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Mar 25, 2022
The Power of the Blood of Jesus The Vital Role of the Blood for Redemption, Sanctification, and Life By Andrew Murray Narrated by Saethon Williams Preface This book is a translation of portions of messages from my late father, the Rev. Andrew Murray, MA , DD, on The Power of the Blood of Jesus, which have so far only appeared in Dutch. The translator is the Rev. William M. Douglas, BA, a close friend of my father's and associated with him in connection with the South African Keswick Convention Movement for many years. During my father's lifetime, he allowed Mr. Douglas to translate his book The Prayer Life, and after my father's death, Mr.
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Douglas became his biographer. After reading this manuscript, I think the translation is excellent. You have exactly reproduced my father's thoughts. I am sure blessings will come from careful and prayerful reading of these chapters. Trusting that they may learn to value and experience the

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of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I remain Yours in the service of the Blessed Master, M. E. Murray Clairvaux Wellington, C.P., South Africa. Chapter 1 What the Scriptures Teach about Blood Not Without Blood (Hebrews 9:7) God has spoken to us in the Scriptures in numerous places and in various ways, but the voice is always the same—it is the Word of God himself. .
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For that reason, it is essential to treat the Bible as a whole and receive the testimony it bears in its various portions about definite truths. In this way we can recognize the place that these truths occupy in the heart of God. We can discover the fundamental truths of the Bible, which demand more attention than others. These truths figure prominently with each new development in God's revelation; they remain unchanged when the dispensation changes, and carry a divine hint of their importance. In the following chapters, my goal is to show what the Scriptures teach us about the glorious

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I cannot lay a better foundation for my exposition or give a better proof of the matchless glory of that blood as the power of redemption than by asking my readers to follow the Bible. We will look at the unique place given to blood from the beginning to the end of God's revelation of himself to man as recorded in the Bible. Clearly, no theme of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is more consistently and prominently held in view than that expressed by the words blood. Our study, then, is what the Scriptures teach us about blood: 1. In the Old Testament 2.
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In the teaching of our Lord Jesus 3. In what the apostles teach 4. In the book of Revelation The Blood in The Old Testament The record on blood begins at the gates of Eden, but I will not investigate the unrevealed mysteries of Eden. The blood connection with Abel's sacrifice, however, is evident. He brought some of the firstborn of his flock to the Lord as a sacrifice; there, in connection with the first recorded act of worship in the Bible, blood was shed (Genesis 4:4). We learn from Hebrews 11:4 that it was by faith that Abel offered an acceptable sacrifice, and his name appears first in the record of those whom the Bible calls believers.
Scripture: By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, whereby he obtained testimony that he was righteous (Hebrews 11:4). So, Abel's faith and God's good pleasure in him are closely related to the blood of the sacrifice. In the light of later revelation, this testimony, given at the very beginning of human history, has profound significance. It shows that there can be no approach to God, no fellowship with him by faith, no enjoyment of his favor apart from blood. The Scriptures give few details of the next sixteen centuries, but then came the flood, which was God's judgment on sin for the destruction of the world of mankind.
But God brought a new earth from that terrible baptism of water. Note, however, that the new earth was also baptized with blood, and Noah's first recorded act after leaving the ark was the offering of a burnt offering to God. As with Abel in the beginning, so with Noah in a new beginning, the connection to God was not without blood. However, once again sin prevailed, and God laid an entirely new foundation for the establishment of his kingdom on earth. Because of Abram's divine calling and Isaac's miraculous birth, God chose a people to serve him, but his purpose was not fulfilled apart from the shedding of blood.
This is evident in the most solemn hour of Abraham's life. God had already entered into a covenant relationship with Abraham, and his faith had already been severely tested, and he had withstood the test. Scripture: And he did not grow weak in faith; he did not consider his own body already dead when he was about a hundred years old, nor the sterility of Sarah's womb; he did not doubt God's promise with unbelief, but he strengthened himself in faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that he too was powerful to do everything he had promised; therefore, his faith was also attributed to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:19-22) It was credited to him, or credited to him, for righteousness.
Scripture: What does the scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). However, Abraham had to learn that Isaac, the son of promise, who belonged wholly to God, could only be truly given to God through death. Isaac had to die. For Abraham, as for Isaac, it was only through death that one could obtain the

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dom of one's life. Abraham had to offer Isaac on the altar. That was not an arbitrary command from God. It was the revelation of a divine truth: only through death is a life truly consecrated to God possible.
Scripture: By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered his only begotten son, of whom it had been said: In Isaac shall your offspring be called, considering that God is mighty to raise him up , even from the dead; whence he also received it in figure (Hebrews 11:17-19). But it was impossible for Isaac to die and rise from the dead; because of sin, death would hold him. Scripture: And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and saw behind him a ram caught by its horns in a thicket; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son (Genesis 22:13).
Isaac's life was spared and a ram was offered in his place. Through the blood that later flowed on Mount Moriah, Isaac's life was saved. He and his offspring live before God but not without blood. By that blood, figuratively speaking, he was raised from the dead. Here the great lesson of substitution is clearly taught. Four hundred years pass, and Isaac's descendants have become the people of Israel in Egypt. Through her release from Egyptian captivity, Israel was recognized as God's firstborn among the nations. Scripture: You shall say to Pharaoh: Thus says the Lord: My son is Israel, my firstborn (Exodus 4:22).
Once again, he is not without blood. Neither God's grace, nor his covenant with Abraham, nor his exercise of omnipotence, which could have destroyed his oppressors, could dispense with the need for blood. What the blood accomplished on Mount Moriah for one person, Abraham, who was the father of the nation, now had to be experienced by that nation. By sprinkling the doorframes of the Israelites with the blood of the Paschal Lamb and the institution of the Passover as a permanent ordinance, the people were taught that life could only be obtained by the death of a substitute. Scripture: This blood will be a sign for you in the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague will not fall upon you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:13).
Life was possible for them only through the blood of a life given in their place and appropriated by the sprinkling of the blood. Scripture: By faith he celebrated the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn might not touch them (Hebrews 11:28). In the third month, this lesson was surprisingly enforced. Israel had come to Sinai and God had given his law as the foundation of his covenant. That covenant now had to be established, and as stated in Hebrews 9:7, not without blood. Moses sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on the altar and then on the book of the covenant, representing God's side of that covenant; then he sprinkled it on the people with the declaration: Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you concerning all these words (Exodus 24:8;
Hebrews 9:19). The covenant had its foundation and power in that blood, and only by it can God and man be brought into covenant communion. What had been announced at the gate of Eden, on Mount Ararat, in Moriah and in Egypt, was now confirmed at the foot of Sinai in the most solemn manner. Without blood there could be no access for sinful man to a holy God. There is, however, a marked difference between the manner of applying the blood in the former as compared with the latter. In Moriah, life was redeemed by the shedding of blood. In Egypt, it was sprinkled on the doorposts of houses, but in Sinai, it was sprinkled on the people themselves.
The contact was closer, the application more powerful. Immediately after the establishment of the covenant, the order was given: Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8). They were to enjoy the full blessing of having the God of the covenant dwelling among them. Through his grace they were able to find him and serve him in his house. He himself gave, with the least care, instructions for the arrangement and service of that house. Imagine yourself in this temple; You notice that blood is the center and the reason for all this. Approach the vestibule of the earthly temple of the heavenly King, and the first thing you see is the altar of burnt offering, where the sprinkling of blood continues without ceasing from morning until evening.
Enter the Holy Place, and the most striking thing is the golden altar of incense, which is constantly sprinkled with the blood. Ask what lies beyond the Holy Place, and you will be told that it is the Holy of Holies where God dwells. If you ask how he dwells there and how he approaches Him, they will answer that not without blood. The golden throne where his glory shines is sprinkled with blood once a year, when the high priest only enters to bring the blood and worship God. The highest act in that worship is the sprinkling of the blood.
If you investigate further, you will be told that always and for everything, blood is the only thing necessary. The way to have communion with God is only through blood: in the consecration of the house or of the priests, in the birth of a child, in the deepest repentance of sin, in the highest feast and in everything. This continued for fifteen hundred years. At Sinai, in the wilderness, at Shiloh, and in the temple on Mount Moriah it continued until our Lord came to fulfill and thus put an end to all shadows or types by bringing the substance and establishing communion with the Holy One in spirit. and the truth.
The Blood in the Teaching of Our Lord Jesus With the coming of Jesus, old things passed away and all things became new. He came from the Father who is in heaven and can tell us with divine words the way to the Father. Sometimes we are told that the words not without blood belong to the Old Testament. But what does our Lord Jesus Christ say? Notice first that when John the Baptist announced his coming, he spoke of Him as fulfilling a double office: the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, and then the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 33 ). ).
The shedding of the blood of the Lamb of God had to occur before the outpouring of the Spirit could take place. Only when all that the Old Testament taught about blood had been fulfilled could the Spirit begin his work. The Lord Jesus Christ clearly stated that his death on the cross was the purpose for which he came into the world; His death was the means of redemption and the life He came to bring. He clearly states that the shedding of his blood was necessary in his death. In the Capernaum synagogue, Jesus spoke of himself as the bread of life that he would give for the life of the world (John 6:35).
He four times he said he very emphatically, unless you. . . drink his blood, you will have no life in you. . . . whichever is . . drink my blood has eternal life, . . . my blood is drink indeed. the fact that. . . drink my blood, abide in me, and I in him (John 6:53-56).1 Our Lord thus declared the fundamental fact that He, as the Son of the Father who came to restore us to our lost life, can do this again. other way than by dying for us, shedding His blood for us and making us partakers of His power. Our Lord confirmed the teaching of the Old Testament offerings: that man can only live through the death of another and thus obtain a life that through the resurrection has become eternal.
But Christ himself cannot make us partakers of the eternal life that he has obtained for us, except by shedding his blood and making us drink of it. Wonderful done! Not without blood can eternal life be ours. Equally shocking is our Lord's declaration of the same truth on the last night of his earthly life. Before completing the great work of his life, giving her as a ransom for many, he took the cup at the Last Supper, saying: This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26 ). :28). Withoutbloodshed there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).
Without remission of sins there is no life. But through the shedding of his blood, He has obtained a new life for us. By what He calls drinking his blood, He shares his life with us. The blood, which was shed in atonement,

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s us from the guilt of sin and from death, the punishment of sin. The blood, which by faith we receive into our soul, gives us life from him. The blood that He shed was first for us and then it was given to us. Blood in the Teaching of the Apostles After His resurrection and ascension, our Lord is no longer known to the apostles according to the flesh.
Scripture: So, from now on, we know no one according to the flesh; and although we knew Christ according to the flesh, we no longer know him (2 Corinthians 5:16). Now, all that was symbolic has passed, and the deep spiritual truths expressed by symbols are revealed. But there is no veil of blood. It still occupies a prominent place. The epistle to the Hebrews was written on purpose to show that the temple service had become useless and that God intended it to happen now that Christ had come. Here, if anywhere, the Holy Spirit could be expected to emphasize the true spirituality of God's purpose, yet it is here that the phrase the blood of Jesus is given new value.
We read of our Lord that by his own blood he entered once into the sanctuary destined for eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). How much more will the blood of Christ, who by the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from the works of death to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14) So, brethren, being freed to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 10:19) You have come. . . to Jesus, the mediator of the new testament and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than Abel's. (Hebrews 12:22, 24) Jesus also suffered outside the camp to sanctify the people with his own blood. (Hebrews 13:12) And the God of peace, who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal testament. (Hebrews 13:20) With such words the Holy Spirit teaches us that the blood is the central power of all our redemption.
Not without blood is just as valid in the New Testament as it is in the Old. Nothing but the blood of Jesus, shed in his death for sin, can cover sin on God's side or take it away on ours. We find the same teaching in the writings of the apostles. Paul writes about being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus, the Christ, whom God purposed for reconciliation through faith in his blood (Romans 3:24-25). Later Paul writes, much more now justified in his blood, we shall be saved from his wrath (Romans 5:9). He declares to the Corinthians that the cup of blessing that we bless is not the communion of the blood of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16).
In the epistle to the Galatians, Paul uses the word cross to convey the same meaning, while in Colossians he joins the two words and speaks of the blood of his cross (Galatians 6:14; Colossians 1:20). He reminds the Ephesians that we have redemption through his blood and that we are brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7; 2:13). Peter reminds his readers that they were chosen. . . obey and be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, the Christ (1 Peter 1:2). He said they were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19). He sees how John assures his little children that the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
The Son is Jesus, the Christ, who came by water and blood; not only with water, but with water and blood (1 John 5:6). Boasting in the blood, all agree that the power of eternal redemption through Christ is fully realized and then applied by the Holy Spirit. But maybe this is just an earthly language. What does the sky say? What do we learn of future glory? Blood in the Book of Revelation It is of paramount importance to note that in the book of Revelation where God describes the glory of his throne and the blessedness of those around him, blood retains his prominent place.
On the throne John saw a Lamb as if he had been slain (Revelation 5:6). As the elders prostrated themselves before the Lamb, they sang a new song: You are worthy. . . because you were immolated, and with your blood you have redeemed us for God (Revelation 5:9). Later, when he saw the great multitude, which no one could count, he was told who they were: These are the ones who have come out of great tribulation and have washed their long robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14 ). On the other hand, John heard the song of victory over the defeat of Satan: They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11).
In the glory of heaven, as John sees it, there was no phrase by which the great purposes of God, the wondrous love of the Son of God, or the power of His redemption and the joy and thanksgiving of the redeemed could be collected. and expressed except this: the blood of the Lamb. From the beginning to the end of Scripture, from the closing of the gates of Eden to the opening of the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem, runs a golden thread: the blood unites the beginning and the end and gloriously restores what sin had destroyed. It is not hard to see what lessons the Lord wants us to learn from the fact that blood figures so prominently in Scripture.
God has no other way of dealing with sin or the sinner except through the blood. For victory over sin and the sinner's deliverance, God has provided no other means or thought than the blood of Christ. Yes, indeed it is something that passes all understanding. All the wonders of grace are focused on the blood: * The incarnation, by which He took upon Himself our flesh and our blood (John 1:14) * The love that did not forgive itself but gave itself up to death (Romans 5:8) * Justice, forgiveness by redemption through his blood (Ephesians 1:7) * Substitution, the Just atoned for the unjust (2 Corinthians 5:21) * Atonement for sin ( Hebrews 2:17) * Justification made possible renewed communion with God (2 Corinthians 5:18) * Purification and sanctification to prepare us for that communion (Ephesians 5:25-27) * True unity in life with the Lord Jesus, when He lays down His life (John 17: 11, 21) * The everlasting joy of the hymn of praise, You. . . you have redeemed us for God (Revelation 5:9) All these are nothing more than rays of wonderful light, which are reflected on us in the precious blood of Jesus.
Blood should have the same place in our hearts that it has with God From the beginning of God's dealings with man, from before the foundation of the world, God's heart has rejoiced in the blood of Jesus. Our hearts will never rest, nor find salvation, until we too learn to walk and glory in the power of that blood. The penitent sinner who longs for forgiveness is not the only one who should value the blood of Jesus. No, the redeemed will also experience that longing when God sits on the throne of grace in his temple, where the blood is always evident.
Nothing draws our hearts closer to God and fills them with his love and joy and glory like living in a constant spiritual vision of that blood. Let's take time and effort to learn the full blessing and power of that blood. The blood of Jesus is the greatest mystery of eternity, the deepest mystery of divine wisdom. Let us not imagine that we can easily grasp its meaning. God thought it would take four thousand years to prepare men for it, and we too must take time, if we want to gain a knowledge of the power of the blood.
However, even taking the time is not enough, unless that taking involves a sacrificial problem. The blood of the sacrifice always meant the offering of a life. The Israelite could not obtain blood for the forgiveness of his sins unless the life of something that belonged to him was offered as a sacrifice. The Lord Jesus did not offer his own life or shed his blood to free us from the sacrifice of our lives. Not actually. He did it to make the sacrifice of our lives possible and desirable. The hidden value of his blood is the spirit of self-denial; where the blood actually touches the heart, a similar spirit of self-denial works in that heart.
We learn to give ourselves and our lives to tap into the power of that new life, which the blood has provided. We give our time to become familiar with these things in God's Word. We separate ourselves from sin, worldly-mindedness, and self-will, so that the power of the blood is not hindered, for it seeks to remove these things. We give ourselves to God in prayer and faith, so we don't think our own thoughts or regard our own lives as a prize, but as possessing nothing except what He gives. Then He reveals to us the glorious and blessed life that has been prepared for us by the blood.
We can trust that the Lord Jesus will reveal the power of his blood. By our trust in Him, the blessing obtained by the blood becomes ours. We must never separate the blood of the High Priest who shed it and lives to apply it. He, who once gave his blood for us, will impart his potential. Trust Him to do this. Trust Him to open your eyes and give you deeper spiritual insight. Trust Him to teach you to think of blood as God thinks of it. Trust Him to impart to you and make effective in you all that He allows you to see.
Trust in Him above all, in the power of His eternal high priesthood, so that He may incessantly work in you all the merits of His blood, so that all your life may be an uninterrupted stay in the sanctuary of God's presence. Believer, you who have come to know the precious blood, listen to the invitation of your Lord. Come closer. Let Him teach you; let him bless you. Let him make his blood become spirit, life, power, and truth to you. Begin now, immediately, to open your soul in faith, to receive the full and powerful heavenly effects of the precious blood in a more glorious way than ever before.
He himself will work these things in your life. Chapter 2 Redemption by Blood Knowing that you have been rescued. . . not with corruptible things like gold and silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19) The shedding of his blood was the culmination of our Lord's sufferings. The expiatory efficacy of those sufferings was in that shed blood. Therefore, the believer must not be satisfied with the mere acceptance of the blessed truth that he is redeemed by that blood, but must move towards a fuller knowledge of what that statement means and learn what that blood is intended to do. do. in a surrendered soul Its effects are multiple, since we read in the Scriptures: * Reconciliation through blood * Cleansing through blood * Sanctification through blood * Union with God through blood * Victory over Satan through blood * Life through the blood These are separate blessings but they are all included in one phrase: Redemption through the blood.
Only when the believer understands these blessings and how they can become his can he experience the full power of redemption. Before considering the details of these various blessings, let us examine more generally the power of the blood of Jesus. 1. What is the power of that blood? 2. What has that power accomplished? 3. How can we experience its effects? Where lies the power of the blood? In other words, what is it that gives the blood of Jesus such power? How is it that only in the blood is there power that nothing else possesses? The answer to this question is found in Leviticus: For the soul (or life) of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you to reconcile your persons (or souls) on the altar; therefore, the same blood reconciles the person (Leviticus 17:11).
