Subject 1: Being born again of water and the Spirit
1-15. Is the remission of sins given all at once or gradually?
It is given all at once because Jesus took away our sins once and for all by being baptized once and received the judgment all at once. He said, as recorded in Matthew 3:15, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” In John 1:29, John the Baptist said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” and in John 19:30, Jesus said, “It is finished.” In Hebrews 10:9-18, “Then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’ He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.” The baptism and the blood of Jesus blotted out all the sins of the world all at once.