Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The precious blood of Jesus Christ!
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19
The blood of Jesus is precious and priceless! Only ONE thing could redeem and restore mankind: the Blood of Jesus! I'd like to look at what His precious blood provided and what it does for the Believer.
1. We have Redemption by the Blood
1 peter 1:18-19. As we have just seen above proves His blood is Precious Blood. The blood of bulls and goats is not enough to redeem mankind. Jesus blood was the eternal forever sacrifice offered to buy us back. The fact that He had to redeem us shows we were lost and in need of a Savior. We because of the work of the first Adam had been under the yoke of sin and separation from God. We were hopelessly unable to rid ourselves of this condition. We in a sense were "owned" by satan. We were "owned" by our own sinful passions brought upon by our sin nature. God in His great love and mercy sent Jesus to buy us back from this condition. In case you didn't know to redeem means to buy back. The original Greek word for redeem here is the word Lutroo. It means to ransom in the sense of payment. Thayer's Greek dictionary defines it as to redeem to liberate by payment of the ransom. Jesus was the forever price paid to buy us back from sin, satan and the fall.
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[c] which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28
Proof we are purchased by the blood. We are bought back. We are in fact redeemed! Praise God. Well maybe you may think well whom did He buy back? Did He buy back only rich folk? Or poor? How about Asians only? How about Europeans only? Did He only buy back White people? Or did He only buy back Africans? How about only Australians? Nope! There is no difference in Christ! He completely purchased all people from EVERY race, creed, ethnicity or nationality.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9-10
Out of all nations He has redeemed us by the blood and made us kings and priests! There is not one ethnic group or nation omitted! He is this good. He has enough mercy and love to go around! So there is no "qualifications" in the natural realm to receive His redemption! All you need do is receive it! Notice what His redeeming power has also accomplished. It has made us Kings and Priests.
His redeeming power has given us the ability to reign in life as a king! He has given us the authority to rule and reign over negative circumstances. He has given us authority and power over the darkness and the schemes of the enemy! Because of this perfect redemption we can rule over fear. We can reign over thoughts that come that are contrary to the Word and your victory. We can reign over depression and sadness. There is nothing that the enemy can bring that can cause us defeat! When we reign as Kings fear, and addictions and habits DON'T reign!
His redemption also makes us Priest to our God. What does mean to our modern, everyday practical living? In its simplest understanding it means we always have access to our Father! It means we never have to shrink back from His presence! In the Old Covenant the Priest couldn't come into God presence anytime He wanted. He also had to meet certain requirements. Now because of the precious blood we can boldly come into His presence! We can receive His love, grace and mercy anytime we need it! He is that GOOD!!!
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
Final proof we have been redeemed! It is past tense. It is a finished work! We aren't waiting to be redeemed! He has bought us back. He is our Father and we are His children if you have received Him. He has translated us out of satan's "family" and put us in His family! Proving we are His kids. It didn't say we did anything to earn this position. We simply believed Him and received what He has done and in response said thank you! If you ever felt lost or alone or rejected or abandoned or empty know this that He has placed you in His family. So you are not an orphan! You belong to the Family. Rejoice. You are loved! Completely loved! God is so good!