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The Wednesday Word: Gospel Peace

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, (Colossians 1:20 a)

The blood of Christ gives us a profound insight into God’s estimation of sin. God, being the God of justice, will by no means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7). Sin has earned an awful debt, and all debts must be paid. We ought not to fool ourselves into thinking that God is some easy going, doddery, old grandfather who doesn’t notice sin. He notices and has done so from the beginning. And because He saw our sin, the Lamb of God went to the cross with this scripture in mind, “It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). Because Christ poured out His blood, peace has now been established between God and us. Indeed, there is only one foundation for peace, and that is the blood of Jesus. To enjoy this peace, therefore, our daily spiritual occupation is to, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29). He is the one who has paid for and taken away our sin.

In Luke 15:2 we are told, “This man (Jesus) receives sinners.” That means that, when we come to Christ our mercy seat, we are fully accepted, and the free gift of eternal life is ours. But you say, I don’t feel that I have a right to go to Him, my sin ‘s too big! Well, it’s your word against His. He says to come to Him, and he knows what He is talking about.

Old Tom Farrell, a Scottish blacksmith, had lived a God-defying life. But, in His mercy, the Lord brought him to trust in Christ alone. Some years later, he was on his death bed, and his wife asked him if he were scared to die. He looked at her, smiled and then said, “What would I be afraid of? I’m going to be with the Man who died for me.” Old Tom knew that peace had been made by the blood.

God’s grace is demonstrated to us through the shed blood of our substitute. In the Old Testament, the High Priest came to the Mercy Seat with the blood. In bringing the blood, he was confessing that both he and the people were sinners. When he came with the blood, he found God waiting to be gracious. Was God gracious because the High Priest confessed everyone’s sin? No! God’s graciousness flowed because the demands of His justice had been met by the blood of a substitute. Because of the blood, there never was a flash of angry lightning there. Because of the blood, there never was one faint rumble of wrathful thunder there. Because of the blood, God looked and seemed to say, “I am well pleased with the blood of this substitute because it points towards the blood of my Son. Because of My Son, I will spare sinners.”

Not only did God gaze upon the blood, but the High Priest, as representative of the people, also fixed his eye on the same blood that lay on the mercy-seat. As he stood gazing on the blood, it was as if he said, “Lord, there is my death and the people’s death for each sin; there is my wrath offering; there is your law’s demand.”

And this is the position of all believers. Our eye is on Jesus, the Christ who was crucified. Our hearts believe that because of the blood, God has given us eternal life (1 John 5:11). Because of the blood, our mouths boldly confess, “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes” (Romans 10:4). In other words, the believer is free from having to present His strenuous efforts at law-keeping as the method of gaining favour with God. The law, as a means of saving righteousness, is now obsolete. There is no peace, therefore, available to the man who tries to establish his righteousness other than by the doing, dying and rising again of Christ.

I hear the words of love,

I gaze upon the blood,

I see the mighty sacrifice,

And I have peace with God.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

Peace Made Through the Blood Pt 4

The Wednesday Word: Peace Made Through the Blood Pt 4

 

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, (Colossians 1:20)

 

Peace with God has already been made. In fact, peace with God was accomplished by the blood of Christ 2000 years ago. Because of the blood, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1) and we also enjoy its child, the peace of God (Colossians 3:15).

Faith sees the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice and embraces the fact that peace with God has already been declared. “Perhaps,” says someone, “I need to get some more faith for, as I examine my level of faith, I find it is not too high.” Oh no … you are on the wrong track altogether. Faith does not examine itself. Let me ask you, does your eye look in or out? Well of course it looks out, it does not examine itself. Faith is like this– it is always looking outward to the exalted Christ and His finished work.

Dr. F. B. Myer was once speaking to a lady about receiving salvation by faith. She couldn’t understand his message and told him so. At tea with her a day later, he suddenly turned and said, “Madam, may I please have a cup of tea?” She looked at his table and said, “Why, Dr. Meyer, you already have a cup of tea.” A little later he said again, “Will you please give me a cup of tea?” She replied, “Why, Dr. Meyer, don’t you see, you have a cup of tea right there at your plate.” In a few moments, he said again, “Please give me a cup of tea! I’m so tired, and I need it.” Utterly bewildered, his hostess started to speak, then caught her breath. After a moment she said, “Oh, Dr. Meyer, I see it all now. What you mean is that the Lord’s blessing, power, and forgiveness are right here before me, yet I am asking and asking for it, instead of taking it and finding peace through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If Christ has died in your place, if He has poured out His blood for you, if He has risen and ascended into heaven, there to sit as your representative, then you are at peace. The war between you and God is over! No amount of you trying to feel this will improve your standing with God.

There is no one else to trust … faith sees this. Christ Jesus is our salvation. He is the One who poured out His blood. To deal with God, we must, therefore, deal with the Lord Jesus. Since Christ has been sacrificed for us, we are invited to draw near in full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22). Even though we are flawed, it is safe for us to draw near to God. There is no war because of the blood.

Some years ago, a gospel minister called in to see an aged lady, Grandma Murray. She told the minister that she had been trying to ‘make her peace’ with God and had devoted her life to religious duties and righteous living. In spite of all this, she had no peace. The minister sat down with her, and read our text, Colossians 1:20, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross.” He then looked at her and said with a kindly voice, “My dear Mrs Murray, you are trying to perform a hopeless task. You are trying to do what has already been done.” The aged woman seemed amazed and said, “Let me read that for myself.” The preacher sat in silence while she slowly read the text. “Aye,” she said, “It’s strange how I never saw that before, and it was there all the time. I’ve been trying to do what Christ has already done long, long ago. What a stupid mistake! I might as well have tried to make another universe. But blessed be His name, I see that He has done it so I am satisfied with Him and His work, and I rest my soul upon it.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth

 

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Peace through the Blood Part 3

November 27, 2013 1 comment

The Wednesday Word: Peace through the Blood Part 3

 

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, (Colossians 1:20 a)

 

One of the excellent benefits of the gospel is peace. God is the God of peace. He is surrounded by peace and is at peace within Himself. There is neither turmoil nor disturbance within His psyche. His thoughts towards us are ones of peace and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11). Being that God is the God of peace, it is not surprising to discover that, when Jesus hung on the cross, peace was made between God and sinners. At the cross, Christ was chastised to the extreme, and in our place (Isaiah 53:5). Because of this, we now have peace with God. Because of the shed blood our sins are removed, and we stand before God in the full knowledge that His war with us is over. We have peace with God.

