THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

INTRODUCTION

Sin is the most terrible reality known to man

  1. In the very pronunciation of the word you can hear the hiss of the serpent and feel the sting of his fangs
  2. Every grave you ever stood alongside, every adversity that has laid you low, every tribulation that has assailed you, every tear that has dimmed your eye, every wrinkle that furrowed your brow, every sickness that has paled your cheek has come as a result of sin

Now, when we consider that the blood of Christwill remit and cleanse a person of sin, we can easily see the dynamic importance of a study of the blood of Christ

DISCUSSION

BLOOD IN THE SCHEME OF REDEMPTION

  1. In every age of time (Patriarchal, Mosaic, Christian) there has been great importance attached to blood in God’s divine scheme of redemption

Blood in the Patriarchal Age

  1. Able offered a bloody sacrifice; Cain did not – God was pleased with Abel (Gen. 4:1-12)
  2. After the flood, Noah offered a bloody sacrifice unto God (Gen. 8:20)
  3. Abraham offered a bloody sacrifice unto God (Gen. 12:7-8)
  4. Bloody sacrifices were offered in connection with the institution of the Passover (Ex. 12:1-3)
  5. Some may not see the connection between the blood on the doorposts and the firstborn not being slain – but that’s the way it was
    • Some may not see the connection between baptism and the blood of Christ
    • But, the Scriptures teach that’s the way it is

Blood in the Mosaic Age

  1. In this age blood sealed the covenant of God… Hebrews 9:18-20
  2. The tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry were sanctified with blood… Hebrews 9:21-22
  3. Also, in addition, there were many regular animal sacrifices which they offered continually (Lev. 1-7)
  4. These bloody sacrifices, though, could never take away sins…Hebrews 10:1-4
  5. Though animal sacrifices could not take away sins, they were shadows of that which was to come – it was the blood of Christ which actually had the power to take away sins
  6. You can never pick apples from the shadow of an apple tree; however, if you follow the shadow it will lead you to the tree where you can pick apples
  7. In like manner, the blood of animals of former generations could never remit sin, but they led men to the blood of Christ which could

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND ITS BENEFITS

That Christ should die for the sins of the world was foreseen in prophecy

  1. Isaiah 53:5
  2. Zechariah 13:1
  3. John 11:49-52
  4. These prophecies were fulfilled in Christ’s death on the cross

The blood of Jesus redeems

  1. Ephesians 1:7
  2. Colossians 1:13-14
    • Redeem” means to buy back
    • We were sold under sin; however, the blood of Christ redeemed us
  3. It is interesting to note that Jesus’ blood had redemptive power, not only for those who lived under the New Testament, but also for those who lived in former dispensations
    • Hebrews 9:15
    • Romans 3:23-25
    • The cross points from Eden to eternity

The blood of Christ washes sins away

  1. Revelation 1:5-6
  2. It is important to remember that the sinner is defiled
    • Titus 1:15
    • Isaiah 1:16
  3. The sinner is in need of washing, of a cleansing, the blood of Jesus can accomplish this

The blood of Christ justifies

  1. Romans 5:9
  2. The sinner is condemned… John 3:18
  3. Sinners bear the guilt of having transgressed God’s law…1 John 3:4
  4. Consequently, the sinner stands in need of justification, that is, being absolved of his guilt

The blood of Christ sanctifies

  1. Hebrews 13:12
  2. Sanctify” means set apart to a holy and divine purpose
  3. As blood was used to dedicate the priests and the vessels under the old law, so does the blood of Christ do the same for us today

The blood of Christ reconciles

  1. Colossians 1:20
    • The sinner is separated from God… Isaiah 59:1-2
    • The sinner is alienated from God… Ephesians 4:18
  2. Thus the sinner is in need of reconciliation:
    • 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
    • Romans 5:10-11
  3. The blood of Christ makes this reconciliation possible

The blood of Christ purges the conscience

  1. Hebrews 9:13-14
  2. The sinner’s conscience is defiled… Titus 1:15
  3. The result is the need of having his conscience purged
  4. The blood of Christ will do this

The blood of Christ purchased the church

  1. Acts 20:28
  2. From this we can clearly perceive that the church of our Lord is a very vital, important, soul saving institution
  3. Think! In order for the church to become a reality, Jesus had to shed His blood
  4. Deduction: ALL our hope is built on the blood of Christ

HOW DOES ONE CONTACT THE BLOOD OF CHRIST?

Let’s say you have an illness that a certain drug has the power to cure

  1. To be cured we understand that we must come in contact with the drug
  2. The same is true regarding the blood of Christ

But how do we come in contact with the blood of Christ?

  1. John 19:34
  2. Romans 6:3
  3. Christ shed His blood in His death, and we are baptized into His death
  4. Therefore, in baptism we contact the blood of Christ

But notice also… Matthew 26:28

  1. Acts 2:38
  2. The blood of Christ remits sin, and baptism remits sins
  3. Therefore, in baptism one contacts the blood of Christ and sins are remitted

And finally, consider this… Revelation 1:5

  1. Sins are washed away by the blood of Christ
  2. Acts 22:16
  3. The blood of Christ washes away sin, and baptism washes away sins
  4. Therefore, in baptism one come in contact with the blood of Christ and his sins are washed away

CONCLUSION

  1. Song: “What can wash my sins away? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”
  2. The blood of Christ redeems, washes sins away, justifies, sanctifies, reconciles, purges one’s conscience, and bought the church to which the saved are added (Acts 2:47)
  3. Have you come in contact with the blood of Jesus?
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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