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The Wednesday Word: Presenting Jesus

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

We are sanctified (set apart) by the blood. We were bought and paid for by the blood. We were then seated in heaven, in Christ, having been totally delivered by the One who created us (Ephesians 2:6). It is finished!

Christ’s blood has entirely sanctified and cleansed us before the Father. Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). There’s nothing in our Master’s sacrifice that should be out of it and nothing out of it that should be in it. It is complete, and we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).

In Leviticus 4:4, the errant sinner is told to “bring his offering unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.”

Notice, even though this verse comes from the Old Economy, it doesn’t tell the fallen sinner to do penance and be miserable for 40 days to atone for his sin. He is not told to go away and be depressed for four weeks to pay his debt. He is not given any sanctification techniques. He is not told to bang His head against the wall and then to go fast, pray and whip his back for another month to pay for what he did. No, the sinner is simply told to bring the “bullock without blemish” before the Lord.

Now to New Testamentize this. The Father does not endorse penance programs; He holds to His verdict of the Gospel. As believers, no matter who or what we are, when we sin, we don’t enter into self-punishment mode. No amount of self-flagellation will help. We are already sanctified and set apart by that one great work which was accomplished outside of us 2000 years ago at Calvary. We simply, by faith, bring Christ to the Father and discover immediate fellowship with God.

In the New Testament, we have a better mediator (Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 8:6). His name is Jesus, and He is all-sufficient. It is, therefore, a scandal to take Him for granted. It’s a dishonor to think that He is anything less than all and in all (Colossians 3:11). No matter how badly we feel about our sin, we present Christ to the Father.

We come to the Father in Jesus’ name.

By the way, “In Jesus’ name” is not merely a little formula that we attach to our prayers. No indeed! When we pray in Jesus name, we are pleading the merits of the Son and all that His blood has gained and guaranteed for us. We are declaring that He, Jesus, is our only qualification for being there before the Father.

We read; “By one offering He has perfected for ever those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Jesus did what the Old Testament sacrifices could never do. He perfected us! Everything essential to salvation is included in this one great gift of Christ. Every believer fits into the category of, “Those that are sanctified.” To lessen Christ’s accomplishments on our behalf and to insist on a certain level of personal piety to qualify us to talk to the Father is to go back to legalism.

Leviticus 4:6 says the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord. This points us towards the perfection of the New Covenant. Jesus Christ has finished and perfected the work for us. He has sanctified and set us apart unto God by His blood. Every one of our sins has been purged and !taken away. We are His sanctified possession.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: The Most Famous Speech in the Universe

Hebrews 12:24

The atoning blood is speaking blood. It announces the message of mercy, grace and everlasting life. Because of the blood, believers are no longer subject to the just and furious wrath of God. Furthermore, because of the blood, it is now impossible for Satan to lay anything to our charge (Romans 8:33).

In Hebrews 12:24 we read of, “the blood of sprinkling.” In the Old Testament, Moses, as he sprinkled the blood on the people, was prophetically foretelling the work of Christ (Exodus 24:8). It is no wonder then that we read in the New Testament that we are, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:2).

Christ’s blood speaks to us that the vilest offender who believes and rests on Jesus will be saved and delivered from the wrath to come. The blood also speaks of the Almighty God accepting, on our behalf, the sacrifice which He supplied. The blood again speaks of the Justice of God whereby He clears the guilty through the finished work of our accepted Substitute who took away our sins on the cross.

The blood has made the most powerful and famous speech in the Universe.

Many years ago in Ireland, there was a woman who was a very devout Roman Catholic. She attended Mass almost every day but had no peace in her heart. Through time she became distraught about her sins. She went to the priest and confessed them all, but her conviction of sin only grew worse.

At last, she went personally to the priest and told him of her great distress. He told her that she needed something to cheer her up, and as there was a comedian in town, she should go and hear him. The lady decided to go and hear the comedian, but she went to the wrong place. She found a group of people in a hall, but instead of a comedian, a preacher stood up and began to preach. His subject was, “The Forgiveness of Sin through the Blood of Christ.” The lady wanted to leave the meeting, but she was shy and didn’t want to make a noise in moving. So she decided to stay until it was finished.