It is because the soul, or life, is in the blood, and the blood is offered to God on the altar, that it has redemptive power. The soul or life is in the blood; therefore, the value of blood corresponds to the value of the life that is in it. The life of a sheep or goat is of less value than the life of an ox, so the blood of a sheep or goat in an offering is of less value than the blood of an ox (Leviticus 4). The life of man is more valuable than that of many sheep or oxen.
Now, who can determine the value or power of the blood of Jesus? In that blood dwelt the soul of the holy Son of God. In that blood was carried the eternal life of the Deity, as can be seen in Paul's advice to the Ephesians: Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you bishops for feed the congregation of God. , which he has purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). The power of that blood in its various effects is nothing less than the eternal power of God himself. What a glorious thought for all who wish to experience the full power of the blood!
But the power of the blood resides above all in the fact that it is offered to God on the altar for redemption. When we think of spilled blood, we think of death; death follows when blood or soul is shed. Death makes us think of sin, because death is the punishment of sin. Scripture: For the wages of sin is death, but the grace of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). God gave Israel the blood on the altar asatonement or covering for sin; that means that the sins of the transgressor were placed on the victim, and his death of her was counted as the death or punishment for the sins placed on her.
Scripture: This shall be the law of sin: In the place where the holocaust is immolated, the atonement shall be immolated as sin before Jehovah; because it is most holy. (Leviticus 6:25) The blood was thus the life delivered to death for the satisfaction of God's law and in obedience to his command. The sin was so completely covered and atoned for that it was no longer counted as that of the transgressor. he was forgiven. But all these sacrifices and offerings were only types and shadows until the Lord Jesus came. His blood was the reality these guys were aiming for.
Scripture: He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21). His blood was in itself of infinite value, for it carried his soul or life. But the expiatory virtue of his blood was also infinite, due to the way it was shed. In holy obedience to the Father's will, he submitted to the penalty of the broken law by pouring out his soul to death. For that death, not only was the penalty paid, but the law was also fulfilled and the Father was glorified. His blood atoned for sin and thus rendered him impotent.
His blood has wonderful power to take away sin and open heaven for the sinner. He cleanses it, sanctifies it, and makes it fit for heaven. So why does the blood of Jesus have such wonderful power? Because Jesus was the wonderful Person whose blood was shed and because of the wonderful way in which it was shed. He fulfilled God's law and satisfied his just demands. It is the blood of atonement, and therefore it is sufficient to redeem and accomplish all for and in the sinner that is necessary for salvation. What has that power accomplished? As we see the wonders of what that power has accomplished, we will be encouraged to believe that it can do the same for us.
We can see this best in the examples in Scripture of great things that have come to pass through the power of the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus has opened the tomb We read in Hebrews: And the God of peace, who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the everlasting covenant (Hebrews 13:20). It was by the excellence of the blood that God raised Jesus from the dead. The almighty power of God was not exercised apart from blood. He came to earth as the guarantee and bearer of the sin of mankind.
Only by shedding his blood did He have the right, as a man, to resurrect and gain eternal life through resurrection. His blood had satisfied the law and justice of God. By giving his lifeblood, He overcame the power of sin and reduced it to nothing. Scripture: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56). Thus death was defeated, as its sting had been removed, and the devil was also defeated, who had the power of death but now lost all right over him and over us. Scripture: So, since the children partook of flesh and blood, he also partook of the same, to destroy through death the one who had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
His blood had destroyed the power of death, the devil, and hell: But [God's purpose and grace] is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who abolished death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10). The blood of Jesus has opened the tomb, and whoever believes in it will perceive the close connection that exists between the blood and the almighty power of God. Only through the blood does God exercise his omnipotence in dealing with sinful men. The resurrection power of God ushers in eternal life where the blood of Christ is applied.
His blood has utterly ended the power of death and hell; the effects of blood surpass all human thought. The blood of Jesus has opened heaven We read in Hebrews 9:12 that by his own blood he entered once into the sanctuary destined for eternal redemption. We know that in the Old Testament tabernacle the declared presence of God was behind the veil. No power of man could remove that veil, and only the high priest could enter, but only with blood, or he would lose his own life. Scripture: And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and I will be their God.
And they will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, to dwell among them; I am the LORD your God. (Exodus 29:45-46) And the LORD said to Moses, Tell Aaron your brother not to enter the sanctuary behind the veil at all times, before the throne of reconciliation, which is on the ark, lest he die; because I will appear in the cloud on the throne of reconciliation. This is how Aaron will enter the holy place: with a bullock as an atonement and a ram as a burnt offering. (Leviticus 16:2-3) That was a picture of the power of sin in the flesh, which separates us from God.
The eternal justice of God guarded the entrance to the Holy of Holies, so that no flesh would come near it. But now our Lord does not appear in a physical temple but in the real temple. As High Priest and representative of his people, Jesus asks for an entrance into the presence of the Holy One for the sinful children of Adam. He asked that you be with me where I am (John 17:24). He asks that heaven be opened for everyone, even the greatest of sinners, who believes in Him. His request is granted. But how is that? It is through the blood.
He entered through his own blood. The blood of Jesus has opened heaven. Scripture: For Christ did not enter into the sanctuary made with hands (which is a type of the true one), but into heaven itself, now to appear before God for us, nor to offer himself many times (as the high priest enters every year in the sanctuary with other people's blood); otherwise he would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world; but now, at the consummation of the ages, he appeared once to abolish sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:24-26) So it is through the blood that the throne of grace remains established in heaven.
In the midst of heaven, closer to God Judge of all and to Jesus Mediator, the Holy Spirit gives a prominent place to the sprinkled blood. Scripture: To the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the congregation of the firstborn, who are registered in heaven, to God, Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect already Jesus, the mediator of the new testament and the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than Abel's. (Hebrews 12:22-24) It is the constant mention of that blood that keeps heaven open for sinners and sends torrents of blessing upon the earth.
It is through that blood that Jesus, as Mediator, carries out his advocacy work without ceasing. The throne of grace owes his existence to the power of that blood, and now we can confidently approach his throne of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Oh, the wonderful power of the blood of Christ! Just as it has opened the gates of the grave and hell, it has also opened the gates of heaven for us to enter through it. The blood has almighty power over the realm of darkness and hell below and over the realm of the heavens and their glory above.
The Blood of Jesus is Almighty in the Human Heart Since the blood serves so powerfully with God and over Satan, does it not satisfy even more powerfully the man for whom it was shed? We can be sure of it. The wonderful power of the blood is especially demonstrated on behalf of sinners on earth. This is emphasized in the first book of Peter: Knowing that you have been rescued from your vain conversation. . . not with corruptible things like gold and silver, but with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). The word ransomed (literally redeemed) has a deep meaning.
It particularly indicates liberation from slavery by emancipation or purchase. The sinner is enslaved under the hostile power of Satan, the curse of the Law and sin. Now it is proclaimed that you have been redeemed through the blood, which paid the debt of guilt and destroyed the power of Satan, the curse and sin. Where this proclamation is heard and received, redemption begins in a true deliverance from a vain way of life, from a life of sin. The word redemption or ransom includes everything that God does for a sinner, beginning with the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the pledge of our inheritance, until the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of his glory ( Ephesians 1:14).
It continues until the full liberation of the body by the resurrection: So we also walk in new life. For if we have been planted together in him in the likeness of his death, we will also be in the likeness of his resurrection, knowing this: that our old man is crucified with him so that the body of sin may be destroyed so that we may not serve sin. longer (Romans 6:4-6). Those to whom Peter wrote were chosen. . . obey and be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, the Christ (1 Peter 1:2). It was the proclamation on the precious blood that touched their hearts and led them to repentance, awakening faith in them and filling their souls with life and joy.
Each believer was an illustration of the wonderful power of the blood. Later, when Peter exhorts them to holiness, it is still the precious blood, which is his plea. As he who has called you is holy, so be you holy in every manner of conversation; for it is written: Be holy; because I am holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). That's what she would fix her eyes on. For the Jew in his self-righteousness and hatred of Christ, and for the pagan in his piety, there was only one means of deliverance from the power of sin. It is still the only power that achieves the daily deliverance of sinners.
How could it be otherwise? The blood that provided so powerfully in heaven and above hell is also all-powerful in the sinner's heart. It is impossible for us to think too high or expect too much of the power of the blood of Jesus. How does this power work? This is our third question. Under what conditions, under what circumstances, can that power secure the powerful results it is destined to produce in us? The first answer is the same one found everywhere in the kingdom of God: through faith. But faith is highly dependent on knowledge. If knowledge of what blood can accomplish is imperfect, faith expects little, and the most powerful effects of blood are impossible.
Many Christians think that if they have received the assurance of forgiveness of their sins through faith in the blood, they have sufficient knowledge of their capacity. They have no idea that the words of God, like God himself, are inexhaustible; they are deprived of a wealth of meaning and blessing that passes all understanding. They do not remember that when the Holy Spirit speaks of cleansing through the blood, such words are only imperfect human expressions of the effects and experiences by which the blood, in an inexpressibly glorious manner, will reveal its heavenly life-giving power. humanity. soul. Feeble conceptions of its power prevent the most profound and perfect demonstrations of its effects.
As we search what the Scriptures teach about blood, we will see that faith in the blood can produce greater results in us than we have ever known, and in the future an unceasing blessing can be ours. Our faith can be strengthened by noticing what the blood has already accomplished. Heaven and hell bear witness to it. Faith will grow by exercising confidence in the superabundance of God's promises. Let us wholeheartedly hope that as we enter deeper into the source, its purifying, quickening, life-giving power will reveal itself more blessedly. We know that when we bathe we enter into the most intimate relationship with water; we surrender to its purifying effects.
The blood of Jesus is described as an open fountain. . . against sin and uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). By the power of the Holy Spirit it flows through the heavenly temple. Scripture: There is a river whose currents will make glad the city of God, the sanctuary of the tents of the Most High. God is in her midst; she will not be moved; God will help her, while the dawn rises (Psalm 46:4-5). By faith I come into closer contact with this heavenly stream; I surrender to him; I let it cover me and through me. I bathe in the fountain. It can't hold back its cleansing and strengthening power.
I must, with simple faith, turn away from what is seen to immerse myself in that spiritual source, which represents the blood of the Savior, with the certainty that it will manifest his blessed power in me. So, with childlike faith, persevering and expectant, let us open our souls to a greater and greater experience of the wonderful power of the blood. But there is a second answer to the question of what else is needed for the blood to manifest its power. Scripture connects the blood more closely with the Spirit. Only where the Spirit works can the power of the blood be demonstrated.
The Spirit and the Blood We read in 1 John that there are three who bear witness on earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree in one (1 John 5:8). The water refers to baptism for repentance and the putting off of sin. The blood bears witness to redemption in Christ. The Spirit is the One who gives power to the water and the blood. The Spirit and the blood are also associated inHebrews where we read: How much more will the blood of Christ, who by the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience (Hebrews 9:14).
It was by the eternal Spirit in our Lord that his blood had his worth and power. It is always through the Spirit that the blood possesses its living power in heaven and in the hearts of men. The blood and the Spirit always bear witness together. Where the blood is honored in faith or preaching, the Spirit will work, and where He works, He always leads souls to the blood. The Holy Spirit could not be given until the blood was shed. The living bond between the Spirit and the blood cannot be broken. It should be noted that if all the power of the blood is to be manifested in our souls, we must place ourselves under the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have said to you (John 14:26). We must firmly believe that He is in us and that He carries out His work in our hearts. Jesus prayed that they would be one, just as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they would be perfect as one and that the world would know that you sent me and loved them as you loved me. (John 17:22-23). We must live as those who know that the Spirit of God dwells within them as the seed of life, and He will bring to perfection the hidden and powerful effects of the blood.
Scripture: But if Christ is in you, the body is truly dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:10-11, 14). We must allow Him to guide us. Through the Spirit, the blood will cleanse us, sanctify us, and unite us with God.
When the apostle wanted to awaken believers to hear the voice of God with his call to holiness: Be holy, for I am holy, he reminded them that they had been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Necessary Knowledge People must know that they have been redeemed and what that redemption means, but above all they must know that it was not with corruptible things like silver and gold, things in which there was no power of life, but with precious blood. of the Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). Having a correct perception of what the value of that blood was - as the power of a perfect redemption - would be the power of a new and holy life.
Dear Christians, that statement applies to us as well. We must know that we are redeemed by the precious blood. We must know about redemption and blood, before we can experience its power. We will experience the blessings and benefits more fully in proportion to how fully we understand what redemption is and what is the power and value of the blood, by which redemption has been obtained. Let us submit to the Holy Spirit to be led to a deeper knowledge of redemption through the precious blood. Need and Desire Two things are needed here: first, a deeper sense of need and a desire to better understand blood.
Blood has been shed to take away sin. The power of the blood is to nullify the power of sin. However, we are too easily satisfied with the first beginnings of deliverance from sin, and what remains of that sin in us can become unbearable. May we no longer be content with the fact that we, as redeemed, sin against God's will in so many things. May the desire for holiness grow stronger in us. Shouldn't the thought that blood has more power than we realize and can do greater things than we've experienced so far make our hearts swell with strong desire?
If there were more desire for deliverance from sin, for holiness, and for intimate friendship with a holy God, we would have the first thing needed to be led further into the knowledge of what blood can do. Expectation The second will follow. Desire must become expectation. As we search the Word in faith to discern what the blood has accomplished, it must be a settled matter for us that the blood can also demonstrate its full power in us. No feeling of unworthiness, ignorance or powerlessness should make us doubt. The blood works in the surrendered soul with an incessant power of life.
So surrender to God the Holy Spirit. Fix the eyes of your heart on the blood. Open all your inner being to the power of him. The blood on which the throne of grace in heaven is founded can make your heart the temple and throne of God. Find your refuge under the sprinkling of the blood and ask the same Lamb of God to make the blood effective in you. You will surely discover that there is nothing that compares to the awesome power of the blood of Jesus. Chapter 3 Reconciliation Through Blood Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, to whom God purposed reconciliation through faith in his blood. (Romans 3:24-25) As we have seen, several different blessings have been purchased for us by the power of the blood of Jesus, all of which are included in the word redemption.
Among these blessings, reconciliation ranks first.2 God purposed reconciliation through faith in his blood. In our Lord's work of redemption, reconciliation naturally comes first. It also ranks first among the needs of the sinner who wishes to participate in redemption. Through reconciliation, a participation in the other blessings of redemption is possible. It is also of great importance that the believer who has been reconciled gain a deeper and more spiritual understanding of its meaning and blessedness. If the power of the blood in redemption is rooted in reconciliation, then a fuller knowledge of reconciliation is the surest way to gain a greater experience of the power of the blood.
The heart that surrenders to the teaching of the Holy Spirit will surely learn what reconciliation means. May our hearts open wide to receive it. To understand what reconciliation by blood means, consider the following points: 1. Sin has made reconciliation necessary. 2. God's holiness predestined reconciliation. 3. The blood of Jesus obtained reconciliation. 4. Forgiveness resulted from reconciliation. Sin has made reconciliation necessary In all of Christ's work, and especially in reconciliation, God's goal is the removal and destruction of sin. The knowledge of sin is necessary for the knowledge of reconciliation. We want to understand what it is about sin that needs reconciliation or repair and how reconciliation renders it powerless.
Then faith will have something to hold on to, and the experience of that blessing will be possible. Sin has had a double effect. It has had an effect on God as well as on man. We tend to emphasize its effect on men. But the effect it has had on God is more terrible and serious. Because of its effect on God, that sin has power over us. God, as Lord of all, could not overlook sin. His unalterable law declares that sin will bring pain and death. When man fell into sin, by God's law, he was placed under the power of sin.
So, God's law required redemption to begin, for if sin is powerless against God, and God's law does not give sin authority over us, then its power is destroyed. The knowledge that sin has no words before God assures us that it no longer has authority over us. What then was the effect of sin on God? In the divine nature of him, He remains changeless and immutable, but in his relationship and acceptance towards man, a total change took place. Sin is disobedience, a contempt for God's authority; seeks to rob God of his honor as God and Lord. Sin is determined opposition to a holy God.
You not only can, but must, arouse his anger. While it was God's desire to continue in love and friendship with man, sin has forced him to become an opponent. Although God's love for man remains unchanged, sin made it impossible for him to admit man into communion with himself. He has compelled him to pour out his wrath and punishment instead of his love on man. The change that sin caused in God's relationship with man is horrible. But God purposed reconciliation through faith in his blood for the manifestation of his righteousness, for the remission of past sins (Romans 3:25).
Man is guilty before God. Guilt implies debt. We know what debt is. It is something that one person can demand of another, a claim that must be satisfied and resolved. When the sin is committed, its after effects may or may not be noticed, but the guilt of it always remains. The sinner is guilty. God cannot ignore his own demand that sin must be punished; His glory, which has been dishonored, must be defended. Until the debt is paid or the guilt is removed, it is impossible for a holy God to allow the sinner to enter his presence.
We often think that the big question for us is how we can be delivered from the indwelling power of sin, but that is a lesser question than how can we be delivered from the guilt that accumulates before God? Can the guilt of sin be removed? Can the effect of sin on God be removed by arousing his wrath? Can sin be blotted out before God? If these things can be done, the power of sin will be broken in us. Only through reconciliation can the guilt of sin be removed. The word translated reconciliation actually means "to cover." Even the pagans had an understanding of this.
But in Israel, God revealed a reconciliation that could not only cover but also remove the guilt of sin, so that the original relationship between God and man could be fully restored. This is what true reconciliation should do. It must eliminate the guilt of sin, the effect of sin on God, so that man can approach God with the blessed assurance that there is no longer the slightest guilt on him that distances him from God. God's Holiness Foreordained Reconciliation God's holiness must also be considered if we are to correctly understand reconciliation. It is his infinite and glorious perfection that always leads him to desire the good in others as well as in himself.
He applies and performs that good and hates and condemns everything that is opposed to good. In his holiness the love and wrath of God are united: his love, which is given, and his wrath, which casts out and consumes evil according to the divine law of justice. As the Holy One, God ordained reconciliation in Israel and took up his abode on the mercy seat. As the Saint-in-waiting of New Testament times, he often said: I am your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 48:17). As the Holy One, God made His law of reconciliation for him in Christ. The wonderful thing about this law is that both God's holy love and God's holy wrath find satisfaction in it.
Apparently, they were in an irreconcilable fight with each other. Holy love was not willing to let go of the man. Scripture: Not because we have loved God, but because he loved us and sent his Son to be the atonement for our sins (1 John 4:10). Despite his sin, holy love could not forsake him; man had to be redeemed. Holy wrath could not surrender to his demands. The law had been despised; God had been dishonored. God's justice had to be upheld. The sinner could not be released as long as the law was not fulfilled. The terrible effect of sin in heaven on God had to be corrected; the guilt of sin had to be removed.
