Blood That Eternally Saves Lives


But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

The Bible Teaches That  Life Is In the Blood

When sin entered the world, death also entered, for the wages of sin is death.

The Hebrews first learned of blood that saves when they were told to kill a lamb and place the blood of the lamb over the door post of their homes. On the one night of passover in Egypt, the death angel passed over the land. The first-born son died in every house where there was no blood on the door post, but those who obeyed the LORD were saved by the blood on the lintel or door post.

The Bible teaches us that these knew a day was coming when there would be a lasting covenant written in blood – blood that would save mankind from the death penalty brought on by sin. The prophet Zechariah spoke of it:

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Zechariah 9:10-11

In Matthew, we learn that this blood is the blood shed by Jesus, the Christ, the promised Messiah and the precious and only Begotten Son of God:

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Christ blood is blood that can cleanse from sin. We have redemption by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God bears witness that Jesus our Saviour came by water and by blood to save us. This is why He is called the Lamb of God and is precious in the sight of the Father. Christians are called to serve our living God by the power of the Holy Spirit within, because we are cleansed by His precious blood.

The Bible is true. Scientist know that truly life is in the blood. Doctors are able to help people live longer lives with life-saving transfusions and vaccines and other uses of blood products, but only the blood of Christ our Savior gives eternal life.

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I’m glad I know who Jesus is!


The revealing of Jesus as a member of the eternal Godhead occurred when Mary arrived at the sepulcher immediately after the resurrection.  I say this because of the facts given below:

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When the Ark of the Tabernacle was being built, Yahweh instructed Moses to build the Mercy Seat as follows:

17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you. 22There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites. Exodus 25

Mary went to the sepulchre where Jesus body had been placed and looked inside. She found the body of Jesus missing:

And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. John:20:12

In the Ark of the Tabernacle, two Cherub and been placed at each end of the place where the covenant of law was placed. Now two angels sat, one at the head and one at the feet where Jesus lay. Jesus has replaced the old covenant and written in His own blood the New Covenant, so fulfilling the scriptures as we are told:

“The days are coming, declares the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to My covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the LORD.
10This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put My laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be My people.
11No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
13By calling this covenant “new,” He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

These events in Judea surrounding Jesus resurrection caused other events. As we read John 20 we see Thomas and Jesus say:

28 Thomas answered him, sMy Lord and my God! 29 Jesus said to him, Have you believed because you have seen me? tBlessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

Luke records the words of Peter when he writes of this same Jesus:

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

 




 

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How Jesus brought many sons to glory –


Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

 In 1974, Gordon Lightfoot sang ‘Sundown’. The song contains the lyrics:

Sometimes I think it’s a sin
When I feel like I’m winnin’ when I’m losin’ again

Read more: Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Have you ever felt as if you were winning only to learn later that the win was actually a loss? Often in this life, feelings are not to be trusted. We may feel like we are winning when we are losing big time.

Consider Jesus crucifixion. The Jewish leaders felt they were winning a fight to stop Jesus from being declared Messiah. The Roman government felt they would prevent Him being King. Satan surely must have felt he was stopping the Jesus movement! Satan must have felt good about the crown of thorns, the nails, the bruised flesh, the taunts, the cross…and the blood…

and yet the Bible teaches us:

“You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know:
Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Acts 2:22-23

None of those crucifying our Lord knew that their actions fulfilled God’s plan.

None of them knew these wonderful truths that going forward:

Time would be counted from Jesus birth. That this Jesus was the Messiah and would become the Cornerstone. Jesus would be crowned King of kings and the crown of thorns would become a symbol that mankind will recognize and honor or that this in itself would become a witness! The bruised flesh would fulfill prophecy. All of these things were turned to victories for mankind – and the BLOOD – the precious blood would wash away sin and bring many sons to glory!

The losers at the crucifixion of Jesus were Satan and the forces of evil. The winners are whosover will live and believe in Jesus.

 

 

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God’s Word from Above…


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Jesus said:

John 3:31 – He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

and 

John 8:23 – He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

Paul wrote:

Ephesians 1:15 – For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

and

Romans 9:5 – To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

See also:

What do you place ‘Above All’ in your life?

Understanding the NAME above all names is essential to understanding the Kingdom of God.

Above All Names

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Recorded from Prairie Home Companion Radio Show


This seems to be the recording that best captures the beauty and soulfulness of Gillian Welch’s voice.

