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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Blood of Christ

"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29)

Christian doctrine features several terms that are essential in comprehending the importance of the blood of Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary:

Redemption: Believers have been redeemed and forgiven. Our salvation has been purchased through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God who died for our sins and took upon Himself our guilt and penalty for those sins (Ephesians 1:7).

Justification: God has justified us, or declared us not guilty, because by the gift of faith we have accepted Christ as Saviour. He also has declared us righteous in His sight, applying the righteousness of Christ to our accounts (Romans 5:9, 17).

Reconciliation: Jesus' blood makes it possible for God to bring us back into a right relationship with Him. The Bible says we were enemies of God until we accepted Christ. Christ's blood is the bridge, the peace offering, that reconciles us to God (Colossians 1:19-22).

Sanctification: Sanctification is God's cleansing and setting us apart unto Himself for His purposes and His will. He sanctified us when we were saved, and He continues to sanctify us to make us clean vessels properly prepared for His good works (Hebrews 12:14).

Access: Finally, we would not have access to God's throne of grace without the shedding of Christ's blood. The reason we can cry out and be heart by God is Christ's sacrificial death.

Praise the Lord for the glory of the blood (Hebrews 10:19).

Heavenly Father, thank You that I am redeemed, justified, reconciled, sanctified, and that through the blood, I have access to You. Amen

~Charles Stanley~

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