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God Forgives Because of Christ's Shed Blood

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7-9)

Is it strange to think that blood can cleanse us from sin? If you fall down and cut your knee, you will probably have to put something on it to keep the blood from dripping down into your sock or onto the carpet in your home. Blood stains. And when we think about blood, we usually like to try to "change the subject" and talk about something else. How could something that stains physical things be what washes us spiritually?

But the Bible says that without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission (forgiveness) of sin. Jesus Christ's blood is the only blood that could ever pay for our sins, because He is 100% God and 100% Man. His sinlessness was the only way to make up for our sinfulness.

Did you know it is only because of Christ's sinlessness, His death on the cross, His shed blood, and His resurrection that He is able to take away our sin? God looks at Jesus Christ's blood and sees it as something that washes away the spiritual stains that our sins leave on our hearts. Are you confessing your sins to God? If so, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us because of the blood Christ shed.

God can cleanse away our sins because of Christ's blood.

My Response:
» Is it hard for me to believe that Christ's blood is key to God's being able to forgive my sins?
» Am I trusting in Christ (Who He is and what He has done) for my salvation today?
» How can I show that I believe that God is faithful and just to forgive me when I confess sins?

Truth In Real Life

Description of God

Made Flesh
John 1:14 – "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."


Question & Answer

Q Does God ever change his mind, get tired, or weaken in any way?

A No; the Lord God is unchanging. Malachi 3:6 – "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."


BIG Christian Word

Doctrine – (DOK-trin)

A "doctrine" is something that is taught about a particular topic. It is a teaching. Some examples of Bible doctrines are the teachings of God's perfect attributes; the Trinity; Creationism; Scripture's inspiration; humankind's sinfulness; and Jesus Christ's ability to be the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King. Every biblical doctrine is important because God's Word is how He teaches us about Himself – Who He is, what He is doing, and what He expects of us. 2 Timothy 2:15 – "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."