Gospel #4 - The Blood and the
1. CHARACTERISTICS OF ROM. 5:8-9.
2. THE TEST OF FAITHFULNESS. MATT. 22:
3. OBLIGATIONS OF DISCIPLESHIP. LUKE 9:57-62; 14: 27-33
object which the Gospel is to attain, the way in which it is to attain it, and
the history of its attainment of this object in past ages, have occupied my
attention in three former lessons, on the Gospel, 1, 2, and 3. I wish now to
speak of the characteristics of the blood and the Gospel from Rom. 5:8-9. The
Gospel itself which 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. Much is said about the results, 1 Cor. 15:54-57, Eph. 1:7, John
17:20-24, Rom. 5:8-9, Rom. 7:4-6, Rom. 15:1-4.
call your attention at this time to Rom. 5:8-9, “ But God demonstrates His Love
toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more
then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath
of God through Him."
above, which I selected to use, contains Paul’s description of the blood and
the Gospel. We were helpless, we could not save ourselves, Paul describes us as
being far away from God, without God’s love; but said Paul,” at the right
time.” Christ through His blood saved us.
For thousands of years people has shunned
the blood, as not
being essential to our Salvation, Paul had this problem when he carried the
Gospel to Corinth. Paul knew that the philosophical inhabitants of Corinth
sought after wisdom. He was aware of this, and aware that they expected him to
develop some scheme of philosophy which would furnish for them rules for their
in opposition to this desire of theirs, the Apostle professes to them the
single determination with which he came to them, which was to make known to
perishing transgressors, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and His blood their
only hope for salvation.
left no room, regardless of their philosophy, to change the regulations of the
Gospel, It is the same today. People do not seek the Gospel as it was preached
by the Apostles; they look for a regulative system, which they can choose what
they want to accept. Rather they seek for a mystic Gospel, which will allow
them the choice of when they assemble, and what they want to do to support the
local Churches. For sure they held the belief that once they were baptized for
the forgiveness of sins; they could go on with the same old life style! During
the restoration in this country, many of the reformer's came from Europe had
already decided that baptism was not essential to salvation, in short, once
saved always saved! These people missed the mark when they used 1 John 5:18-20,
to prove that once you were born of God, you could not sin! And then to use 1 John
3:9 is unbelievable to say the least. Such Paul over comes, with the help of
the Holy Spirit. 1 John 3:9 speaks clearly of the birth of Christ, not man's.
Paul joins with the Holy Spirit, and begins his preaching, his preaching of the
Gospel rejected all the enticing words of the Greek wisdom. All the false and
delusive words of persuasion which other teachers were accustomed to use. But
Paul’s message to them depended for its whole success, upon the demonstration
of the Divine Spirit, and the power of God. Paul did not attempt to flatter
them upon their own understanding, or to submit to the decisions of their
natural and darkened reasons, the truth which he was sent to teach, he taught.
told them of their sins and dangers, and he held out to them freely the Gospel,
which divine grace, had provided for their needs. Such preaching which dealt
only with men as poor and depraved creatures, which he addressed them from an
eminence of authority, to those who were lost, and regarded their understanding
as foolishness. Their proud hearts despised him for the bold declarative
assertions, which he made of the necessity of man, and of the abundant mercy of
God. Paul says, we speak wisdom to you.” And to those who are able to
understand. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery.” 1 Cor. 2:6-9, “ yet
we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, not of this age, nor
of the rulers of this age, who are passing away.”
was speaking to every kind of believers, every kind of sinful creatures. Every
kind of unbelievers, Corinth was a seaport city, which produced every kind of
sin imaginable, yet Paul had a cure for all their sins. “ The blood of Christ.”
“ While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
people have so many obstacles, which hinders them in a life in Christ, that it
is almost impossible to really teach the Apostles doctrines. It has been many
years since I have had someone to ask me what can I do for the Lord’s Church,
rather the statement is what can the Church do for me! The Scriptures show
evidence of ancient Church members, who for the lack of anything else to
complain about wanted the day of worship changed back to the Sabbath! The same kind of people is out here
today. In the early Church the people met on the Lord’s Day to sing, to worship
God, to study God’s Word, to have lunch together, to enjoy fellowship with each
other, it was the Lord’s Day, all day long. Note: this was God’s plan. THEN, it
began, the services is too long. The preacher has no sense of time, he preaches
too long. I don’t believe all that he says as to why Christ had to shed His
blood on the cross! Why don’t we just have the Lord’s Supper, and have a
15-minute sermon, and go home, I can worship God at home as well as I can at
Church! And, O, I get so tired sitting on those pews; I have problems with my
legs, and my feet hanging down hurts real bad! --- But, these good OLE boys and
girls gets home they can sit the rest of the day on benches in the yard
entertaining friends, and never complain!
