The Blood of Christ

    Introduction: Peter referred to the blood of Christ as the "PRECIOUS BLOOD" (1 Pet. 1: 18, 19).  Because the Jews hated Jesus with such passion, they demanded that the Romans crucify Him (Mt. 27: 22, 23).   To appease the Jewish mob, Pilate delivered Jesus and two common robbers to his soldiers and they crucified them (Lk. 23:32, 33, mention some details and introduce John 19: 31-34). The Hebrew writer tells us that His blood was shed for the transgressions of those who lived under the first testament, as well as those who live under the second (Heb. 9:15).  So, all humanity, who desire salvation, are dependent upon the blood of Christ   In this lesson, we shall   list some of the things that are said to be accomplished by the blood of Christ.

I. One is made nigh unto God.

  A. In Ephesians 2:13 we read: "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."

  B. The immediate reference here was to the Gentiles, but in a real sense, it refers to us all.

    a. We are told that sin separates us from God, Isa. 59:1,2, but by the
blood of Christ, we are made nigh to God again.

II. Perfect peace is given.

  A. Paul said that Jesus "made peace through the blood of His cross." (Col. 1:20)

  B. This peace that was brought about by the blood of Christ, is peace with God. "Peace that passeth all understanding." (Phil. 4:7)

    a. We became enemies of Christ when we sinned, Jas. 4: 4, but that state of enmity was corrected by the blood of the cross. So, through the shedding of His blood, Christ made it possible for us to have peace with God, and peace within our soul.

III. Redemption is obtained through the shedding of Jesus' blood.

  A. Heb. 9:12 says, "by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."

  B. Man was enslaved to sin until Christ ransomed him through His
blood. So, through His blood, He redeemed us from the power, guilt and doom of sin.

IV. Through his blood, he purged us from dead works.

  A. Heb. 9:14 says, "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?"

  B. By the blood of the cross we are cleansed from the dead works of an unrecognized system (Law of Moses, etc.) and sin in general. (1 Jn. 1:7)

V. Through Jesus' blood, we are reconciled to God

  A. Col. 1:20 says, "And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."

  B. It is only through Jesus' blood that man can be made a friend of God (2 Cor. 5: 15-21).

VI. Through the blood of Jesus we are sanctified unto God.

  A. The word "sanctified" means a separation unto God from evil things and ways. It also signifies the separation of the believer from the world. The Hebrew writer in speaking of the punishment that would come upon the unbeliever says, "they counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith they were sanctified, an unholy thing." (Heb. 10:29).

  B. Without sanctification, man is part of the polluted world and is doomed (Heb. 12: 14).

VII. Through Jesus' blood, we are justified before God.

  A. Paul speaks of being "now justified by His blood." (Rom. 5:9)

  B. We are told that "justification" means acquittal, released, set free with no condemnation. We cannot change the fact that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). But, by the blood of the cross, we are set free from the guilt of sin and pronounced just or righteous before God.

VIII. Though Jesus' blood, we are forgiven of our sins.

  A. Paul says, in Eph. 1:7, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." (cp. I Jn. 1: 7)

     Conclusion: Truly, a host of blessings are ours through the blood of Christ. Jesus shed is blood for the remission of our sins (Matt. 26: 28). When we study the expression "for the remission of sins," we discover how we can access Christ's precious blood. Peter command, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…" (Acts 2: 38). It is through confession and walking in the light that the Christian enjoys Jesus' blood (I Jn. 1: 7 ff.).

     Addendum:  Credit is given to Jim Sasser for the foregoing outline.  I made slight modification and provided the adaptation for it to be published to Bible Truths, Don Martin.