Otherwise, the sinner could not be released. The only possible solution was reconciliation. We have seen that reconciliation means "to cover." It means that something else has taken over the place where sin settled, so that God can no longer see the sin. But since God is the Holy One and his eyes are like a flame of fire, whatever covered sin had to be of such a nature as to counteract the evil that sin had done. He had to blot out the sin so that it would be truly destroyed and could not be seen. Reconciliation for sin can only take place through satisfaction.
Satisfaction is reconciliation and originates through a substitute. In this way sin can be punished and the sinner saved. God's holiness would also be glorified and his demands satisfied, as well as the demand of God's love in the redemption of the sinner and the demand of his justice in maintaining God's glory and his law. . We know how this was accomplished in the Old Testament laws on offerings. Scripture: The priest will reconcile him before the Lord, and he will have forgiveness of all things in which he is guilty (Leviticus 6: 7). A clean beast took the place of a guilty man.
By confession, his sin was placed on the head of the victim, which he bore the penalty by surrendering his life to death. Then the blood, which represents a clean and blameless life, can be brought into the presence of God; the blood or life of the beast has borne the punishment in place of the sinner. That blood made reconciliation and covered the sinner and his sin, because it took the place of the sinner and atoned for his sin. There was reconciliation through blood, but it was not a reality. Writing:Every day every priest is ministering and offering many times the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins (Hebrews 10:11).
The blood of cattle or goats could never take away sin; it was only a shadow or image of the actual reconciliation. Blood of a different character was necessary for an effective cover of guilt. Scripture: But Christ, already come, high priest of the good things to come, for a greater and more perfect tabernacle, . . . neither by the blood of goats nor of calves, but by his own blood he entered once into the sanctuary destined for eternal redemption (Hebrews 9: 11-12). According to the law of the Holy God, nothing less than the blood of God's own Son could bring reconciliation.
Justice demanded it; love offered it to him. Scripture: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, whom God purposed for reconciliation through faith in his blood (Romans 3:24-25). The Blood of Jesus Obtained Reconciliation Reconciliation must be the satisfaction of the demands of God's holy law. The Lord Jesus accomplished that; by a voluntary and perfect obedience, he fulfilled the law under which he had placed himself. In the same spirit of total surrender to the will of the Father, he bore the curse that the law had pronounced against sin. Scripture: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we, being dead to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24).
He rendered in the fullest measure of obedience or punishment all that the law of God could ask or desire. The law was perfectly satisfied by Him. But how can His fulfillment of the law's demands be reconciliation for the sins of others? Because both in creation and in the covenant of grace that the Father had made with Him, He was recognized as head of the human race. Therefore, He was able to become a second Adam by becoming flesh. Scripture: He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
When He, the Word, became flesh, He entered into real communion with our flesh, which was under the power of sin; He took responsibility for all that sin had done in the flesh against God. His obedience and perfection were not merely that of one man among others, but that of the One who had communed with all other men and had taken their sin upon Himself. As the Head of humanity throughout creation and as his representative in the covenant, Jesus became his guarantee. He perfectly satisfied the demands of the law by the shedding of his blood; this was the reconciliation, the covering of our sin.
Above all, we must never forget that Jesus was God with divine power to unite with his creatures and take them into himself. He imparted upon his sufferings a virtue of infinite holiness and power and made the merit of his bloodshed more than sufficient to deal with all the guilt of human sin. His blood became a true reconciliation, a perfect covering of sin, so that God's holiness no longer sees sin. In truth, it has been erased. The blood of Jesus, the Son of God, has acquired a real, perfect and eternal reconciliation. What does that mean? We have discussed the horrible effect of sin on God and the terrible change that took place in heaven through sin.
Instead of God's favor, friendship, blessing, and life from heaven, man had nothing to look forward to except wrath, death, and damnation. Man could only think of God with fear and terror, without hope and without love. Sin never ceased to demand revenge; the guilt had to be dealt with in its entirety. But the blood of Jesus, the Son of God, has been shed. Atonement has been made for sin. Peace is restored. A change as real and pervasive as that produced by sin has come about again. For those who receive reconciliation, sin has been reduced to nothing. The wrath of God turns around and hides in the depth of divine love.
God's justice no longer terrifies man. It is written to us that those who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our transgressions and was raised for our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 4:24-5:1). God's justice meets man as a friend with an offer of complete justification. God's countenance shines with pleasure and approval when the repentant sinner approaches him and invites him into intimate communion. He opens a treasury of blessing, and there is no longer anything that can separate him from God.
Scripture: Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Therefore, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the charity of God, which is in Christ. , Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39) The reconciliation by the blood of Jesus has covered the sins of man; they no longer appear in the sight of God. He no longer accuses you of sin. Reconciliation has wrought a perfect and eternal redemption.
Who can tell the value of that precious blood? No wonder that blood is mentioned forever in the song of the redeemed and for all eternity; while heaven lasts, the praise of blood will resound: You were immolated, and with your blood you have redeemed us for God (Revelation 5:9). But here is the wonder: that the redeemed on earth no longer add to that song and abound in praise for the reconciliation that the power of the blood has brought about. Forgiveness Resulted from Reconciliation The blood has made reconciliation for and covered sin, and as a result of this, a marvelous change has taken place in the heavenly places.
But all this will be of no use to us unless we get a personal share in it. Only in the forgiveness of sins can this take place. God has offered a perfect absolution for all our sins and guilt. Because reconciliation for sin has been made, we can now be reconciled or restored to Him. Scripture: God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). . Following this is the invitation to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). Whoever receives reconciliation for sin is reconciled with God. He knows that all his sins are forgiven.
The Scriptures use various illustrations to emphasize the extent of forgiveness and to convince the sinner's fearful heart that the blood has truly taken away their sin. Scripture: I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist (Isaiah 44:22). You cast all my sins behind your back (Isaiah 38:17). He . . . He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). The iniquity of Israel will be sought, and there will not be; and the sins of Judah, and shall not be found; for I will forgive those whom I have left (Jeremiah 50:20). This is what the New Testament calls justification.
This is how he is named in Romans 3:23-26: For all have sinned. . . being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, whom God purposed for reconciliation through faith in his blood for the manifestation of his righteousness. . . may he be the only just and the one who justifies the one who believes in Jesus. So perfect is the reconciliation and so completely has sin been covered and blotted out that he who believes in Christ is considered and treated by God as entirely just. The absolution that man has received from God is so complete that nothing, absolutely nothing, prevents him from approaching God with the greatest freedom.
Nothing is necessary for the enjoyment of this bliss except faith in the blood. Blood alone has done it all. The penitent sinner who turns from his sin to God needs only faith in that blood, that is, faith in the power of the blood that has truly atoned for sin and that has atoned for him. Through that faith, he knows that he is more fully reconciled to God, and that now nothing prevents God from pouring out on him the fullness of his love and blessing. If man looks up at the sky, which was previously covered with clouds, black with the wrath of God and the coming judgment, that cloud will no longer be seen; everything shines in the light of God's face and God's love.
Faith in the blood produces in his heart the same wonderful power that he exercised in heaven. Through faith in the blood, he becomes a partaker of all the blessings that the blood has obtained for him from God. Fellow believers, pray earnestly that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the glory of this reconciliation, and the forgiveness of his sins will be yours through the blood of Jesus. Pray for enlightened hearts to see how completely the accusing and condemning power of sin has been removed from him and how God in the fullness of his love and good pleasure has turned to you.
Open your hearts to the Holy Spirit so that He may reveal in you the glorious effects that the blood has had in heaven. God has put Jesus Christ himself as a reconciliation through faith in his blood. He is the reconciliation for our sins. Trust that He has already covered his sin before God. Place him between you and your sins, and you will experience how complete is the redemption that he has wrought, and how powerful is the reconciliation through faith in his blood. Then, through the living Christ, the powerful effects that the blood has exerted in heaven will be produced more and more in your hearts, and you will know what it means to walk by the grace of the Spirit in the full light and joy of forgiveness.
And you who have not yet obtained the forgiveness of your sins, does not this word come to you as an urgent call to faith in his blood? Will you never be moved by what God has done for you as sinners? Scripture: In this consists charity, not because we have loved God, but because he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation of our sins (1 John 4:10). The precious divine blood has been shed; the reconciliation is complete, and the message reaches you: Reconcile yourselves with God (2 Corinthians 5:20). If you repent of your sins and want to be delivered from the power and slavery of sin, exercise faith in the blood.
Open your heart to the influence of the word that God has sent you. Open your heart to the message that blood can deliver to, yes, even you, right now. Just believe it. Say: "That blood is for me too." If you come as a guilty, lost sinner, longing for forgiveness, you can be sure that the blood that has already made a perfect reconciliation covers your sin and immediately restores you to God's favor and love. So I urge you to exercise faith in the blood. Right now, bow down before God and tell him that you do believe in the power of blood for your own soul.
Having said that, lean on it, hold on to it. Through faith in his blood, Jesus Christ will be the reconciliation for your sins as well. Scripture: For it pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:19-20). Chapter 4 Purification through the blood If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with him in our midst, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7) We have already seen that the most important effect of the blood is reconciliation for sin.
The fruit of knowledge and faith in reconciliation is the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is simply a declaration of what has already happened in heaven on behalf of the sinner and his sincere acceptance of it. This first effect of blood is not the only one. The blood exercises further power in proportion to how the soul, by faith, surrenders to the Spirit of God. The soul can understand and enjoy all the power of reconciliation, as the blood imparts other blessings, which Scripture attributes to it. One of the first results of reconciliation is cleansing from sin. We need to see what God's Word says about this.
Cleansing is often spoken of among us as if it were nothing more than the forgiveness of sins or the cleansing of guilt. This, however, is not so. Scripture does not speak of being cleansed from guilt. Cleansing from sin means deliverance from contamination, not from the guilt of sin. The guilt of sin refers to our relationship with God and our responsibility to correct our mistakes or bear the punishment for them. The defilement of sin, on the other hand, is the feeling of corruption and impurity that sin brings to our inner being, and this is what cleansing is all about.
Cleanliness is of paramount importance for every believer who wants to enjoy the full salvation that God has provided and correctly understand what the Scriptures teach about it. Let's consider: 1. What the word clean means in the Old Testament; 2. What the word blessing indicates in the New Testament; and 3. How we can experience the full enjoyment of this blessing. Cleansing in the Old Testament In the service of God commanded by the hand of Moses for Israel, God's people had to observe two ceremonies before approaching Him. These were offerings or sacrifices and cleansing or purifications. Both had to be observed but in different ways.
Both were intended to remind man how sinful he was and how incapable of approaching a holy God. Both were to typify redemptionby which the Lord Jesus Christ would restore man's fellowship with God. As a rule, it is only the offerings that are considered typical of redemption through Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews, however, emphatically mentions the cleansings as momentary figures in eating and drinking and various carnal washings and ordinances, imposed upon them until the time of correction (Hebrews 9:10). If we can imagine the life of an Israelite, we will understand that the awareness of sin and the need for redemption were awakened by both the cleansing and the offerings.
We must also learn from them what the power of the blood of Jesus really is. We can take as an illustration one of the most important examples of cleanliness. If someone was in a hut or in a house where a corpse lay, or if he had touched a corpse or bones, he was unclean for seven days. Death, as a punishment for sin, made all who associated with it impure. The cleansing was carried out using the ashes of a young cow, which had been burned as described in Numbers: Scripture: And a clean man shall collect the ashes of the cow and put it outside the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the assembly of the children of Israel for the water of separation; it is a sin.
And he who collected the ashes of the cow shall wash his clothes and shall be unclean until evening; . . . Whoever touches the dead body of any dead person and does not remove the sin, has defiled the tabernacle of the LORD; . . . And for the unclean person they will take the dust of the calf that was burned as sin, and they will put living water on it in a vessel; and a clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the things and on the people who were there and on the one who touched the bone or the dead person or the dead person or the grave. (Numbers 19: 9-10, 13, 17-18) These ashes, mixed with water, were sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop on which he was unclean; then he had to bathe in water to become ceremonially clean again.
The words unclean, purifying, and clean were used in reference to the healing of leprosy, a disease that could be described as a living death. In Leviticus 13 and 14, we also see that the one to be cleansed first had to be sprinkled with water, in which the blood of a sacrificial bird had been mixed. Then he had to bathe in water. Seven days later he was again sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice. A detailed consideration of the cleansing laws will teach us that the difference between the cleansings and the offerings was twofold. First, the offering had a definite reference to the transgression for which reconciliation was to be made.
Cleanliness had more to do with conditions that were not sinful in themselves but were the result of sin and therefore had to be recognized as defiling by God's holy people. Second, in the case of the offering, nothing was done to the offerer himself. He saw the blood sprinkled on the altar or carried into the Holy Place; he had to believe that this obtained reconciliation before God. But nothing he did himself. In cleaning, on the other hand, what happened to the person was the main thing. Desecration was something that, either through internal disease or external contact, had come upon man, so the washing or sprinkling with water must be done upon himself as commanded by God.
Cleanliness was something he could feel and experience. It produced a change not only in his relationship with God but also in his own condition. In the offering, something was done for him; with the purification, something was done in him. The offering had respect to his guilt. The cleansing dealt with the contamination of sin. The same meaning of the words clean and cleanliness is found in other parts of the Old Testament. David prays in Psalm 51, cleanse me of my sin. . . . Take away my sin with hyssop, and I shall be clean (Psalm 51:2, 7). The word used by David here is the one most often used for the cleansing of anyone who has touched a dead body.
Hyssop was also used in such cases. David prayed for more than forgiveness. He confessed that he had been formed in wickedness, that his nature was sinful (Psalm 51:5 KJV). He prayed that he could be cleansed on the inside. Cleanse me from my sin was his prayer. He uses the same word later when he prays: Create in me a clean heart, O God (Psalm 51:10). Cleanliness is more than forgiveness. In the same way this word is used by Ezekiel and refers to an internal condition that must be changed. Jehovah, for I have cleansed you, and you have not cleansed yourself (Ezekiel 24:13).
Later, speaking of the new covenant, he says: And I will sprinkle you with clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your uncleanness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols (Ezekiel 36:25). Malachi says the same, relating it to fire: he will sit down to refine and purify silver: he will purify the sons of Levi (Malachi 3:3). The cleansing by water, by blood, and by fire are all typical of the cleansing that would take place under the new covenant: an internal cleansing and ridding of the stain of sin. Blessing in the New Testament Mention is often made in the New Testament of a clean or pure heart.
Our Lord said: Blessed are the pure in heart (Matthew 5:8). Paul speaks of charity from a pure heart (1 Timothy 1:5). He also speaks of a good conscience. Peter exhorts his readers to love one another fervently with a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22). The word cleaning is also used. We read of those who are described as the people of God who purify their hearts by faith (Acts 15:9). The purpose of the Lord Jesus with regard to his own was to purify for himself a people of his own (Titus 2:14). As for us we read: cleanse ourselves from all contamination of flesh and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1).
All these Scriptures teach us that cleansing is an inner condition that occurs in the heart as a result of forgiveness. We are told in 1 John 1:7 that the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. The clean word does not refer to the grace of forgiveness received at conversion but to the effect of grace on the children of God who walk in the light. We also read in verse 7 that if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, . . . the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. What follows in verse 9 shows that more than forgiveness is indicated: He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Cleansing is something that comes after forgiveness and is the result of forgiveness by the interior and experiential reception of the power of the blood of Jesus in the heart of the believer. This is carried out according to the Word by the purification of the conscience. Scripture: How much more the blood of Christ, . . . clear your conscience from the works of death to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14). The above mention of sprinkling the ashes of a cow on the unclean serves as an example of a personal experience of the precious blood of Christ. Conscience is not only a judge to pass sentence on our actions, but it is also the inner voice, which bears witness to our relationship with God.
When it is cleansed by the blood, it testifies that we are pleasing to God. It is written in Hebrews, those who sacrifice, once purified, will have no more conscience of sins (Hebrews 10:2). Through the Spirit we receive an inward experience that the blood has freed us from the guilt and power of sin, so that in our regenerate nature we have completely escaped the dominion of sin. Sin still dwells in our flesh, with its temptations, but it has no power to rule. The conscience is cleared; there is no need for the slightest separation between God and us. We look at him in the full power of redemption.
The conscience, which is cleansed by the blood, bears witness to nothing less than a complete redemption: the fullness of God's good pleasure. And if the conscience is clear, so is the heart, of which the conscience is the center. We read about having the heart purified from an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:22). Not only must the conscience be cleansed, but the heart must also be cleansed, including the understanding and the will with all our thoughts and desires. The death and resurrection of Christ are unceasingly effective. By this power of his death and resurrection, sinful desires and dispositions are removed.
The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin, both original and current sin. The blood exercises its heavenly and spiritual power in the soul, and the believer, in whose life the blood is efficacious, experiences his old nature prevented from manifesting his power. Through blood, lusts and desires are subdued and killed, and all is so clean that the Spirit can produce the glorious fruit of it. In the event of the slightest stumble, the soul finds immediate cleansing and restoration. Even unconscious sins become powerless through its effectiveness. We have noted a difference between guilt and the contamination of sin.
This is important for a clear understanding of the matter, but in real life, we must remember that they are not distinguished. Through the blood, God deals with sin as a whole. Every true operation of the blood demonstrates its power simultaneously over the guilt and contamination of sin. Reconciliation and cleansing always go together, and blood is always available. Many seem to think that the blood is there so that if we sin again, we can return to it to be cleansed. But this is not so. Just as a fountain always flows and always purifies what is put into it, so it is with this Fountain, open for sin and filth.
Scripture: At that time there will be a fountain open for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem against sin and against uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). The eternal life power of the eternal Spirit works through the blood. Through Him, the heart can always remain under the flow and cleanliness of the blood. In the Old Testament, cleansing was necessary for every sin. In the New Testament, cleansing depends on the One who lives forever to make intercession. When faith sees and desires and clings to this fact, the heart can remain at all times under the protecting and cleansing power of the blood.
Enjoy the Blessing Everyone who gains a share in the atoning merit of Christ's blood through faith also shares in its cleansing efficacy. But the experience of his being able to clean is sadly imperfect. Therefore, it is of great importance to understand what are the conditions for the full enjoyment of this glorious blessing. First of all, knowledge is necessary. Many think that the forgiveness of sins is all we receive through the blood. They don't ask and so they get nothing else. But we are blessed when we begin to see that God's Holy Spirit has a special purpose in using different words in Scripture about the effects of blood.
