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The Blood of Christ

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The devastating effects of sin are countered only by the blood of Jesus. We must learn how to apply the blood of Christ to our hearts if we hope to be delivered from our sins.

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Introduction

We overlook the importance of blood until such time as we need a transfusion.

Then, of course, it suddenly becomes very important.
The reason for this is that we cannot live without blood, in fact, the Bible tells us that life is in the blood.
Leviticus 17:11 ESV
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
But not just any blood will do—we need the right kind of blood.
We certainly would not want to be given contaminated blood.
Even healthy blood may not be acceptable if it is a type of blood not compatible with your own blood.

In the spiritual realm, only the blood of Jesus can cleanse the soul.

Hebrews 9:22 ESV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Again, not just any blood will do the job.
Hebrews 10:4 ESV
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Only the blood of Christ can atone for sin.
Jesus shed His blood so that we might be forgive of our sins.
Matthew 26:28 ESV
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
If we would be saved, we must be washed in the blood of Jesus.
Revelation 7:13–17 ESV
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Blood is the central feature in God’s plan for redeeming man.

In the beginning, a blood sacrifice may be indicated by the fact that animals were slain to provide covering for Adam and Eve following their fall in the Garden (Gen. 3:21).
The fact that Abel’s sacrifice involved blood is at least part of the reason why his offering was accepted and why, although he is dead, the testimony of his life yet speaks (Gen. 4:4).
Throughout the Old Testament, we see the blood of animal sacrifices as they were slain upon the altar.
In the deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, we see blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintels of the Israelites’ homes so that they could escape the death of their first born (Ex. 12:3-7).
In the ratification of the Law of Moses, blood was sprinkled on the people, the book of the Law, the tabernacle and all its furnishings (Ex. 24:6-8).
But, blood appeared in all its power and glory when Jesus died as our sacrificial lamb on the cross.
The Old Covenant was nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14).
And, the New Covenant was ushered in and ratified by the blood of Christ.
Today, Christians enjoy the continual cleansing of Christ’s blood as they walk in the light of His word (1 Jn. 1:7).
1 John 1:7 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

It is essential, therefore, that we have a good understanding of blood and, particularly, the blood of Christ.

It is at the heart and core of our faith, our message, and our right-standing with God.
Our soul’s eternal destiny depends upon our understanding and proper application of Christ’s blood to our hearts.

Consider some facts about sin.

We must openly acknowledge sin in our lives.

The blood of Jesus will do no good without such confession.
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1 John 1:8 ESV
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
No matter how good we think we are or others think we are, all of us stand guilty of sin!
We might consider ourselves to be “better than most”, but that is not the standard by which we will be judged.
2 Corinthians 10:12 ESV
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

We must understand that sin does not take care of itself.

Time may heal many things, but it does not take care of the problem of sin.
If you are sick with the flu, you might say, “I will feel better tomorrow.”
But, such is not the case with sin.
While memory of sins may fade, the guilt of sin remains until it is forgiven.
Numbers 32:23 NASB95
“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.
Sin does not take care of itself.
Sin is like a disease—a cancer—it does not simply disappear.
The physician’s remedy must be applied.

We must understand that only the blood of Jesus can take away our sins.

Many have sought other means of obtaining forgiveness from sin.
Some think that living a “good moral life” is enough to provide forgiveness.
The example of Cornelius might be cited as one who lived a “good, moral life”; however, he was not saved by his good works.
Acts 11:14 ESV
he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’
Man is lost because of sin.
All have sinned.
If someone would be saved without the sacrifice of Jesus, then God would have been guilty of an act equivalent to murder for sending His Son to die for those who could save themselves.
Only the blood of Jesus can save us from our sins.
“What can take away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”
Revelation 1:5 ESV
and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

We must understand what sin accomplishes for us—the Bible reveals a stark contrast between its view of sin and the world’s distorted picture of sin.

Sin separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Ephesians 2:12 ESV
remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
When we are severed from the Vine because of our sins, life ceases.
Sin enslaves us.
Sinful habits enslave the body and the spirit.
Romans 6:16 ESV
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Paul’s remarks concerning the Gentile world illustrates the progression of slavery to sin.
First, there is the slavery of our thoughts.
Romans 1:28 ESV
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Then, there is the slavery of our passions.
Romans 1:24–27 ESV
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Finally, there is the slavery of our wills.
Romans 1:32 ESV
Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Sin kills us.
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a spiritual and, apart from repentance, an eternal death.
We must be cleansed to escape spiritual death and enjoy the Paradise of God.
Revelation 22:14 ESV
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

Consider also some facts about Christ’s blood.

While sin separates us, the blood of Jesus reconciles us.

Romans 5:10 ESV
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Ephesians 2:13 ESV
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Colossians 1:19–22 ESV
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Reconciliation is a word meaning, “To be made friends again.”
Through the blood of Jesus, we are brought back into God’s favor and friendship.

While sin enslaves us, the blood of Jesus redeems us and sets us free.

Redemption has to do with buying us back from our sins.
The blood of Jesus redeems us from our sins.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
1 Peter 1:18–19 ESV
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
John 8:34 ESV
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
John 8:36 ESV
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

While sin kills us, the blood of Jesus makes us alive.

Ephesians 2:1–5 ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Colossians 2:13 ESV
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

The blood of Jesus is the perfect cleansing agent for the soul, completely removing the effects and stain of sin.

If I want to be saved from my sins, then I must be washed in Christ’s blood.
This brings up a very important question: “How do I gain the benefit of Christ’s blood?”

How do I come into contact with the blood of Jesus?

Since only the blood of Jesus removes sin, whatever the Bible teaches as necessary for the removal of sin is likewise essential for gaining the benefit of Christ’s blood.

Belief is necessary to come into contact with the blood of Jesus.
John 8:24 ESV
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Repentance is also necessary to gain the benefit of Christ’s blood.
Luke 13:3 ESV
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Acts 17:30 ESV
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
Confession is necessary as well.
Romans 10:9–10 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Saved from what? Saved from our sins.
When all of this has been done, then and only then can one be baptized into Christ’s death for the remission of sins.
Romans 6:3–4 ESV
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
This is how sins are washed away.
Acts 22:16 ESV
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
This is how we are saved.
1 Peter 3:21 ESV
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
All of this is necessary to come into contact with the blood of Jesus.
But, this is just the beginning.

Following baptism, we must continue walking in the light to maintain the cleansing benefit of Christ’s blood.

We must walk in the light.
1 John 1:7 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Being faithful is also required for ultimate victory.
Revelation 2:10 ESV
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Why do we receive the crown of life?
Because of our goodness? No!
Because of His blood. Absolutely!
“There is power in the blood!”

Conclusion

So, are you where the power is?

Do you need to be baptized into Christ so that His blood may wash away your sins?
As a Christian, are you walking in the light so as to enjoy the continual cleansing of His blood?

The invitation is for you to come to the fountain filled with blood.

Be washed, be cleansed, be justified in the blood of Jesus.
Isaiah 1:18 ESV
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Come as we stand and sing this song.

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