We're going to talk this evening about The blood of Christ. The problem is that sin has always plagued mankind. As early as Adam and Eve they were given one command to not eat of the tree. And, once they did sin entered the world.
- Romans 3:23
The wages of sin, is death. But, throughout time God has required a blood sacrifice.
What is is about blood that God enables it to reconcile mankind from sin?
Life is in the blood. We cannot have life without blood in our veins.
- Romans 6:23
- Genesis 9:4
Blood has always been sacred, the Jews weren't to eat the blood of an animal. And throughout time, it remains sacred.
- Acts 15:20
Since blood represents life, it has value for the atonement of sins.
- Genesis 3:21
God made skin coverings for Adam and Eve. Think of where the skins came from, an animal was sacrificed to make the clothes.
Under the Patriarchal dispensation God required blood sacrificed.
- Job 1:5
Job, under the Patriarchal law made sacrifices of animals on behalf of his children.
Under the Mosaic age, the priests made the sacrifices for the people, everyday. And, on the high feast days. A lot of blood was made on the Day of Atonement. The High Priest made the blood sacrifice for the sins of the people.
In every depensation, blood was shed in order to make sacrifice for the sins of the people.
No remission without blood, Hebrews 9:22-10:4
Animal sacrifices were made only until the perfect sacrifice could be made. That perfect sacrifice was of course the blood of Jesus Christ.
Our sins are washed away because of the perfect sacrifice, and not only our sins, but all those who faithfully obeyed under the old dispensations.
The Blood of Christ Cleanses us from Sin
Christ makes peace through the blood of the cross. It reconciles man to God, and also man with his fellow man. The blood of Christ washes away sins.
- Colossians 1:20
- Ephesians 2:13-16
- Revelation 1:5
- 1 John 1:7
His blood was shed for the remission of sin.
- Matthew 26:28
For the remission of sins. It brings redemption and forgiveness.
- Ephesians 1:7
His blood justifies.
- Romans 5:9
Justified = Just as If I never sinned.
Jesus' blood bought the church.
- Acts 20:28
The blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin when we are baptized.
The Blood of Christ Cleanses us at Baptism
When we are baptized we are baptized into Christ.
- Galatians 3:27
We are baptized into His death, burial, and resurrection.
- Romans 6:1-5
In baptism we come into contact with the cleansing blood of Jesus. In that we come into contact with the blood and water which was shed upon His crucifixion.
- John 19:34
"Jesus died for our sins, and his death was therefore to provide the means for the forgiveness of sins..." — JW McGarvey
How does baptism cleanse? An example is when you put clothes in the washing machine with just water, the clothes do not get clean. But, if you add soap to the machine the clothes become clean.
Just as when we are baptized the blood is what cleanses us from our sins.
- Acts 22:16
Here we see Paul, a penitent man, praying for three days. Yet, he still had to be baptized to wash away his sins.
- Acts 2:38
For the remission of sins, is the exact phrase that Jesus used, "for the remission of sins."
It cannot mean that sins are washed away before baptism. It brings about remission of, forgiveness of sins.
Baptism saves us.
- Mark 16:16
Without baptism and belief we are not saved.
- 1 Peter 3:21
Baptism saves us because God says it does. It is where we are saved, in th expression of belief and the act of obedience to God, God cleanses us from our sins.
- Ephesians 5:25-27
God sanctifies us through the water of baptism when we obey the pattern of doctrine that Christ established.
- Romans 6:17-18
What is the form of doctrine?
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
When we obey that form of doctrine, He died, we die to sins. He was buried, we are buried with Him in baptism. He was raised to life, and we are raised to walk a new life with Him.
Christ Shed His Blood for Us
Jesus had to shed His blood as payment for those who sin.
- Ephesians 1:7
Jesus makes it possible for us to be saved by believing in Him.
- Acts 16:30-31, 32
When you go on reading in verse 32, they spoke unto him the Word of the Lord, and baptized him. They taught him Jesus, and that includes preachign baptism for the remission of sins.
We must turn to Him repenting of sins.
- Acts 17:30-31
We must confess the name of Jesus.
- Romans 10:9-10
We must be baptized into the remission of sins.
- Acts 2:38
The blood of Jesus will continue to cleanse those who walk in the light.
- 1 John 1:7, 8
As a Christian, when we do sin, we make confession of sins, and He is faithful to forgive us our sins. His blood continually cleanses us of our sins.
The thought of the blood of Christ is the means of salvation if you are willing to come to him under the terms He set forth for forgiveness.
If we can assist you in understanding how the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin, please contact us, so that we can study with you further.