Then we inquire about its special meaning. Let all who long to know what the Lord wishes to teach us by this one word, compare all the places in the Scriptures where the word cleansing is used. You will soon understand that more is promised to the believer than the removal of guilt. You will begin to understand that cleansing can provide a blessed inner resource. Knowledge of this fact is the first condition for experiencing it. Second, there must be desire. Our Christianity is too often inclined to postpone the experience of what our Lord wanted for our earthly life: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).
Purity of heart is a characteristic of every child of God and the necessary condition to have communion with Him and enjoy his salvation. But man has very little inner longing to be in all things, at all times, pleasing to the Lord. Sin and the stain of sin concern us very little. The Word of God comes to us with the promise of blessing, which should awaken all our desires. Believe that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin. If you learn to surrender correctly, he can do great things in you. Shouldn't you want to experience the glorious cleansing efficacy of it every hour?
Should you not long to be preserved from the many stains your conscience accuses you of? May your desires be awakened to long for this blessing. Put God to the test so that he fulfills in you what He, as the Faithful, has promised: cleansing from all evil. The third condition is the will to separate from all that is impure. Through sin, everything in our nature and in the world is polluted. Cleansing cannot take place where there is not complete separation and abandonment of all that is impure. Do not touch what is unclean is God's command to his chosen ones (2 Corinthians 6:17).
We must recognize that all the things around us are impure. My friends, my possessions, my spirit, everything must be surrendered so that it can be cleansed in every relationship by the precious blood and that all the activities of my spirit, soul and being can experience a complete cleansing. He who withholds something cannot get the full blessing. He who is willing to pay the full price for his entire being to be baptized in blood is on the way to understanding that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin. The last condition is to exercise faith in the power of the blood.
The blood always retains its power and efficacy, but our unbelief closes our hearts and hinders its potential. Faith is simply the removal of that obstacle, the opening of our hearts to the divine power by which the living Lord will apply Hisblood. Yes, we believe that there is cleanliness through the blood. Perhaps you have seen a spring in the middle of a patch of grass. Dust falls constantly on the grass that grows by the side of the road, but there is no sign of dust where the spring water falls in a refreshing and purifying spray; everything is green and fresh.
Thus the precious blood of Christ carries out his blessed work without ceasing in the soul of the believer. To those who entrust themselves to the Lord by faith and believe that this can and will be done, it will be granted. The heavenly and spiritual effect of the blood can be experienced at all times. His power is such that we can always dwell in the source, always dwell in the wounds of my Lord. I beg you to come and see how the blood of Jesus can cleanse your heart of all sin. You know with what joy a weary traveler would bathe in a cool stream, immersing himself in the water to experience its refreshing, purifying and strengthening effect.
Lift up your eyes and see by faith how a torrent flows without ceasing from heaven above to earth below. Put yourself in this current and believe that the words that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin have a divine meaning, deeper and broader than you have ever imagined. Believe that the Lord Jesus himself is the one who will cleanse you with his blood and fulfill his promise of power in you. Realize the cleansing of sin by his blood as a blessing in whose daily enjoyment you can live with confidence. Chapter 5 Sanctification Through Blood Therefore Jesus also, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Hebrews 13:12) Cleansing through the blood was the theme of our last chapter.
Sanctification through blood must now occupy our attention. To a superficial observer there may appear to be little difference between cleansing and sanctification. The two words seem to mean the same thing, but the difference is big and important. Cleansing is primarily concerned with the former life and the stain of sin, which must be removed. Sanctification refers to the new life and characteristics imparted by God. Sanctification implies union with God and the peculiar blood-bought fulness of blessing. The distinction between these two foundations is clearly marked in the Scriptures. Paul reminds us that Christ also loved the congregation and gave himself up for it, to sanctify and cleanse it by washing with water through the word (Ephesians 5:25-26).
Having first cleansed it, then sanctifies it. Writing to Timothy he says: So if anyone purifies himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the teacher's use, and prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 2:21). Sanctification is a blessing that follows cleansing and surpasses it. This distinction is also illustrated by the ordinances relating to the consecration of the priests as compared to those of the Levites. In the case of the latter, who held a position below that of the priests in the service of the sanctuary, sanctification is not mentioned, but the word cleansing is used four times (Numbers 8).
In the consecration of the priests, however, the word sanctify is often used, because the priests had a closer relationship with God than the Levites (Exodus 29; Leviticus 8). This record emphasizes the close connection between the blood of sacrifice and sanctification. In the case of the consecration of the Levites, atonement was made for sin, and they were sprinkled with purification water for cleansing, but they were not sprinkled with blood. But the blood had to be sprinkled on the priests. They were sanctified by a more personal and intimate application of the blood. All this foreshadowed sanctification through the blood of Jesus, and this is what we now seek to understand, so that we may gain a share in it.
Let us then consider: 1. What is sanctification; 2. How it relates to the sufferings of Christ; and 3. How it can be obtained. What is sanctification? To understand what the sanctification of the redeemed is, we must first learn what the holiness of God is. He alone is the Holy. Holiness in the creature can only be received from Him. God's holiness is often spoken of in connection with his hatred and hostility towards sin, but this does not explain what holiness really is. It is simply a negative statement: that the holiness of God cannot bear sin. Holiness is that attribute of God for which he always is, wants and does the supreme good, and what is supreme good he wants in his creatures and gives it to them.
God is called the Holy One in the Scriptures, not only because he punishes sin, but also because he is the Redeemer of his people. The prophet Isaiah captured the essence of who God is: Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; . . . I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King (Isaiah 43:14-15). His holiness is what wants the good of all; he moved him to redeem sinners. Both the wrath of God that punishes sin and the love of God that redeems the sinner spring from the same source: his holiness. Holiness is the perfection of God's nature.
Holiness in man is a disposition in total agreement with that of God, who chooses in all things to want as God wants. As it is written: As he who called you is holy, so be you holy (1 Peter 1:15). Holiness in us is nothing more than unity with God. The sanctification of the people of God is effected by their intimacy with the holiness of God. There is no other way to obtain sanctification than for the Holy God to give what only He possesses. He alone is the Holy. He is the Lord who sanctifies. Because of the different meanings that Scripture attributes to the words sanctification and sanctify, a relationship into which we are brought with God is emphasized.
The first and simplest meaning of the word sanctification is "separation." What is removed from his environment by God's command and set aside or separated as his own possession and for his service is holy. This does not mean separation only from sin, but also from everything in the world, even from what may be permissible. Thus God sanctified the seventh day. The other days were not unclean, for God saw all that he had made, and behold, he was very good (Genesis 1:31). But only the seventh day was holy, because God had taken possession of it by his own special act.
In the same way, God had separated Israel from other nations, and in Israel had separated the priests to be holy to Him. This separation for sanctification is always the work of God himself, so the grace of election of God is often closely related to sanctification. Scripture: Therefore you must be holy to me, for I, the LORD, am holy and have separated you from other peoples that you may be mine (Leviticus 20:26). The man whom Jehovah chooses shall be holy (Numbers 16:7). You are a holy people to the Lord your God; Jehovah your God has chosen you (Deuteronomy 7:6). God cannot take part with other lords.
He must be the sole possessor and sovereign of those to whom He reveals and imparts his holiness. But this separation is not the only thing included in the word sanctification. When separated, man stands before God, no different from a lifeless object that has been sanctified in the service of God. If the separation is to be of value, something else must take place. Man must voluntarily and sincerely surrender to this separation. Sanctification includes personal consecration to the Lord to be His. Sanctification can become ours only when it takes root and settles in the depths of our personal life, in our will and in our love.
God does not sanctify anyone against his will; therefore, personal and sincere surrender to God is an indispensable part of this process. That is why the Scriptures not only speak of God sanctifying us, but also that we should sanctify ourselves. But even by consecration, true sanctification is not yet complete. Separation and consecration are only the preparation for the glorious work that God will do in imparting his own holiness to the soul. Being made partakers of the divine nature is the blessing promised to believers through sanctification (2 Peter 1:4). That we be partakers of his holiness: that is God's desire for those whom he sets apart for himself (Hebrews 12:10).
But this impartation of holiness from him is not a gift from something apart from God himself; no, it is in personal communion with him and partaking of his divine life that sanctification can be obtained. As the Holy One, God dwelt among the people of Israel to sanctify his people. He said to them: I will dwell among the children of Israel and I will be their God. And they will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, to dwell among them; I am the LORD your God (Exodus 29:45-46).
As the Holy One, He dwells in us. Only the presence of God can sanctify. Our portion is so sure that Scripture does not shy away from speaking of God dwelling in our hearts so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). True sanctification is communion with God and his dwelling in us. So it was necessary for God in Christ to take up his abode in the flesh, and for the Holy Spirit to come to dwell in us. This is what sanctification means. How Sanctification Is Related to Christ's Sufferings The connection is made clearly in Hebrews: Jesus also, to sanctify his people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate (Hebrews 13:12).
In the wisdom of God, the supreme destiny of man is participation in his holiness. Therefore, this was the central objective of the coming of our Lord Jesus to earth, above his sufferings and death. It was so that he could sanctify his people and that we might be holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4). How Christ's sufferings accomplished this and became our sanctification is made clear to us by the words he spoke to the Father about him when he was about to become a sacrifice. Scripture: For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified through the truth (John 17:19).
Since his sufferings and death were a sanctification for himself, they can become a sanctification for us. What does that mean? Jesus was the Holy One of God, the Son that the Father has sanctified and sent into the world; Must he sanctify himself? (John 10:36). He had to do it; it was essential. The sanctification He possessed was not beyond the reach of temptation. In his temptation she had to hold it and show how perfectly his will was surrendered to the holiness of God. We have seen that true holiness in man is the perfect unity of his will with that of God.
Throughout our Lord's life, beginning with the temptation in the wilderness, He had submitted his will to the will of his Father and consecrated himself as a sacrifice to God. But it was mainly in Gethsemane that He did this. That was the hour and the power of darkness; the temptation to remove from his lips the terrible cup of wrath and to do his own will came with almost irresistible power, but he rejected the temptation. He offered Himself and his will to the will and holiness of God. He sanctified himself by a perfect unity of will with God's.
This self-sanctification has become the power by which we can be sanctified through the truth. This is in perfect consonance with the epistle to the Hebrews where, speaking of the words used by Christ, we read: I come to do your will, O God, and then it is added: In this will, we are sanctified through the offering. of the body of Jesus, the Christ, once for all (Hebrews 10:9-10). It was because the offering of his body was His giving of Himself to do the will of God that we became sanctified by that will. He sanctified himself for us so that we might be sanctified in the truth.
The perfect obedience of Jesus was not only the meritorious cause of our salvation, but also the power by which sin was conquered forever. Scripture: But this one, after having offered one sacrifice for sins forever, . . . Because with a single offering he perfected forever those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:12, 14). Our Lord's true relationship to his own people is even more evident after hearing how appropriate it was for our Lord to suffer as he did. We read: For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of one (Hebrews 2:11). The unity between the Lord Jesus and his people consists in that both receive their life from one Father, and both share in the same sanctification.
Jesus is the sanctifier; they become the sanctified. Sanctification is the bond that unites them. Scripture: Therefore Jesus also, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate (Hebrews 13:12). If we are willing to understand and experience what sanctification by blood means, then it is of paramount importance for us first to understand the fact that sanctification is the characteristic and purpose of all our Lord's sufferings, which provided the fruit and the media. of blessing his sanctification has the characteristic of those sufferings and therein lies his value and power. Our sanctification is the end of those sufferings; only by achieving that purpose do they work the perfect blessing.
It was as the Saint that God foreordained redemption. His will was to glorify his holiness in victory over sin by sanctifying man in his own image. With the same objective that our Lord Jesus endured and fulfilled his sufferings, we must consecrate ourselvesgoodbye. And if the Holy Spirit, the Holy God as Spirit, comes into us to reveal to us the redemption that is in Jesus, that is still the main goal with Him. As the Holy Spirit, He is the spirit of holiness. Reconciliation, forgiveness and cleansing from sin have indescribable value; all of them, however, point toward sanctification.
God's will is that each one who has been marked by the precious blood knows that it is a divine mark, characterizing his entire separation from God. This blood calls him to an undivided consecration to a life wholly for God, and this blood is the promise and power of a participation in God's holiness through which God Himself will make His abode in him and be his God. . I wish we would understand and believe: Jesus also, to sanctify the people with his own blood, he suffered outside the gate (Hebrews 13:12). How is sanctification obtained? In general, one answer to this question is that everyone who partakes of blood also partakes of sanctification and is a sanctified person in God's sight.
Man continues to experience the sanctifying effects of the blood in proportion to how close he walks to God, though he still understands little of how those effects are produced. Let no one think that he must first understand how to acquire or explain everything before he can pray for the blood to reveal its sanctifying power in him. No, it was in relation to the rite of purification, the washing of the disciples' feet, that the Lord Jesus said: What I do, you do not understand now, but you will understand later (John 13:7). The Lord Jesus himself sanctifies his people with his own blood.
The man who surrenders to adore and communicate with the Lamb will experience through the blood of the Lamb a sanctification beyond his comprehension. The Lord Jesus will do this for him. But the believer also needs to grow in knowledge, because only then will he be able to enter into the full blessing that is prepared for him. We have both the right and the duty to inquire about the essential connection between the benefit of blood and our sanctification. We can know how the Lord Jesus will work in us those things that we have learned to be the main qualities of sanctification.
We have seen that the beginning of all sanctification is separation from God as his possession in order to be at his disposal. Is this not what the blood proclaims? That the power of sin is broken; we are freed from his bonds; we are no longer his servants; but we belong to the One who bought our freedom with his blood. Scripture: You are bought with a price; Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's (1 Corinthians 6:20). This is the language that tells us that we are God's possession. Because He desires to have us entirely for Himself, He has chosen us, bought us, and placed upon us the distinctive mark of blood to live solely for His service.
The idea of ​​separation is clearly expressed in the words that we often repeat, Jesus also, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us therefore go out to him without the camp, bearing the reproach of him (Hebrews 13:12-13). Coming out of all that is of this world was the characteristic of the One who was holy and immaculate, separated from sinners, and this must be the characteristic of all his followers. As a believer, the Lord Jesus has sanctified you through his own blood, and he wants you to experience the full power of that sanctification.
Strive to get a clear impression of what has happened to you through that blood. The Holy God wishes to have you entirely for Himself. No one, nothing, can have the slightest right over you, nor do you have any right over yourself. God has separated you for himself and has put his mark on you: the blood of Jesus. That blood is the life of the eternal Son of God, the blood that on the throne of grace is always before the face of God. This blood assures us of full redemption from the power of sin and is a sign that we belong to God.
May every thought of blood awaken in you the glorious confession: "By his own blood the Lord Jesus has sanctified me; he has taken full possession of me for God, and I belong wholly to God." We have seen that sanctification is more than separation, that it is only the beginning. We have also seen that personal consecration and voluntary and sincere dedication to live only for and in the holy will of God is part of sanctification. In what way can the blood of Christ work in us this surrender and sanctify us in that surrender? The answer is not difficult.
It is not enough to believe in the power of the blood to redeem us and set us free from sin, but we must, above all, note the source of this power. We know that he has this power by the will of the Lord Jesus when he gave himself up. By shedding his blood, he sanctified himself and offered himself entirely to God and to his holiness. This is what makes blood so holy; possesses sanctifying power. In the blood we have a representation of the complete surrender of Christ. The blood speaks of Jesus' consecration to the Father as opening the way and supplying power for victory over sin.
The closer we get to the blood and the more we live under the understanding of having been sprinkled with the blood, the more we will hear the voice of the blood, declaring that "Total surrender to God is the path to total redemption from sin." The voice of the blood will not speak simply to teach us or to awaken thought; the blood speaks with divine, life-giving power. Work in us the same perspective that was in our Lord Jesus. Through his own blood, Jesus sanctifies us so that we do not hold anything back and give ourselves with all our hearts to the holy will of God.
But the consecration itself, even together with and after the separation, remains only a preparation. Complete sanctification takes place when God takes possession of the temple and fills it with his glory. Scripture: There I will testify of myself to the children of Israel, and the place will be hallowed with my glory (Exodus 29:43). Real and complete sanctification consists in God imparting his own holiness: Himself. The blood speaks here. It tells us that heaven is open; the powers of heavenly life have come down to earth; every obstacle has been removed, and God can make his abode with man. Immediate closeness and communion with God are possible thanks to the blood.
The believer who gives himself unreservedly to the blood obtains the full assurance that God will give himself and reveal his holiness in him. How glorious are the results of such sanctification. By the Holy Spirit, the communication of the soul is with the living God, accompanied by the most tender caution against sin and guarded by the fear of God. But living on guard against sin does not satisfy the soul. The temple must not only be cleansed, but it must also be filled with the glory of God. All the virtues of divine holiness, revealed in the Lord Jesus, must be sought and found in communion with God.
Sanctification means union with God: communion in his will, sharing his life, and conformity to his image. Scripture: Therefore Jesus also, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. So let us go out to him outside the camp (Hebrews 13:12-13). Yes, He is the one who sanctifies his people. Let's go to him. Let us trust Him to make us know the power of the blood. Let us surrender to his blessed efficacy. That blood, through which He sanctified Himself, has entered heaven to open it for us. He can make our hearts a throne of God so that the grace and glory of God may dwell in us.
Yes, let's go out to him outside the camp. Whoever is willing to lose and say goodbye to everything so that Jesus sanctifies him, he will not fail to obtain the blessing. He who is willing to experience the full power of the precious blood at all costs can be sure that he will be sanctified by Jesus himself through that blood. May the God of peace sanctify you completely. Amen. Chapter 6 Purified to Serve the Living God Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13) How much more the blood of Christ, . . . purge your conscience . . to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14) After our study of sanctification through blood, we need to consider what intimate communication with God entails.
Sanctification and intimacy are intimately related in the Scriptures. Without sanctification there can be no intimate communication. How could one who is not holy have fellowship with a holy God? On the other hand, without this communication there can be no growth in holiness; it is only in communion with the Saint that holiness can be found. The intimate connection between sanctification and communication appears clearly in the story of the revolt of Nadab and Abihu. God made this the occasion of a clear statement on the peculiar nature of the priesthood in Israel. He said: I will be sanctified in those who draw near to me (Leviticus 10:3).
Then, again in Korah's conspiracy against Moses and Aaron, Moses spoke for God and said: Tomorrow the LORD will show who is his and who is holy, and he will make the holy one come to him; the one she has chosen she will draw near to him (Numbers 16:5). We have already seen that the election of God and the separation of his own for himself are closely related to sanctification. It is evident here too that the glory and blessing assured by this choice to holiness is nothing more than communication and intimacy with God. Enjoying his love in this way is truly the highest, the only perfect blessing for man, who was created for God.
