In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. (Hebrews 10:17–18)
Jesus’ sacrifice gave birth to forgiveness. His shed blood opened the door for the forgiveness of sin, allowing the new creation to be born. Humanity needs to experience forgiveness to extend forgiveness to one another. The reason we have so much hatred is because humanity does not experience forgiveness. Where forgiveness is not experienced, forgiveness cannot be extended. This is not a theological mystery but an experiential reality Jesus offers. For people to make claims about following Jesus and then to live in hatred and unforgiveness is a contradiction. Experience forgiveness; extend forgiveness.
While twenty-first-century Christians tend to rate sin from large to small, God never has. All sin is an equal state of rebellion against Him. The Enemy often fools us into thinking that a sin is too small to worry about or so big that the cross could never cover it. Let’s be clear: the cross covers all sin in every person, because sin is not an act of doing but a state of being. The evidence of the historical reality of the cross is its present ability to enable mankind to experience the forgiveness of God!
One thing the world desperately needs today is a community of people who experience supernatural forgiveness so they can be natural in forgiving one another. Jesus came to create this community of people. When such a community calls itself a church but practices unforgiveness, this is the religion called Christianity. When individuals call themselves Christians and live a lifestyle of unforgiveness, they belong to this religion called Christianity.