One of a group of words with similar meanings—such as forgiveness and reconciliation. The OT contains numerous promises that God offers pardon where he finds repentance (2 Chron. 7: 14; Ps. 86: 5) and elaborate provision for pardon by God was made in sacrifices and by preaching of the prophets (Ezek. 33: 10–16). The message is continued by Jesus (Luke 15), but Paul introduces a new dimension by proclaiming Christ crucified as the basis for obtaining pardon. The NT Church understood the new covenant in Jesus' blood in their celebrations of the Lord's Supper to be for the forgiveness of sins (1 Cor. 11: 25): it led to reconciliation and peace with God (2 Cor. 5: 18–21; Rom. 5: 1).