The sermon on the blood of Christ, as it turns out, was the very message she had needed to hear. Afterwards, she asked the preacher what book he had been reading from. He told her that it was a Bible and gave her a copy. She went home and read and read the Bible. She read of the redeeming blood of the Saviour, she read of the forgiveness of sins, and she trusted Christ for His mercy. By grace alone, both the guilt and weight of her sin were taken away.

Some weeks later the priest visited her and asked her why she had not been attending Mass. She told him that she had found forgiveness and peace with God through the shed blood of her Saviour. When the priest saw the Bible, he was irate and grabbed the book, confiscating it. As he left, he shouted at her, saying that she would go to Hell if she read about the things in this book.

The lady bought another Bible and continued to read it diligently. A month later she decided that she should go and talk to the priest about his soul. When she arrived at his place, a nun opened the door and said in an angry voice, “Come in and see the priest.” When the woman went in, she saw a coffin with the dead body of the priest in it. The nun said, “He died very upset, and he cursed you for having that book, the Bible.”

Though the woman left the house very sad and dismayed, she continued to read her Bible. Some weeks later, late at night, there was a knock at her door. When she opened the door, a lady stood there with her head covered. She asked her inside. When the woman took off her head covering it was the nun. She said, “I have come to tell you that I am very sorry for telling you a dreadful lie about the priest.” She then told her how the priest had begun to read the Bible, and when he died, he was praising God for His mercy and forgiveness through the blood of Christ.

The nun told the lady how she herself had begun to read the Bible after the priest was buried, and how the Lord in His mercy had found her. She now saw the message of the blood, and now she was running away from the Convent and fleeing to England. She too had had her eyes opened to Christ and His promised salvation through the blood of the cross.

The blood of Christ does not call out for revenge, but for mercy upon all who believe. What a powerful speech there is in the Blood of Christ.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 12

12. Though there be no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, yet are they taught, and that effectually, to be ashamed of their sins Rom. 6:21; and to be sorry for them after a godly sort, 2 Cor. 7:9, 10, 11; yea to loath themselves for them; Ezek. 36:31. Because that sin is an evil and a filthy thing, and in its own nature tends to the provoking and dishonoring of God, being disobedience against God, and a thing which the most holy GOD declares Himself to loath and abhor; so that nothing but the blood of Christ could purge us from our sins, and reconcile us to God, Whom by sin we had offended. Therefore, the Saints both are, and must be grieved, and must judge themselves, because they have sinned against their holy and glorious God, and merciful and loving Father, I Cor. 11:31.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

A sinner’s faith is true faith when he believes as a sinner

November 9, 2015 1 comment

Spurgeon 3“Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” I like what Luther says “I would run into Christ’s arms if he had a drawn sword in his hands.” That is called venturesome believing, but as an old divine says, there is no such thing as venturesome believing, we cannot venture on Christ, it is no venture at all, there is no hap-hazard in the least degree. It is a holy and heavenly experience, when we can go to Christ, amid the storm, and say, “Oh! Jesus, I believe I am covered by thy blood,” when we can feel ourselves to be all over rags, and yet can say, “Lord, I believe that through Christ Jesus, ragged though I am, I am fully absolved.” A saint’s faith is little faith when he believes as a saint, but a sinner’s faith is true faith when he believes as a sinner. The faith, not of a sinless being but the faith of a sinful creature — that is the faith which delights God. Go, then Christian; ask that this may be thy experience, to learn each day, “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- God Alone the Salvation of His People-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, May 18, 1856

The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by the Blood: Part 3

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

We are sanctified (set apart) by the blood. We were bought and paid for by the blood. We were then seated in heaven, in Christ, having been totally delivered by the One who created us. It is finished!

