Summary: It is still the preaching of the cross that delivers men from their sins.
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
“And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation.”
Over the past several years an attempt has been made to remove songs that speak of the blood out of the Hymnals, and much of the preaching today is a feel good social gospel. Sometimes we are accused of preaching a gospel of blood to which we plead guilty, for it is the blood that makes atonement.
The Word of God declares itself to be a living book, the only book in the world that is able to impart life to those who believes it’s the word of God. In Hebrews chapter four we have this powerful statement, “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.”
That word quick is translated a living thing or something that’s alive. The bible is a living Word, completely different from all other books because the stream of blood moves from page to page from Genesis to Revelation revealing the power of blood which imparts life to the word of God.
In Leviticus chapter seventeen and verse eleven, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” For the life of the flesh is in the blood.
Let us look at this mysterious thing called the blood; I am mainly concerned with the blood of the man called the Lord Jesus Christ. It was His sinless blood that gave him natural and spiritual life, and in shedding his blood He gave us eternal life.
In the human body there are many different kinds of tissues. They are defined as muscle, nerve, fat, gland, bone, connective tissues and the list goes on. All these tissues have one thing in common; they are fixed cells in the body, very small and each cell has a special and limited function.
However, the blood is fluid and mobile, not limited to one part of the body but is free to move throughout the entire body supplying the fixed cells with nourishment and carry off the waste products.
They tell us that in a Norman human body there are about five quarts of this fluid, which is pumped by the heart and carried through out the body about every twenty-three seconds, cleansing and supplying the need to every cell in the body. And once the blood fails to reach the cells and members of the body, they promptly die.
We sing the song, what can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus, and it is His shed blood through which we have salvation. We are connected to Jesus Christ through the blood and we are members of his body and members one of another.
In the church Jesus is the Head and we the believers our dependent upon His shed blood for life, nourishment, cleansing and growth. For the life of the flesh is in the blood.