What Will Take Away Our Sins?
What will take away our sins?
1) Not Distance. Remember Jonah? Jonah tried to flee from God after God had commanded him to go preach to Nineveh (Jonah 1:1-3). Did Jonah really hide from God? NO! Neither will distance take our sins away.
2) Not Time. Some folks believe if they just don't say anymore about their sin, after a period of time, it will just go away. Moses said, "be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23). God is not bound by time nor does he forget in time our sins (2 Peter 3:8-9). Time does not take away sins.
3) Not Excuses. Adam and Eve tried to make excuses for their sins while in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:11-13). God didn't accept excuses then and He won't except them now. Excuses will not take away sins.
4) Not Just Being Sorry. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death" (II Corinthians 7:10). Just being sorry for our sins "worketh death". Godly sorrow “worketh repentance” (make a change). Remember Judas (Matthew 27:3-5)?
5) Not Man. "Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:25-26). No man can take away our sins.
6) Not Just Being Honest and Sincere. Paul, before he became a Christian, persecuted the church. He said "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day" (Acts 23:1). Even while he persecuted the church Paul was honest and sincere. However, he was STILL WRONG - HE WAS STILL A SINNER (Acts 22:16).
7) Not Ignorance. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). Paul again says, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians5:17). Ignorance will not take away sins.
8) Not Being Deceived. "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch" (Matthew 15:14). We are to love the truth and not be deceived (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Being deceived will not take away our sins.
Only the blood of Jesus Christ will take away our sins. "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28). "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). When we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, we contact the blood of Christ in baptism (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:26-27; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Have your sins been taken away?