Christ's Blood Cleanses From Sin
By David J. Stewart | January 2008 | Updated June 2018 | Click to hear background music in a new window
“If we walk in
the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN” (1st John1:7).
Praying DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
Joining a church DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
Living a good life DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
Being baptized in water DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
Partaking of the sacraments DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
Committing your life to Jesus DOES NOT cleanse from sin.
THE BLOOD OF JESUS — HIS BLOOD ALONE — cleanses from sin!
“For THE WAGES OF SIN is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Sin pays singular wages: DEATH! Christ died for our sins “according to the Scriptures” (1st Corinthians 15:3).
It took the DEATH OF JESUS, and the shedding of HIS BLOOD, to pay sin's debt, and bring REDEMPTION FROM SIN.
“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” (Revelation 1:5).
We read in 1st Peter 1:18-19:
“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.”
And again in 1st John 1:7 we read:
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
The only way to have your sins forgiven, and your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life, is by the precious blood of Christ Jesus. How do you receive God's gift of eternal life?
- First admit the bad news! What bad news? YOU ARE A GUILTY SINNER, AND SO AM I! Realize that you are a GUILTY sinner under the condemnation of God's Law (Romans 3:10, 19-20). You and I deserve to be punished in the fires and torment of Hell for our sins. We are guilty and without excuse!
- Believe on the GOOD NEWS of the Lord Jesus Christ! That Good News (i.e., Gospel) is that Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, and He was BURIED, and then on the third day He miraculously bodily RESURRECTED by the power of God (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). Jesus doesn't forgive sins, He has already paid for them with His precious blood!!! So all you need to do to be saved is to receive the free gift of forgiveness of sins, through faith alone in the Gospel. That's it!
It is one's faith in the Savior, because of the redeeming power of Christ's literal blood, that saves a person. No self-righteous works are required to be saved. In fact, adding anything to faith alone in Christ is no faith at all. Either we trust Christ 100%, or we don't trust Him at all. Trusting anything other than Jesus means that you aren't solely relying upon His work of redemption to save you.
Please don't misunderstand me, you may have all sorts of questions, doubts, worries and fears, and that's ok, just so long as you place what faith you DO have in the Savior. Even if you only have as much faith as a small seed, that's ok, just so long as it's enough faith for you to believe on Jesus Christ to save your soul from sin and Hell (Romans 10:13).
God does not require a degree of faith to be saved; no, rather, He just requires faith. Optimism is not faith. Saying you believe is not faith. Hoping for the best is not faith. Faith is when you come as a sinner in need of a Savior, and you actively place your trust upon Jesus Christ to forgive and save you, because of the blood that He shed for you.
Beware of the bloodless theology of our time that teaches salvation without the need for Christ's cleansing blood which washes away our sins. There could be no salvation apart from Jesus' literal, physical blood sacrifice...
“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.” —Romans 3:25
The word “atonement” is an Old Testament word which means “to cover.” Hence, the blood of bulls and goats could only temporarily cover for the sins of the people...
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” —Hebrews 10:4
“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.” —Leviticus 17:11
It was the animal's blood that God looked for upon the mercyseat of the alter. This atoned (covered) for the people's sins for one year. The lamb's blood was only representative of the Lamb of God (Jesus) that would one day die on Calvary for the sins of mankind. “Atonement” is mentioned once in Romans 5:11 to show us that Jesus' blood sacrifice was the fulfillment of what the Old Testament ceremonial law pictured...
Romans 5:11, “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
Whereas the blood of goats and bulls could not take away our sins, Jesus' blood ONCE AND FOR ALL took away our sins forever...
Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
The blood of animals could not TAKE AWAY the sins of the people. But praise God, Jesus shed His own precious blood and applied it to the mercyseat in Heaven, to forever TAKE AWAY our sins! Jesus did this ONCE, and only once, so that our sins could be washed away through faith in Him...
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” —Hebrews 9:12,24
It is important when we go soulwinning and witness to the lost, that we teach people about the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, which was shed for our sins that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Romans 10:3-4; 2nd Corinthians 5:21). It is not by our own self-righteousness that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9); but rather, by the righteousness of Christ obtained by the blood that He sacrificed for our sins...
Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Biblical Evidence Of Eternal Punishment
will always substitute something besides the blood!”
—Pastor Max D. Younce, a quote from his excellent Bible study, “WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD - PASSOVER A TYPE OF CHRIST (365)”
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regeneration is one of the most damnable heresies!”
—Pastor Max D. Younce, a quote from his excellent Bible study, “WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD - AND NOAH BUILDED AN ALTER (361)”
“In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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