Tuesday, August 8, 2006

The Blood Still Needs Addressed In Our Pulpits

Brothers, this is a plea to continue preaching on the blood of Jesus Christ in your churches. If you are not a pastor find a church where the blood of Christ is preached. Many are steering away from preaching on the blood of Christ that forgives sins. You just don’t go to many churches any more and hear about the importance of it. Let's not forget Hebrews 9:22 that says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

Why preach in our churches that it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that one is saved from sin? Because #1 it is biblical and #2 that is exactly how a person is born again. In Romans Chapter Five verse Nine one reads about this justifying blood.

A born again person is said to be an over comer in Jesus Christ. “And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11) This is the last reference in the Bible to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; here it is the overcoming blood, enabling believers to withstand the deceptions and accusations of Satan. There are at least 43 references to the blood of Christ in the New Testament, all testifying to its great importance in the salvation and daily life of the believer.
Judas the betrayer spoke of it as “innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4) and Peter called it “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:9) It is the cleansing blood in 1 John 1:7 and the washing blood in Revelation 1:5, stressing that it removes the guilt of our sins. Paul calls it the purchasing blood in Acts 20:28 and the redeeming blood twice (Ephesians 1:7); Colossians 1:14, see also 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 5:9), thus declaring the shedding of His blood to be the very price of our salvation. It is the peacemaking blood in Colossians 1:20. Its efficacy does not end with our salvation, however, for it is also the sanctifying blood (Hebrews 13:12). There is infinite and eternal power in the blood of Christ, for it is “the blood of the everlasting covenant” (Hebrews 13:20). The first reference in the New Testament to His blood stresses this aspect. Jesus said, at the last supper: “This is my blood of the new testament (same as covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Let no one, therefore, even count the “blood of the covenant. An unholy thing” (Hebrews 10:29), for the blood of Christ is forever innocent, infinitely precious, perfectly justifying, always cleansing and fully sanctifying.

It is not enough for a person to say “I believe in God” or “I believe in Jesus Christ” Clearly it is the blood of Jesus Christ that saves a person from sin. As one repents from sin and believes in Jesus Christ by faith, he or she should be saying “I believe that the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cover my sins; because of His sacrifice and dying in my place I am now saved from sin and have an inheritance awaiting in heaven.

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