I say this with love in my heart for the very worst sinner, but when a person
comes to God, he accepts God on His terms, not our and if your plans is to try
to change His terms, and requirements, FORGET IT. God’s plans were completed
before the world was, Heb. 4:3.
dealt with all this, and kept the faith. O, yes there was those who hated him
so much on several occasions they almost beat him to death 2 Cor. 11:20-31. And
all the time Paul realized that he could not change not even one ordinance.
Therefore, Paul had been crucified with Christ; the old man of sin had been
destroyed, Rom. 6: 6. Therefore Paul did not let sin reign in his mortal body
that he should obey its lust. And then after most all of his problems, he had
told these sinners at Corinth, that they should imitate him as he also had
imitated Christ, 1 Cor. 11:1.
from Paul, as the Corinthians did, the wisdom that Paul spoke of was the wisdom
that would come in the Christian age, and Paul refers to the age to come, which
they did not understand because rejection stood in their way. Paul continues to
teach “God wisdom in a mystery, the hidden mystery which God predestined before
the ages to our glory.” And then Paul begins here to speak of prophecy that was
given from Genesis 3:15, the seed of the Gospel, the seed of salvation, Christ
was here promised to be victorious over Satan. Without the shedding of blood,
there could be no Redemption of those held in bondage by Satan. Without the
shedding of blood, there could be no forgiveness of sins. Without the shedding
of blood, there could be no Redemption under the New Spiritual Covenant.
Without the shedding of blood, Satan would still be the Prince of this world;
Christ paid the price demanded by Satan for the release of those in bondage. And
little did he know that the death of Christ would mean his demise. Rev. 21:10.
which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the
heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9.
who love Him, will obey Him; those who obey Him, will walk around Heaven with
Him. But to obey is to obey all that the Gospel requires. Hearing the truth as
it is written. Believing that which is written, repenting, of past sins. Acts
2:38, Confessing your sins, being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and
the Holy Spirit, for the forgiveness of sins, believing always that you can so
sin as to fall from the saving grace of God.
been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have
fallen from grace,” Gal. 5:4, Rev. 2:5, Rev. 3:5. This is a part of the Gospel
that was brought to light by blood. Jesus said to this honest person, “ Let
your light so shine that those round about will see your good works and glorify
God.” Matt. 5:16, “ Good works,” is not forsaking the assembly of the Church,
Heb. 10:25. " Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of
Christ. “ Good works is helping in the Church, you may can lead singing, and
you may just be one who keeps the building clean, you may be one who could cut
the Church lawn, be on time, stay alert, and learn by asking questions. Fulfill
wants you to know as a new convert, that even in his day there was the
political system to deal with, if you are a true child of God you will not
become entangled in Church politics, and cliques. The Jewish people were
neglectful in performing God’s will. They could not, and would not understand;
they had written their own laws, rules and regulations, Therefore, they could
not see what God had prepared for them if we look closely, we can see the same
conditions today in the Church. The rulers of the Church, which is usually the
Eldership, has fallen into the same religious trap, that the rulers of Israel
little of the Bible is today being used in the government of the Church! But
tradition and personal opinions are the guide.
nothing new, every Church which the Apostles wrote to had problems, with the
New law of the Gospel, people are still having problems with the New Covenant,
and so, man thinks he has the ability, and knowledge to straighten out the laws
of God! But Peter had something to say about those who would make their own
interpretations of God’s Word, knowing that they would, he warned against such.
2 Pet. 2:20-21, “ BUT KNOW THIS FIRST OF ALL, that no prophecy of Scripture is
a matter of one’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever made by an act
of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” This prophecy,
this Gospel was given by God and was sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ. No
man can interpret that which God has published; He is therefore required to
study God’s Word, 2 Tim. 2:15, to find God’s interpretation of any subject. The
prophets, as well as the Apostles did not confine their teaching to just one
subject; but to many, so, the key to understanding is to study what each
prophet, or each Apostle said about certain subjects. Man can translate God’s
Word, but to interpret His Words is to show his lack of confidence in the Holy
Spirit. It seems to me that such attitude would show malice against the Holy
Spirit, which would result in blasphemy.
