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    Be it known unto you therefore, men 
    and brethren, that through this man 
    is preached unto you the forgiveness 
    (remission)  of sins: And by him all that 
    believe are justified from all things, from 
    which ye could not be justified by the law 
    of Moses (Acts 13:38-39). 
    sunday 29
    We learnt in our previous study that what 
    we have in Christ isn’t forgiveness, but 
    remission of sins. Some Bible translators weren’t sure 
    when to use the word “forgive” and when to use the 
    word “remit.” So in different translations, they render 
    the Greek word “aphesis” as “forgiveness” and also 
    as “remission.” For example, the King James Version 
    translated it as forgiveness instead of remission as seen 
    in our opening verse.
    Remission is the complete removal of sin. In the 
    Greek Septuagint, there’s a word used in Leviticus 
    25:10 that’s akin to remission; it’s the word “liberty,” 
    which means “release.” Part of that verse says, “And 
    ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty 
    throughout all the land….”  The word “liberty” is the 
    same word “aphesis,” which means remission. We’re 
    to proclaim remission; man’s total release from sin, its 
    effects and consequences! 
    Just as all debts were cancelled during Jubilee in 
    the Old Testament, remission in the New Testament is 
    the wiping out or blotting out of a debt (sin), as though 
    it had never been; as though it never happened. In 
    forgiveness, the record shows that you’re the offender 
    but have been pardoned for the offense, whereas in 
    remission, there’s no record of offence. 
    In remission, the offence is separated or divorced 
    from you; it doesn’t exist; hence, you’re justified. Yes, 
    in remission, you have justification! The Bible says in 
    Acts 13:39 that by Jesus Christ, all that believe are 
    justified from all things, from which they couldn’t be 
    justified by the law of Moses. 
    To be justified means that you’re acquitted; 
    you’ve been declared “not guilty,” in spite of your 
    sins, because they’ve been remitted; they don’t exist. 
    How is this possible? It’s the righteousness of God:  “To 
    declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he 
    might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth 
    in Jesus”  (Romans 3:26). 
    I pray for sinners around the world today, that as they 
    hear the Gospel, their hearts are open to receive the 
    remission already accomplished for them through the 
    death of Christ, to live unto righteousness, in Jesus’ 
    Name. Amen. 
    2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Romans 3:23-26

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