After Adam sinned, he tried to hide from God and cover himself with a fig leaf. God covered Adam's sin-consciousness with the skins of animals. Blood was shed.
Under the old covenant, man had to take an animal to the priest for a sacrifice for his sin. Blood was shed.
Under the new covenant, God provided a sacrifice in His Son for the forgiveness of the sin of the whole world over 2000 yrs. ago, once for all, past, present, and future. Blood was shed.
Lev. 17:11 says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."
Heb 9:22 says," . . . without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness".
So, the shedding of blood was used in both covenants for the forgiveness of sin. I don't know why God chose the shedding of blood, but he did. Perhaps it was the fact that the life of the flesh was in the blood and our flesh had to die.
Confessing sin to God for forgiveness is not much different than going to the priest under the old covenant with a sacrifice for your sin, or trying to cover your sin with a fig leaf. It is a useless practice if the forgiveness of sin has been paid forward.
This brings up the question, "if the sin of the whole world has been forgiven, is everyone saved?"
Let me put it this way, "if someone bought you a $1M prepaid credit card at Walmart for you to pick up and you were never told, or you were told, but never did anything about it, would it do you any good?
No, you have to be told what it was, believe it was something you wanted and have the faith to go and receive it. (Okay maybe not the best analogy, but you get the point, "hear, believe, receive")
In the same way, you hear the gospel (the good news of God's prepaid grace), and you receive it by faith, and you are saved.
Eph. 2:8 says, "by grace you are saved, through faith, . . . '
Will everyone believe or receive? No.
So, are they saved? No.
Will they be saved?
Only if they receive the good news by faith?
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