The priesthood of Jesus is the Melchizedek priesthood. Under the Aaronic priesthood, we sin and we perpetually ask for forgiveness, in the Old Testament. Under the New, we are completely washed, and our sins are taken away, we are completely forgiven. It is a wide concept, and I still have much to say.
The Bible says by one man we were made sinners and by one man (Christ Jesus) we will be made righteous. We always think we can take care of our sins by ourselves. I have not seen anyone who was committing sin before accepting Jesus, who ceased from doing so, after accepting Jesus.
So if we commit sin, even after we accept the Christ, why do we think Christ died for our past sins only? Many people do not have any doubts about that, about their past sins, that Jesus paid the penalty for that one.
The Bible says should we continue in sin and say the grace of God should abound? Two things - continue in sin, the grace of God should abound. What is the grace of God. The grace of God is, Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, we do not have to pay the penalty again. We continue in sin, if we do not believe this.
Jesus came to die for the sins of the whole world, we either choose to believe this, or we choose not to believe. The Bible says the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus.
The disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them to pray " as John taught his disciples to pray." Jesus told them to pray in part like this - Father forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us - and at that period in time Jesus had not shed his blood on the cross. Later as he was about to die he boldly proclaimed, this is my blood of the new covenant shed for the remission of sin. Now, I would ask you all to do a study on the word remission, especially as it is found in the original Greek
Also Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, go and sin no more. The law brought the woman to Jesus. She should have been condemned to death, however Jesus set het free, but she had not met with Jesus. Jesus said go and sin no more, he gave her the law, so she would know she could not keep it, so she would eventually discover him. Because Jesus told the woman go and sin no more, so now people try to lead "a sinless life." There is nothing like "a sinless life" in reality. The Bible says there is no man that liveth and sinneth not.
Perfection is not attained, perfection is obtained, in Christ. Most people say they are striving toward perfection, but when we believe in Christ, we obtain perfection from the LORD.
We have many examples in the Bible. Job was said to be perfect, in the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth were perfect, they were said to be upright and blameless before the LORD.
If I asked you a question, if you commit sin, even after you accept the Christ, does that make you less perfect before God? If you say no to this I will tell you one thing - you need to check your faith in Christ.
Job, Zachariah and Elizabeth were said to be perfect in the Bible, because they did not have their own righteousness but the righteousness of the LORD, just ws we do the righteousness of our Lord Jesus. They all used to commit sin. We are no more sinners, that is why Christ died for us, though we still commit sin - by one man we were made sinners, and by one man we will be made righteous.
This is why the Bible talks of faith. God says Jesus took all our sins away, we should believe this. If God says something is white, though to all your sesnses it looks black, which one would you choose to believe?