sermon: The Talking Blood (Part Two)

John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 07-Nov-20; Sermon #1569; 67 minutes

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Of the three witnesses identified in I John 5:6-9, only Jesus Christ's blood has the capacity to cover, atone and expiate for the sins of mankind. No less than 427 times, the Scriptures remind God's people that only death covers sin. As one scholar quipped, "No matter where you cut the Bible, it bleeds." Hebrews 12:24 connects Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant, with the blood of Abel which testified similarly of injustice. Isaiah 1:18-19 teaches God's called-out ones that, despite the horrendous sins Israel committed, upon repentance, Christ's sacrifice covers sin. Sadly, the carnality of most humans causes them to minimize their sins, explaining them away as silly mistakes, failing to remember that a little leaven puffs the whole lump. God the Father does not take the minimization of His Son's sacrifice lightly, as some Protestant theologians imply with their cheap grace-eternal security doctrine. Christ's sacrifice, in fact the costliest rescue service ever rendered to mankind, was certainly not free. Not only His death, but His current office as High Priest and advocate, cries out that His blood has reconciled humanity to God. Because His blood covers the sins of the Saints, God's called-out ones have the obligation to extend this love and forgiveness to their spiritual siblings and ultimately to everyone.

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