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What does atonement/remission really mean?

Submitted: 2/1/2011
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Question: Remission is defined as: forgiveness; pardon. Hebrews 10:4 states that sin cannot be taken away through sacrificial offerings. The Israelite sin was forgiven/remitted but not taken away. So, how does he transfer his sin to the animal? Acts 2 :38 ... for the remission of sins. I had been taught that remission meant removing. At what point are our sins removed or are they ever truly removed but only covered by the shed blood of Jesus. Please help me to better understand this.

Answer: For a thorough answer to your question, please read our article called 'Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?.' You can find it on the Doctrine shelf of the Apostolic Free Library on this website. You may also find our article 'The Water and the Teee' helpful.