Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Precious Blood of Christ

In 1 Peter 1:18 & 19 Peter reminds us that we "...were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and 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." Never forget, nor be persuaded otherwise, that it was and is the precious and literal blood of Christ that washes away our sins---1 John1:7. Heb.9:22 tells us: "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission." Heb. 10:4 says "For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." So whose blood is it that remits our sins? Only the Blood of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh could ever suffice. Genuine believers know this, they cherish the fact of the ability of Christ's blood to wash away their sins. It is foundational to the Gospel to the point that without His shed blood there would be no Gospel, no "Good News", and no salvation for the lost. If Christ had died in any manner other than the Cross with all it's interconnected events (most especially the shedding of His blood) there would be no Gospel, no victory over His enemies, and certainly no salvation for man. There was no "Plan B." The Lamb of God was "slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev.13:8) and that in the specific manner in which He died and was raised again.

Yet we have within Christendom today men who go to great lengths to discount the shed blood of Christ as a "common thing." Some of these men are well respected, highly sought after, highly paid, internationally known, and above suspicion or reproach. Men like R B Thieme Jr. who took up his deceased father's mantle to spread his teachings; Wade Burleson of Istoria Ministries; and the champion of this teaching: John MacArthur. JM clearly and repeatedly refers to the blood of Christ as nothing more than a euphemism for His death and by doing so blatantly ignores specific Scriptures and the teaching of them. He makes statements like 'there is no saving efficacy in the fluid that came out of His body' and 'it's not His bleeding, but His dying.' And on the nausea goes. Listen to his own words from his own mouth at'watch?v=TvRv7iShIZ4 and judge for yourself.

For a man of such supposed education, his supposed study of the Word of God, and all his "years of service" (the question is "who is JM serving?") and yet can so flagrantly ignore Scripture to come up with yet another heresy to his credit no doubt staggers the mind of some. JM has also stated in no uncertain terms that the blood of Jesus soaked into the ground, was not "collected in a vessel" and that His blood is forever lost---in the ground at Calvary. There are many other inane and biblically unsupportable statements that JM makes concerning the blood of Jesus. It makes one wonder if he has considered the ramifications of his careless words, because they are dire, damning, and eternal.

Let the Word of God speak and see for yourself who is right; JM or the Holy Spirit. Heb. 9 contains everything needed to destroy this nonsense of MacArthur and others, but they will not even consider these verses, much less the error and evil of their words. Consider the inspired text and decide for yourself who speaks God's Words and who lies. Heb. 9:11-14: "But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with blood of bulls and goats, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." If Christ's blood was not 'collected' but forever soaked into the ground, how could He have carried His own blood into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle not made with hands? Continuing: "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God."

Now to the dangerous and lethal ramifications of this teaching. The key phrase of the last quote is "who through the eternal Spirit" Never does a Member of the Trinity do anything alone, but always in complete agreement with each other, they act together. Think about the Creation, the Father created everything through the Son, as the Spirit brooded over the deep. So it is with the crucifixion. For those who wish to downplay the blood of Christ in any manner there are eternally damning consequences. Heb. 10:28 & 29 says "Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common ('unholy' KJV) thing and insulted the Spirit of grace?" Since Christ offered Himself (and His blood) through the eternal Spirit, it is blaspheme against the Holy Spirit to disparage the Savior's blood as MacArthur and others do even today. These men are not born again, there is no hope for them to ever become born again, so making a plea for repentance will fall upon deaf ears. Titus 1:10 &11 gives us instruction for prayer in this matter: that the mouths of these men may be stopped. This is not an 'accusation' but a simple statement of fact, they have already accused themselves of this blaspheme by their own words and all who adhere to this lie will give an account to the Judge in the Last Day at the Great White Throne Judgment. It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that all these men have done, all the supposed 'good teaching' they put forth, everything, all their books, CDs, whatever, belongs in the trash heap---forever.

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