The psalmist sings: Blessed is the man whom you choose and bring near to you to dwell in your courts (Psalm 65:4). We see that consecration to God and closeness to Him are the same thing. The sprinkling of blood that sanctifies man and takes possession of him because God grants him the right of communication. The priests in Israel had this right. In the record of his consecration, we read: And he brought the sons of Aaron, and Moses put some of the blood on the tip of their right ear and on the thumbs of their right hand (Leviticus 8:24). Those who belong to God can and should live in close proximity to Him; they belong to Him.
This is illustrated in the case of our Lord, our Great High Priest, who by his own blood once entered into the sanctuary (Hebrews 9:12). The same thing happens with every believer, according to the Word: So, brothers, having freedom to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, let us approach. . . hearts purified from an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:19, 22). The word enter, as used in this verse, is the peculiar word used of the priest's approach to God. In the same way, in the book of Revelation, it is declared that our right to approach as priests is by the power of the blood. we were redeemed from our sins by his own blood, which made us kings and priests for our God, to him be glory forever (Revelation 5:10).
These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and washed their long 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 (Revelation 7: 14-15). One of the most glorious blessings that has been possible for us by the power of the blood is to approach the throne in the very presence of God. To understand what this blessing means, let us consider what it contains. It includes: 1. The right to dwell in the presence of God; 2. The privilege of offering spiritual sacrifices to God; and 3.
The power to acquire blessing for others. The Right to Dwell in the Presence of God Although this privilege belonged exclusively to the priests in Israel, we know that they had free access to the dwelling place of God. They had to stay there continuously. As members of the family of God, they ate the showbread and partook of the sacrifices. A true Israelite thought there was no greater privilege than this. The psalmist expresses it like this: Blessed is the man whom you choose and bring near to you, so that he may dwell in your courts; we will be satisfied with the good of your house, of your holy temple (Psalm 65:4). .
It was because of the proven presence of God that the believers in those days longed for the house of God with such a strong desire. The cry was, when will I come and present myself before God? (Psalm 42:2). They understood something of the spiritual significance of the privilege of drawing near to God. The psalmist says: But as for me, drawing near to God is good; In the Lord GOD I have put my hope, to count all your works (Psalm 73:28). It represented to them the enjoyment of his love, companionship, protection, and blessing from him. They could exclaim: How great is your goodness, which you have kept for those who fear you; . . .
You will keep them in the secret place of your face (Psalm 31:19-20). The precious blood of Christ has opened the way for the believer to come into the presence of God, and communication with Him is a deep spiritual reality. He who knows all the power of the blood comes so close that he can always live in the immediate presence of God and in the enjoyment of the ineffable blessings that accompany it. The child of God has the security of God's love, he experiences it and enjoys it. God Himself imparts it. He lives daily in the friendship and fellowship of God.
As a son of God, he makes his thoughts and desires known to the Father with perfect freedom. In this communication with God, he has everything he needs; he lacks nothing good. His soul is kept in perfect rest and peace, because God is with him. He gets all the direction andrequired teaching. God's eye is ever upon him and guiding him. Through communication with God, you can hear the softest whispers of the Holy Spirit. He learns to understand the slightest sign of his Father's will, and follows it. His strength is continually increasing, because God is his strength, and God is always with him.
Communion with God exerts a wonderful influence on the life and character of the believer. The presence of God fills him with humility, fear and holy caution. He lives as in the presence of a king. Communion with God produces divine attitudes in him. By contemplating the image of God, he is transformed into the same image. Dwelling with the Saint makes him holy. He can say: Approaching God is good; I have put my hope in the Lord GOD (Psalm 73:28). Oh you who are children of the new covenant, don't you have a thousand times more reasons to talk about this now that the veil has been torn and the way opened to live in the holy presence of God?
May this high privilege awaken our desires. Communication with God, communion with God, dwelling with God and He with us. May we never be satisfied with anything less. This is the true Christian life. But intimacy with God is not only blessed by the salvation that is enjoyed in it, but also by the service that can be rendered because of that closeness. Therefore, let us consider: The service of offering spiritual sacrifices to God Our service of bringing spiritual sacrifices to God is an additional privilege. The priests' enjoyment of drawing near to God in his abode was secondary to something higher.
They were servants of the Holy Place to bring what belonged to God to his house. Only when they found joy in drawing near to God could that service become truly blessed. The service consisted of bringing the blood of the sprinkling, the preparation of the incense to fill the house with his fragrance, and the ordering of all that pertained to the arrangement of his house according to the word of God. They had to guard, serve and provide for the dwelling of the Most High, so that it would be worthy of Him and His glory, so that His good pleasure might be fulfilled.
If the blood of Jesus brings us closer, we must live before God as his servants and bring him the spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing in his eyes. The priests brought the blood to the Holy Place before God. In our communication with God, we cannot bring a more pleasing offering to Him than a believing heart that honors the blood of the Lamb. Every act of humble trust or sincere thanksgiving for the blood is acceptable to Him. Our abiding and communication from hour to hour should be a glorification of the blood before God. The priests brought the incense to the Holy Place to fill the house of God with fragrance.
The prayers of God's people are the delicious incense with which He wishes to be surrounded in His room. The value of prayer is not simply that it is the means to get the things we need. No, he has a higher goal than that. Prayer is a ministry of God in which He delights. The life of a believer who enjoys drawing near to God through the blood is a life of unceasing prayer. In a deep sense of dependence, grace is sought and expected at every moment and every step. In the blessed conviction of the closeness and immutable goodness of God, the soul pours out in the confidence that every promise will be fulfilled.
In the midst of the joy that the light of God's face brings, thanksgiving and adoration arise along with prayer. These are the spiritual offerings, the perpetual offerings of the priests of God. They have been sanctified and brought near by the blood, so that they may always live and walk in his presence. But there is more The priests had the duty to attend to everything for cleaning or provision that was necessary in the ministry of the temple. What is the ministry now under the new covenant? Thank God, there are no external or exclusive arrangements for divine worship.
No, the Father has determined that everything that anyone who walks in his presence does is a spiritual offering. If a believer walks as in the presence of God, all he offers is a service to God; it is a priestly sacrifice, very pleasing to God. Scripture: Whether you eat or drink or do anything else, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). In this way, all our actions become thanksgiving offerings to God.
How little do Christians recognize the glory of a life of total surrender, always in communication with God. Because I am cleansed, sanctified, and drawn near by the power of the blood, my earthly calling, all my life, even my eating and drinking, is a spiritual service. My work, my business, my money and my house are sanctified by the presence of God, because I walk in his presence. The poorest earthly work is a priestly service, because it is performed by a priest in the temple of God. But even this does not exhaust the glory of the blessing of communication with God.
The greatest blessing of the priesthood is that the priest appears as the representative of others before God. The Power to Acquire Blessing for Others This is what gives glory to the nearness of God. In Israel, the priests were the mediators between God and the people. They brought the sins and needs of the people into the presence of God; they obtained the power to declare the forgiveness of sins and the right to bless God's people. This privilege now belongs to all believers as a new covenant priestly family. When God allowed the redeemed of him to come to Him through blood, it was so that He could bless them so that they would become a blessing to others.
Priestly mediation, a priestly heart that can have sympathy for the weak, is a priestly power to obtain God's blessing in the temple and pass it on to others. In these things, communication, approaching God through blood, demonstrates his highest power and glory. We can exercise our priestly dignity in two ways: Through intercession The ministry of intercession is one of the highest privileges of the child of God. It does not mean that we pour out our desires in prayer to God and ask for the necessary supply. That is good as far as he goes and brings with it a blessing.
But the peculiar ministry of intercession is something more wonderful and finds its power in the prayer of faith. This prayer of faith is different from pouring out our desires to God and leaving them to Him. In the true prayer of faith, the intercessor must spend time with God to appropriate the promises of His Word and be taught by the Holy Spirit to know if promises can be applied to this particular case. He takes upon himself, as a burden, sin and want, which are the subject of prayer, and claims the promise thereon. He remains in the presence of God until God awakens the faith that the prayer has been heard.
In this way, parents sometimes pray for their children; ministers for their congregations; workers in the vineyard of God for the souls entrusted to them, until they know that their prayers are heard. The blood is what has the power to draw us closer to God and give us the freedom to pray until we get the answer. Oh, if we understood more perfectly what it means to dwell in the presence of God, we would show more power in the exercise of our holy priesthood. Instrumentality Another expression of our role is that we not only intercede for others, but also become the instruments through which a blessing is ministered.
Every believer is called and feels impelled by love to work for others. Scripture: God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not taking their sins into account, and having put in us the word of reconciliation. Now, we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were exhorting you through us (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). Believers know that God has blessed them so that they can be a blessing to others, but they seem powerless for this work of bringing blessing to others. They say that they are not able to influence others with their words. This is not surprising if they do not dwell in the sanctuary.
We read that Jehovah separated the tribe of Levi. . . stand before Jehovah. . . and bless in his name (Deuteronomy 10:8). The priestly power to bless depends on the priestly life in the presence of God. He who experiences the power of blood to preserve himself will have courage to believe that blood can save others. The holy, life-giving power of the blood will create in him the same result as through Jesus' sacrifice of himself to redeem others. As we communicate with God, his love will ignite our love and strengthen our belief that he will surely use us. The spirit of Jesus will take possession of us to enable us to work with humility, wisdom and power; our weakness and poverty become the vessels in which the power of God can work.
Blessings will flow from our words and example, because we dwell with Him who is pure blessing, and will not allow anyone to approach him without also being filled with his blessing. Beloved, is not the life prepared for us a glorious and blessed life? Enjoying closeness to God, performing the ministry of his household, and imparting his blessing to others are blessings. Let no one think that full blessing is not for him or that such a life is too high for him. In the power of the blood of Jesus, we have the assurance that drawing near is also for us, so draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8).
For those who truly want this blessing, I have the following advice: First, remember that this power is designed for all of us. All who are children of God have been drawn near by the blood. Everyone can want the full experience of it. Remember that life in communication and closeness with God is for all of us. The Father does not want any of his children to be far away. We cannot please our God as we should, if we live without this blessing. The grace to live as priests is prepared for us; free entrance to the sanctuary as our abode is for us.
We can be sure of this, because God grants us his holy presence, his dwelling place as our right as his children. Let's embrace this truth. So, we must try to make all the power of the blood our possession. That power makes communication and intimacy possible. Our hearts can be filled with faith in the power of the blood of reconciliation. Sin has been so completely atoned for and blotted out that its power to keep us from God has been completely removed. He lives in the joyous profession that sin is powerless to separate us for even a moment from God.
By the blood we have been fully justified and therefore have the right to claim a place in the sanctuary. The blood will cleanse us, so we can look forward to the communion that follows and the interior liberation from the contamination of sin. Let us repeat with the writer of the book of Hebrews: how much more will the blood of Christ, who by the eternal Spirit offered himself without stain to God, cleanse your conscience from the works of death to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14). We must let the blood sanctify and separate us so that God may be filled with Him.
May the forgiving, cleansing, and sanctifying power of the blood guide and direct us. This will automatically bring us closer to God and protect us. And finally, we should not hesitate to wait for Jesus to reveal the power of the blood to bring us closer to God. * Blood was shed to unite us to God. * The blood has completed his work, and will perfect it in us. * The blood has ineffable virtue and glory in the eyes of God. God approaches with joy and good pleasure the heart that is delivered entirely to the total efficacy of the blood. Blood has irresistible power.
Be sure that the blood is capable of preserving us each day in the presence of God by its divine life-giving power. Our stay with God is as sure as blood is precious and almighty. They have washed their long garments 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 (Revelation 7: 14-15). That eternal glory also affects our life on earth. The fuller our faith and our experience of the power of the blood, the closer our intimacy and security of closeness to the throne.
The uninterrupted ministry of God is amplified and increased in power to serve the living God. Oh Lord, may this word have all its power over us now, here and in the hereafter! Chapter 7 Dwelling in the Holy of Holies Having, then, brothers, freedom to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the veil, that is, of his flesh; And having that great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a sincere heart, in full certainty of faith, hearts purified from evil conscience, and bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22) In these words, we have a summary of the main points of this epistle and of the good news about God's grace, as the Holy Spirit caused it to be presented to the Hebrews and then to us. .
Through sin, man was expelled from paradise and away from the presence and fellowship of God. In his mercy, God sought to restore the fellowship broken from the beginning. Through the symbolic types in the tabernacle, He gave Israel the expectation of a time to come when the wall of separation would be removed and his people could dwell in his presence. Writing:When will I come and present myself before God? it was the longing sigh of the old covenant saints (Psalm 42:2). Many of God's children under the new covenant also sigh because they do not understand that the way has been opened to the most holy place and that every child of God can have his true home there.
For those who long to experience the full power of redemption, let us take note of what our God tells us about the Holy Place and our freedom to enter by blood. Hebrews 10:19-22 shows us what God has prepared for us; then we learn how we prepare to enter into that communion and live in it. Re-read the text carefully and see that the words let's get closer are the center of everything. The following outline may be helpful: I. What God has prepared for us A. The sanctuary; the Holy Place; the Most Holy. B. The blood of Jesus.
C. A new and living path. D. A High Priest. II. How God Prepares Us A. A sincere heart. B. Full assurance of faith. C. Hearts purified from bad conscience. D. Bodies washed with pure water. Reread the text with an eye on this outline: So, brothers, being free to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the veil, that is, his meat; And having that great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a sincere heart, in full certainty of faith, hearts purified from evil conscience, and bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22 emphasis added) What God has prepared for us The Sanctuary So, brethren, being freed to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, . . . let's get closer Entering the sanctuary is the end of Jesus' redemptive work, and whoever does not know what the sanctuary is cannot enjoy the full benefit of redemption.
What is this sanctuary or Holy Place? It is where God dwells; the sanctuary is the abode of the Most High. This refers not only to heaven, but also to the holiest spiritual place of God's presence. Under the old covenant, there was a physical sanctuary, the dwelling place of God in which the priests entered into God's presence and served him: Scripture: However, the former had its justifications for worship and the mundane sanctuary of it. For a tabernacle was made: the first, in which were the lampstand and the table and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, . . . the priests always went to the first tabernacle, fulfilling the service of God.
But to the second, the high priest entered only once a year, not without blood, which he offered due to his own ignorance and that of the people: The Holy Spirit implying with this that the way had not yet been manifested. to the sanctuary. , while the first tabernacle was still standing. (Hebrews 9:1-3, 6-8) Under the new covenant is the true spiritual tabernacle, which is not confined to any one place. The Holy of Holies is where God reveals himself. Scripture: True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship him.
God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). We also know that you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them and walk in them and be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Corinthians 6:16). What a glorious privilege it is to enter the Holy of Holies and dwell there, walking all day in the presence of God. What a rich blessing is poured out there. In this sanctuary we can enjoy the favor and fellowship of God; we experience the life and blessing of God, and we find the power of him and the joy of God.
We can spend our lives in the purity and consecration of the Holy of Holies; incense with a sweet smell is burned and sacrifices acceptable to God are offered. It is a holy life of prayer and beatitude. Under the old covenant, everything was physical; the sanctuary was made of local physical materials. Under the new covenant, everything is spiritual, and the true sanctuary owes its existence to the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, real life in the Holy of Holies is possible, and the knowledge that God dwells there can be as certain as the priests of old entering the Holy Place.
The Spirit makes the work that Jesus has done indisputable in our experience. As someone who has been redeemed, it is fitting that you make your home in the Holy of Holies, for Christ cannot reveal the full power of his redemption elsewhere. But in the Holy of Holies he can richly bless you. Oh, understand this, and let the aim of God and of our Lord Jesus be yours too. Let it be the one desire of our hearts to enter, live, and minister in the Holy of Holies. We can confidently expect the Holy Spirit to give us a correct understanding of the glory of entering a dwelling place—the sanctuary.
Freedom by Blood The entrance to the Holy of Holies belongs to God. He thought it over and prepared it; we have freedom, freedom and the right to enter through the blood of Jesus, which exerts such wonderful power that a son of perdition can receive full freedom to enter the divine sanctuary through it. Scripture: You who were once far off are brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). And what gives blood this wonderful power? Scripture says that the soul (or life) of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). the power of the blood is in the value of life.
The power of divine life dwelt and worked in the blood of Jesus. But that power could not be exercised for reconciliation until it was first stripped away. By bearing the penalty of sin with his death, the Lord Jesus overcame the power of sin and reduced it to nothing. The power of sin is the law, and by perfectly fulfilling the law when he shed his blood under his curse, he made sin utterly powerless. So the blood has its wonderful power, not only because the life of the Son of God was in it, but also because it was given as an atonement for sin.
This is the reason why the Scriptures speak so highly of blood. By the blood of the everlasting covenant, God raised our Lord Jesus from the dead (Hebrews 13:20). Scripture: By his own blood he once entered the sanctuary destined for eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). The power of the blood has destroyed the power of sin, death, the grave, and hell, and the power of the blood has opened the gates of heaven. And now we have freedom to enter by blood. Sin took away our freedom to approach God; the blood perfectly restores this freedom to us. Whoever takes the time to meditate on the power of that blood and believes it for himself will gain a wonderful view of the freedom and openness with which we can now have communication and intimacy with God.
Oh, the divine and wonderful power of the blood! Through the blood we enter the Holy of Holies. The blood intercedes for us with an eternal and incessant effect. Remove sin from God's sight and from our conscience. Every moment we have free and complete entrance, and we can approach God and have communion with Him through the blood. Oh that the Holy Spirit reveal to us all the power of the blood! Under his teaching, what full access we enjoy into intimate communion with the Father! Our life is in the Holy of Holies through the blood. A New and Living Way Scripture: So, brothers, being freed to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the veil, that is, of his flesh, the la blood grants our right of entry (Hebrews 10:19-20).
The path, as living and giving life, grants power. He has consecrated in this way through his flesh, but this does not mean that it is simply a repetition in other words of the same thought through his blood. No way. Jesus shed his blood for us; in this we cannot follow him. But the path that He walked when he shed his blood, the tearing of the veil of his flesh, in that path we must follow. What He did in opening that way is a living power that draws us and leads us as we enter the sanctuary. The lesson we have to learn here is that the way to the sanctuary is through the torn veil of flesh.
