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by Wayne Blank
"repentance and remission of sins"
The remission of sins is made possible only by and through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God:
"And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:27-28 KJV)
But remission of sins is conditional upon good behavior. The purpose of John the Baptist to "prepare the way" (by definition, John's ministry ended when Jesus' ministry began - see John's Last Days) was to "preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." While the Son of God died for all, only the repentant will be saved; the unrepentant are going to be incinerated.
"The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness [see also The Origin of Baptism], and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." (Mark 1:1-4 KJV)
Peter preached repentance for the remission of sins:
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38 KJV)
Paul (see Paul's Ministry) preached repentance for the remission of sins:
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." (Romans 6:16-18 KJV)
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