The Bible is clear. Without the shedding of blood, there is no cancellation / remission / forgiveness of sin. So according to the Bible, every sin has to be atoned for – every sin has to be paid.
That of course leads to another problem. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3 v 23. Yes, every single person sins. The Bible says that even those people who live with the single life goal of keeping very commandment still fall short, because the Bible says that even when we “know to do good” and then we don’t do it, even that is sin.
So let’s do a little recap here:
- Everyone including you and me is a sinner
- Every sin must be paid
- The penalty for sin is death
Yes, I am pretty happy that the above is an accurate explanation of the Bible. So if you understand that, you understand that we have a problem. The Bible further goes on to say that sins can only be forgiven by bloodshed. Something or someone has to die, for sin to be forgiven. That is how seriously God sees sin.
Enter Jesus in John chapter 1
29 The next day he (John) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
God sent His Son Jesus, so that He could shed His blood for you and me. he has paid the bill. But every person has to receive Christ to receive forgiveness. John says “to as many as received him, he gave them the right to be called children of God”. I have received Jesus, and when I come before God, Jesus will present my sin bill as “PAID BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS”.
How about you?