“And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…”
Revelation 1:5b-6 is a doxology. This doxology includes three things. First, that He loved us. Second, that He loosed us from our sins. And the third element is praise.
and washed us from our sins
The second work that Jesus did for us was to free us from our sin. The word “washed” in some manuscripts means to loose, dissolve. Jesus dissolved our sins in the sight of God.
We have complete and eternal forgiveness by the death of Christ for our sins.
Has it dawned upon you that only God can forgive sins? The wonderful thing about the gospel is that God will forgive any person for any sin and for any amount of sins.
“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31).
”To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39).
“To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).
We do not have to go through religious rites to receive forgiveness of sins. The religions of the world are sham substitutes. Religion is the counterfeit, apocryphal way men invent ways to get to heaven.
God does not ask us to suffer for sin. Jesus did all of the suffering necessary for our sin. To reject His suffering for sin is to insult His work on the cross. We think that we must somehow pay for our sins. No penance is necessary. Jesus did all the penance on the cross. This is why we love Him so.
“I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12).
No good works will rid you of sin because your work is inadequate to resolve the demands of a holy God. God is perfect, so His demands are perfection. We cannot have perfection in ourselves. We can only have it by Jesus completely washing away our sins.