- Text: 1 Pt. 1:17-19.
- Sin is described in the Scriptures as the soiling of a soul that was once pure and clean – Ac. 22:16; 2 Cor. 7:1.
- It is the blood of Christ (Jn. 19:34) that makes “cleansing” from sin possible.
I. The Significance of the Blood of Christ
- It is a principle as old as the earth that “the life is in the blood” – Gen. 4:10; 9:4; Lev. 17:10-14. Cf. Deut. 12:23.
- The requirement that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) means that when sin has been committed, death must occur to satisfy the demands of justice — life must be taken to atone for sin.
- To say that life must be taken is to say that blood must be shed to atone for sin.
- In the OT, animal sacrifices were a reminder of God’s requirement of life for sin (although the shedding of animal blood could not itself atone for sin) – Gen. 4:4; 8:20; etc.
- In the Law of Moses, the Day of Atonement was a once-a-year occasion when the blood of animal sacrifices was brought into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle – Lev. 16:1-34.
- All of these sacrifices were pointing forward to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, who by the shedding of His blood truly atoned for the sins of mankind – Hb. 9:6-15.
II. The Efficacy of the Blood of Christ
- As we have seen, the blood of the Lord atones for our sins – Hb. 9:22,23,27,28; 10:1-4,10,18. Cf. Hb. 9:6-10:29.
- It is a propitiation for our sins – Rom. 3:25,26. Cf. 1 Jn. 2:2.
- It justifies us – Rom. 5:9. Cf. 1 Pt. 3:18.
- It reconciles us to God – Col. 1:19-22.
- It makes us near to God and His people – Eph. 2:13,16.
- It sanctifies us – Hb. 13:12.
- It cleanses us from sin – 1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 1:5.
- It redeems us – Eph. 1:7. Cf. Col. 1:14; 1 Pt. 1:18,19; Rev. 5:9.
- The blood of Christ dedicated the new covenant, in which there is the forgiveness of sins – Mt. 26:28; Hb. 9:15-18. Cf. Hb. 12:24; 13:20.
- By the blood of Christ we have access to God’s presence – Hb. 10:19-22. Cf. 1 Pt. 3:18.
III. Baptism, the Church, and the Blood of Christ
- The blood of Christ, and only the blood of Christ, can cleanse the stain of sin from a soul – Rev. 1:5. (“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”)
- It is in the act of baptism (into His death) that we receive the benefit of the cleansing blood of Christ – Rom. 6:3,4; Col. 2:12. Cf. Gal. 3:27.
- In baptism, we are “washed” from our sins – Ac. 22:16; Eph. 5:26.
- The church of the Lord consists of those who have been cleansed by His blood.
- Christ’s death is what it cost for sins to be forgiven and the Lord to have a redeemed people — hence, the church has been “purchased” with Christ’s blood – Ac. 20:28; Eph. 5:25-27.
- Each Lord’s Day, those who have been bought by the Lord’s blood commemorate His death in the Lord’s Supper.
- In the Lord’s Supper, Christians commune with the body and blood of the Lord and proclaim His death until He comes – 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26.
- As Christians, we ought to live each day as those whose salvation was bought by the blood of Christ – 1 Cor. 6:19,20.
- Do we find the cross of Christ scandalous? Do we find a message which teaches blood atonement for sin either a “stumbling block” or “foolishness” (1 Cor. 1:23)?
- Christ died and shed His blood at Passover – Jn. 13:1. Cf. Exo. 12:5-7,12,13,21-23.
- He is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29).
- As we struggle against the devil, may we be among those who “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11).
- And may we be grateful to be among those who have “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com