Summer Series Starts Wednesday, May 6
The theme for this Summer Series:
Developing a Closer Walk with God!
The series runs May, June, and July on Wednesday night, 7 p.m.
The speakers for the month of May:
May 6-Ken Tyler (Arab Church of Christ)
May 13-Kyle Butt (Apologetics Press)
May 20-Andrew Kingsley (Ashville Road Church of Christ)
May 27-Eric Lyons (Apologetics Press)
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to draw closer to God!
"For the Remission of Sins"
"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins'..." Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
Some contend that the phrase "for the remission of sins" here means because the sins have already been remitted, which means dismissed, or forgiven. Many believe that their sins were previously forgiven, and now because of this, they are baptized.
But is that what this passage means?
Let's consider another verse, where Jesus says:
"For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)
Why did Jesus have to shed His blood? Did He shed it in order for sins to be forgiven, or because sins had already been forgiven?
We read that:
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." Hebrews 10:4 (NKJV)
"and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood," Revelation 1:5 (NKJV)
So we find that it was necessary that Jesus die and shed His blood in order for sins to be forgiven.
The phrase "for the remission of sins" in Matthew 26:28 in the Greek is exactly the same as is found in Acts 2:38. If Matthew 26:28 means Jesus shed His blood in order for, from that time forward, sins to be remitted, then Acts 2:38 must mean the very same thing. One must repent and be baptized in order for, from that time forward, one's sins to be forgiven.
Any other interpretation than this makes the clear meaning of one passage of scripture disagree with another.