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). 
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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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