The Blessing Of The Blood!
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: The African-American minister and singer/songwriter, Andrae Crouch (Born: 1942), in his song entitled, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," says things well! It is all about the Blood of Jesus, the Christ - the price for our freedom!
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
It is important for us to see the importance of the plural pronoun "us" - for the beloved Disciple/Apostle John wrote the "Book of Revelation" for all believers in the churches - and, we can claim for ourselves the blessings that he shares! The "Book of Revelation" is the only Book in the Holy Bible that specifically promises a blessing to all those who read it - hear it - and, who take it to hesrt and obey it!
In Revelation 1:3 (NLT), we read: "God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and He blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen." The fact that Jesus, the Christ, sent the "Book of Revelation" to churches - in the plural - shows the importance that Jesus, the Christ, places on the local church in Almighty God’s "Plan of Salvation!" There are all kinds of religious organizations - many of them doing excellent work - however, the local church must take precedence over them all - the local church must be the focal point!
The beloved Disciple/Apostle John speaks of three (3) precious gifts - two (2) gifts that Jesus, the Christ, gives to us - and, one (1) gift that we give to Jesus, the Christ! Jesus, the Christ, loves us - He gives Himself to us! He loves us today - right now - just as we are! The beloved Disciple/Apostle John was in exile; however, he was still experiencing the love of Jesus, the Christ, in the midst of his suffering! It is important to take notice that the Disciple/Apostle John was called "the Disciple whom Jesus loved" - and, that love that Jesus, the Christ, had for him did not end when Jesus, the Christ, returned to Heaven!
In the "Upper Room," the beloved Disciple/Apostle John heard Jesus, the Christ, say - as recorded in Jiohn 14:21 (NLT): "Those who obey My commandments are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal Myself to each one of them." John loved Jesus and Jesus revealed Himself to him! Although we will not see the dramatic visions that the beloved Disciple/Apostle John saw and wrote about, the Holy Spirit will open "the eyes of our hearts" to see Jesus, the Christ, in the Word of Almighty God - the Holy Bible - and, we will worship Him! True love, my brothers and sisters, entails giving ourselves to others; and, because Jesus, the Christ, loves us, He is constantly giving Himself to us by the Holy Spirit through His Word!
When we truly love someone, we give that individual our time - our resources - our encouragement - and, our help! We make sacrifices gladly - and that, my brothers and sisters, is how love operates! Ever since His Resurrection and Ascension; and, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the glorified Savior - Jesus, the Christ - has related to us in a deeper and more spiritual way than He did to His Disciples/Apostles while He was on this earth! The Disciples/Apostles heard Him - they saw Him - they studied Him - and, they even felt Him - however, since His Ascension, Christian true believers apprehend Him through the Holy Spirit teaching us the Word
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