What has happened to our sin? It is forgiven. God has forgiven all sin. Does this mean all people are then not going to die? No, all people will die, but those people who want their sin to be gone and then believe it is gone so that its removal allows them to exercise their free will to follow God’s will, will survive beyond death.
God has signed his document of forgiveness with the blood of his son. We must agree to this by signing his document also, that we recognise his death. This is his new covenant with us, We can disagree and not sign it. Those who sign will rise to life, those who don’t, will remain in death.
Does this signify that, contrary to some beliefs, another person took the sins of others? Well yes, its just that the person who did this was God himself. Wait a minute, it was God’s plan but he didn’t actually take the sin himself did He?
Well what if he did? If He is the one against whom all sin is ultimately committed, why then would he not be the one who would be authorised to forgive that sin? And if he authorised another who was in an equal position to accept the responsibility for that sin, His son for example, would not the heir of all things be qualified to do that?
Perhaps there is a problem with the notion of forgiveness itself, after all, there has long been established the principle of an eye for an eye, or Karma, or justice on the basis of the punishment suiting the crime?
What if God does not operate that way? But what if it is almost a similar thing, in that sin has to register somewhere doesn’t it? Well yes, but it registers in God’s heart. It registers in his love. love suffers that which is unlove. In earthly terms such a cause of suffering would call for retribution towards the one causing it – but love forgives it – the nature of love takes control and authority over the creation it created.
The creation has a function which is not served by punishing people and preventing them from reaching their ultimate design and purpose. Sin is a product of not living in love. Sin has a death effect which God is purposed to remove. If God is not allowed to remove that sin-death effect, that sin-death effect will still be there when he returns to reap his harvest from the world. When he comes he is looking for life, not death. Those who have chosen to not believe the message about the son of God suffering the effects of sin on behalf of his Father; IE that the Father suffered due to his love, not only for his son, but for the sons of all creation, will not be able to comprehend the nature and life of God, and will be thereby hampered in their apprehension of His Spirit.
All of this is describing what forgiveness is. How else was God to describe his nature of love without referencing the love of a Father for his son? How is corrupt mankind to understand anything of God unless He puts things on earthly terms? How does one convey to primitive warring people, the loving gentle nature of God. “Let your gentleness be seen by all”. If this statement refers to his adopted sons, how much more then is it also a feature of the Father himself?
If God had not intervened in this world, which after all, is a product of mankind’s evil, then we could then go with the old eye for eye concepts, and penalties of the law. This would make God cold and ruthless. But all the law was doing was pointing out that death was a direct result, consequence, of sin. The law provided penalties to reinforce the point. Were this to be allowed to continue without forgiveness, all men would be consigned to death, permanently.
Being made fit for heaven is not a matter of obeying laws, because these laws can never raise man’s standards to the level required, all they do is reinforce the fact that man operates from a system that is corrupt and irretrievable. The very qualities that God put into family relationships reflects his own nature, after all, we were made “in His image”. Therefore God is not just some reactionary force that hands out justice without mercy to creatures who are by nature simply operating in some comparative level of righteousness that is simply bad badder and baddest. God operates at a higher level than this, and it is necessary to leave all this behind and to recognise and accumulate a righteousness that comes directly from him, from His own self, his life, his Spirit.
Therefore God requires that man recognise him as the source of life and that this life is a matter of the quality of love and its availability. God has made it available to all, to be had by belief in the method of its apprehension, which is by believing he has removed all sin and its consequences in the son of his love, who lovingly went to the cross for all so that God’s plan of redemption, of true creation, could reveal Him and His true nature.
Though He loves everybody, not all will receive this, because they are more comfortable with the products of THIS world, instead of leaning forward to embrace that which has always been promised, light and life and love. But none of this is available without forgiveness which is without cost to men, but at great cost to himself.
Love is the supreme quality of God, and can only be seen properly in its forgiveness of the wrong things that people do, have done, and will do, because the purpose is not to punish, but to save. God’s constant love is always pouring out towards men, he holds nothing against them, they do that within their own consciences, because they either will not believe in a God of love or will not allow him to render them clean by his forgiveness. There are no conditions. He has already paid the price of seeing his beloved only son suffer, and feeling the suffering of the whole of His creation as it struggles with His Spirit.
Jesus the Son destroyed within his own body, the “works of the devil”. His perfect life force was able to overcome his human nature which was a part of his body and restore it to the original design of God, and He was then able to be immortalised to become the first born of all creation, thus proving the promise of God. Others who follow him become at one with him in death and life and resurrection, although they will not be immortalised and physically resurrected until he returns.
Man left God’s world to create his own, and departed so far from God that he could no longer recognise truth from lie, righteousness from unrighteousness. So God sent him messengers to educate him along the way. Then at the right time in history he sent his son to reveal that ultimate righteousness is manifested only through forgiveness and love.