The Remission of Sins
"And such (sinners) were some of you: but ye are
washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God." (I Corinthians 6:11)
Now let's think about what the scripture is saying here, in regard to what it means to have the true biblical remission of sins. Our hearts are washed from sin, and we are thereby made holy in the sight of God (sanctified); and subsequently we are cleared from the guilt of all of our previous sins (justified), "IN the name of the Lord Jesus, and BY the Spirit of our God." Does this mean that we experience the remission of sins by two different means, or that we
have to obtain the remission of sins twice initially? Without jumping to conclusions, let us allow the Scriptures to answer this for us perfectly.
First we should look at Titus 3:5, which says the same thing as I Cor. 6:11 in a little bit different words: "... Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us (from our previous sins), by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
holy Ghost; ..." Make no mistake, this washing is for the inner man, who has been in bondage to sin all his life; and it is accomplished by the
heavenly (spiritual) baptism, which is administered by that heavenly High Priest. And the "renewing of the
holy Ghost" is not something
separate from "the washing of regeneration;" but rather, the renewed state is the result of "the washing of regeneration." So it is evident that receiving the
holy Ghost is what gives us the true remission of sins, and thus a renewed life, by means of a new birth. But what about the part in I Cor. 6:11 that says "in the name of the Lord Jesus?"
On many occasions our Lord Jesus said that the holy Ghost would be sent back from Heaven in His name, after He went away (Jn. 14:26; Jn. 15:26). What this means is that the
holy Ghost was sent here in the stead of Jesus, to represent Him (and the Father) until He comes again. It is very important to note and to understand that Jesus never said anything about anyone or anything else being sent back in His name. What this means is that nothing is done in this world anywhere, by anybody, at any time, in the name of the Lord Jesus; except it be done by the empowerment of the Spirit of God. So when the scripture states that we are washed, sanctified, and justified "in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God;" it most assuredly is talking about ONE experience - the baptism of the
holy Ghost, which we receive in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by which we take on the name of Jesus.
The only point left to make here is that
the holy Ghost, and being baptized with the
holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, is the same thing. And what this means is that anyone who has not received this experience has not been washed from their sins, sanctified, or justified; and obviously needs to be, in order to have the hope of eternal life. And this also runs true to the Scriptures, because we are told that "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Rom. 8:9). And this doesn't mean that a person's life can not be touched by God in a special way before being baptized with the
Ghost. But it does mean that everyone must persevere unto this
experience, and continue in righteous perseverance thereafter, in order to inherit eternal life. Amen.