In today’s culture this word “remission” has taken on a new context. It is associated with cancer and the halting of this corruption within the Bible. In this context people have become accepting of the fact that this corruption can return and then kill the person suffering from cancer. This is something that people need to think about.
Now why did I even mention this word? For the answer to that we go to the second chapter of Acts:
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Now let’s break down this from the original Greek:
Aphesis – deliverance, a sending away, a letting go, a release, pardon, complete forgiveness.
As you can see this word has many applications. Look at each on carefully though. A deliverance from sin. A sending away of sin. A letting go of sin. A release from sin. A pardon of your sins. Complete forgiveness of your sins.
But then we need to remember the implication given to us by the use of the word “remission” when applies to cancer and that said cancer can return and ultimately kill the person suffering from it. This is true for sin as well. This is made clear in here:
2 Peter 2:20 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
Does this diminish the other definitions? No it does not, but there is an admonition. For the Bible makes it clear that we must keep our eyes upon God and have our Creator as the center of our lives. The sun that we as planets revolve around. For if the planets lose the sin they lose not only the that life giving element of light, but also warmth and even an anchor to the solar system that is God, and they are sent flying wildly into the darkness and death.
Far too many think they are within the warmth of the sun which is God, but God is not their center. They themselves are their center. The lusts and desires for the here and now are of more import that anything else and especially God.
Does this mean that their remission has failed? I cannot say, that is for each and every single person to come to realize and confront on their own. They need to place God to the center of their solar system, for if they do not they could most likely die for their cancer which is called sin.