their sins, but the purpose was to make Pharaoh let the Israelite’s go. However, many who have bought into false teaching must maintain a different story. The only conclusion that they must believe about the ‘lamb’ is that when the angel of death passed over Egypt killing all the firstborn, it was punishment for their sins.

The following passage is used to show supposed proof for their deceptive doctrines.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

It is true that ‘the wages of sin is death,’ but innocent babies died in Egypt who had not committed any sins at all.

Most of Christianity’s doctrines are based on what they believe to be the Passover lamb’s purpose was because it is an allegory of the purpose of Christ’s blood. In their indoctrination, they believe that the lamb was sacrificed, just as Christ was as a means to escaping the penalty of their sins. We should know according to Scripture, if their version of their narrative were true, then the angel of death would have brought punishment for all the sins of Egypt. All would have died leaving only the Israelites. However, their rendition is entirely false.

If the blood of the lamb meant escaping punishment for sin, then how did the other Egyptians who were not firstborn escape death?

If Christ was the fulfillment of the Passover lamb, shouldn't the purpose of the lamb’s blood be the same as Christ’s blood?

I would hope that the evidence is conclusive enough that the Passover lamb was not a sacrifice to escape the punishment of sin, but a means of escaping captivity.

Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. - 1 Corinthians 5:7

If you have been conditioned to believe that Christ was the sacrifice for all your sins past, present and future, then you have been deceived.

Why?

It is because it has already been shown that the Passover lamb’s purpose was not a means to escape punishment for sin, or the forgiveness of sins, but the blood was shed to set the captives free. That is why John the Baptist stated that Christ was the ‘Lamb’ who would take away the sins of the world because his blood does not only provide a means of escape, but also a means to purge and eradicate sin in all the lives of those who would believe that he was the Messiah. The blood of the ‘Lamb’ is to set people free from the bondage and captivity of their sin.

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives – Luke 4:18a

A Fabrication

The one who commits sin is captive to sin.

Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin. – John 8:34

What many learn about having supposed ‘freedom’ in Christ in the harlot church system is a fabricated myth.

The truth is that Christ’s blood is a means of escaping from committing sin. That is why the author states in Hebrews that without blood there is no ‘remission.’

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

‘Remission’ does not equate to ‘forgiveness’ in this passage. However, this is how many interpret it to their peril. The context of a meaning of the same Greek word in Scripture is not always synonymous in meaning.

Both ‘forgiveness’ and ‘remission’ in the Greek is ‘aphesis’ [859 [e], but that does not equate to wherever the Greek term is placed in Scripture at all times means ‘forgiveness’ because translators have chosen ‘remission’ in other places. A word can have different meanings depending on the context of what is being stated in Scripture. In Hebrews 9:22, the word ‘aphesis’ should be taken on its primary meaning, which is ‘freedom,’ like being set free or delivered from prison. However, in other contexts in other places, it can denote 'forgiveness' and 'liberty.'

You may argue that you still believe that in Hebrew 9:22 ‘remission’ means ‘forgiveness.’ If that is the case, then it must be shown that there can be evidence of ‘forgiveness’ without the shedding of blood in Scripture.

Are there any examples?

Yes.

When we look at the story in the book of Jonah, we should be able to see how Jonah conveyed to the people of Nineveh on how to obtain forgiveness from God for their wickedness.

The people of Nineveh believed God; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. The news reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

He made a proclamation and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, "Let neither man nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; but let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to God. Yes, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his hands.

Who knows whether God will not turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish?" – Jonah 3:5-9

Do you find anywhere in this narrative that God demanded a sacrifice of blood for the forgiveness of Nineveh’s wickedness?

We find the answer in the very next verse.

God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn't do it. – Jonah 3:10

We see here that blood was not required for God’s forgiveness.

Here are some other examples in Scripture where blood is not required for forgiveness.

But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live? – Ezekiel 18:21-23

Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet says the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal.

House of Israel, are not my ways equal? Aren't your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, everyone according to his ways, says the Lord Yahweh. Return, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, in which you have transgressed; and make yourself a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, house of Israel? 

For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord Yahweh: therefore turn yourselves, and live. – Ezekiel 18:27-32

We see here that is was repentance that was accepted in the eyes of God. There was no need in this narrative for the blood sacrifice of animals.

It is interesting to note also that Christ told a man that he was forgiven before he shed his own blood.

Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you." – Matthew 9:2

Let’s go back to Hebrews 9:22.

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

The verse does not say, ‘without Christ’s blood there is no remission.’ The author of Hebrews was talking about both animal’s blood and the blood of Christ in this chapter.

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? – Hebrews 9:13-14

In 9:22, it states that in ‘nearly everything’ in the law there is no ‘remission’ without the blood.

We should be able to conclude here that anyone who preaches that ‘remission’ has to mean ‘forgiveness’ is in error because the Scriptural evidence has already proven that ‘forgiveness’ can be obtained without blood.

In conclusion to Part 1 of this series, we can see the clear evidence that the purpose of the Passover lamb's that would foreshadow the fulfillment of Christ's blood does not align with the teaching of the harlot church system. Their view of 'remission' is taught to as 'forgiveness' that can only be obtained through the blood, but these notions have been refuted.

The only conclusion is to reject the man-made doctrines of the counterfeit church system and be free from their indoctrination.

Please continue to Part 2.

We will also discover that forgiveness of sin had to be obtained first before the atoning sacrifice (Yom Kippur) could be made and that shedding of blood could not take the penalty of sin away. Also, the purpose of the sin offering will be explored that will lead into exposing more deceptive doctrines concerning the lie of 'remission' that has lead many into bondage. The only hope to being set free from the captivity of the harlot church system is to reject their lies and discover the genuine purpose of Christ's blood.

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      PlanksandNails 7 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Rich,

      Good verse. I am going to add it to Part 2 of this series. Unfortunately, many have thrown out 'repentance' or have twisted its meaning where they do not have to 'turn from their wicked ways.'

      Your comment is appreciated.

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      PlanksandNails 7 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Charlie,

      Thanks for the affirmation.

      God Bless.

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      Rich Kelley 7 months ago from The Ekklesia

      2Ch 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

      I believe that the above scripture is how it is still done today. The blood of Jesus allows my escape from being held captive to my sin. God wants to set us free and the blood of Jesus allows that to happen, but not for the reason most believe.

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      charlie 7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Amen- great presentation of truth

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