Apostle Paul made it clear in 1 Cor. 11:19, as he said, “ For there must also
be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become
evident among you.”
What kind of people was in the Church, that the Church took action against?
What were they guilty of? Paul tells us in Gal. 1:6-10, Please read this, it could
save your soul one-day.
have given to you the reader provisions of the Blood and the Gospel, that I did
not give to you in the first three lessons on the Gospel.
you receive the Gospel in full obedience as God’s Word provides, then the blood
of Christ upon your repentance and confession continues to cleanse you, 1 John
you think the Gospel is not important to you, give heed to the example which
reader send me your full name, and address, phone number, date of birth, and I
will open a checking account in your name in the local Bank here, I will open
the account with Ten Thousand dollars, and send to you all the paper work.
Would you use the money to help feed your children, and to put them through
You have no husband to
help, and you are not receiving child support. How important would this be to
you? WELL, this is nothing compared to what the Gospel can bless you with; for
eternal life far exceeds 10,000 Dollars. Why do you wait, or why do you join
some religion, which God has not authorized. Christ purchased the Church, or
Zion from God, Acts 20:28, And in Heb. 12:22-23, Notice what The Apostle says,
“ You have come to Mount Zion and to the City of the living God, the Heavenly
Jerusalem, to the general assembly and Church of the first born.”
4:11-12, “ He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which
became the very corner stone, and there is salvation in no one else; for there
is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must
you have everything you need to become a Christian, WHAT HINDERS YOU?
TEST OF FAITHFULNESS, Matt. 22:37-39, 2 Cor. 13:5-6.
us now lay our thoughts upon father Abraham, and his faith, Gal. 3:6-9, “ Even
so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith that are sons of Abraham.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham saying all the nations shall be
blessed in you. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham the
note, “ Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith that are sons of
2:17-18, “ Even so faith, if it has no work is dead, being by itself, but some
one may well say, You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith, and I
will show you my faith by my works.” Eph.2: 8, “ For by grace you have been
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
we open the discussion of “ faithfulness,” which in the Scriptures alone a book
could be written, but this is written, that the reader may gain a better
insight into being faithful to our Lord, and to His Church. It is
unfaithfulness on the part of members that is causing the Lord’s Church to
suffer in attendance, in workers, in servants. Instead of building up the
Church, some are building down the Church. I pray that in this dissertation I
may be able to encourage each reader to be a better servant and stop giving
excuses as did the Disciples of Christ in Matt. 8:18-23. Christ did not accept
excuses then, and will not accept excuses 2,000 years later!
back to one of my text for this lesson, I have considered carefully every
implication that Matt. 22:37-39, offers, it would fill a book. So, allow me to
be brief and say that when we can love the Lord with all our heart, with all
our soul, with all our mind, we will not find time to be unfaithful. We will be
a workman in the Lord, When the Church has set a time to meet for the study of
God’s Word, we will not hear excuses, our works will be seen by those around
us, and God will receive praise, and the Church will grow. For each tree is
known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble
bush gather grapes. In Luke 6:41-42, Jesus had severally condemned harsh and
unjust criticism. Matthew’s record of this principle says, “ judge not, that ye
be not judged.” Righteous judgment that is, that judgment which is based upon
truth is not condemned by Jesus. Rather, what he does condemn is rash and
unjust judgment. Men rashly and unjustly judge others when they condemn them
without honest and fair hearing. One should not draw conclusions, without
really knowing the facts in the case.
are now seeing the “ Test of faithfulness,” Certainly one should not condemn
others when he himself is guilty of something just as bad or even worse. Each
person is warned that he who is guilty of censorious judgment will be properly
punished for his unjust condemnation of other people. One is truly a hypocrite,
that is, he is only pretending to be what he seems to be, when he is much more
ready to see the very small faults in the lives of other people than he is to
see the large ones in his own life. It was very easy for David to see the sin
of a man who had taken one ewe lamb from his neighbor. But it was extremely
hard for him to see the sins in his own life when he had taken a man'’ wife and
had murdered her husband, 2 Samuel 11:2-12,23.
tested the faith of David, by sending Nathan the prophet to David. David saw
his sin, and repented; but suffered the consequences of that sin. God forgives
the act of sin; but never the
we suffer them as long as we live.
was so characteristic of Jesus as a teacher, He gave an illustration of the
significance of which the people could quickly grasp. All men know that the
nature of a tree is seen in its fruit. A good tree will not bear bitter fruit;
a bad tree will not bear good fruit. Men expect to find neither figs nor apples
on a thorn bush. The first chapter of the Bible makes clear that plants and
trees bring forth after their own kind. Gen. 1:11-12. This original decree of
God has never been repealed. ALL ABOUT US, we see untold millions of examples
of this law without a single violation. So, in using it to illustrate the
point, Jesus was using a fact, which even very naïve persons understood.
