Shedding Blood For Our Sins

Q. RE: Could Adam Have Been Eve’s Redeemer. Hebrews 9:22 says “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” What is it about the shedding of someone else’s blood that forgives the sins of another person. Why does that work?

A. In Romans 6:23 Paul explained that the penalty for sin is death. When God ordained the sacrificial system after mankind fell into sin, He chose a lamb without blemish or defect as the required offering for sin to teach us that only the shedding of innocent blood could redeem us from the death penalty due us for our sins. But the Bible also tells us that an animal’s blood could only set our sins aside temporarily (Hebrews 10:1). It took the blood of an innocent man to permanently redeem mankind and allow God to forgive us.

The problem is that all men are sinners (Romans 3:23). Even our own death cannot satisfy the debt of sin we owe. It takes a man who has never sinned, and who is willing to die in our place to redeem us. Only God Himself could accomplish this, but even He had to become a man to qualify as our Redeemer. So it isn’t just the shedding of someone else’s blood. It’s the shedding of His blood.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake (1 Peter 1:18-20).

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God (1 Peter 3:18).


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