In the Old Testament, however, nothing was finished. Back then, animal sacrifices were burned outside the camp of Israel (Leviticus 16:27). In like manner, Jesus suffered outside the gate of Jerusalem in order that He might sanctify the people of God. His blood has entirely sanctified and cleansed us before the Father. Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). He is our peace offering, our burnt offering, our meal offering, and our sin offering. There’s nothing in Christ’s sacrifice that should be out of it and nothing out of it that should be in it. It is complete, and we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).

Furthermore, Leviticus 4:4 addresses the sinner saying; “And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.”

Notice, this verse does not tell the fallen sinner to do penance and be miserable for 40 days to atone for his sin. He is not told to go away and be depressed for four weeks in order to pay his debt. He is not given any sanctification techniques. He is not told to bang His head against the wall and then to go fast, pray and whip his back for another month to pay for what he did. No, the sinner is simply told to bring the “bullock without blemish” before the Lord.

Now to New Testamentize this. The Father does not endorse penance programs; He endorses the gospel. As believers, no matter who or what we are, or what we have done, when we sin, fall and fail, we don’t enter into self-punishment mode. No amount of self-flagellation will help. We are already sanctified and set apart by that one great work which happened outside of us 2000 years ago. We simply, by faith, on the basis of Calvary, bring Christ to the Father and discover instant restoration before God.

In the New Testament, we have a better mediator than they had in the Old (Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 8:6). His name is Christ Jesus and He is sufficient. It is, therefore, a shame to take Him for granted. It’s a shame to think that He is anything less than all and in all (Colossians 3:11). No matter how badly you feel about your sin, present Christ to the Father.

Let me ask, as a sinner, when you get on your knees, do you present yourself? No! If you are schooled in the gospel, you present Christ. We come to the Father in Jesus’ name. By the way, “In Jesus’ name” is not merely a little formula that we attach to our prayers. No indeed! When we pray in Jesus name, we are pleading the merits of the Son and all that His shed blood has gained and guaranteed for us. We are declaring that He, Jesus, is our only and sufficient qualification for being there before the Father.

We read; “By one offering He has perfected for ever those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Jesus did what the Old Testament sacrifices could never do. He perfected us! Everything essential to the salvation of the individual is included in this one great gift of Christ, which the believing sinner receives, by faith in Christ. Every believer fits the category of, “Those that are sanctified.” To lessen Christ’s accomplishments on our behalf and to insist on a certain level of personal piety to qualify us to talk to the Father is to go back to the Law.

Leviticus 4:6 says the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord. This points towards the perfection of the New Covenant. Jesus Christ has finished and perfected the work for us. He has sanctified and set us apart unto God by His blood. Every one of our sins has been purged by His blood and taken away. We are His sanctified possession.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

For free sermons and teachings from Miles McKee www.sermonaudio.com/milesmckee

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The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by The Blood Part 2

July 23, 2014 1 comment

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

Usually, when non-gospel centred people hear me, or people like me, talk about the blood, they say we are teaching that anyone can sin and get away with it. I am not teaching that at all. What I am saying, however, is because of grace alone, we are in Christ and in Christ there is a superabundance of grace to cover us when we fall. We are sanctified, redeemed, purchased and legally set apart unto God by the blood and neither we nor Satan can destroy that which God has accomplished. Since believers are the recipients of eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12), we will neither be re-sold into the slavery of sin nor prised away, nor fall from the loving, powerful hands of the Master.

Listen to Hebrews 10:14; “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” We are sanctified, forever, because of gospel grace. We are part of the New Covenant. The blood has made us perfect and has set us apart in the sight of God. Isn’t it time to believe this from our hearts?

Adolph Saphir states; “The Holy Ghost Himself witnessed by the prophet Jeremiah that the New Covenant was connected with complete and eternal forgiveness of sin. …The characteristic of the New Testament standing of believers is that they are free from sin in the sight of God, and that always and forever. “No more remembrance of sin;” because Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

This is our sanctification; this is our standing before God.”

Adolph Saphir: The Epistle to the Hebrews: Kregel Publications: Page 645.