The veil that separated God from us was the flesh. Sin has its power in the flesh; only by removing the sin could the veil be removed. When Jesus came in the flesh, he could only rent the veil by dying and thus conquer the power of the flesh and sin. He offered the meat and gave it up to death. This is what gave courage and power to the shedding of his blood. And this is now the law for every one who wishes to enter the sanctuary through his blood; it must be through the torn veil of flesh.
The blood demands and the blood achieves the tearing of the flesh. Where the blood of Jesus works mightily, the death of the flesh follows. He who wants to forgive the meat cannot enter the Holy of Holies. The meat must be slaughtered, delivered to death. As the believer perceives the sinfulness of his flesh and puts to death all that is in the flesh, he will better understand the power of the blood. The believer does not do this by his own strength; it comes by a living way that Jesus has consecrated; the life-giving power of Jesus works in this way.
The Christian is crucified and dead with Jesus; those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh. The apostle Paul tells us, I am crucified with Christ; yet I live; but not I, but Christ lives in me, and what I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). It is in communion with Christ that we enter through the veil. Oh, glorious way, new and living way, full of life-giving power, which Christ has consecrated to us! In this way we have the freedom to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus.
May the Lord God lead us on this path through the torn veil, through the death of the flesh, into the full life of the Spirit; then we will find our abode behind the veil in the sanctuary with God. Each sacrifice of the flesh takes us through the blood and deeper into the sanctuary. Compare this further with 1 Peter 3:18 which says, Christ. . . being dead in the flesh, and 1 Peter 4:1 which says: Christ suffered for us in the flesh that we might live in the Spirit. God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and because of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the justice of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8 :3. 4).
The Great Priest Scripture: And having that great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart, in full certainty of faith. (Hebrews 10:21-22) Praise God, we have not only the work but also the living person of Christ as we enter the sanctuary; not only the blood and the living way, but Jesus himself as High Priest over the house of God. The priests who went to the earthly sanctuary could do so only because of their relationship with the High Priest; none but the sons of Aaron were priests. We have an entrance into the sanctuary because of our relationship with the Lord Jesus.
He said to the Father: Behold I am, and the children whom you have given me (John 17:11). He is the Great High Priest. The epistle to the Hebrews has shown us that He is the true Melchizedek, the Eternal Son, who has an eternal and immutable priesthood, and as High Priest sits on the throne. He lives there to pray always; therefore, he can also save forever those who draw near to God through him (Hebrews 7:25). He is a great and all-powerful High Priest. As High Priest over the house of God, He is appointed over all the ministry of the house of God.
All of God's people are under his care. If we wish to enter the sanctuary, He is there to receive us and present us to the Father. He himself will complete the sprinkling of blood in us. By the blood he has entered; by the blood he also makes us enter. There he will teach us homework and our communication. He makes our prayers, our offerings, and the duties of our ministry acceptable, feeble as they may be. Furthermore, He gives us heavenly light and heavenly power for our work and life in the sanctuary. As his blood gained access, His sacrifice of his flesh is the living way.
Going in, He keeps us staying there and being able to walk pleasantly to God. As the compassionate High Priest, He knows how to lower himself to everyone, even the weakest. That is what makes communion with God in the sanctuary so attractive; we find Jesus there as the High Priest over the house of God. And when it seems that the Holy of Holies is too high or too holy for us and we cannot understand what the power of the blood is or how we are to walk in the new and living way, we can look to the living Savior Himself to teach us and to lead us to the Holy of Holies. sanctuary.
He is the High Priest over the house of God. Let's get closer to where God awaits us; the blood gives us freedom, the living path leads us, and the High Priest helps us. Let nothing prevent us from making use of these wonderful blessings that God has designed for us. Our right has been obtained for us by the blood of Jesus; by his own footsteps he has consecrated the way. He lives in his eternal priesthood to receive and sanctify us, preserve and bless us. Let's not hesitate any longer or go back. Let us sacrifice everything for this one thing in view of what God has prepared for us.
Let us draw near by the hand of Jesus to present ourselves before our Father and find our life in the light of his face. But can we know how to be prepared to enter? Our text gives us a glorious answer to thisQuestion. How we are prepared with a sincere heart This is the first of the four demands that are made of the believer that he wishes to approach. It is linked to the second requirement, full security of faith, and it is mainly in relation to the second that we understand what a sincere heart means. The preaching of the gospel begins with repentance and faith.
Man cannot receive God's grace through faith if sin is not abandoned at the same time. In the progress of the life of faith, this law is always binding. Full assurance of faith cannot be attained without a true heart, a heart that is completely honest with God and completely surrendered to Him. You cannot enter the Holy of Holies without a true heart, a heart that is truly desirous of seek what it professes to seek. Let us approach with a sincere heart, a heart that truly desires to leave everything to dwell in the Holy of Holies, to leave everything to possess God.
A true heart abandons everything to surrender to the authority and power of the blood. A true heart chooses the new and living path to pierce the veil with Christ through the tearing of the flesh. A true heart surrenders entirely to the dwelling place and lordship of Jesus. Let us approach with a sincere heart. Without a sincere heart there is no entrance into the Holy of Holies. But who has a sincere heart? The new heart that God has given is a true heart. Scripture: So if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things passed away; behold, all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
By the power of the Spirit of God that dwells in that new heart, you can take the side of God against the sin that is still in your flesh. Tell the Lord Jesus, the High Priest, that you submit and cast before Him all sin and all your own life, as you abandon everything to follow Him. And as for the hidden depths of sin in your flesh, of which you are not yet conscious, and the malice of your heart, provision is also made for them. King David wrote: Search me, O God, and know my heart (Psalm 139:23). Submit yourself continually to the light of the Spirit that searches the heart.
He will discover what is hidden from you. He who does this has a sincere heart to enter the Holy of Holies. Let us not be afraid to tell God that we approach with a sincere heart. Let us be assured that God will not judge us on the perfection of what we do, but on how honestly we forsake all known sin and accept the Holy Spirit's conviction of all our hidden sins. A heart that does this honestly is a true heart in the eyes of God. We can approach the Holy of Holies with a sincere heart through the blood.
Praise God, through his Spirit we have a true heart. With full certainty of faith We know what place faith has in God's dealings with man. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Here, at the entrance to the Holy of Holies, everything depends on the full assurance of faith. We must have full assurance of faith that there is a Holy Place where we can dwell and walk with God and where the power of the precious blood has so perfectly conquered sin that nothing can hinder our undisturbed communion with God. The path that Jesus sanctified through his flesh is a living path, leading those who walk it with everlasting living power.
This is where the Great High Priest over the house of God can save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him; by his Spirit he works in us all that is necessary for life in the Holy of Holies. We must believe these things and stand firm in the full certainty of the faith. But how can we get to this point? How can our faith grow to this full assurance? By fellowship with Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). As the Great High Priest over God's house, He enables us to appropriate faith.
By considering Him, His wondrous love, His perfect workmanship, and His precious and almighty blood, faith is sustained and strengthened. God has given it to us to awaken our faith. By keeping our eyes fixed on Him, faith and the full assurance of faith become ours. When handling the Word of God, remember that faith comes by hearing, and the ear to hear, by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith comes by the Word and grows by the Word, but not the Word as law but as the voice of Jesus. Scripture: The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life (John 6:63).
Take time to meditate on the Word and treasure it in your heart but always with your heart set on Jesus himself. It is faith in Jesus that saves. The Word that is brought to Jesus in prayer and spoken with Him is the Word that is effective. Remember that to everyone who has, more will be given (Matthew 13:12). Make use of the faith you have; Exercise it, declare it, and let your believing trust in God become the mission of your life. God wants children who believe him; Nothing desires as much as faith. Make it a habit to exercise confidence in God's guidance and God's blessing in everything.
To enter the Holy of Holies, full assurance of faith is necessary. Let us approach with full certainty of faith. Redemption by blood is perfect and powerful; the love and grace of Jesus is overflowing; the blessedness of dwelling in the Holy of Holies is indeed for us and within our grasp. Let us approach with full certainty of faith. The Purified Heart The heart is the center of human life, and the conscience is the center of the heart. Through his consciousness, man recognizes his relationship to God; he tells him when all is not well between God and himself, not simply that he commits sin, but that he is sinful and estranged from God.
A clear conscience testifies that it is pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:5). It testifies not only that his sins are forgiven, but also that his heart is sincere before God. Whoever wishes to enter the Holy of Holies must have a clean heart from a bad conscience. The words translate our hearts purified from a bad conscience. The sprinkling of the blood accomplishes this cleansing and will purify your conscience to serve the living God. We have already seen that access to the Holy of Holies is by blood. But that is not enough. There is a double sprinkling: the priests who approached God were not only reconciled by sprinkling the blood before God on the altar, but also their own persons had to be sprinkled with the blood.
The blood of Jesus must be placed by the Holy Spirit in direct contact with our hearts to cleanse them of bad conscience. The blood removes all self-condemnation. Clears the conscience, which then witnesses the complete removal of guilt. There is no longer the slightest separation between God and us. Conscience bears witness that we please God, our hearts are clean, and we are in true living communion with God. Yes, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin, not only guilt, but also the stain of sin. Through the power of the blood, our fallen nature is prevented from exercising its power.
Just as a spring cleanses the grass with its soft dew and keeps it fresh and green, so the blood works with ceaseless effect to keep the soul clean. A heart that lives under the full power of the blood is a clean heart, cleansed of a guilty conscience and prepared to draw near with perfect freedom. The whole heart, the whole interior being, is cleansed by a divine operation. Let us approach, hearts purified from bad conscience. We believe with full certainty of faith that our hearts are clean. Let us honor the blood by confessing before God that it cleanses us.
The High Priest will make us understand the full meaning and power of the words having a heart purified by blood. We access the Holy Place prepared through the blood, and our heart is prepared by the blood for that encounter. Oh how glorious to have our hearts clean and remain in the Holy of Holies. The washed body We belong to two worlds, the visible and the invisible. We have an internal, hidden life, which puts us in contact with God, and an external, bodily life, through which we are in relationship with man. If this word refers to the body, it refers to all life in the body with all its activities.
The heart must be sprinkled with blood; the body should be washed with pure water. When the priests were consecrated, they were washed with water and sprinkled with blood: Scripture: And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and wash them with water. (Exodus 29:4) And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar and the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and on his garments, on his sons and on his garments, and he shall be sanctified, and his garments and his children and his sons' garments with him. (Exodus 29:21) And if they entered the Holy of Holies, there was not only the altar with its blood, but also the laver with its water. 3 So also Christ came by water and blood.
Scripture: This is Jesus, the Christ, who came by water and blood; not only with water, but with water and blood (1 John 5:6). Christ also loved the congregation and gave himself up for it, to sanctify and purify it by the washing of water by the word, to present it to himself in glory, a congregation not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27). Jesus had his baptism with water and then with blood (Luke 12:50). There is also a double cleansing for us - with water and blood. Baptism with water is for repentance for the abandonment of sin; the apostle Paul declared, Be baptized and wash away your sins (Acts 22:15-17).
While the blood cleanses the heart and the inner man, baptism is the surrender of the body with all its visible life to separation from sin. Scripture: let us approach with a sincere heart, in full certainty of faith, hearts purified from an evil conscience and bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22). The divine cleansing work is through the sprinkling of blood; the human cleansing work is through the abandonment of sin; these are inseparable. We must be clean to enter the Holy of Holies. Just as we would never dream of approaching a king without washing ourselves, neither would we come into the presence of God in the Holy Place without being cleansed from all sin.
In the blood of Christ, God has given us the power to cleanse ourselves. Our desire to live with God in the Holy of Holies must go hand in hand with giving up even the slightest sin. The unclean cannot enter the Holy of Holies. Praise God, He wants to have us there and minister to Him. He desires our purity so that we can enjoy his blessing, his holy communion. He has provided through the blood and by the Spirit for us to be cleansed. Let's Draw Closer The Holy of Holies is open even to those in our congregations who have not yet turned to the Lord.
For them also the sanctuary has been opened. The precious blood, the living way and the High Priest are also for them. With great confidence we dare to invite even them. My friends, if you are still far from God, do not despise the wonderful grace of God anymore. Come closer to the Father who has sent you this invitation with so much fervor; at the cost of the blood of his Son, he has made a way into the Holy of Holies. He waits lovingly to welcome you into his home as his son. Let's all get closer. Jesus Christ, the High Priest over the house of God, is a perfect Savior.
Let's get closer. The invitation comes specifically to all believers. Don't settle for standing on the porch. It is not enough to hope that your sins will be forgiven. Let us enter behind the veil and move forward in spirit towards a true closeness to our God. Let us live nearer to God, and live wholly in his holy presence; our place is the most intimate sanctuary. Let us approach with a sincere heart in full certainty of faith. He who sincerely and entirely surrenders to God will freely experience the full security of faith and all that the Word has promised.
Our weakness of faith arises from duplicity of heart. The blood has so perfectly atoned for and conquered sin that nothing can prevent the believer from being freely admitted to God. Let us approach, hearts purified from bad conscience, and bodies washed with pure water. Let us receive faith in our hearts in the perfect power of the blood, and let us abandon everything that is not in accordance with the purity of the Holy Place. Then we will begin to feel more at home in the Holy of Holies. In Christ, who is our Life, you who once were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
Then we learn to carry out all our work in the Holy of Holies. Everything we do is a spiritual sacrifice that pleases God in Jesus Christ. The call to come closer has special reference to prayer, not as if we were not always in the Most Holy Place, but some moments are more intimate, when the soul turns entirely to God to commit itself only to Him. But our prayer is too often a call to God from a distance, so it has little power. Let's get closer with each sentence. Yes, let's take time to get closer and then pray.
Then we can present our desires and desires to our Father with the assurance that they are acceptable incense. So, prayer is a true approach to God, an exercise in interior communion with Him; then we can have the courage and power to carry out our work of intercession and ask blessings for others. He who dwells in the Holy Place by the power of the blood is truly one of the saints of God, and the power of the presence of Godit comes out of him on those around him. Let's get closer, let's pray for ourselves, for others, for everyone.
Let us remain in the sanctuary so that we can carry the presence of our God with us everywhere. Be this source of life for us that grows from power to power and from glory to glory. Chapter 8 Life in the Blood Jesus said to them: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. Because my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. The Spirit is the one who gives life; the meat profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life. (John 6:53-56, 63) The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16) Drinking the blood of the Lord Jesus is the subject brought before us in these words. Just as water has a double effect, so it is with this holy blood. When water is used for washing, it cleanses; but if we drink it, we are refreshed and revived.
He who wishes to know the full power of the blood of Jesus must be taught by Him what is the blessing of drinking the blood. Everyone knows the difference between washing and drinking. Necessary and pleasurable as it is to use water for cleaning, it is much more necessary and revitalizing to drink it. Without its purification, it is not possible to live as we should, but without drinking, we cannot live at all. Only by drinking can we enjoy all the benefits of its power to sustain life. Without drinking the blood of the Son of God, that is, without appropriating it from the heart, one cannot obtain eternal life.
For many people there is something unpleasant in the phrase drink the blood of the Son of man, but it was more unpleasant for the Jews, because the law of Moses prohibited the use of blood under severe penalties. Scripture: For the soul of all flesh, his life, is in his blood; therefore I have said to the children of Israel: You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the soul (or life) of all flesh is its blood; anyone who eats it will be destroyed (Leviticus 17:14). When Jesus spoke of drinking his blood, he naturally annoyed them, because it was an unspeakable offense to his religious tradition.
Our Lord would not have used the phrase if he could have made the deeper and more glorious truths about salvation by blood clear to them and to us in another way. As we seek to be partakers of salvation, we must strive to understand three things: 1. What is the blessing of drinking the blood? 2. How is this blessing manifested in us? 3. What should be our attitude towards drinking the blood? The Blessing of Drinking the Blood We have seen that drinking expresses a more intimate connection with water than washing, and therefore has a more powerful effect. There is a blessing in communion with the blood of Jesus that goes far beyond cleansing or sanctification, and we can see just how far the blessing indicated by this phrase goes.
The blood must not only do something for us by placing us in a new relationship with God, but it must also do something in us, completely renewing us on the inside. The words of the Lord Jesus call our attention to this renewal when he says: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you (John 6:53). Our Lord distinguishes two kinds of life. The Jews in his presence had a natural life of body and soul. Many of them were devout and well meaning men, but He said they had no life in them unless they ate his flesh and drank his blood.
They needed another life, a new heavenly life, which He possessed and could impart. The whole life of the creature must obtain nourishment outside of itself. Natural life was naturally fed with bread and water. Heavenly life must be fed with heavenly food and drink by Jesus himself. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you. Nothing less than his life must become ours: the life that He, as the Son of Man, lived on earth. Our Lord emphasized this more forcefully in the words that follow, in which he again explained the nature of that life: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6 :54).
Eternal life is the life of God. Our Lord came to earth the first time to reveal that eternal life in the flesh and then to communicate it to us who are in the flesh. In Him we see eternal life dwelling in the divine power of him in a body of flesh, which was raised to heaven. He tells us that those who eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of his body as his sustenance, will experience the power of eternal life in their own bodies. Scripture: I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:54).
The wonder of eternal life in Christ is that it was eternal life in a human body. We must be partakers of that body, and then our body, which possesses that life, will one day rise from the dead. Our Lord said: My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink (John 6:55). The word translated here is certainly the same one he used when he uttered his parable of the true vine, I AM the true vine, thus indicating the difference between what was just a symbol and what is the actual truth (John 15:1 ). Earthly food is not real food, because it does not impart real life.
The only true food is the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which imparts and sustains life, and not merely as a shadow or symbolically. No, this word indicates that in a full and real sense the flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus are the food by which eternal life is nourished and sustained in us: My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. To point out the reality and power of this food, our Lord added: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him (John 6:56). The nourishment of his flesh and blood produces the most perfect union with him.
This is the reason why his flesh and his blood have the power of eternal life. Our Lord declares here that those who believe in Him must experience not only certain influences from Him in their hearts, but must also be brought into the closest permanent union with Him. This then is the blessing of drinking the blood of the Son of Man. : to become one with Him, to become a partaker of the divine nature in Him. How real this union is can be seen in the words that follow: As . . . I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will also live because of me (John 6:57).
Nothing except the union that exists between our Lord and the Father can serve as a type of our union with Him. As in the invisible, divine nature the two Persons are truly One, so man becomes one with Jesus; the union is as real as that of the divine nature, with one difference: since human nature cannot exist apart from the body, this union also includes the body. Our Lord prepared himself a body in which he took on a human body. Through the body and blood of Jesus, this body became a partaker of eternal life, of the life of our Lord himself.
