THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
(I Peter 1:18-19)
Dr. Don Jasmin, Editor
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
Introduction: J. Piermont Morgan was a noted financier and multi-millionaire of an earlier American generation. Before his death, he composed a will consisting of 37 articles and 10,000 words. While Mr. Morgan had been involved in transactions involving millions of dollars during his illustrious business career, he left no doubt as to what was the greatest transaction he had ever made. In his will he wrote:
"I commit my soul in the hands of my Savior, full of confidence that having redeemed me and washed me with His most precious blood, He will present me faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father. I entreat my children to maintain and defend at all hazards and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of complete atonement through the blood of Christ with regard to the believer's salvation." J. Piermont Morgan recognized the priceless value of the atoning sacrifice of Christ's blood shed in His death on the cross.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
There is a blood line that stretches throughout the entire breadth of inspired Scripture. From outside the gates of Eden in Genesis 4 to inside the gates of the New Jerusalem in Revelation chapters 21-22, the Bible is filled with the importance of the blood of Christ with regard to salvation.
The Imperative of Shed Blood in the O. T.
When God clothed Adam and Eve after they had sinned in Genesis chapter 3, it was with the skin of an animal whose blood had been shed. When Abel offered a sacrifice to God in Genesis chapter 4 that was acceptable to God, it was the sacrifice of a lamb whose blood had been shed. When Isaac was about to die on Mt. Moriah in Genesis chapter 22, it was the blood of a substitute ram that saved his life.
When the death angel passed over Egypt in Exodus chapter 11, it was the blood sprinkled over the door posts that preserved the Hebrew nation. When the covenant of the law was established at Mt. Sinai, it was a covenant sprinkled with blood. When God commanded the Israelites to build a tabernacle, the first article of furniture as one entered the gates was the altar of incense that was sprinkled with blood.
Regardless of whether it was the consecration of a priest, the birth of a son, the deepest penitence due to sin, or the highest religious festival, the way to communion with God in the O.T. was via the shedding of blood.
The Magnitude of Shed Blood in the N.T.
In the N.T., the same vital truth applies. What the O.T. portrays through shadows and types, the N. T. presents in person and fact. The apostle Paul, in his inspired epistle (Rom. 3:24-25); Peter, in his infallible writing (I Pet. 1:2) and John, in his inerrant script (I Jn. 1:7), all present the importance of the blood of Christ in death as the atonement price for sin.
The book of Revelation, the last book of the canonical Scriptures, reiterates this same theme: "washed us from our sins in his own blood," (Rev. 1:5); "redeemed us to God by thy blood," (Rev. 5:9); and they "overcame him [satan] by the blood of the lamb" (Rev. 12:11) is a recurrent theme in this final revelatory treatise.
Everywhere one travels through the Scripture, he/she will discover one prominent theme: salvation by the blood and the blood alone! All hope of heaven and forgiveness of sins is based upon the shed blood of Christ in His death on the cross. Heb. 9:22 poignantly states, "…and without shedding of blood is no remission."
THE IDENTITY OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
Throughout human history, blood has been frequently spilled in religious causes. Historical chronicles detail long trails of blood spilled by soldiers in religious based wars throughout the centuries. The dust of the centuries is soaked with blood spilled in religious crusades. The bloody troughs of the pagan Aztecs in ancient Mexico and the massive Aug. 1572 St. Bartholomew's Day Slaughter in Spain are grim reminders of blood spilled by religious fanatics in the name of religion.
In a positive way, the blood of Christian martyrs has soaked the blowing dust of ancient empires and simmered in the fires set by despotic dictators. But whether spilled by godly saints or godless sinners, none of that blood could ever cleanse or obliterate sin because it was defective, impure blood that could never atone for sin. Only Christ's blood shed on Calvary's cross, could make the payment price for our sin!
1. Christ's blood was SACRED blood. While Christ's blood was physical blood, real blood and genuine blood, it was uniquely different from all other blood in human history; without the defilement of the curse of sin, death or disease in its composition No one can explain Christ's Virgin Birth! It was a divine miracle. The transmission of Christ's blood to his body cannot be adequately explained via any medical process. The miraculous work of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:22-23) is the only answer.
Christ's blood was perfect, priceless and pure! As a man, Christ voluntarily subjected himself to sinless limitations of the human body. As the perfect God-Man (John 1:1, 1:14), Christ alone was qualified to make the ransom payment price for our sin (Heb. 1:3) as the perfect lamb of God (John 1:29).
