Let’s start this Learning Activity by searching out some of the things the Bible says about sin.
- Romans 14:23b
2. James 4:17
3. 1 John 3:4
4. 1 John 5:17a
5. Romans 3:23
Looking at the passages above we should be able to see a bit about how to define what sin is and who is affected by it.
6. Leviticus 16:15, 16
7. What was the way in which sin was handled under the Old Covenant?
8. Psalm 32:1
9. In the verse above, how is the handling of sin described?
10. Romans 4:7
11. In the Romans verse, how was sin described as being handled?
From the passages above it is clear that those under the Old Covenant had their sin covered over by the blood of sacrificed animals. Let’s look a bit closer at what this covering over of sin consisted of.
12. Hebrews 10:4
What is this verse saying! We just read above that the sins were forgiven? Is there a difference between “forgiving sin” and “taking away sin?”
Under the Old Covenant when the blood covering was made there was forgiveness of sin, but the sin was NOT taken away! This is an important understanding.
13. Romans 11:27
14. What are we to conclude about the forgiveness of sin and the taking away of sin under the Old Covenant?
15. Hebrews 10:11
16. What is the conclusion we can make from #7 and #12 above?
The writer of Hebrews is making a contrast between the Old and the New Covenant!
17. Read Hebrews 10:12 – 18 in your Bible
18. What conclusion do you draw from reading # 12, # 15, and #17 above?
19. Romans 5:18
20. In the verse above, who is being referred to as the man of trespass and who is the man of righteousness?
21. Who did Christ acquit in the Romans 5:18 verse above?
22. John 1:29
23. Whose sin was taken away by the Lamb of God in John 1:29?
24. John 3:16
25. Who in the world did God show His love to by the giving of His Son in John 3:16?
26. 1 John 2:2
27. In 1 John 2:2 above, whose sins did Jesus die for?
From our travels through the above passages we find that Christ provided for the taking away of sin for ALL of mankind that ever lived in the past, are living today, and will live in the future. There are no exceptions! The only conditional statement found in the Scriptures for this to be applicable to any of us is that we must be part of the group who “believes in him” which is the second half of John 3:16.
28. Hebrews 8:12
I therefore conclude that under the New Covenant sin is NOT the issue at all, with one major exception that will be explained in Learning Activity 43 A on this web site.
Sin under the New Covenant (with the exception of the unpardonable sin) is NOT the issue. The constant focus on this aspect has been a deterrent of many from hearing the true gospel of the New Covenant. The challenge of the New Covenant is NOT a sin problem at all. The challenge is a “believing” problem! God has always revealed truth in some manner to every individual who has ever walked the face of this Earth. It is the individual response to that revelation (by believing the revelation) that determines the eternalty of that human being.
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