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The Wednesday Word: The Amazing Blood of Jesus Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 we saw that the blood of Jesus both redeems and cleanses us. Today we want to consider that the blood of Jesus also preserves us.

Do you remember the dreadful night when the death angel went across the country of Egypt killing the first born of every house? (see Exodus 12)

A woeful cry went up across the land. The first born of every house was slain … from Pharaoh’s palace to the servant´s shack.

Death had struck.

But there were some houses the death angel did not enter. Those inhabitants were protected!

Why?

Were they better than their neighbours?

No!

Were they holier?

No!

Were they church goers?

No!

What preserved them then?

It was the blood on the lintel and the two side posts of their homes. This was in accordance with the promise the Lord had made to the Israelites. He had given His Word saying, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13).

The Blood preserved the Israelites from the controlled fury and judgement of God and will do the same for the believer at the End Time Judgment.

The blood of Jesus, you see, not only redeems and cleanses but it also protects us from the wrath of God.

I want to finish this series by saying – the blood of Jesus has many enemies.

Preachers don’t preach about it.

Christians are not thrilled with it.

We are told by our critics that we have a slaughterhouse religion … This does not offend me in the slightest because Isaiah says of Jesus, “He was lead as a lamb to the slaughter.” There is no true Christianity without the blood!

But why all this blood?

Why?

Because the wages of sin is death.

What a punishment. Who could pay such a penalty?

Only Jesus … He only could pay the price of death and then live again to ensure that all for whom He died would be brought to Glory.

There was a young sceptic who confronted a gospel preacher saying,

“You preachers are always going on about the load of sin and how unsaved people have to carry it … just how heavy is it? 10lb? 20lb? 40lb? How heavy is it for I have never felt it?”

The preacher was silent for a moment then with wisdom responded, “If you put a 400 lb load on a corpse would it feel the load? “No of course not” replied the young man, “The corpse is dead – It feels nothing.” Then the preacher astutely remarked “With respect sir, in much the same way, if you have never felt the load of sin, we must conclude you to be spiritually dead. If you don’t realise you are a sinner and that your sins separate you from God, you will never know the saving power of the blood of Jesus.”

There is no other way to God than through Christ. He said with all authority, “I am the way.” He is the one who went to the cross and shed His blood. From Him comes all our security and cleansing!

May you trust Him today. There will be good people, kind people and nice people standing before God on judgement day and expect to get into heaven, because they were good, kind and nice but they will be refused admission.

Why?

Because they were not washed and preserved by the blood.

But never mind about them. What will the Almighty say to you? If you reject the shed blood, you reject God´s only provision.

If you reject the shed blood, you reject God´s only deliverance.

May we always remember that His blood is redeeming, cleansing and preserving.

It is Amazing Blood!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

If you be the children of God, learn that lesson

Lastly, If you be the children of God, learn that lesson–Gird up the loins of your mind, as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to your former conversation; but be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Consider that the holy God is your Father, and let this oblige you to live like the children of God, that you may look your Father in the face, with comfort, another day.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

The First Use

[THE APPLICATION.]

The first use is this, To make a strict inquiry whether you be born of God or not; examine by those things I laid down before, of a child of nature and a child of grace. Are you brought out of the dark dungeon of this world into Christ? Have you learned to cry, ‘My Father?’ (Jer 3:4). ‘And I said, Thou shalt call me, My Father.’ All God’s children are criers–cannot you be quiet without you have a bellyful of the milk of God’s Word? cannot you be satisfied without you have peace with God? Pray you, consider it, and be serious with yourselves; if you have not these marks, you will fall short of the kingdom of God–you shall never have an interest there; ‘there’ is no intruding. They will say, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us; and he will say, I know you not.’ No child of God, no heavenly inheritance. We sometimes give something to those that are not our children, but [we do] not [give them] our lands. O do not flatter yourselves with a portion among the sons, unless you live like sons. When we see a king’s son play with a beggar, this is unbecoming; so if you be the king’s children, live like the king’s children; if you be risen with Christ, set your affections on things above, and not on things below; when you come together, talk of what your Father promised you; you should all love your Father’s will, and be content and pleased with the exercises you meet with in the world. If you are the children of God, live together lovingly; if the world quarrel with you, it is no matter; but it is sad if you quarrel together; if this be amongst you, it is a sign of ill-breeding; it is not according to the rules you have in the Word of God. Dost thou see a soul that has the image of God in him? Love him, love him; say, This man and I must go to heaven one day; serve one another, do good for one another; and if any wrong you, pray to God to right you, and love the brotherhood.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

It is natural for them to depend upon their father for what they want

7. Children, it is natural for them to depend upon their father for what they want; if they want a pair of shoes, they go and tell him; if they want bread, they go and tell him; so should the children of God do. Do you want spiritual bread? go tell God of it. Do you want strength of grace? ask it of God. Do you want strength against Satan’s temptations? go and tell God of it. When the devil tempts you, run home and tell your heavenly Father–go, pour out your complaints to God; this is natural to children; if any wrong them, they go and tell their father; so do those that are born of God, when they meet with temptations, go and tell God of them.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

They have learned the custom of the true church of God

6. When a man has a child, he trains him up to his own liking–they have learned the custom of their father’s house; so are those that are born of God–they have learned the custom of the true church of God; there they learn to cry ‘My Father’ and ‘My God’; they are brought up in God’s house, they learn the method and form of God’s house, for regulating their lives in this world.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

