|From the TeachingtheWord Bible Knowledgebase|
Part five of a series. Read part four.
The Bible speaks of the believer's present certainty of salvation, and confident future expectation of glory, in terms of seven incorruptible things. Four of them have to do with God's own nature. Today we consider the fourth - our incorruptible Savior's incorruptible blood.
The Offense of the Cross
Liberal churches don't like to speak about the blood of Christ. They accuse fundamentalists of having a "slaughter-house religion." And today many Evangelical churches have adopted this way of thinking. The blood of Jesus Christ is rarely mentioned from the pulpit in many Evangelical churches, lest we offend someone.
Yes, the shedding of blood is an unpleasant thing. But God's incorruptible Word tells us that "without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins" (Hebrews 9:22). The church cannot bring people to Christ without preaching about the blood of Christ. In First Peter chapter one, beginning at verse 18, the Holy Spirit tells us:
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
We are redeemed not with corruptible things, like the silver and gold that this world values above all else, the things that today's prosperity preaching teaches people to value. We are redeemed with the precious blood - the immensely valuable blood - the incorruptible blood - of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Eternal Sacrifice Upon the Heavenly Altar
The writer to the Hebrews tells us that Jesus, as our great High Priest, has offered that incorruptible blood in the heavenly sanctuary. His blood is there on the mercy seat forever. As long as we live on this earth, and as long as we live in the new heavens and new earth - for eternity - the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ will be there, as the full and final payment for our sins. His blood - the full price of our redemption - will remain on the altar of heaven throughout eternity, so that we will never, ever, have to add one thing to that great ransom price.
Throughout all eternity the redeemed ones will be able to point to that heavenly sanctuary and say, "That is why I am here. The blood of Jesus Christ God's Son has cleansed me from all sin, forever!" Praise God!
Thus far in this series, we have considered four things are true of God. He is incorruptible. His Word is incorruptible. His Son is incorruptible. His blood is incorruptible. And because these things are true of God, the Bible tells us that three things are true of us. They will be our focus as we continue this series.
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