"Why the Blood Saves"
A Wednesday night Bible study presented by Dr. Jack Hyles
in the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, on June 4, 1986
A preacher made some careless statements about the blood
of Jesus. I'm not going to make any attack on him, but I want
you to know what the blood of Jesus is all about. Tonight I'm
going to teach you why the blood saves.
Hebrews 9:1-10 talks about the tabernacle in the wilderness
on earth. Now it goes onto say in verses 11-14, "But Christ
being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater
and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is to say,
not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves,
but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls
and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifleth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
without spot to God, purge your con-science from dead works to
serve the living God?"
I want to show you in the Bible why it is necessary for the
blood of Jesus to be shed and why without that blood you couldn't
be saved. You will learn why that blood has saving efficacy. I
want you to follow me very carefully as we study together on the
subject of the importance of the blood of Christ, and the fact
that it does save.
I'm doing something else tonight that I don't do often. I have
a hard time preaching a sermon or teaching a Bible lesson that
doesn't have a practical application. I sometimes do, but not
often. Tonight I'm teaching just for teaching's sake. I have no
practical application at all. I don't scuffle over trivials. I
try, as best I can, to get along with preacher brethren. I try
to make peace instead of war. I try to preach what I believe,
but I do not bring personality into it. However, there comes a
time when the difference is not trivial.
For example, I have with me tonight a copy of a page of Bob
Jones University's Faith for the Family.
It is quoting a well-known pastor. Thank God, he is not a Baptist,
but he is a well-known pastor on the West Coast. He says, "It
was not Jesus' bleeding, but His dying. It was His death, not
His blood. The shedding of blood has nothing to do...." This
same preacher was written and asked to give his side of it. In
other words, Bob Jones University put his name here, and so he
was written and asked to give his side. I have a letter here with
his signature on it. This is actually a letter from him, and I'm
reading what he wrote. "It was not the blood of Jesus that
saves." He says, "Yes, the blood of Christ is precious,
but as precious as it is, it could not save." He makes other
statements like that.
What he says is that it is the death of Jesus that saves and
not the blood of Jesus that saves. Now, on the surface that may
seem to be straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel, but you
won't think that when I get through tonight teaching you what
the Bible says about the importance of the blood of Christ. By
the way, this same preacher said, "It was His death for sin
that saves, not His blood. Because of some traditional hymns there
is an emotional attachment to the blood, but it doesn't save."
Well, we sing:
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, (Jesus' blood)
Lose all their guilty stains:
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away:
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
He says in his letter here, "Mine is the historic Bible-believing
position." No! Historic Christianity has always believed
that" blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from
all sin." (I John 1:7b) A lot of you folks know the blood
saves, but why? Somebody asks, "The blood of Jesus that squirted
out of His body - what does that have to do with salvation?"
You know it has something to with it, but you don't know what
it is; you will know very soon exactly what it is.
To lay the foundation, I've got to go to I Corinthians 15.1w
you to follow me very carefully. By the way, I have no axes to
grind I'm just going to teach you the Bible tonight. I'm not going
to to hurt anybody. I Corinthians 15:1, "Moreove,; brethren,
I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which
also ye have received, and wherein ye stand." This is
the Gospel that Paul preached. Now let's see what that Gospel
is. "By which also ye saved...." I want you to
notice that, "By which also ye are saved. Whatever
this Gospel is, it's the Gospel that saves. All right, look at
verse 3 and we find what it is, "For I delivered unto
you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures "-but that
isn't all of it. That isn't all the Gospel. If you simply teach
that Jesus died in your place, you haven't preached all of the
Gospel. Verse 4 says, 'And that he was buried, and that
he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
Now what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The Gospel by which
you are saved - it says right here that the Gospel is the death
the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not just the
death of Christ, but the burial of Christ and the resurrection
of Christ. Now we are going to go into that over and over again.Let's
go to the Bible and find what it says about the blood of Christ.
I Corinthians 5:7, "Purge out therefore the old leaven,
that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened For even
Chnst our passover is sacrificed for us." Now,
look at me. Christ our what? Passover. All right, so Christ is
our passover. In order to find out what the passover is we've
got to go back to Exodus 12. So, go back to Exodus 12. Use your
Bibles all the way through tonight, and let me have your attention.
Have your Bible open and read with me.
In I Corinthians 5:7, Christ is our what? Passover. He is sacrificed
for us. He is our passover. Now if He is our passover, then we've
got to find out what the passover is because Christ is our passover.