Those that are born again, they have a new similitude

5. There is usually some similitude betwixt the father and the child. It may be the child looks like its father; so those that are born again, they have a new similitude–they have the image of Jesus Christ (Gal 4). Every one that is born of God has something of the features of heaven upon him. Men love those children that are likest them most usually; so does God his children, therefore they are called the children of God; but others do not look like him, therefore they are called Sodomites. Christ describes children of the devil by their features–the children of the devil, his works they will do; all works of unrighteousness, they are the devil’s works: if you are earthly, you have borne the image of the earthly; if heavenly, you have borne the image of the heavenly.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

The mother takes great delight to have that which will be for its comfort; so it is with God’s children

4. A child, when it is in its mother’s lap, the mother takes great delight to have that which will be for its comfort; so it is with God’s children, they shall be kept on his knee (Isa 66:11): ‘They shall suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations’; verse 13: ‘As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.’ There is a similitude in these things that nobody knows of, but those that are born again.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

Those that are born again, they must have some promise of Christ to keep them alive

3. A child that is newly born, if it have not other comforts to keep it warm than it had in its mother’s womb, it dies; it must have something got for its succour: so Christ had swaddling clothes prepared for him; so those that are born again, they must have some promise of Christ to keep them alive; those that are in a carnal state, they warm themselves with other things; but those that are born again, they cannot live without some promise of Christ to keep them alive; as he did to the poor infant in Ezekiel 16:8: I covered thee with embroidered gold: and when women are with child, what fine things will they prepare for their child! Oh, but what fine things has Christ prepared to wrap all in that are born again! Oh what wrappings of gold has Christ prepared for all that are born again! Women will dress their children, that every one may see them how fine they are; so he in Ezekiel 16:11: ‘I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thine hands, and a chain on thy neck; and I put a jewel on thy forehead, and ear-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.’ And, says he in verse 13, ‘Thou didst prosper into a kingdom.’ This is to set out nothing in the world but the righteousness of Christ and the graces of the Spirit, without which a new-born babe cannot live, unless they have the golden righteousness of Christ.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

The new-born babe desires the sincere milk of the Word

2. It is not only natural for a child to cry, but it must crave the breast; it cannot live without the breast–therefore Peter makes it the true trial of a new-born babe: the new-born babe desires the sincere milk of the Word, that he may grow thereby: if you be born of God, make it manifest by desiring the breast of God. Do you long for the milk of the promises? A man lives one way when he is in the world, another way when he is brought unto Jesus Christ (Isa 66). They shall suck and be satisfied; if you be born again, there is no satisfaction till you get the milk of God’s Word into your souls (Isa 66:11). To ‘suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolation.’ Oh! what is a promise to a carnal man? A whore-house, it may be, is more sweet to him; but if you be born again, you cannot live without the milk of God’s Word. What is a woman’s breast to a horse? But what is it to a child? there is its comfort night and day, there is its succour night and day. O how loath are they it should be taken from them: minding heavenly things, says a carnal man, is but vanity; but to a child of God, there is his comfort.

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

The Wednesday Word: The Gospel Truth About Faith (Part 1)

Faith claims a King,

An all-atoning Priest:

It claims no merit of its own,

But looks for all in Christ.

Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God” Romans 5:1

Does God look for faith in a believer and then, upon seeing this faith, declares the believer not guilty? Well if you were to believe what many say about this matter you would think yes, absolutely yes! But this theory is a grim error. The gospel knows nothing of the sort!

Saving faith is not a quality within us. We are saved entirely by a work outside of us. Faith, however, takes a hold of the gospel, and sees that it is perfect, sufficient and finished.

Faith sees that our salvation has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus.

Faith acknowledges that all things necessary to make us accepted before God have already been done in the substitutionary work of Christ. It is finished! Faith takes hold of the good news that in our name and on our behalf, Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again.

Faith sees that Jesus as our substitute and representative has met and fulfilled every righteous requirement needed to restore us to God.

Faith sees that the Christ event is sufficient and complete and that nothing whatsoever can be or indeed needs to be added to it.

But we must never think that faith is a quality in us that saves us.

Faith embraces the fact that Jesus Christ alone saves. Faith sees that He is enough.

Since Christ’s work for us in salvation is finished, nothing can be added to His accomplishments. Since redemption is secured, salvation is not a matter of Christ plus faith. Where so many depart from the gospel is that they believe their faith makes them accepted to God. But faith in no way makes us accepted to the Father. We are only accepted in the acceptable One, Jesus Christ.

I like Spurgeon in his Morning and Evening, June 28th, Reading’ He says,

‘It is not your hold of Christ that saves you … it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you … it is Christ. It is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument … it is Christ’s blood and merits which saves. Do not look to your hope, but to Christ, the source of your hope.

Amen brother Spurgeon! It is vital that we do not look to our faith to save, but to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

We must be very clear about this … it’s worth repeating … although we are saved through faith, faith is not our saviour. Our Saviour is Jesus Christ alone and our salvation is in Him alone! He is the object of our faith. He alone is the Redeemer. What faith does is to take a hold of Jesus and His accomplishments and make them our own.

Faith grasps that our righteousness is not in ourselves but rather outside of us in Christ Jesus. But faith does not bring salvation into existence nor does it produce the righteousness by which God justifies us. What faith does, however, is to take something already in existence and enables us to reckon it as our own! (to be continued).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com