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Watch out! – Ten Warning Signs of Danger


 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes,will find watching ”Luke 12: 35-26

Because Jesus told His disciples and us repeatedly to watch, stay awake, keep on guard, be vigilant, should we not do just that? Satan is always seeking to enslave people. Jesus sets people free.

DON’T BE DECEIVED!!!! Jesus warned us massive deception IS coming ...

 ~ TEN WARNING SIGNS ~ 

You are ensnared or will be if you follow a religion that:

1. Has human leaders who claim absolute authority.  (The Bible teaches that Christ has been given all authority by the Father. Matthew 28:18)

2. Makes changes to the word of God to shape it to their doctrine rather than shaping their doctrine by the word of God. We are warned not to do this. (Deuteronomy 4:2, 1 Corinthians 4:6, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19)

3. Teaches that listening to anyone or studying materials written by someone who isn’t in their organization is dangerous. They forget that Jesus and His disciples listened to the Pharisees and Scribes as well as the common man and that Jesus said, “He that is of God, hears God’s words…” We have the Holy Spirit within us to give us discernment and to teach us, so that we are able to live without fear. “Greater is He that is within you, than He that is in the world.”

4. Discourages members from associating with those (even family) outside their organization. Christ taught that only in Him are we different than the world and He chooses those to become members of His body – the Church. Earthly organizations are just that – earthly. Christ ate and drank with sinners and publicans.

5. Requires that everyone believe, teach, and study the same thing. This discourages individuals from private study and thinking. Consider 2 Timothy 2:15, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:11

6. Says one thing while meaning something entirely different; i.e., they may sound much like Christ or Christianity on the surface, but often have changed words and their meanings. The ‘gospel’ will have a different meaning from the true gospel that is given in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Other words may take on meanings that the cult assigns to them rather than their original meanings. Changes may be subtle, but deadly. Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

7. Have secret doctrines, about which only their members know. Doctrine and truth are different. Doctrine is something’ held to by a group of people. Truth is universal. God wants all men everywhere to know the Truth. God’s Word is Truth. If doctrine is more important than the Truth, beware!

8. Keeps members in a state of uncertainty concerning their salvation. They discourage members from fully trusting Christ’s words; i.e., “Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live;” They fail to believe what John wrote in 1 John 5:13: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

9. Make members accountable to cult leaders who put themselves in God’s place or who claim to have a direct connection to God rather than accountable to God. Members may worry more about the ‘leadership’ finding out about their sins than they worry about disobeying God.

10. Publish material they claim to be the word of God and equal to the Holy Bible. Ecclesiastes 12:12  My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end…

Some of this was taken from Recognizing Cults at the Gospel.org. Other parts were taken from listening to those who have been deceived by false religion and comparing their beliefs to the Scriptures.

If  a religion claims to believe the Bible, yet doesn’t teach the following verses you should beware:

And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. – Luke 9:49-50

But ye say, “Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;” and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. – Matthew 15:5-6

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. – 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

If a religion “qualifies” truths found in the Bible to fit it into their doctrine, beware!

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The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the call for true repentance…


When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church, his purpose was to promote reform to the existing Roman Catholic Church.  

Luther’s first concern was the lack of teaching the truth concerning repentance. 

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I suspect that Luther realized the meaning and reality of repentance is completely missed if a person thinks they can go to a priest, confess, receive absolution and continue in their lifestyles. 

Repentance – The theme of repentance is found throughout the entire Bible and its idea is expressed even when the word itself is not used. In the Old Testament, two Hebrew words, the verbs nacham and shub, are often translated as repent. The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament by Koehler, Baumgartner, Richardson, and Stamm says nacham means “to be sorry, come to regret something, to repent” as in Job 42:6, “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” In their Commentary on the Old Testament, Keil and Delitzsch remark, “Nacham is the exact expression for metanoeo, the godly sorrow of repentance not to be repented of. He repents (sitting) on dust and ashes after the manner of those in deep grief.” Regarding shub, which means “to turn,” the Theological Wordbook of the OT says, “The Bible is rich in idioms describing man’s responsibility in the process of repentance. Such phrases would in-clude the following: ‘incline your heart unto the Lord your God’ (Josh 24:23): ‘circumcise yourselves to the Lord’ (Jer 4:4); ‘wash your heart from wickedness’ (Jer 4:14); ‘break up your fallow ground’ (Hos 10:12) and so forth. All these expressions of man’s penitential activity, however, are subsumed and summarized by this one verb shub. For better than any other verb it combines in itself the two requisites of repentance: to turn from evil and to turn to the good.”

