6175 guilt, removal of
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Through the death of Jesus Christ, God has provided a means of removing guilt, thus opening the way for believers to know the blessings of a right relationship with him.

The removal of guilt is God's work

Jeremiah 2:22; Jeremiah 50:20; Romans 8:33 “Justify” is a legal term which includes the meaning “to declare not guilty”. See also 2 Samuel 24:10 pp 1 Chronicles 21:8; Psalm 32:1-5; Isaiah 6:1-6

The removal of guilt requires confession

Psalm 32:5 See also 2 Samuel 24:10 pp 1 Chronicles 21:8; Psalm 51:14; Jeremiah 3:12-13; Acts 11:21; Romans 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25; 1 John 1:8-9

The removal of guilt by the OT sacrificial system

Guilt removed by the guilt offering

Leviticus 6:6-7 See also Leviticus 19:20-22; Ezra 10:18-19

Guilt removed by the sin offering

Numbers 15:27-28 See also Leviticus 5:5-6; Numbers 6:9-11

Guilt removed by the Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16:20-34

Animal sacrifices are ultimately ineffective in removing guilt

Hebrews 10:1-4 See also Hebrews 9:9

The removal of guilt by Jesus Christ's sacrificial death

Isaiah 53:10-12 This prophecy finds its ultimate fulfilment in the person of Jesus Christ ; Hebrews 9:14 See also John 1:29 The point of John's image is that Jesus Christ will be sacrificed, as lambs were, to remove people's guilt; Romans 5:9 The blood of Jesus Christ referred to here is his shed blood, and therefore speaks of his (sacrificial) death; 2 Corinthians 5:21 Human guilt is transferred to Jesus Christ, in order that believers might become righteous before God; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 10:11-14; 1 John 1:7

The results of guilt being removed

A clean conscience

Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 10:22

Peace with God

Isaiah 53:5; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:19-20

Access into God's presence

Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:18


Psalm 32:1-11; Romans 5:1-2


Romans 5:1-2

A desire to worship God

Psalm 51:14-15

A desire to serve God

Isaiah 6:6-8; John 21:15-20

See also

1055  God, grace & mercy
1320  God as Saviour
2315  Christ as Lamb
2414  cross, centrality
5203  acquittal
6510  salvation
6614  atonement
6624  confession of sin
6653  forgiveness, divine
6676  justification
6720  redemption
7370  guilt offering

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