Those who wish to receive the fullness of this blessing must seek to enjoy all that Scripture offers them in the holy and mysterious expression of drinking the blood of Christ. How this blessing works in us The first idea presented here is that drinking indicates the deep and true appropriation in our spirit by faith of all that we understand about the power of the blood. We sometimes speak of getting drunk on the words of a speaker, when we give ourselves wholeheartedly to listen and receive them. So when someone's heart is filled with a sense of the preciousness and power of the blood, when he is lost in contemplation of it with true joy, when he takes it for himself and seeks confirmation of the life-giving power of that blood, then it can be said that he drinks the blood of Jesus.
It absorbs in the depths of his soul everything that faith allows him to see of redemption, purification and sanctification by blood. There is a profound truth in this representation, and it gives us a most glorious demonstration of the way in which the full blessing can be obtained through the blood. And yet it is certain that our Lord intended something more than this by so repeatedly using the expression of eating his flesh and drinking his blood. What this additional truth is becomes clear from his institution of the Lord's Supper. Because, although our Savior did not actually refer to that Supper when he taught in Capernaum, he did speak of it later at the Last Supper.
In the Reformed Churches, there are two views regarding the Lord's Supper. According to one, named after the reformer Zwingli, bread and wine are mere samples or representations of a spiritual truth. They are intended to teach us that just as surely as bread and wine, when eaten or drunk, nourish and revive, still more surely the body and blood, recognized and appropriated by faith, nourish and quicken the soul. According to the other view, which is named after Calvin, there is more to eating the Supper than this. He teaches that in a hidden and incomprehensible way through the Holy Spirit, we are so nourished by the body and blood of Jesus in heaven that even our body, through the power of His body, becomes a partaker of the power of life. eternal.
In this way, he connects the resurrection of the body with eating the body of Christ in the Lord's Supper. He writes thus: The bodily presence that the Sacrament demands is such, and exercises such power here (at the Supper) that it becomes not only the undoubted assurance in our spirit of eternal life, but also ensures the immortality of the flesh. If anyone asks me how this can be, I am not ashamed to admit that it is too lofty a mystery for my spirit to comprehend or my words to express. I'm sorry more than I can understand. It may seem incredible that the flesh of Christ reaches us from such an immense local distance as to become our food.
But we must remember how far the power of the Holy Spirit transcends all our senses. Embrace, then, faith what the understanding cannot grasp; that is to say, the sacred communication of his flesh and blood by which Christ infuses us with his life, as if he penetrated our bones and marrow. The communion of the flesh and blood of Christ is necessary for all who wish to inherit eternal life. The apostle refers to the congregation, which is his body (Ephesians 1:22-23). Later, Paul refers to Christ as the head and to our bodies as members of Christ (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 6:15).
We see that all this cannot happen if He is not united with us in body and spirit. The apostle Paul once again makes use of a glorious expression: We are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones (Ephesians 5:30). Then He cries, This is a great mystery (Ephesians 5:32). Therefore, it would be foolish not to recognize the communion of believers in the body and blood of the Lord, a communion that the apostle esteemed so much that he marveled at it, instead of explaining it. There is more to the Lord's Supper than simply the believer appropriating Christ's redemptive work.
This is made clear in the Heidelberg Catechism in question 76: "Then what does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and drink his shed blood?"4 The answer is: "It is not only to embrace with a believing heart all the sufferings and death of Christ and receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, but also to be more united to his sacred body by the Holy Spirit who dwells in Christ and in us.Thus, although Christ is in heaven and we are on earth , we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones, and we live and are governed forever by one Spirit."5 The thoughts expressed in this teaching are in full agreement with Scripture.
In the creation of man, the remarkable What was to distinguish him from the spirits, which God had previously created and who were to make man the crowning work of God's wisdom and power, was that he was to reveal the life of the spirit and the glory of God in a body formed of dust. through the body or, Lust and sin entered the world. Total redemption is designed to free the body and make it the dwelling place of God. Scripture: For since death came through a man, also through a man came the resurrection of the dead. For just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
Redemption will be perfect and only then will God's purpose be fulfilled. This was the purpose for which the Lord Jesus came in the flesh, and in Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). That is why he bore our sins in his body on the tree, and by his death and resurrection freed body and spirit from the power of sin and death. As the firstfruits of this redemption, we are now one body, as well as one Spirit, with Him. We are of His body, His flesh, and His bones. This is why in the observance of the Lord's Supper, the Lord comes into the body and takes possession of it.
He not only works by his Spirit in our spirit to make our body part of the redemption in the resurrection. No, the body is also the temple of the Spirit, and the sanctification of soul and spirit will progress more gloriously in proportion as the undivided personality, including the body, which exerts such an opposite influence, participates in it. Thus, in the sacrament we are intentionally nourished by the bodyreal natural and the real blood of Christ. We do not follow Luther's teaching that the body of Christ is such in the bread that even an unbeliever who eats the holy body receives the power of the holy body and blood from heaven and becomes a partaker of eternal life.
All that has now been said about the Lord's Supper must apply fully to the drinking of the blood of Jesus. It is a profound spiritual mystery in which the most intimate, the most perfect union with Christ is realized. It takes place where through the Holy Spirit the soul fully appropriates the communion of Christ's blood and becomes a true partaker of the character He revealed in the shedding of His blood. The blood is the soul, the life of the body, where the believer as one body with Christ desires to abide perfectly in Him. Through the Spirit in a powerful superhuman way, the blood will sustain and strengthen heavenly life.
The life that was poured out becomes his life. The life of the old "I" dies to make room for the life of Christ in him. Perceiving how this drink is the highest participation in the heavenly life of the Lord, faith has one of its highest and most glorious offices. Our attitude towards drink Beloved brothers, you have already heard that this is one of the deepest mysteries of God's life in us. It behooves us to approach with deep reverence as we ask the Lord Jesus to teach us what He means by drinking his blood. Only those who long for a full union with Jesus will understand what it is to drink the blood of Jesus.
Scripture: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him (John 6:56). He who is content with only the forgiveness of his sins and does not thirst to drink abundantly of the love of Jesus, he will miss out on many blessings. If he does not wish to experience the redemption of soul and body in his full power to acquire the same disposition that was in Jesus, he will only have a small share in the benefits offered through the blood. On the other hand, if his main goal is also the object of Jesus, and he wants the power of eternal life to work in his body, he will worry that these words are too lofty or too mysterious.
He longs to have a heavenly mind because he belongs to heaven; therefore he also wishes to get his food and drink from heaven. Without thirst, there is no drink. The longing for Jesus and the perfect communion with Him is the thirst that is the best preparation to drink the blood. It is by the Holy Spirit that the thirsty soul will drink of the heavenly refreshment of this life-giving drink. This drink is a heavenly mystery. In heaven, where God the Judge and Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant dwell, there is the sprinkled blood (Hebrews 12:23-24). When the Holy Spirit teaches us, he gives more than our human understanding can grasp.
All the thoughts we can entertain about the blood or life of Jesus and our participation in that blood as members of his body and the impartation of the living power of that blood are but faint rays of the glorious reality that the Holy Spirit Holy will do. be fruitful in us through our union with Jesus. Where in our human body do we find that blood is actually received? Is it not there that one member of the body after another receives the blood stream, which is continually renewed from the heart? Every member of a healthy body drinks incessantly and abundantly from the blood.
Thus the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus who unites us to Him, will make this drinking of the blood the natural action of the interior life. When the Jews complained that what the Lord had said about eating his flesh and drinking his blood was a harsh word, He said: It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63). It is the Holy Spirit who makes this divine mystery life and power in us, a true living experience, in which we remain in Jesus and He in us. On our part, we must have an expectation of calm, strong and firm faith that this blessing will be granted to us.
We must believe that all that the precious blood can do or bestow is for us. Let us believe that through the Holy Spirit the Savior himself will make us drink his blood for life. Let us create and appropriate the effects of the blood that we understand, namely its reconciling, purifying and sanctifying effects. Then we can say to the Lord: "O Lord, your blood is my vital drink. You who have washed and cleansed me with that blood, will teach me every day to eat the flesh of the Son of man and to drink his blood." , that I may abide in you, and you in me." He will surely do this.
Chapter 9 Victory through the Blood They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they despised their lives unto death. (Revelation 12:11) For thousands of years there was a great conflict between the ancient Serpent, which led man astray, and the seed of the woman for the possession of mankind.Scripture: And Jehovah God said to the serpent: Because this you have done, cursed shall you be among all beasts and beasts of the field; on your belly you shall walk, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; that your seed will bruise your head, and you will bruise its heel (Genesis 3:14-15) Often it seemed as if the kingdom of God had come to power, then at other times the power of evil gained such supremacy that the struggle seemed hopeless.The life of our Lord Jesus was the same sma.
With his coming with his wonderful words and works, the most glorious expectations of a speedy redemption were awakened. The disappointment that the death of Jesus brought to all who had believed in Him was terrible. In fact, it seemed as if the powers of darkness had conquered and established his kingdom forever. But, Jesus rose from the dead, an apparent victory that turned out to be the terrible downfall of the Prince of Darkness. By causing the death of the Lord of life, Satan allowed Him, the only one who could break through the gates of death, to enter his realm.
Scripture: He also participated in the same thing, to destroy through death the one who had the empire of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). At that holy moment when our Lord shed his blood in death, and it seemed as if Satan had been victorious, his adversary was stripped of the authority he had hitherto possessed. Our text gives a great representation of these memorable events. The best commentators, despite differences in detail, agree that we have in Revelation 12 and 20 a vision of Satan's expulsion from heaven as a result of Christ's ascension. We read in Revelation 12:5, 7-9: The woman gave birth to a male child, who . . . he was caught up to God and to his throne.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, and did not prevail; nor was his place found in heaven any more. And the great dragon was thrown out, the old serpent, called Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and the angels from him were cast down with him. Then follows the song from which the text is taken: Now has come salvation and virtue and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ; because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, the one who accused them before our God day and night.
And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of his testimony; and despised their lives to death. Therefore rejoice, heavens, and you who dwell in them (Revelation 12:10-12). The point that deserves our special attention is that while Satan's conquest and expulsion from heaven is first pictured as a result of Jesus' ascension and the war in heaven, in the song of triumph heard in heaven, the victory it is mainly attributed to the blood of the Lamb. This was the power by which victory was won. Throughout the entire book of Revelation, we see the Lamb on the throne.
He has earned that position because he was slain; victory over Satan and all his authority is by the blood of the Lamb. We have seen the many effects of the blood, but it is appropriate to understand how that victory is always attributed to the blood of the Lamb. We will consider victory: 1. As won once for all; 2. As in progress; and 3. As one in which we have a part. Victory: Once For All In the picture given in our text, we see what a high position was occupied by Satan, the great enemy of the human race. He had entrance to heaven and appeared there as the accuser of the saints and as the opponent of everything that was done in the interest of God's people.
We know how this is taught in the Old Testament. In the book of Job, we see Satan coming with the sons of God to appear before the Lord and obtain from Him permission to tempt his servant Job: Scripture: Then Satan answered the Lord and said: Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a fence around him and his house and all that he has on all sides? You have blessed the work of his hands; therefore his substance has increased on earth. But now he stretches out your hand and touches everything he has, and you will see if he does not blaspheme you to your very face.
And Jehovah said to Satan: Behold, all that he has is in your power; only on himself do not extend your hand. Then Satan left the presence of Jehovah (Job 1:9-12). In Zechariah 3:1 we read that he saw Joshua the high priest, standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. The Revised Version says that Satan stood at his right hand to be his adversary. Later in the book of Luke, our Lord declares: I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning (Luke 10:18). Later, in the agony of his soul anticipating his sufferings, he said: Now is the judgment of this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out (John 12:31).
It may seem strange that the Scriptures represent Satan as being in heaven, but to understand this correctly, we must remember that heaven is not a small abode where God and Satan communicated as neighbors. No, heaven is an endless sphere with many different divisions, filled with innumerable hosts of angels carrying out God's will in nature. Among them, Satan still held a place. We must also remember that he is not depicted in Scripture as the creepy black figure as he is usually depicted, but rather as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He was a prince with ten thousand servants.
When he had caused the fall of man, he transferred the world to himself and became the prince of it; he had royal authority over everything in him. Man had been destined to be king of this world, because God told them: . . . fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over it (Genesis 1:28). When Satan conquered the king, he took all of his kingdom under his authority, and this authority was recognized by God. In his holy will, God had ordained that if man listened to Satan, he must suffer the consequences and be subject to his tyranny. God never abused his power or exerted force in doing this, but he always acted in his justice.
So Satan withheld authority from him until it was legally taken from him. That is why he was able to stand before God in heaven as an accuser of the saints and in opposition to them during the four thousand years of the old covenant. He had obtained authority over all flesh, and only after having been conquered in the flesh, as the sphere of his authority, could he be expelled forever as heaven's accuser. So the Son of God had to come in the flesh to fight and defeat Satan on his own ground. That is also why, after our Lord was recognized as the Son of God, he was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1).
Victory over Satan could only be obtained after He had personally endured and resisted his temptations. But even this victory was not enough. Christ came to destroy through death the one who had the empire of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). The devil had that power of death by the law of God. That law had installed him as jailer of his prisoners. The Scripture says: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56). Victory over Satan and his expulsion could not take place until the just demands of the law were perfectly fulfilled.
The sinner must be delivered from the power of the law before he can be delivered from the authority of Satan. It was through his death and the shedding of his blood that the Lord Jesus fulfilled the demands of the law. Incessantly, the law was declaring that the wages of sin is death and the soul that sins will die (Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:20). Through the ministry of the temple and the shedding and sprinkling of blood sacrifices, the Law had predicted that reconciliation and redemption could only take place through the shedding of blood. As our security, the Son of God was born under the law.
He obeyed perfectly. He resisted Satan's temptations to withdraw from his authority. He gave himself up voluntarily to bear the penalty for sin. He did not want to listen to Satan's temptation to reject the cup of suffering. When he shed his blood, he had dedicated his entire life to keeping the law. When the law was perfectly fulfilled, the authority of sin and Satan came to an end. Therefore, death could not hold him. Scripture: Through the blood of the eternal testament, God raised him from the dead (Hebrews 13:20). So also by his own blood he enteredonce in the sanctuary destined for eternal redemption, to make his reconciliation effective for us (Hebrews 9:12).
The text gives us an amazing description of the glorious result of our Lord's appearance in heaven. About the mystical woman, we read: She gave birth to a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her son was caught up to God and to his throne. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, and did not prevail; nor was his place found in heaven any more. And the great dragon was thrown out, the old serpent, called Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and the angels from him were cast down with him (Revelation 12:5, 7-9).
Then follows the song of victory with the words of our text: They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11). In the book of Daniel, we read of a previous conflict between this Michael, who was on the side of God's people, Israel, and opposing world powers. But only in Revelation can Satan be cast out, because of the blood of the Lamb. Reconciliation for sin and compliance with the law have taken away all authority and rights. The blood that had done such wonderful things in heaven by blotting out sin and reducing it to nothing had similar power over Satan.
He now he has no right to accuse. Scripture: Now has come salvation and virtue and the kingdom of our God and the power of the Christ of him; because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown, . . . And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:10-11). Victory - Continuing and Progressive Satan has been hurled down to earth, so heavenly victory must now take place here. This is indicated in the words of the victory song, They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. This was mainly said with regard to the brothers mentioned, but it also refers to the victory of the angels.
Victory in heaven and on earth advance simultaneously and rest on the same ground. We know from Daniel what communion exists between heaven and earth to carry out God's work: Scripture: And he said to me: Do not be afraid, Daniel, because from the first day you gave your heart to understand and afflict your soul before your God, your words were heard, and because of your words I have come. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me twenty-one days: and, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I stayed there with the kings of Persia. (Daniel 10:12-13) As soon as Daniel prayed, the angel was activated, and the three weeks of battle in the heavenlies were three weeks of prayer and fasting on earth.
The conflict here on earth is the result of a conflict in the invisible realm of the heavens. Michael and his angels, as well as the brothers on earth, won the victory by the blood of the Lamb. In the twelfth chapter of Revelation, we see how the conflict was transferred from heaven to earth. Scripture: Woe to the inhabitants of the earth!, exclaimed the voice in heaven, because the devil has come down to you with great anger, knowing that he has little time. And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he persecuted the woman who had given birth to the man child (Revelation 12: 12-13).
The woman means nothing more than the church of God from which Jesus was born. When the devil could do him no more harm, he persecuted his church. The disciples of our Lord and the church in the first three centuries had experienced this. In the bloody persecutions where hundreds of thousands of Christians perished as martyrs, Satan did everything possible to lead the church into apostasy or to eradicate it altogether. In its full sense, the declaration that they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of his testimony; and they did not love their lives to the death that applies to martyrs.
After centuries of persecution came centuries of rest and worldly prosperity. In vain Satan had tried his might, but by gaining the favor of the world he might have a better success. According to the world, everything in the church became darker and darker, until the Roman apostasy reached its climax in the Middle Ages. Yet through all these ages many fought the battle of faith amid the surrounding misery. Because of their reverence and witness to the Lord, the statement was often established: They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of his testimony; and despised their lives to death.
Satan's authority was broken by this secret power through the blessed Reformation. They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. The discovery, experience, and preaching of the glorious truth that we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus, the Christ, whom God purposed for reconciliation through faith in his blood, gave the reformers such wonderful power and glorious victory (Romans 3:24-25). Since the days of the Reformation, the church has been inspired by new life to gain victory over death in proportion as the blood of the Lamb is glorified. Yes, even in the midst of the wildest pagans where Satan's throne has not been disturbed for thousands of years, the blood of the Lamb is still the weapon to destroy Satan's power.
The preaching of the blood of the cross as the reconciliation for the sin of the world and the basis of God's free and forgiving love is the power by which the darkest heart is opened and softened. That heart is transformed from being a dwelling place of Satan to a temple of the Most High. This provision for the church is also available to every Christian. In the blood of the Lamb, he always has the victory. When the soul is convinced of the power of that blood to effect perfect reconciliation and blot out sin, it robs the devil of his authority over us and works in our hearts a full assurance of God's favor.
When the soul lives in the power of the blood to destroy the power of sin, Satan's temptations cease to ensnare the individual. God dwells where the holy blood of the Lamb is applied, and Satan is put to flight. In heaven, on earth, and in our hearts, the blood of the Lamb provides continued victory. They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. A shared victory If we are numbered with those who have been purified in the blood of the Lamb, we also share the victory. However, to fully enjoy this, we must understand the following facts: There is no victory without conflict We must recognize that we dwell in the territory of the Enemy.