Even today, repentance is not what people enjoy hearing. Human nature leads us to go our own sinful way. Luther understood that without true repentance a person cannot enter the kingdom of God . Without true repentance, a person will perish. The Catholic Church was making a mockery of this teaching. There are religions today that do the same thing. Repentance is a condition of the heart that produces a change in behavior a turning away from sin. It cannot be bought or faked because God is a personal God. He looks at and knows our hearts. Those who served the church could please the church, but we will not answer to an organization, we must answer to God. We may find ways to disguise our sin to the world, but never to God. 

Jesus said:

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26

Those who were serving men rather than God were in danger as Luther realized. This was the start of the Protestant Reformation.

 

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The Beginning of the Protestant Revolution and A Look at the First Six Theses


WHAT HAPPENED IN 1517, FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO?

It was the year 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door.

Celebrating the Protestant Reformation – John H Armstrong

The Bible clearly teaches that the true church is the body of Christ made up of those who believe in Christ and who repent and trust Him for their salvation. During Luther’s time an organization had taken over and those who followed Christ were expected to join that organization. It was the Roman Catholic Church.

Luther was a man who yearned to know how a man finds favor with God. He, like most people who wanted to serve Christ, was a member of the ‘Roman Catholic Church’ and as such he sought to follow the path that the church taught.

At this time, the church taught that men were justified by their own efforts or by good works. The Monks believed they should whip their bodies into subjection in order to please God. Not only must they whip themselves into subjection, they were to live pious lives of daily sacrifice. The common people were to go regularly to a Catholic priest and seek absolution or forgiveness for their sins. This was the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Even today the Catholic Church places themselves as the bridge between God and man. In order for men to have their sins forgiven they need to go to an earthly priest and offer confession of sins. During the Middle Ages the “church” became involved in the practice of granting “indulgences” to provide absolution to sinners. They would sell these to raise monies for projects and other needs as the “church” saw fit.

Martin Luther tried to please both God and the Catholic Church, but his attempts left him frustrated. He studied in the Augustinian monastery which he entered in 1705 after surviving a close call from a bolt of lightning during a storm. He also studied at University of Erfurt in Wittenberg. There he received his doctorate in biblical studies. Luther began to realize that the Church and the teachings of Christ in the Bible were at odds.

Luther also studied the works of Augustine. Augustine understood salvation by grace through faith at a time when the Catholic Church denied this truth to the people. Augustine believed four principles not taught to common people:

First, the sacrifice of Christ paid humanity’s debt of sin: the “debt has been paid by Christ.” As “both Priest and Sacrifice ” Christ offered Himself for the atonement of human sin. Second, Christ took the death sentence for sin upon Himself that “he might make null the death of the wicked whom he justified.” Third, the sacrifice of Christ brought reconciliation: through the forgiveness of the cross Christ “dissolved the enmity” that had existed between people and God. Fourth, Christ defeated the powers of evil on the cross. Augustine refers to Christ as the “Victor,” and elsewhere he states that in Christ “we have triumphed over the enemy.” Fifth, Christ offered a living example of humility and good works).

Luther’s studies convinced him that there was much need for reform in the Catholic Church; so much so that he came up with 95 theses or propositions that he felt must be addressed by the church. On October 31, 1517, Luther posted these on the door of Wittenberg Castle church as an announcement that these were to be subjects for discussion by the church council.

WHAT WERE THE FIRST SIX THESES?

The first six theses dealt with repentance and read as follows:

1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite (translated into English as “Repent” or “Do Penance), willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.

3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.

4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.

5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.

6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God’s remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT REPENTANCE?

 Repentance was taught because the Kingdom of God was at hand when Jesus arrived on earth. The Lord Jesus Christ taught repentance, as did John the Baptist and the disciples.

John the Baptist:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:2

The Disciples:

So they went out and preached that the people should repent. Mark 6:11 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent…Acts 17:30

Christ:

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Revelation 2:5

I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.  Revelation 2:21

Luther’s theses soon put him in direct conflict with the Roman Catholic Church.

See also: Luther translated the Bible into German

 

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