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Paid for by His Blood!

October 16, 2013 4 comments

The Wednesday Word: Paid for by His Blood!

Without the shedding of His blood, Jesus could not have become our redeemer. We are bought and paid for by blood, the precious blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7).

The New Testament scholar, Leon Morris, points out that although we use words such as “redeemer” or “redemption” in a religious sense,– “when the man of the first century heard them he immediately thought in non-religious terms” (The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross (Eerdmans), p. 11).

In New Testament days, redemption was a commercial term that meant to release from bondage by the payment of a price. And what was the price paid for our redemption? It was the death of Christ by the shedding of His blood. Through His death, Jesus purchased us from the slave-market of sin and death, and we are not for re-sale. What immense value there must be in his blood. Gold can buy many things, but it could not purchase any of us from the slave market of sin and death. Only the blood of Christ could do that (1 Peter 1:18-19). Christ’s blood must, therefore, be the most valuable currency in the cosmos.

By the shedding of His blood, Christ Jesus has declared Himself to be the uniquely placed, redeemer for sinners. In Him, there is redemption for the worst and the best of us. He is our ransom. He, by His blood, paid the price of our release from death row.

Romans 3:24 tells us that our redemption is, “in Christ Jesus.” He did not merely come to pay the ransom, He came to be the ransom. He came not only to be the Redeemer, but also to be our actual Redemption. We have redemption, not because we have had an experience, but because we have a Redeemer who gave Himself and poured out His blood as an acceptable sacrifice in our stead. Our redemption is not because we had something wonderful happen in us. Our redemption, in reality, is objectively found in Christ. Christ became our redemption when He took our sins and paid our ransom with His own blood.

Christ is both our ransom and redemption. The weakest saints can now look to Him and see that their redemption is accomplished and secure. God’s people can cease from striving in their flesh, for the Holy Judge of all the earth continually looks on the Person of His Beloved Son and is well pleased. Christ now stands before the throne as our mediator and acceptable redemption. We are purchased with His blood.

In Old Testament times, it was the priestly function to offer up sacrifices. But, who was qualified to offer Christ as a sacrifice on our behalf? Certainly no other person alive could have done that, for all had sinned. How would it be possible, then, for a sinful man to offer up the sinless Lamb of God? The answer is found in Christ alone. He was both the offerer and the offered. As our High Priest, He presented Himself as the perfect offering (Hebrews 9:14). He did what no High Priest could do … He offered Himself. By His blood, He ransomed and redeemed us, and so powerful was the ransom paid by blood that it has put away our sins forever (Hebrews 9:26).

There is, therefore, no redemption found in any other teacher, guru or preacher, for Christ alone poured out His blood and died for us (John 14:6). I’m sure that the vast array of world religions have founders and leaders who have said some sensible things, but not one of them, by their death, redeemed their people. How vividly this contrasts with Christ. He alone is the supplier of salvation for He alone is the purchaser and owner of salvation. All that we need we find in Him alone. We are paid for by His blood.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

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The Perfect Christ and His Perfect Gospel

The Wednesday Word: The Perfect Christ and His Perfect Gospel

 

2 Samuel 22:31: “As for God, his way is perfect”

John 14:6: “I am the Way.”

Christ is perfect (Hebrews 5:9). As a result of this perfection, His work is also perfect (Hebrews 10:14). As, from the cross, He uttered that famous word, “Finished” (John 19:30), He declared that His redemptive work for us had been perfectly accomplished.

What a joy to know that Christ’s redemptive work is finished and complete. There is nothing in it that should be out of it, and nothing out of it that should be in it.

Since Jesus is the perfect One (1 Peter 1:18-19), everything that He touches is coloured with His perfection. He is the embodiment of ‘Sinless Perfection‘. By faith, we now see Him standing between us and the Father. By faith, we see ourselves now clothed in Christ’s perfection. We no longer need to contrive ways and means by which to earn the Father’s approval. Why scheme to obtain that which we already have?

Christ and His gospel are perfect! When we look at Jesus, we see perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect faith, perfect worship, perfect prayer, perfect grace, perfect truth and perfect righteousness.

We see that this perfect Christ has forged a perfect gospel on the anvil of His own obedience.

Our Christian experience is not perfect, it is developing and improving. Our Christian experience, therefore, cannot be considered as being the gospel. If we preach our experience of Christ and about how we are growing in grace, we are not preaching the gospel. We are not preaching the perfect work of God in Christ. We are not preaching that which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If we, on the other hand, preach Christ’s experience for us on our behalf, we are building on solid gospel ground.

God, in His perfection, has demanded a perfect righteousness from us. As William Cunningham said,

“”The righteousness of God is that righteousness which God’s righteousness requires him to require.”

But how can we attain to such a thing? Ah! How indeed? The answer is that Christ Himself has provided this perfect, required righteousness for us. What the Father has demanded, He has provided in His Son. Although we hate sin, we, as gospel driven believers, will not fall for the lie that tells us that we will, in this life, attain to perfection within ourselves. Countless numbers have already shipwrecked themselves on that perilous error. Why join them?

The only Christian perfection that brings us to heaven is Christ’s. Yet there are those who insist that they have reached such a deep level of Christian experience that they, within themselves, are now sinlessly perfect. One such man once came to the preacher, John Berridge, and began boasting about his perfectionism. The normally gracious minister treated him very rudely. The perfectionist then reacted and began to utter all manner of insulting words directed at the good preacher. Berridge said to him, “That’s not a great perfection you have, for I was able to spoil it in just a few minutes.”

You will always find those so-called “perfection” people far from perfect. They can’t be trusted for, ‘he that says he has no sin is a liar, and the truth of God is not in him’ (1 John 1:10). However, Christ can be trusted. He is sinlessly perfect, and we can completely rest in His perfections before the Father.

To summarise; perfection is not in us but rather, perfection is in the person of Jesus Christ, alone! He is the Perfect One. Dear believer, think of this, the perfect purity of Christ’s sinless life is yours! The perfect obedience of Christ is yours, the perfect goodness of Christ is yours, the perfect holiness of Christ is yours. Everything that Christ has is yours. All that you need is in Him.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee

Minister of the Gospel

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