2. Christ's blood was SINLESS blood. His blood was like the O. T. lamb, without spot or blemish (I Pet. 1:18-19). All other human blood has been tainted by the corruption of sin resulting from Adam's fall (Rom. 5:12, I Cor. 15:22). Judas Iscariot probably did not realize the full import of his statement when he declared that he had betrayed "innocent" blood (Matt. 27:4). Dr. A. W. Pink aptly stated in his commentary that "in becoming man, Christ did not partake of the foul poison which sin has introduced into the human constitution. His humanity was not contaminated by the virus of the fall."
3. Christ's blood was SUBSTITUTIONARY blood (Isaiah 53:5-6, II Cor. 5:2, I Pet. 2:24). It was offered in our place, in our stead. A substitute takes one's place when that individual is unable to appear or unqualified to act (Ill: Substitute football quarterback). Since redemption required a perfect sacrifice, the perfect Savior (Heb. 4:15) took the place of the polluted sinner (Rom. 5:8).
4. Christ's blood was SACRIFICIAL blood; It cost God the Father the death of his only begotten Son (John 3:16). At Calvary, God separated Himself from His Son (Mark 15:34) with whom He had enjoyed infinite and unlimited communion from the eons of eternity. It is a staggering fact to think that God separated Himself from His Son in order we might never be separated from Him (John 10:28).
5. Christ's blood was SUFFICIENT blood (Rom. 3:24-25). God the Father set forth His Son to be the "propitiation" (satisfaction) for our sins. This blood was shed in death once as the sole complete payment price for sin (Heb. 1:3, 10:12). At Calvary, righteousness and peace truly kissed each other (Ps. 88:10). The songwriter was correct when he wrote, "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin hath left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."
6. Christ's blood is SHIELDING blood, safeguarding the believer from Satan's accusatory attacks (Rev. 12:10). When Satan brings the depraved skeletons out of our sinful past, believers can take the shield of faith (Eph. 6:18) in Christ's propitiatory atonement and claim victory (I Cor. 15:57) over our defeated foe (Rev. 12:11)!
7. Christ's blood is frequently SLIGHTED blood (Heb. 10:28-29). In these verses, the writer clearly indicates that those who reject the blood of the new covenant (testament) do despite unto the "Spirit of Grace." Since the Holy Spirit is the divine agent who (a) convicts of sin, (b) convinces of the Savior and (c) converts to Salvation [John 16:8-11], when human hearts "resist" (Acts 7:51) the Holy Spirit, they disavow the only person who can regenerate the soul (Titus 3:5).
THE IMPACT OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
Christ's atoning sacrifice-His blood shed in death upon Calvary-has produced an impact unequalled by any religious rival and has resulted in numerous spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3) to the repentant soul.
1. Christ's blood brought [and bought!] REDEMPTION (Eph. 1:7) In Galatians chapter 3, believers are portrayed as liberated souls who have been freed from their former bondage status in the slave market of satan and sin.
The words translated redeem/redeemed/redemption portray the purchase price of our eternal souls in the marketplace of sin's slavery by the blood of Christ, out of sin's slavery market, as well as the loosing or setting free of the soul from sin's bondage. (Gal. 3:13, I Pet. 1:18-19).
2. Christ's blood brought RIGHTEOUSNESS "Through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness" (Rom. 3:25). Via the merit of Christ's blood, the repentant sinner is declared righteous-justified-in Christ (I Cor. 1:30), with an eternal standing in glory as a blessed result (Heb. 9:12).
3. Christ's blood brought REMISSION (Heb. 9:22), with complete forgiveness and purging of all sin (Heb. 1:3). The sinful slate has been wiped clear by Christ's atoning blood, never to be remembered against us no more (Heb. 10:17).
4. Christ's blood brought RECONCILIATION, the reuniting of God and man in Christ (Eph. 2:16, Col. 1: 20-22), a relationship that been severed by sin (Eph. 2:14). Via faith in Christ, believers are now back into the family of God (John 1:12, Gal. 3:26) via adoption (Rom. 8:15) and regeneration (John 3:3).
5. Christ's blood brought RECEPTION ("accepted in the beloved" Eph. 1:6) and accession into the very presence of God at His throne (Heb. 4:16). Via the blood of Christ, believing saints have direct access into the "holiest" place of heaven (Heb. 10:19) at God's right hand.
6, Christ's blood has also brought REJOICING to the believer's heart "…we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the atonement." (Rom. 5:11) Believers can truthfully sing with great joy and enthusiasm the song "Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."
Conclusion: For those seeking freedom from the burdens and oppressions of sin, there is truly "power in the blood of the lamb." When asked the question "What can wash away my sin?" believing saints can confidently reply, "Nothing but the blood of Jesus." For the genuine saint, Christ's blood shed, [not spilled] in death upon the cross, doesn't must mean something, it means everything!
D.J. [The above theme is my favorite preaching topic!!]
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