“Without shedding of blood is no remission” Hebrews 9:22
A marvellous and wonderful blessing is contained in the one word — remission. How we wish that everybody knew and enjoyed it! It is offered in the gospel of the grace of God free to all who will believe that God means what He says, and will take it as His loving gift through Jesus Christ His Son.
What is remission — The word means sending away, and includes four things: the sending away of sins; Gods claim upon you for them, the condemnation of them, the presence and memory of them. Think upon them for a moment.
1. The relinquishment of a claim.
God’s justice claims the giving up of life for sins committed. Here it is — “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” Ezekiel 18:4,20. “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. According to these words of God not one of us could be exempt, for “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. But God in His grace has made provision for that claim to be withdrawn, for it is written in His word, “He (Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. His death settled the claim. Will you believe the good news, and thank Him for it?
2. The release from condemnation.
Quoting from the Psalms the apostle Paul proves that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin; and then adds, “now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” Romans 3:19. Is there no possible escape? Is there no provision made whereby the punishment for guilt need not fall upon the sinner? Can the guilty one go free? Yes, thank God! Listen to His unfailing word — ”There is therefore now (now that Christ has died) no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1. “Being justified freely by His grace” Romans 3:24. Free! Free! Free! No condemnation.
3. The removal of sins from us.
Now once in the end of the world hath He (Jesus) appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” Hebrews 9:26. The sweet singer of Israel said, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” Psalms 103:12. Forgiven! Forgiven! Forgiven! They cannot possibly come back any more. “My little children, these things write I unto you” I John 2:1 because your sins are forgiven you, for His name’s sake. Praise God!
4. The remembrance of sins no more.
Do not miss, nor doubt, nor forget, these golden words for all who receive His Son into their hearts — ”Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” Hebrews 10:17. “Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” Micah 7:19. Buried out of sight. Forgotten! Forgotten! Forgotten! Beyond a possible resurrection. Gone forever! Accept it with unhesitating thanks.
What alone accomplished it? “Shedding of blood” Hebrews 9:22. This is by no means anything we can do, but something that has been done for us. Man cannot atone for his sin or sins, but God has said, “The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” Leviticus 17:11. In other words, God required a substitute to be a sacrifice, whose blood was shed instead of and on behalf of the sinner. Life must be given for the life that was forfeited by sin. God has been shewing this to man through all the ages past, as well as in this present age of grace. By figure, by fact, by shadow, by substance, by parable, by prophecy, by patriarch, by prophet, by apostle, by epistle, this truth of the necessity of the shedding of blood for remission has been unceasingly brought before man as the only way.
When God sent His only begotten Son into the world to save sinners, note the important fact that His beautiful, spotless, unblameable life could not and did not accomplish atonement. No indeed! He must die, and He did die — ”The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29. And now we have the glorious news that His blood has been shed, and there is remission. God was so well satisfied with His Son’s sacrifice for sins, that He raised Him from the dead, and exalted Him to be a Saviour of all who believe.
How is it to be possessed and enjoyed? Not by the sinner trying to be good, not by confessing sins however many or glaring, not by determining to live a better life, not by doing the best he knows how. There is one, and only one way, that is by accepting Christ, God’s Son, as the accepted Lamb slain for him on the Cross of Calvary. God is offering His Son, and what He has done is accepted by God for the sinner. Then stop everything else, forget everything else, forsake everything else, and say as you seek remission —
”Just as I am, without one plea,
but that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!”
Taking Him He takes you, and you have remission. Your sins; God’s claim upon you for them, the condemnation for them, the presence and memory of them, are all sent away, gone forever! Possessing Christ, you possess remission. Do not wait any longer, take Him now, and sing with us:
“There is power, power,
wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.”