Q. Descriptions of sin offerings, especially in Leviticus, show that they were for unintentional sins. No provision seemed to have been made for deliberate sins. Does that mean that Jesus died only for our unintentional sins? Does that mean that even today, after getting born again, “deliberate sins” we commit aren’t under the blood of Jesus?
A. The Old Covenant was based on obedience to the Law (Exodus 19:5). Deliberate disobedience was not covered by the sin offerings because it was considered to be an act of defiance. It was equivalent to blasphemy and was punishable by death
The New Covenant is not based on obedience but on belief. Colossians 2:13-14 tells us that all our sins were forgiven at the cross. The Greek word translated “all” means “each and every, any and all”. Each and every sin of our life is covered, whether deliberate or not.
In 2 Cor. 5:17 Paul wrote, “If anyone is in Christ, he’s a new creation. The old has gone the new has come.”
Believing in the Lord’s completed work on the cross makes us a new creation in God’s sight. As such we now have a righteousness from Him that comes through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:22) and it’s like we’ve never sinned at all.
Forgiving all our sins is the only way the Lord could present us to Himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephes. 5:27).
It’s not that we’re perfect, it’s just that He’s chosen to see us as if we are.