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THE BLOOD AND THE GOSPEL

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But God manifested His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (9) Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through Him-Romans 5:8-9

We have no Gospel without the blood. The characteristics of the blood, and the Gospel itself, results in the Divine grace, and mercy to man, and the unsearchable need of blood shed as being expedient in regards to man’s salvation. See 1st Corinthians 15: 54-57, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:14-15.

In the above text in Romans, Paul gives us the description of the blood and the Gospel. Romans is not just a book about theology, but also practical exhortation. Here in chapter 5 we see how we can have peace with God, saved from His wrath being justified by the blood of Christ and declared righteous. The theme of Romans is, “ Righteousness by Faith.”

It is a sad thing that today Hymn books are being changed to a liberal viewpoint. The Hymns with the word, “blood” in it are taken out, as not to offend anyone. You hear all the time about the death on the cross, but it’s not just death, it’s about blood. The Gospel is about the blood.

In verse 6 of chapter 5 the condition of man is described as, “without strength.” This same word is used in Matthew 26:41 where Jesus says, “ The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  Strength and weak are the same Greek words meaning, “powerless, helpless,  without the ability to recover.” We on our own have no power over the flesh. We cannot become righteous by our own efforts, contrary to what some teach that you can achieve salvation through works and performance.  We also cannot be saved through any organization or religious affiliation. It is interesting to note here that there is nothing in history that tells us that the Apostle Peter was ever in Rome-sorry Catholics. We always find that scripture gives us the answer to all our questions whether we like it or not. We see from Scripture itself and not from uninspired writings that Peter was never in Rome, and therefore not the first pope. Paul states in Romans 15: 20 that he does not build on another’s foundation, “ Yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation.” So it is clear from scripture that Paul was in Rome first and not Peter with no indication from scripture or history that Peter was ever there. Who is buried under the Vatican then is a mystery. Peter’s ministry was to the Jews not the Gentiles as was Paul.

For over two thousand years now man has shunned the blood. Persuading themselves that it is not essential to our salvation, and searching to find salvation anywhere but the Gospel. It is no different today than in Paul’s day where he had this same problem with the philosophers at Athens who spent their days in the Areopagus talking about the latest and greatest thing. See Acts 17: 16-21.

However, in opposition to their philosophy, Paul professes to them the single determination with which he came to them, which was to make known to them Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and His blood as their only hope of redemption. Preaching about the blood is always going to be an offence to sinners. The proud hearts of these philosophers were hardened to the Divine Spirit, and they despised Paul for his bold assertions which he made of the necessity of man and the abundant mercy of God.

Paul talks about speaking wisdom to those who are mature, meaning true believers. Only believers are able to understand. This wisdom is a mystery. It is not the wisdom of man, but of God revealed by His Holy Spirit, this same Sprit that searches all things, even the deep things of God. See 1st Corinthians 2: 10-14. The rulers in Paul’s day could not understand this wisdom and therefore they will ,”Come to nothing” or in other words will pass away. They did not understand the age to come, because the hardness of their hearts prevented their understanding. See 1st Corinthians 2: 6-10.

It was in the plan of God since before time began to reveal this mystery of redemption that would require blood. All through the Old Testament we see types and shadow’s of how this blood would be the good news of the redemption of man. See Ephesians 1: 5-7 and 1st Peter 1: 18-19. The Divine Wisdom of God hidden until Jesus came to reveal this light to mankind. See 2nd Timothy 1:10.

  The rulers of Paul’s day would not, so they could not, understand. They wrote their own laws, rules and traditions to suit themselves. Do we not have the same conditions in some churches today? Very little of the Bible is being used today in the government of God. Tradition and personal opinion is taking the place for truth. Words are being taken out of the Pulpit  like, Blood, Redemption, Heaven, Hell, Baptism, Salvation, Sinners etc. The list could go on. What a sad state of these churches- they have their reward. But divisions in the church is something Paul talks about as being necessary so we can distinguish between those that are faithful and true in God’s sight from those who are not, in order that the church may grow. See 1st Corinthians 11: 18-19. If we walk in the Sprit, then we are walking in the light as Christ is in the light, and if we do this then we cannot but have joy and fellowship with one another, and the blood cleanses us from all sins. This is a sign of a true believer. See 1st John 1: 6-8.

All these texts are not of my own invention and therefore they are inspired by God, and are profitable for teaching. See 2nd Timothy 3:16. So why are they not heeded?

 The false members, teachers, preachers, prophets, will all be burned in the fire, and the faithful will survive and grow. The gates of hell will not prevail against the true Church of God. See Matthew 16: 18.

This Gospel of the blood is as simple to understand when you truly seek to know the truth, as is fulfilled prophecy, but cannot and will not be understood by a hardened heart. In some cases God hardens the heart further so they cannot ever understand. Why God does this is for His ultimate Glory. See on this web site Jessie Mills article “ Fulfilled Prophecy” under the heading “ Articles Series 2 “ and my commentary on Matthew 24.

What honor will be given to Jesus Christ when the Glory of fulfillment has been seen, and to know that God’s guidance attained such results as we see in His words.

Some questions are sure to be asked by the reader, such as:

1)   Why was the death of Christ necessary?

Because life is in the blood. Without blood flowing through our veins we have no physical life . Just as without the shed blood of Christ which alone can cover our sins because He was perfect, we have no Spiritual life and are therefore dead Spiritually. The justice of God requires life for life. Adam and Eve forfeited their lives, and justice demanded that there could be no respite for them except as a life of a sinless man ( Jesus. Fully God and fully man.) The blood of Christ cleanses us, redeems us and is the only thing that can be effective. See 1st John 1:7, 1st Peter 1:19, Hebrews 9:11-28. Only the blood of a perfect man can atone for the sins of imperfect man. Animal sacrifices will not do. See Hebrews 10: 1-10. The true Church ( believers ) was purchased with the blood. See Acts 20:28, and we were reconciled through the death and shed blood of Christ. See Colossians 1: 19-23. Therefore, God could not provide for man’s redemption in any other way, but through the death and shed blood of Jesus.

Before Jesus came on the scene, the blood of animals had to be used as a temporary means of cleansing of sins, but was not permanent. See Leviticus 17: 11. The sacrifices of animals was a continuous thing where as Christ died ONCE for the forgiveness of sins. See Hebrews 10: 5-12.

2)   Why did Jesus come at the time He did, in the 1st century? Why not earlier or

later? Is there meaning to the exact time of His appearing on earth?

God ordained everything and their exact times and places when things should be. One reason why Christ was born at that exact time, was to fulfill prophecy. See Daniel 9: 20-26. See also Jessie Mills book, “Daniel, Fulfilled Prophecy.”

All that is written in the Bible is all we need for life and Salvation. All that God commands of us is written in His infallible word. All has been said that needs to be said. There is no new revelation apart from what we read in Scripture. No new prophecy is forthcoming. We cannot add to Salvation or take away from it. See Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18. If you add to what God has already laid down, you will be found a liar. These are not my words but God’s.

How miserable is the sinners condition, who perishes in the midst of such mercy and promise. You  have the light of creation, the light of conscience and the light of Christ, so that you are without excuse. See Romans 1: 18-32 and Romans 2: 1-11. So, now you have read this article. Will you accept the Gospel? or will you reject it ? The good news is that you have been told the truth. The bad news is that if you reject it you will stand before God without excuse. What will you do?


 

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