4.11 Jesus Christ offered up his shed blood and His substitutionary death for us as a redeeming sacrifice, reconciling us to God once and for all in a permanent Salvation which cannot be lost. His blood purifies us and renders us blameless, cleansing us of all sins (John 3:14-15, 5:24, 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Thess 1:10, 5:9-10, 1 Tim. 2:6, Titus 2:14, Heb. 1:3, 2:9-10, 7:27, 9:12-14, 10:12, 14).
Today is a simple, but profoundly important doctrine to understand. It is the blood of Jesus. We even sing songs about it.
26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Ezekiel 18:26 (KJV)
One sin is all it takes to send us to Hell forever. It requires blood to save us.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: 7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein. Leviticus 6:6-7 (KJV)
21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. Leviticus 22:21 (KJV)
The Jewish counteri-missionary (usually trained by Jews for Judaism) will here interject: “there is nothing in the Torah about the offering of a man as a sin offering!”
You’re right. Absolutely right.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:7-8 (KJV)
We cannot offer a man as a sin offering. Men are not perfect. We are blemished, and invalid according to Lev. 6:6. However, the Lord Jesus Christ is GOD, as we settled in the last few posts. God provided Himself.
We cannot save ourselves. Our sins separate us from God forever. We are sinful, blemished. There is no provision for us. We are doomed.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28 (KJV)
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:3-6 (KJV)
As you see, the blood of Jesus atones for our sins. His death created a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins. And when He ressurected, He brought us up with Him.
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:25 (KJV)
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:14 (KJV)
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 (KJV)
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5 (KJV)
Propitiation means “Satisfaction of a debt.” The levitical offerings were effective only in that they were a picture, a “type”, looking forward to the sacrifice of Christ. They served to remove only that sin. The entire system of keeping the Law was to make one keenly aware how ugly we are in the eyes of God, how sin-laden. After only living it a year, the honest person, understanding the Gospel, would be keenly aware of the crushing burden of the Law.
But Christ took all that away. We do not any longer need to keep the law. The law could not save us. Only the death and ressurection of Jesus Christ can do that, by His shed blood.
An interesting study is to take modern Bibles and see how many references to the Blood are in the New Testament. Then check that number against the King James. You’ll see that the modern Bibles remove many references to the Blood. As I’ve pointed out before, one has to stop and say, “You know, I can’t accept it’s a coincidence any longer.” The verses that are altered, removed, or added to always affect some cardinal doctrine. Usually the deity of Christ, the effecaciousness of the blood, salvation by grace alone, fasting… in short, they always affect doctrines that Baptists have lived and died for for 20 centuries. And the enemy finally figured out he can neutralize those Baptists just by changing their Bibles. Wake up, people! Who is on the Lord’s side?
Here are today’s verses. You might want to read your New King James or NASB and see how the modern versions subtly change these verses. Some will be drastically changed, some will not seem to be affected at first. But change them… they do.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14-15 (KJV)
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24 (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. John 10:27-30 (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 (KJV)
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (KJV)
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:6 (KJV)
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14 (KJV)
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:9-10 (KJV)
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27 (KJV)
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:12-14 (KJV)
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:12 (KJV)
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 (KJV)
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