What was revealed to the apostle in his heavenly vision must be true in our daily lives. Satan has been thrown to the earth and has great anger because his time is short. He cannot reach the glorified Jesus now, but seeks to reach him by attacking his people. We must live under the awareness that at every moment we are watched by an Enemy with unimaginable cunning and power. He does not tire of his efforts to put us under his authority. He is literally the prince of this world (John 14:30). Everything in the world is ready to serve him, and he knows how to use it in his attempts to induce the church to be unfaithful to her Lord and inspire her with his spirit, the spirit of the world.
He not only uses temptations that are commonly considered sin, but he also knows how to enter into our earthly commitments and business. He seeks to influence our daily bread, financial affairs, and politics. He tries to control our literature, science and knowledge; in all things, he works to turn all that is lawful in itself into a tool for his devilish delusions. The believer who wishes to participate in the victory over Satan through the blood of the Lamb must be a fighter. He must understand the character of the Enemy of him. He must allow himself to be taught by the Spirit through the Word what is the secret cunning of Satan with which he so many times blinds and deceives men.
The believer must know that this battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the lords of this century, against the rulers of this darkness, against spiritual wickedness in heaven (Ephesians 6:12). He must dedicate himself to continuing the conflict until death. Only then can he join in the victory song. They have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of his testimony; and despised their lives to death. Victory through faith This is the victory that overcomes the world, including our faith. Scripture: Who is it that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5).
Be of good cheer, said our Lord Jesus; I have overcome the world. Satan is already a defeated enemy. He has nothing to say to who belongs to the Lord Jesus. Through unbelief, ignorance, or doubting my security in Jesus' victory, I may give Satan authority over me that he would not otherwise possess. But when I know that I am one with the Lord Jesus and that He lives in me and maintains that victory that he won, then Satan has no power over me. Victory through the blood of the Lamb is the power of my life. Only this faith can inspire courage and joy in battle.
Thinking of the terrible power of the Enemy, of his ceaseless vigilance, and of the way in which he has taken over everything on earth to tempt us, one might say that the battle is too hard, or that it is not possible to live forever. . under such stress, or that life is impossible. This is perfectly true if we were to meet the Enemy in our weakness or win victory in our own strength. But that is not what we are called to do. Jesus is the Victor, so we just need to have our souls filled with the heavenly vision of Satan being cast out of heaven by Jesus.
Our souls need to be filled with faith in the blood by which Jesus himself conquered and with faith that he himself is with us to maintain the power and victory of his blood. Then we will be more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). Victory in communion with the faith of blood is not simply a thought that I grasp or a conviction that possesses me; it is a life Faith puts the soul in direct contact with God and the invisible things of heaven, but above all with the blood of Jesus. Believing in victory over Satan is not possible without putting myself under the power of the blood.
The belief in the power of the blood makes me want to experience the power of it; every experience of his power makes the belief in victory more glorious. Seek to enter more deeply into the perfect reconciliation with God, which is yours. Live constantly exercising faith in the certainty that the blood cleanses from all sin and surrender to be sanctified and brought closer to God through the blood; let it be your food and life-giving power. Thus you will have an uninterrupted experience of victory over Satan and his temptations. He who walks with God will rule as a victorious king over Satan.
Believers, our Lord Jesus has made us not only priests but also kings for God so that we can draw near to Him and rule for Him. A royal spirit must inspire us, a royal courage to rule our enemies. The blood of the Lamb must be a sign and a seal, not only of reconciliation for all guilt, but also of victory over all the power of sin. The resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the expulsion of Satan were the results of the shedding of his blood. The sprinkling of the blood will open our way to the full enjoyment of the resurrection with Jesus and of being seated with Him in the heavenlies.
Therefore, once again, I beg you to open your whole being to the coming of the power of the blood of Jesus; then your life will become a continual observance of our Lord's resurrection and ascension and a continual victory over all the powers of hell. Your heart will constantly unite with the song of heaven, Now has come the salvation and the virtue and the kingdom of our God and the power of the Christ of him; because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown, . . . they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:10-11).Chapter 10 Heavenly joy through the blood Scripture: After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could number, . . . standing before the throne and before the Lamb. . . and he cried out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to him who sits on the throne of our God and to the Lamb.
These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and washed their long robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9-10, 14) These words occur in the well-known vision of the great multitude in heavenly glory, which no man could number. In spirit the apostle saw them standing before the throne of God and of the Lamb; they were dressed in long white robes and held their palms in their hands. They sang with a loud voice, Salvation to him who sits on the throne of our God and to the Lamb (Revelation 7:10). All the angels responded to this song by falling on their faces before the throne to worship God and offer him eternal praise and glory.
Then one of the elders, pointing out the large crowd and the clothing that distinguished them, asked John: Who are these who are dressed in long white robes? And where did they come from? (Revelation 7:13) John replied, sir, you know. Then the old man said: These are the ones who have come out of great tribulation and have washed their long 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 (Revelation 7: 14-15). This explanation, about the state of the redeemed in theirheavenly glory, given by one of the elders standing around the throne, is of great value.
It reveals to us that not only in this world of sin and struggle is the blood of Jesus the sinner's only hope, but that in heaven, when every enemy has been defeated, that precious blood will also be recognized forever as the basis of our salvation. . And we learn that the blood must exercise its power with God in heaven. The blood not only still has to deal with sin on earth, but for all eternity it will also carry the sign that the redeemed owe their salvation entirely to it. If we better understand this, we will experience a true and vital connection between the sprinkling of the blood and the joys of heaven.
A true and intimate blood connection on earth will enable the believer to share in the joy and glory of heaven while he is on earth. The blood causes joy in heaven because: 1. It grants the right to a place in heaven; 2. Fits us for the pleasures of heaven; and 3. Provide details for the song of heaven. A place in heaven It is clear that this is the main thought of the text. In the question, who are these who are dressed in long white robes? And where did they come from? The old man wishes to attract attention and ask who are these favored people who stand before the throne and before the Lamb with the palms of their hands.
And, as he gives the answer, we hope he mentions what might be the most notable thing about his appearance. He answers the question, where do they come from? saying that they came out of great tribulation. To the question Who are these? he replies that they are the ones who have washed their long garments and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is the only thing that the old man calls attention to as the distinguishing mark of him. This alone entitles them to their place in glory. This becomes evident, if we look at the words that immediately follow.
Scripture: Therefore they stand before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple, and he who sits on the throne shall dwell among them. Therefore, it is because of that blood that they stand before the throne. They owe their place in glory to the blood of the Lamb. The blood entitles them to heaven. A right to heaven! Can such a thing be spoken of in connection with a condemned sinner? Would it not be better to glory solely in the mercy of God who, by free grace, admits the sinner into heaven, than to speak of a right to heaven?
No, it wouldn't be better, because then we wouldn't understand the value of blood or why it had to be spilled. We can also harbor false concepts of both our sin and God's grace and still be unable to fully enjoy the glorious redemption the Savior has wrought for us. We have already considered that Satan was cast from heaven to earth, and we see from this incident that a holy God always acts according to law. Just as the devil was not cast out except according to law and right, so the sinner cannot be admitted in any other way.
The prophet Isaiah said: Zion will be redeemed with judgment and converted from her with righteousness (Isaiah 1:27). The apostle Paul tells us that as sin reigned in death, so also grace reigns through righteousness for eternal life (Romans 5:21). This was the reason why God sent his Son into the world. Instead of fearing that talk of having a right to enter heaven might belittle grace, it will be recognized that the greatest glory of grace consists in granting that right. The lack of this perception is sometimes found in the church where it is least expected. I recently asked a man who spoke of his hope of going to heaven when he died, what his hope rested on.
He was by no means a careless man, nor did he trust his own righteousness, but he replied, "Well, I guess I try to seek the Lord and do his will." When I told him that this was no reason to stand before the judgment seat of a holy God, he appealed to God's mercy. When I told him, again, that he needed more than mercy, he did not seem to have heard or understood that it was only God's justice that could grant him entrance to heaven. I am afraid there are many who hear justification by faith preached, but have no idea that they cannot have a share in eternal bliss unless they are declared legally righteous.
Completely different was the testimony of a young man who had learning disabilities, but whose heart had been enlightened by the Spirit of God to understand the meaning of Jesus' crucifixion. When asked on his deathbed about his hope for eternity, he hinted that there was a great book; on one of the pages of this book his many sins had been written. Then, with the finger of his right hand, he pointed to the palm of his left hand, indicating there the imprint of the nail. Figuratively taking something from the pierced hand - he was thinking of the blood that marked it - he showed how everything that was written on that page was now erased.
The blood of the Lamb was the reason for his hope. The blood of the Lamb gives the believing sinner the right to heaven. Scripture: Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). By shedding his blood, He bore the penalty for sin. He gave himself up to death in our place. He gave his life as a ransom for many. Now the blood of our Lord has actually been shed as a ransom for us, as a punishment for our sin. Now, the justice of God declares that the blood fulfilled all the requirements of the law regarding punishment and obedience.
God declares the sinner who believes in Christ righteous. Faith is only the recognition that Christ has done everything for me, and God's declaration of justice is only his declaration that, according to law and right, I have a right to salvation. The grace of God grants me the right to heaven. The blood of the Lamb is the evidence of this right. If I have been cleansed by that blood, I can face death with full confidence because I have a right to heaven. You want and hope to get to heaven. Listen to the answer given to the question, Who are the ones who will find a place before the throne of God?
Scripture: These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and washed their long robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That washing does not take place in heaven or at death, but here during our life on earth. Do not deceive yourselves with the hope of heaven if you have not been cleansed with that precious blood. Don't you dare meet death without knowing that Jesus himself has cleansed you with his blood. Fit for the pleasures of heaven It is of little use for men to have a right to something unless they are fit to enjoy it.
No matter how expensive the gift is, it is of little use if you lack the inner temperament necessary to enjoy it. Granting the right to heaven to those who are not ready for it would not give them any pleasure, but would conflict with the perfection of all God's works. The power of the blood of Jesus not only opens heaven for the sinner, but also works in him in such a divine way that when he enters heaven, it will seem that the bliss of heaven and his have adapted to each other. the other. The words of our text tell us what constitutes the bliss of heaven and what disposition is necessary for it.
Scripture: Therefore they stand before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple, and he who sits on the throne shall dwell among them. They will no longer hunger or thirst; nor will it give them the sun or any other heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will govern them and lead them to living springs of water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:15-16). Closeness and communion with God and the Lamb constitute the bliss of heaven. To stand before the throne of God and see His face, to serve Him day and night in His temple, and to be overshadowed by Him Who sits on the throne to be fed and led by the Lamb—all these expressions point out how little bliss is. of heaven depends on anything besides God and the Lamb.
Seeing them and communicating with them, being recognized, loved and cared for by them, that is bliss. Two things are needed to prepare for such intimacy with God and the Lamb: 1. Inner agreement in mind and will 2. Delight in His nearness and fellowship Inner agreement No thought of heaven is possible apart from oneness with God's will. How could two dwell together unless they agree? And because God is the Holy One, the sinner must be cleansed from his sin and sanctified from him; otherwise, he is totally unfit for what constitutes the happiness of heaven. Scripture: Pursue peace with all and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
The whole nature of man must be renewed, so that he can think, desire, will, and do what pleases God, not as a matter of mere obedience in keeping a commandment, but for natural pleasure, and because he cannot do or will in any way. another way. Holiness must become his nature. Is this not what we have seen the blood of the Lamb do? Scripture: The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Where reconciliation and forgiveness are applied by the Holy Spirit and held by living faith, the blood works with divine power, killing sinful desires and passions; the blood constantly exerts a wonderful cleansing power.
In the blood works the power of the death of Jesus; we die to sin with Him. Through a believing intimacy with the blood, the power of Jesus' death presses into the most intimate parts of our hidden life. The blood breaks the power of sin and cleanses us from all sin. Blood also sanctifies. We have seen that cleansing is only one part of salvation, the removal of sin. The blood does more than this; it takes possession of us for God and inwardly grants the same perspective that was in Jesus when he shed his blood. By shedding that blood, He sanctified Himself for us so that we too could be sanctified by the truth.
As we delight and lose ourselves in that holy blood, the power of total surrender to the will and glory of God becomes effective in us, the power to sacrifice everything and remain in the love of God, which inspired the Lord Jesus. The blood sanctifies us for the emptying and delivery of ourselves, so that God takes possession of us and fills us with himself. This is true holiness: to be possessed and filled with God. This is accomplished by the blood of the Lamb, so that we are prepared here on earth to meet God in heaven with joy unspeakable.
Delight in His Nearness In addition to having a will with God, fitness for heaven consists of the desire and ability to enjoy fellowship with God. Here on earth, the blood imparts the true preparation for heaven. We have seen how the blood brings us closer to God; we are freed by the blood to enter into the Holy of Holies of God's presence and make our abode there. We have seen that God places such incomprehensible value on blood that where blood is sprinkled, there is his throne of grace. When a heart is put under the full operation of the blood, God dwells there and his salvation is experienced.
The blood makes it possible to practice communion with God and the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Himself. Have we forgotten his word: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him (John 6:56)? The full blessing of the power of the blood is complete and permanent union with Jesus. Only our unbelief separates the work of the person and blood of the Lord Jesus. He is the one who cleanses with his blood, brings us closer and makes us drink. Only through the blood are we fit for full communion with Jesus in heaven as with the Father.
You can see what it takes to mold you for heaven and make you heavenly minded. See that the blood, which always has a place on the throne of grace, demonstrates its power in your hearts, and your lives become an unbreakable communion with God and the Lamb, the anticipation of life in eternal glory. Let this thought enter your soul: the blood already grants in the heart, here on earth, the bliss of heaven. The precious blood makes life on earth and life in heaven one. Details of the Song of Heaven What we have said up to now has been taken from what the old man said about the redeemed.
But to what extent is this his experience and testimony? Do we have anything from their own mouths on this? Yes, they themselves testify. In the song contained in our text, they were heard crying out with a loud voice, Salvation to him who sits on the throne of our God and to the Lamb. The Lord Jesus is in the midst of the throne as the slain Lamb, as a Lamb whose blood has been shed. As such, He is the object of worship of the redeemed. This appears more clearly in the new song they sing: You are worthy to take the book and open its seals, because you were immolated and with your blood you have redeemed us for God, from every lineage and tongue and nation, and you have made us to our God kings and priests (Revelation 5:9-10).
It also appears in the apostle's words at the beginning of the book where he speaks after all that he had seen and heard in heaven about the place of the Lamb. At the first mention of the name of the Lord Jesus, John exclaimed: To whom he loved us, and washed us from our sins with his own blood, and made us kings and priests unto God his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6). Without ceasing, the blood of the Lamb remains the power toawaken the saved to their song of joy and thanksgiving.
In death on the cross, the sacrifice took place in which he gave himself up for them and won them for himself. The blood is the eternal seal of what he did and of the love that moved him to do it. It remains the inexhaustible and overflowing source of heavenly bliss. So that we can better understand this, look at his expression, the one who loved us and washed us from our sins with his own blood. In all our consideration of the blood of Jesus, we have not had occasion to stop there until now. And of all the glorious things given by blood, this is one of the most glorious: his blood is the sign, the measure, and the impartation of his love.
Every application of his blood, every time He causes the soul to experience his power, there is a new outpouring of his wondrous love. The full experience of the power of the blood in eternity will be nothing other than the complete revelation of how He gave Himself for us and gives Himself to us in an eternal, endless, incomprehensible love, like God himself. The one who loved us and washed us from our sins with his own blood. This love is certainly incomprehensible. What hasn't that love moved you to? He gave himself up for us; He became sin for us;
He was made a curse for us. Who would dare to use such language; Who would have dared to think such a thing if God had not revealed it to us by his Spirit? That he truly gave himself up for us, not because he was forced to do so, but out of the impulse of a love that longed for us so that we could identify with him forever. Scripture: But God increased the price of his charity toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Because it is such a divine wonder, we feel it so little.
But, bless the Lord! There will come a time when we will feel it. Under the unceasing and immediate shared love of heavenly life, we will be filled and satisfied with that love. Yes, here on earth too, there is hope that through a better knowledge and a more perfect trust in the blood, the Spirit will pour out more powerfully the love of God into our hearts. Nothing can prevent our hearts from being filled with the love of the Lamb and our mouths from being filled with his praise here on earth as it is done in heaven by sight.
Each experience of the power of the blood will become more and more an experience of the love of Jesus. It has been said that it is undesirable to put too much emphasis on the word blood, because it sounds rude and the thought expressed by it may be conveyed in a manner more in keeping with our modern habit of speaking or thinking. I must admit that I do not share this opinion. I receive that word as coming not only from John, but from the Lord himself. I am convinced that the word chosen by the Spirit of God and made alive and filled with the power of that eternal life has a power of blessing that surpasses our understanding.
Changing the expression to our way of thinking has all the imperfection of a human translation. Whoever wishes to know and experience what the Spirit says to the congregations will accept the word by faith as coming from heaven as the word that contains the joy and power of eternal life. Those expressions, your blood and the blood of the Lamb, will make the Most Holy, the place of God's glory, resonate forever with the joyful notes of the new song. Heavenly joy through the blood of the Lamb will be the portion of all who with whole hearts surrender to its power.
It will also be the portion of all in heaven who have become worthy to take a place in the crowd around the throne. We have learned what those in heaven say and how they sing about blood. Let us pray that these news have on us the effect our Lord intended. To live a true heavenly life, we must remain in the full power of the blood. The blood gives us the right to enter heaven. Like the blood of reconciliation, it produces the full, living consciousness that belongs to those who are home in heaven. It takes us to the Holy of Holies, close to God.
It makes us fit for heaven. Like the blood that cleanses, it frees us from the lust and power of sin and preserves us in the communion of light and life of the Holy God. The blood inspires the song of praise in heaven. Like the blood of the Lamb who loved us and gave himself up for us, it speaks not only of what He has done for us, but also of the One who has done it all. In the blood, we have the most perfect dispensing of Himself. He who by faith gives himself up to fully experience what blood is capable of doing, he will soon find the entrance to a life of joyous songs of praise and love that only heaven can surpass.
This life is for you and me. May the blood be all our glory, not only on the cross but also on the throne. Let us immerse ourselves in the living source of the blood of the Lamb. Let us open wide our hearts for his operation. We firmly believe in the incessant cleansing for which the same eternal Priest will apply that blood to us. Let us pray with ardent desire so that there is nothing in our hearts that does not experience the power of the blood. Let us join with joy in the song of the great multitude, which knows nothing so glorious as that you have redeemed us for God with your blood (Revelation 5:9).
May our life on earth become what it should be: an incessant song to the One who loved us and washed us from our sins with his own blood and made us kings and priests for God, his Father; To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6). About the Author Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than two million copies of his books have been sold and his name is mentioned among other great leaders of the past, such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D. L. Moody and more.

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