Therefore, there was no ground for anyone to misunderstand His point. A good
tree is one that has the nature to bear good fruit. A corrupt tree is one that
has the nature to bear corrupt fruit. Because man has the freedom to choose
what he shall believe and do, a bad man may become a good man. The point is
that men do not become deliberate workers of evil until their hearts have
become corrupted, and this is when the test of faithfulness begins with the
Christian. Paul informs us in Gal. 6:1, “ Brethren, even if a man is caught in
any trespass, you who are Spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of
gentleness, looking to yourselves, lest you too be tempted.”
God tested the faithfulness of Israel, read the prophets and learns that God
tested this people, and they failed the test, the grim reaper took them by the
millions, this should be an example for us to learn from. God is showing us
that the “ Test of faithfulness,” is a part of the Gospel, which can save us,
provided we follow His rules and regulations. Don’t go out and join some Church
that offers you entertainment that you like. Or perhaps they use psychology on
you and have you come to the Alter and pray through, or “ all you have to do is
to come to the front and advertise to the Church that you believe in Christ,
then pray for Christ to come into your life. All of this is supposed to produce
Christianity, and faithfulness in you. But you are sadly wrong!
has never taught such. And those who follow the above conditions have fallen
into the same religious trap that the Jews fell into, before God fulfilled His
promise to destroy them, their City, their land, their Temple!
time, read your Bible, see in God’s Word what it takes to become a faithful
child of His. Work out your salvation, by using God’s written Word as your
guide, read Rom. 16:16, Matt. 16:18, Acts 20:28, Col. 1:16-19, Eph. 4:4-5, then
OF DISCIPLESHIP, Luke 9:57-62, 14: 27-33.
when one takes that step to become an adopted Son of God, Rom. 8:12-17, he must
heed the words of the Apostle who follows the commands of Jesus. In Luke
9:57-62, Christ would not accept excuses under no circumstance, and so the
Apostle says, “ So then, brethren we are under OBLIGATION, not to the flesh, to
live according to the flesh.” Rom. 8:12, Then he explains why, 1 Cor. 6:18-2O,”
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside of the body, but
the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is
a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, who you have from God, and that YOU
ARE NOT YOUR OWN? For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God
in your body. “
will help the new convert to adjust to a life in Christ, as well as the seasoned
Christian. Christians no longer lives according to the desires of the flesh,
Christ purchased you, He redeemed you with His blood. Peter said, “ Knowing
that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your
futile way of life inherited from your forefathers. But with precious blood, as
a Lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ,” 1 Pet. 1:17-18.
that we owe Him is to obey Him; in just as a 5-year-old boy would obey his
father. For the majority, I believe that the father would do some serious
corrections, if he came in and found his 5-year-old son, drinking beer, and
smoking a camel cigarette! WELL
THEN, expect the same from our Father. Now let us consider some first things,
things which will lead us to the above OBLIGATIONS, “ But seek ye first His
Kingdom, and His Righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.”
Every person has some one thing, which is most important in his life. First in
the life of every person is either God or some god. This god may have
popularity with one’s fellow man. It may be of gaining of land, wealth, money,
houses, and etc. It may be sensual pleasures. Whatever is first in ones life
becomes a sort of spring- board from which all of his decisions are made.
passage, which might us to understand the full impact of thew text above. Paul
said, “ be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that
he shall also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh
reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap
eternal life. And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not”, Gal.
6:7-9. Christians have an OBLIGATION
to serve Christ in this life
to His rules and regulations. But one last thing to remember is that Christians
must pave the road to heaven with good works, and faithfulness to His
NOW, the road to hell you
can carry all the baggage you want, and be as unfaithful as you want. The final
decision is ours, and it’s in this life that we prepare for Heaven, or the lake