THE BLOOD AND
Rick Rapanos & Jessie
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
questions are sure to be asked by the reader, such as:
Why was the death of Christ
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.
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.
Why did Jesus come at the
time He did, in the 1st century? Why not earlier or
Is there meaning to the exact time of His appearing on earth?
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.”
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.
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?