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Summary: The preciousness and power of the Blood.

The Blood

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1Pe 1:18-19)

I. Precious

a. God is just

i. Penalty for fallen angels – Hell

ii. Penalty for mankind – Hell

iii. Judgment necessary – sin is not ignored by Holy

1. He said sin is punished by death – He cannot lie! Moral beings must fear His law

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Rom 3:24-26)

b. Sin is bloody

i. Clothes of animal skin to cover nakedness

ii. Cain and Abel

iii. “earth was filled with violence” before flood

c. Sin’s cure is blood

i. Blood needed that would cry out like Abel’s

1. But crying: “forgive them!”

ii. Sin resulted in death

1. Sin put to death by a death

a. Plan divine

b. Like David killed Goliath with his own sword

c. Bruised heel/crushed head

iii. Animal blood a temporary solution

1. 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 maketh an atonement for the soul. (Lev 17:11) (Blood eating forbidden)

2. Value of animal life vs. human life

a. Man alone “image-bearer” (breath of life)

b. Conscience knew the insufficiency

3. Blood of God! (Acts 20:28)

a. More precious than silver or gold

II. Pure

a. Animal sacrifices had to be spotless and blemish free

i. Blood of a sinful being could not atone for sin

ii. Judgment for sin fell on the innocent

b. Good compared with pure

i. Mary

ii. Mother Theresa

iii. Billy Graham

c. Tempted with sin

i. The true second Adam

ii. By the devil

iii. So often persecuted

iv. Peter

d. Did no sin

i. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (1Jo 3:5)

III. Powerful

a. New Covenant in His Blood

i. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Mat 26:28)

b. Forgiven

i. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Eph 1:7)

c. Washed

i. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Rev 1:5)

d. Reconciled

i. 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. (Col 1:20)

e. Justification

i. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Rom 5:9)

f. Our sanctification

i. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Heb 13:12)

g. Boldness to enter the holiest of holies

i. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (Heb 10:19-20)

h. Healing

i. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:5-6)

i. Our victory

i. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev 12:11)

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