The forgiveness of sins was an experience hitherto denied; sin, under the Torah, was covered by specific offerings; there was an annual ceremony for cleansing of the nation - Atonement; and the Israelite had to come before Yahweh, on his own behalf, again and again. Now absolute forgiveness from all sin is offered to both Jew and Gentile through the sacrifice and bloodshed of Yahshua on Golgotha. This is a gift of love and grace that can never be taken lightly! Paul gave his life and suffered all kinds of deprivation, hardship, punishments and imprisonment to fulfil his calling and to turn men and women everywhere ‘from darkness to light’.
Equally thrilling, to my heart, is the thought that our faith in Yahshua is the sanctifying factor in our lives. Sanctification often seems to be an immense issue, a huge ‘prize’, a much-sought-after condition that one imagines one has to strive to achieve. Paul, however, clearly understood that it is interconnected with our faith in Yahshua, Whose blood both saves and sanctifies. The writer to the Hebrews states, “By this will [Yahweh’s] we are sanctified through the offering of the body of [Messiah Yahshua] once for all”. (Hebrews 10:10 KJV)
The faith that reaches out for and receives salvation is the very same that ensures us a place among those who are sanctified. The sweeping, cleansing power of Yahshua’s blood, that transforms lives even as it cleanses and forgives sin, will hold us in the experience of sanctification as we continually yield ourselves to His holy will, and ‘present [our] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto [Yahweh], which is [our] reasonable service’. (Romans 12:1 KJV)