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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15
The Blood of Christ
Things Concerning Christ (#2)
1. Blood is the vehicle of life (~1.5 gal.; for transport, fight diseases and to regulate body temperature). Die without blood.
2. Without the blood of Christ, we die spiritually and eternally, Heb. 9:22.
3. Want to understand the place and importance of Christ's blood (death) in God’s plan for our redemption; what Christ’s blood (death) accomplishes and how sinners obtain its benefits.
I. BLOOD IN GOD’S PLAN FOR HUMAN REDEMPTION.
A. Blood Represents Life, Gen. 9:4; Deut. 12:23; Lev. 17:10-12.
-Blood atoned because of the life given in the sacrifice.
B. Throughout the OT God Taught that “without the shedding of blood” (giving of life) there is No Remission of Sins (Heb. 9:22).
1. Patriarchal age, Gen. 4:3-4; Gen. 8:20-21; 22:13.
2. Mosaic age:
a. Deliverance, Exo. 12:7, 13 (token of safety and security).
b. Covenant dedicated and sustained with blood, Heb. 9:18-22.
C. Blood of Animals cannot Take Away Sins, Heb. 10:1-4.
-Their purposes included...
1. Shadow of Christ’s sacrifice, 10:1.
2. Consciousness of sins maintained, 10:2-3.
3. Showed the faith of those who offered them, 10:3.
4. Kept in God’s favor and forbearance (Rom. 3:25).
D. Christ’s Blood (life) has been Offered to Accomplish Redemption, Heb. 10:10-12.
1. Christ’s blood was shed for everyone, Heb. 2:9.
* 2. Shedding blood = Giving of life (death): Heb. 9:12. Christ’s own blood…offered Himself (9:14)…by means of death (9:15)…blood of the covenant (9:20)…shedding of blood (9:22).
II. WHAT CHRIST’S BLOOD (DEATH) ACCOMPLISHES.
A. Dedicated His New Covenant, Matt. 26:28; Heb. 9:15-17.
1. Initiated the authority and blessings of the new covenant.
2. Its conditions/blgs. announced on Pentecost (Acts 2).
B. Takes Away Sins, Jno. 1:29. (Remission, Heb. 9:22; 10: 17-18)
C. Reconciliation through (His) Death, Col. 1:19-22.
1. “The meaning of the word is simply at-one-ment, i.e., the state of being at one or being reconciled, so that atonement is reconciliation.” (Easton’s Dictionary)
2. Atonement (reconciliation) is the effect of the offering of Christ’s life (shedding of blood), Rom. 5:10-11 (Eph. 2:16).
D. Redemption through His Blood, Eph. 1:7. (Forgiveness of sins)
1. “a releasing effected by payment of ransom…deliverance…liberation procured by the payment of a ransom.”
2. Jesus gave His life as the ransom price (Matt. 20:28).
E. Justification by His Blood, Rom. 5:9; 3:24.
-Declared just, rendered righteous; innocent, faultless.
F. Propitiation by His Death, Rom. 3:25.
1. To appease wrath; obtain mercy.
2. As High Priest, Christ secures mercy for sinners with His blood (life), Heb. 9:12 (cf. Lev. 16:15-16).
3. Because of His blood we enter presence of God! Heb. 10:19-22
G. Sanctification with His Own Blood, Heb. 13:12.
-“To separate from profane things and dedicate to God.”
1. Cleansing from dead works of sin, Heb. 9:14.
2. Washing (purifying) away, Rev. 1:5.
III. HOW DO WE OBTAIN THE BLESSINGS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD?
A. Christ’s Blood (His sacrificial death) Must be Applied to Our Sins for us to Receive the Benefit of His Death.
1. God says He will apply blood of Christ to the sins of those who have faith in Jesus, Rom. 3:26. (Through faith - humble, obedient)
a. Baptized into His death, Rom. 6:3.
b. Action of faith obtains benefits of His death (blood), Acts 22:16.
B. Purchased His Church, Acts 20:28.
1. Promise of salvation to His body (church), Eph. 5:23.
2. Must be in His church to be saved by His blood.
3. Entrance into this blood-bought body, Acts 2:36-41, 47.
C. The Blood of Christ Cleanses Christians from Sins that are Confessed to God, 1 Jno. 1:7-9.
1. Without the blood (death) of Christ applied to your sins you are forever lost.
2. Be saved by the blood of Christ on His terms.
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: August 15, 2014