The Bible is a bloody book. From the first book to the last, a stream of blood flows. Its importance is seen by the testimony of God Himself. "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) "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off." (Lev 17:14) It is a book of redemption: redemption from sin and the curse of the law. Redemption, not by the blood of animals, but by the blood of Christ. "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:" (1 Pet 1:18-19) It tells us that forgiveness is through His blood. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;" (Eph 1:7) This Word of God declares that justification is through the blood. "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Rom 5:9) God pronounces peace to sinners by the blood. "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) Then, we read that all cleansing from sin is from the blood. "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." (1 John 1:7) The love of God is manifested by the blood. "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) We are sanctified by the precious blood of Christ. "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate." (Heb 13:12) We have access to God through Christ's sacrifice of blood. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus," (Heb 10:19) We have also victory through His blood. "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) And, finally, the Bible declares everlasting glory to be though the blood of the Lamb. "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." (Rev 7:14-15) "Oh precious is the flow that makes us white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus!"
--- Gary Shepard
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and
my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end
thereof?” ( Jeremiah 5:31)
We live in a day much like that of the prophet Jeremiah’s day – Preachers and politicians tell lies, and the leaders in religion join with and assist them in these lies. What is really sad is that the vast majority of people “love to have it so.” People complain about lying politicians, but if one comes along and simply speaks the truth, he would not be elected. I know it is not deemed politically correct in our modern society to say this, but truth is truth. For example, consider what is so great about our Gospel, true Christianity, that lifts it far above other religions? IT IS THE REVELATION OF GOD’S GRACE IN THE GLORIOUS PERSON AND FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST. Other religions have one or more great prophets who claim to speak for their god(s). True Christianity has Christ who is none other than God with us – the Godman in whom dwells all the fullness of the godhead bodily. Other religions try to point sinners to the way, and they are all, in some way and to some degree, ways of salvation by the works of men. True Christianity presents the Lord Jesus Christ as THE way – the one and only way of salvation by His obedience unto death, even the death of the cross. Other religions seek various ways to make men righteous before God by their works. True Christianity commands sinners to submit to Christ and His righteousness imputed as the only way of justification before God. Other religions approach men as inherently good and seek to fan the supposed spark of goodness within them to inspire obedience. True Christianity approaches men as dead in trespasses and sins and in need of a new birth by the Holy Spirit of God. Other religions seek to motivate men to obedience by threats of punishment and promises of mercenary reward. True Christianity seeks to motivate sinners by grace, love, and gratitude to God for salvation freely given in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. These things make true Christianity far superior to the world’s religions.