Scripture: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”; (1st John 1:8).
“What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
“Nothing But the Blood“, is an old gospel hymnal, written by Robert Lowry. This song has all the earmarks of a classic gospel song. The song focuses on a single theme, and the message is accurate. God has given testimony to the sinfulness of the world, and had provided a sufficient, effectual sacrifice for sin. Only the blood of Jesus takes away our sins. The Blood of Jesus is the Ultimate Stain Remover for Sin!
People usually get quiet when it comes to the topic of sin. However, no one is without sin, and the only way to be cleansed from your sins is by the blood of Jesus. For every sin against God, there is a consequence to be paid. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; (Heb. 9:22). Man’s sins do not go unnoticed, nor are they overlooked by God.
Sin is any transgression against the known law of God, committed by any morally responsible person. Sin has a twofold meaning, there is the original sin and actual sin. The original sin is inherited from Adam, as a result of his disobedience. Every human being born into the world after Adam is considered to be a part of Adam’s race, making us inheritors of Adam’s sin nature. The original sin is expelled from the sinner after the person places their faith in Jesus and accepts Him as their Savior. Their sin record is cancelled and the transformation process begins. Their heart is cleansed of all unrighteousness, and confession of total allegiance to God is made.
Actual sin (or personal sin), deals with the attitudes and motives of the heart. Although Christians will sin from time to time, they will not have a desire to sin because a change has taken place in the heart, making that person more inclined to righteousness than to sin.
THE BLOOD COVENANT
God originally made a covenant with Abram (Abraham), promising to bless him and his descendants (Gen. 15). Thirteen years later, God made an everlasting covenant of circumcision with Abram, promising to be the God of his people, and to give them the whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. Only this time the covenant had requirements. Abram and his descendant had to keep the covenant throughout all generations, and as a sign of the covenant, every male born or bought into the family had to be circumcised; (Gen. 17).
God performed the very first animal sacrifice which covered the sin of Adam and Eve temporarily. He established the necessity of the shedding of blood to cover man’s sins. However, the blood of animals was not sufficient to cover the sins of the people, except on a temporary basis. Animal sacrifices proved to be only a reminder of sins committed against God. The sins against an Holy and Infinite God required a holy and infinite sacrifice.
The Blood of Christ is the basis of the New Covenant. The covenant promise was extended spiritually to all who would believe, on the basis of faith, in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became flesh and made his dwelling among men; (John 1:14). Only he could satisfy sins death penalty requirement. Jesus, (God in flesh), willingly laid down his life; (John 10:18), fulfilling all the requirements of the Law. Thereby, providing eternal life for all who would believe in Him, and accept His sacrifice in exchange for their sins. The shed blood of Christ is a finished work that satisfied sins death penalty completely. The entire work of redemption was finished at the Cross completely and forever; (Heb. 9:12). (Continue to page 2)