Today I received a comment and it said my last article suggested that when we tell people Jesus’ blood has cleanse your sins once and for all, there is no need to repent from sins and thus Jesus’ blood is irrelevant.
Let’s get this straight, the blood of Christ takes away your sins once and for all (John 1:29, Hebrews 10:4 read together with Hebrews 10:12). It is not linked to repentance. The Blood is God’s gift. It leads to repentance. True repentance is not repentance for sins, it is repentance from thinking your repentance saves you, that is your religion and works curry favour from God (Mark 1:15) (Luke 3:8). True repentance is knowing you can’t and also not that God can, but God has provided salvation to those believed onto His Son (Acts 20;21)(Hebrews 6:1) . So those who says that we must continually repent from our sins is teaching the same thing all other religions practice. You only biblically repent once. The call for repentance from sins is usually made to none believers. (2 Cor 7:10)(Acts 26:20). Other calls for repentance has to do with wrongs done against another brother or church member (2 Corinthians 12:20-21). Repentance from sins always come repentance from self-righteousness.
You may make mistakes and even be stupid and fall into sin. Do you need to ask for forgiveness? No. Can you tell God you messed up? By all means. Can you tell God you are sorry? By all means. Can you tell God to forgive you? By all means, but he will tell you, you already have forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ blood did not qualify you for forgiveness. He has taken away your sins once and for all. There is no more need for forgiveness. If you say that as such the blood of Jesus is no longer relevant, I would have to tell you something, the blood is my witness that my sins have taken away once and for all. Now, let me ask you a question, how many times did the blood flow? Once. How many times did Jesus died? Once.
How many times do I repent from dead works and believe the work of Jesus? Once. How many times am I forgiven? Once. Is Jesus blood relevant to me? Of course. It has the stamp property of Jesus. If you say you have to repent again and again to be forgiven, you are not counting on the blood of Jesus. You are counting on the blood of the bulls and goats. These are the people who repent again and again (Hebrews 10:11-13). The Bible tells us this kind of repentance (yearly and daily) leads to guilt not godliness.
Titus 3:5-7 ”he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Notice the blood is not mentioned. How many times Jesus buys you? Does this mean I can sin all I want? Does this mean that I never feel sorry for my sins? What do you I think? I am the property of someone else. I belong to the one who loved me and died for me. I don’t only have his spirit, I have his mind, I have his nature. I have God’s spermatoa in me. Dear friends, don’t be delusional, if repentance alone can lead to a sin free life, why did Jesus come?
Jesus came to born into us. Filling us with him. It is he that produces the works in us. It is that changes our thinking and our behavior. To argue that we need constant repentance to please God is rubbish. There is only one thing that pleases him, his Son. We are being transformed in the image of His Son.
Charles Spurgeon said this ““No doctrine is so calculated to preserve a man from sin as the doctrine of the grace of God. Those who have called it ‘a licentious doctrine’ did not know anything about it. Poor ignorant things, they little knew that their own vile stuff was the most licentious doctrine under heaven. If they knew the grace of God in truth, they would soon see that there is no preservative from lying like a knowledge that we are elect of God from the foundation of the world. There is nothing like a belief in my eternal perseverance, and the immutability of my Father’s affection, which can keep me near to Him from a motive of simple gratitude.”
Sure go ahead and preach a doctrine that push people into guilt and away from the one that keep them from sinning. That is not Christianity, its call religion.