Octavius Winslow said it like this,

“The atoning blood is everything to us. It is the groundwork of our salvation- yes, it is salvation itself. It is the source of our peace …. yes, it is peace itself. It is the open door of heaven- yes, it is heaven itself. All that is really holy and precious to a poor believing penitent is bound up in the atoning blood of Jesus.”

Of course, there are many who, because of their spiritual dullness, see the shedding of Christ’s blood as a pointless exercise. They have no concept that man, by nature, is a God hater and rebel against the Almighty. They fail to see that, man the rebel is under the wrath of the almighty.

By the way, if it seems too extreme to say that by nature man is a God hater, I would point you to the source of this teaching in John 7:7 where we read, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” Who taught this? It was none other than the Lord Jesus! Now, here’s the unpleasant truth; man, left to his own devices has freely chosen to live in defiance and hatred of God. The only hope man has, therefore, is God’s intervention with the blood of the crucified Christ. It alone has made peace. Indeed, it is impossible to, by faith, embrace the lamb of God dying in our place and not have peace. Christ has shed His blood, and the Father has accepted that same blood on the mercy seat (Hebrews 9:24). Since this same Christ, who was once crowned with thorns, is now crowned with majesty, we can behold Him by faith and have peace.

Centuries before Jesus was born, the cross had been used as an instrument of torture and death. In 519 BC, for example, the Persian King, Darius I, crucified 3,000 political enemies in Babylon. The cross as a method of execution was later adopted by the Romans but used only on non-citizens and slaves. When Jesus Christ came and bore our sins, however, the cross took on a new significance. There the Saviour, “through the blood of His cross,” made peace. The gospel turned the wretched instrument of torture into God’s glorious negotiating table. In Christ alone, the Father and the sinner meet. When they meet, they both behold the blood. The Father’s looks at the blood and sees that His Son has died in the place of the sinner. The sinner looks at the blood and sees that Christ has died instead of him. Thus, the Father and the sinner are both satisfied with the blood. They come into agreement through and by the blood. The result is peace!

And that’s the Gospel Truth

 

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Miles McKee Ministries,

7235 Bonneval Rd.

JacksonvilleFL.

32256. USA

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Miles McKee

8 Ard Beg,

Newbawn, County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

Peace Made Through The Blood, Part 2

November 20, 2013 1 comment

The Wednesday Word: Peace Made Through The Blood, Part 2

 

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, (Colossians 1:20 a)

 

The Father’s plan has always been the cross. It is there that He made peace. It was there that Christ represented His people and purchased them with His blood. Christ is the Father’s gift of peace and peace with God, therefore, comes through Christ alone. It doesn’t come by whipping ourselves up to a state of ecstasy. Nor do we have to work or wait for it. We simply, by faith, rest on what the Word says about the blood. He has already made peace by the blood of his cross, now we, by faith, receive it!

In the fullness of time, the Lord Jesus came as the peacemaker and declared the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:19). To obtain our peace, He was set forth as a propitiation (a wrath offering) that has satisfied the justice of God (Romans 3:25). We, now, believe and rest on Christ alone and present the shed blood of our substitute to the Father. The wrath of God no longer abides on us. To the contrary, the blood speaks of peace, love and mercy. There is nothing now that can be laid to the charge of God’s elect.

It is liberating and peace giving to know for certain that our sins have been blotted out for ever! God is waiting to be gracious. He does not demand any preparation on our part to come to Him: It is the blood of Jesus Christ, not our preparation, that cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

The Father is fully satisfied with the doing, dying and rising again of Jesus. Are you? Are you fully satisfied that your sin was taken away by the Lord Jesus as He poured out His blood on the cross? Are you persuaded that your sins have been put away in a powerful and righteous way? Peace, both legal and experiential, now flows from the cross. Have you embraced the Christ of the cross as your own? It is only through the shed blood of our crucified and exalted Saviour that we have peace.

The saintly Alexander Whyte, when an aged minister of the gospel, addressed a gathering of young converts in Edinburgh, Scotland, saying,

“Young men, when I came first to Christ, long, long ago, I had an idea, unexpressed, but real, that by and by I would become so inherently holy that I would not need to bemoan myself in this debasing way before the cross. I would not need to bring myself always down as a foul, polluted soul, a beggar in filthy rags before the holy God. Ah! I was proud, and so are you, dear young convert. Take care. But now I am an old man, the snows of time are on my head, more than a whole half-century has rolled by, and as I stand before you I can hear, but a few paces in front of me, the low dash-dash of the wave of eternity on the beach where I’m soon to embark for the other side. I can hear the flap of the sail as the pale boatman, Death, grates his waiting keel on yon ready strand. Ay, I’ll very soon be in eternity, and this morning what did I do? Well, after sixty years of knowing and loving my Saviour, I came to the Lord Jesus this morning, as I came at the first, as a poor, perishing, hell-deserving sinner, pleading his own precious blood, with no hope but his death, no trust nor rest in anything else. Christ was the beginning, and he will be the end.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth

 

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