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The Blood of Christ
January 15, 2012
Jesus was our sacrifice, and the last one necessary for the soul's salvation. Blood of animals gained only temporary relief from sins against God, while the blood of Jesus -- the final offering for all time -- truly cleanses us from our past sins. It brings us back to God, buys us back, pays the debt of sin, brings us back into God's good favor, and makes us right with God. Regarding that blood, we need to put sin from us. The blood of Jesus also broke down the wall of partition -- the Law of Moses -- that stood between Jew and Gentile, making all believers into one people before God.
The Blood of Christ
By Bernie Parsons
Presented to Load church of Christ on 01-15-2012
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 01-22-2012
After studying more deeply regarding the body of Christ, I would like to do the same thing for His blood. We are to remember the blood of Jesus, and realize what it means to us.
Matthew 26:26 "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Jesus died to take away the sins of those who believe on Him.
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;"
Propitiation means to regain favor or goodwill. Redemption means the act of having been bought back. The blood of Jesus was given on our behalf, that we might regain God’s favor, or goodwill. In Jesus, we have been bought back for God.
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
Justified comes from the root word, just, which refers to law, or that which is right. So, we are made right with God in the blood of Jesus.
Reconciled comes from the root word, conciliate, and means to regain. Conciliate means to gain, or win over. So, the blood of Christ regains us for God.
Atonement literally comes from the words, at one, and means to be placed in harmony, or made as one. The blood of Jesus makes us one with Him, and with God, His father.
The blood of Jesus returns us to God’s favor, buys us back for God, makes us right with God, regains us for God, and makes us at one with God! This is how that the blood of Jesus saves us.
Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
We also obtain forgiveness of sins through His blood. Forgive comes from a root and prefix that literally means to give away. In a modern sense, it means to give up the resentment of, or the claim to. It also means to grant relief from payment, to pardon. In the case of the blood of Jesus, it means that God no longer holds us accountable for past sins.
Ephesians 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh."
Colossians1:20 "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"
The blood of Jesus has made of all believers, one nation in His blood. There is no separation between Jew and Gentile in the eyes of God any more. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote that not only are all nations on earth made one, but heaven and earth are made one in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 9:11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
The blood of bull and goats offered under the Law of Moses was to signify the blood of Jesus that was to come. The word purge means to purify, to make pure. The blood of Christ has purged our sins and has moved us from a stained state into a pure state of serving the living God.
Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."
Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
We have remission of our sins in the blood of Jesus. Remission comes from the root word remit, which means to send back. The modern meaning is to lay aside, to release from penalty, to refrain from exacting. In other words, the debt of our sins is marked “Paid in full” for those who follow Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 13:12 "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
Revelation 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the
first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"
He washed away our sins in His precious blood, gave His life-blood to
sanctify us, that is
set aside, make sacred, to
consecrate, We are the ekklesia,
the called out, called the
church. We are set aside for the
Master’s use. We must be about our Father’s business – the business of
loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Lesson Reason: We need to understand what the blood of Jesus has done for us as individuals, and as a race of people -- the human race.
Lesson Outcome: See the need to put sin from us, as much as we can, knowing that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sins. Understand that the human race is one, and that all obedient believers in Jesus Christ are one body, united under one blood -- the blood of Jesus Christ.