What is the Secret of the Forgiveness of Sins?

October 7, 2022

The fact that Jesus came to this earth to grant mankind the forgiveness of sins (Mt.26:28-28; Mt.9:13) means that all human beings are sinners. Why did the Bible say that we are sinners? We can understand this when we know our real identity and where we came from.

The Origin of our Soul

As we all know, all of us suffer from countless troubles, problems, sorrows and pains from birth to death. What is the cause of all of these? We can understand why such things happen to humans by studying the origin of our soul, and finding out our original state.

Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Man was created from the dust of the ground and then God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. The dust refers to the physical body, and the breath of life the soul or the spirit. A living man is a combination of a body and a soul. It is not too much to say that the body is dead without the soul. So when the soul departs from the body, the man dies, but when the soul returns, the man lives. Although there are cases when miracles do happen and the dead come to life, eventually, that person will come to die sooner or later. It is the destiny of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 …and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

To ‘return’ means to go back to its former place. The dust, our body, returns to the ground. As the body came from the ground, so it will return to the ground.
What about the soul or the spirit? The spirit returns to God.  God dwells in the beautiful kingdom of heaven. The fact that our soul will return to heaven means that our souls already lived in heaven as angels with God before we came to this earth.

Being Born as Angels in Heaven before the Creation

There are many biblical proofs that we were angels before we were born on this Earth.

Proverbs 8:22-30 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep… Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence…”

King Solomon, the third and wises King of Israel, is the writer of the book of Proverbs. When did he say he was born? He was born before the world began; he was given birth before God created the dust of the Earth. If so, when was he born and in what form did he existed?The Earth is around 4.5 billion years old. If Solomon was born before the Earth,  when there were no dust, it means that he could not exist in the flesh. He must have been born in heaven and lived as an angel. So verse 30 says that he was a craftsman at God’s side and lived in delight day after day.

Job 38:1-4 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge. Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Job 38:21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

When God asked Job where he was before God laid the earth’s foundation, Job could not give a definite answer. It is like asking someone if they remember what happened on their first birthday. Job had no memory that he already existed before the creation, but God knows, so God said, “Surely you know, for you were already born, you have lived so many years”. God Himself testified that Job was a spiritual being, an angel like Solomon, who were already born before creation. This shows that not only Solomon and Job were angels before, but all human beings.

The Reason We Came to This Earth

Why did we leave our home heaven, a place of joy and delight, and lived on this earth, a world of suffering?

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Jesus came to seek, to find the lost. We are the lost from heaven, right? Why were we lost from heaven?

Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

To call means to seek. Since Jesus came to seek the lost from heaven and to call sinners, comparing these two verses, it would mean that we were lost from heaven because of the sins we committed in heaven. We were expelled from heaven to this Earth because of our sins. This place is like a city of refuge, a prison for sinners from heaven (Ps.102-19-20), that’s why there is more sorrow on this earth than peace and joy.

Ezekiel 28:12-17 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you… Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

The Sin Deserving Death

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…

With regards to a criminal law, a person who committed a simple robbery may receive a 5 to 15 year sentence, and an aggravated robbery, in which force or violence was used, may receive a sentence of 20 years or more. But say a man committed serial murders, would he not be deserving of a capital punishment? This is still debatable as human rights advocates see death sentence as immoral and a waste of human lives. But defenders of the death penalty argue that justice demands that those convicted of heinous crime be sentenced to death. Moreover, it is a moral obligation that society impose on criminals losses equal to the losses they imposed on innocent persons. It is only right then to inflict death on those who deliberately inflicted death on others, to ensure justice for all. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. And did not God sentenced to death those who violated His laws and commands? This is consistent in the Old Testament biblical teachings.

Our sins can only be repaid with our death.  This means that we committed grievous and  unforgivable sins in heaven deserving the death sentence, like that of a murderer. So all of us were expelled from heaven to bear the punishment of our sin and suffer eternal agony in hell.

In the New Testament times, however, Jesus taught His people forgiveness. Through this, Jesus showed His will to forgive the grievous sins of mankind and save them from death.

The Secret to Receive Forgiveness of Sins

We can never return to heaven when we are tainted with grievous sins. Is this then the end of the story? Shouldn’t we find the way to the forgiveness of our sins?

God established the way for us to get the forgiveness of our sins and return to heaven. While living in pain and sorrow as a result of our unforgivable sins, we are also given another chance to return back home.

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace, that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

It is only through the blood of Jesus that we can receive the forgiveness of our sins. The only way to repay our sins is through death. So Jesus saved us by carrying the burden of our sins and died on the cross, instead of us. He suffered extreme pain and humiliation that sinners deserved in order to defeat death and allow us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, by the shedding of His precious blood, we are redeemed from sin and death. That’s why before he died, Jesus taught His disciples how to receive the forgiveness of sins deserving death.

Matthew 26:17-19 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ”

This is the scene of the Passover that Jesus celebrated before he was crucified.

Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Before Jesus was crucified on the cross, he celebrated the Passover with His disciples with the Passover bread, saying, “this is my body”, and the wine, saying  “this is my blood, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins”.

So the secret to receive the forgiveness of sins we committed in heaven deserving death sentence is to celebrate the Passover of the New Covenant that Jesus established. Only then can we return to our hometown heaven as angels again.
Let’s celebrate the Passover, commemorating the sacrifice of Christ and receive the forgiveness of our sins and return to heaven.