If a priest of Israel sinned (Leviticus 4:2-5), he did not begin working harder. He did not say, “Now, wait a minute, I am not sanctified enough. I need to do more.” He did not look back, he didn’t look inside himself, —he almost didn’t do a thing. He instead brought a bullock to the Lord. But, even that required a little work. Bullocks are heavy beasts. A little, just a little, work was needed to bring the sacrifice … this shows one of the flaws in the Old Covenant!

In the New Covenant, however, when a person sins, they only need by faith to bring the offering. And what is the offering? The offering is Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10:10 we read; “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” The sinner, by faith, brings the offering that has been presented 2000 years ago by Christ. Christ offered Himself—and He is the offering we bring. We don’t have to carry him, or lead Him, we simply, by faith, present Christ and His shed blood.

Someone asks, “How long do I have to wait to be restored after I sin?” The answer is simple, there is no waiting time. While there may be time given in the church assembly, decreed for healing and restoration to service after a serious fall, there is no fellowship probation in Heaven’s courtroom. Bring the blood and enjoy instant communion with the Father. We have already been purchased forever. He does not cast us off and spurn us.

Jesus was numbered among the transgressors and publicly displayed on the accursed cross. As He became our sin offering, He was reckoned as being sin. To the unbelieving Jews, He was a curse. Indeed, multitudes of people yet find no beauty in Him. The Hymn writer speaks well of His passion saying;

 

“O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;

How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

J.W. Alexander 1830

 

However, this same, despised and rejected Saviour, who poured out His blood and died, rose from the dead, entered the most holy place with His own blood, ascended to His throne and has sanctified and perfected us forever. We look to Him and not ourselves. He is our only hope. He is our certain hope. He is our assured hope!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by the Blood: Part 1

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

The blood of Christ is so powerful that it has purged every one of our sins and set us apart unto God. The all-seeing, all-piercing eye of Yahweh could discover no flaw in the blood for it contained no tinge of sin. It was and is the blood of the Lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19). The Lamb’s blood was pure, untainted and clean and, therefore, it alone was exclusively suitable to sanctify us.

When Jesus Christ went to heaven in the ascension, He took us with Him, and positionally seated us there with Him as ransomed, redeemed and sanctified believers (Ephesians 2:6). From that point forward, the Father could never again see us in sin or see sin in us. Our growth in grace and the knowledge of God will be greatly accelerated as we grasp this truth. It is a finished work. Now the big question that occupies our mind is, not what we can do, but what He has done (Colossians 3:1). Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). He will never reckon sin or sins to us. We are washed and sanctified by the blood.

If we sin, and to our shame we say we will, we have the privilege of instantly bringing our wretchedness to our High Priest. Our sins may cause us to cower in alarm as we think of God’s great displeasure, but it is the blood that tells us what God really thinks of us. He sees us as set apart and sanctified unto him. Because of the blood, we cannot be taken from Him. Spurgeon tells us;

“The apostle says that we who are the priests of God have a right as priests to go to God’s mercy-seat that is within the Vail; but it were to our death to go there unless we were perfect. But we are perfect, for the blood of Christ has been sprinkled on us, and, therefore, our standing before God is the standing of perfection.”

CHS: New Park Street Pulpit: Sermon No. 232: Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 2nd, 1859.

If, however, we insist on remaining in wilful sin, then, although our standing before God is un-altered, we reap what the sin produces and what the Holy Spirit of God must do to chastise us —to bring us away from the love of our sin. This does not mean, however, that we are legally separated from the One to whom the blood has already attached us. The Apostle Paul instructs us that; “Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any Creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Does this give us a license to sin? God forbid (Romans 6:2; Romans 6:15)! The true believer wants to continually fellowship with the Father through the Son. But, if we sin and grieve the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can enjoy fellowship in the plan of God. Therefore, as we grow in grace, the Spirit of God begins to teach us a holy hatred of sin. However, this holy hatred does not separate us unto God any more than the blood has already done. We, as sanctified believers, have continual access with boldness to the throne of grace, and we may come in all our time of need. Because of the blood, we are always perfect and always qualified to come to the His throne, whatever our doubts, whatever our sins.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

For free sermons and teachings from Miles McKee http://www.sermonaudio.com/milesmckee

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