Look at Exodus 12:1, "And the LORD spake unto Moses and
Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you
the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year
to you." (This corresponds with our month of April, by
the way.) Verse 3, "Speak ye unto all the congregation
of Israel saying, In the tenth day of this month (That's about
our April 10) they shall take to them every man a lamb, according
to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house." Look
down to verse 5, Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male
of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from
the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of
the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of
Israel shall kill it in the evening."
Now look at me for a minute. They shall kill it, but how are
they going to kill it? They could club it to death. They could
smother it. They could burn it. You see, killing it is not the
answer by itself. It is supposed to die, but suppose they smothered
the lamb; suppose they choked the lamb; suppose that they burned
the lamb; suppose they beat the lamb until it died; all of those
methods would have killed the lamb. However, that's not enough.
The killing of the lamb is not enough. That's the passover lamb.
What is Christ? Christ is our what? Passover. All right, is
killing Christ enough? No, it took more than that. If Christ dying
for us is enough, then He could have been choked to death. He
could have been smothered. No, it had to be more than that.
Let's see what else happened. Look at verse 7, 'And they
take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts andon the
upper doorpost of the houses, wherein they shall eat it."
Look at vers e 12. We're skipping some because of time. "For
I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite
all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and
against all the gods of Egypt execute judgment: l am the LORD.
And the blood shall be tc for a token upon the houses where ye
are: and when I see the blood I will pass over you...." It
didn't say, "When I see a dead lamb will pass over you."
It says, "when I see the blood, I will pass you.
Now, Christ is our what? Passover. All right, so He's got to
be a what? A lamb. He's got to be a male lamb. He's got to male
lamb without blemish. He must be examined. For four days they
examined him to prove he was without blemish. For 33 years they
examined our Saviour, and His enemies said, "I find nofault
in Him." The man who wanted to find fault more than any else
said, "I find no fault in Him." That's why Isaiah said,
He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before
her shearers is dumb...." (Isaiah 53:7b) You see? 'A
lamb to the slaughter... as sheep before her shearers is dumb."
What was He? He was a lamb. He was a male lamb. He was what
else? He was wilthout blemish. What else? He died, but that isn't
To be the passover lamb, His blood must be applied. Lets suppose
that here's a Jewish family, and let's suppose that Jewish family
had taken their lamb-by the way, a male lamb,a lamb without blemish,
they had observed that lamb for four days and found him to be
a lamb without blemish - and took a blanket of some kind of skin,
grabbed the lamb, and put the cover over its mouth, and the lamb
suffocated to death. Now, when the angel passed over, would that
have been all that was neces No, that lamb's blood had to be applied!
It had to be applied on the doorposts and lentil of the house.
Somebody says, "Brother Hyles, that was simply so that
the angel of the lord came by, God could see that the lamb had
been killed." That's silly. You could have taken some blood
from the lamb next door. No, God could see the lamb. If the blood
was only to show that the lamb had been slain, the same God Who
could pass by the front door of a house could pass by the back
alley too. No, the truth is, Christ is our passover.
Let's suppose this. Let's suppose there is a family that doesn't
smother their lamb, they don't club their lamb to death, they
don't choke the lamb, they kill him and they shed his blood, but
let's suppose they don't put the blood on the doorposts. Now,
they obeyed God. God said, "Choose a Lamb." They did.
God said, "Choose a lamb without blemish." It was without
blemish. God said, "Choose a male." It was a male. "Keep
him up and prove that he is without blemish." They kept him
up and proved that he was without blemish. Then they killed him
and left his blood there where they killed him. Now, when the
death angel passed over, would he have taken the firstborn of
the household? Yes or no? If the death is all that's necessary,
then if the lamb was killed, and if the blood spilled, was that
all that was necessary? No, the blood had to be applied on the
doorposts of the house. "When I see the blood, I will pass
over you." Not, "When I see the carcass, I will pass
over you." "When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
You say, "Why do you make such an issue out of this?"
Because if you're not washed in the blood, you're not going to
go to Heaven when you die. You see? I mean, the blood saves! I'll
show you some Scriptures after a while. The blood saves! The blood
of that lamb, as I will show you after a while, is just as much
a part of the salvation of the soul as the death of that lamb
First we found that Christ is our what? Our passover. Now to
be our passover, he had to be a what? Lamb. What sex? Male. Without
what? Blemish. He had to be what? Kept and then killed. Then his
blood had to be what? Applied on the doorposts. Now, if He is
our passover, all of that has to be done.
I want you to turn to Romans 5:11, 'And not only so, but
we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have
now received the atonement." So Christ not only is the
passover, but He is the what? The atonement. He is the what? Atonement.
Say it again. The what? Atonement. Now, we are going to go learn
about the day of atonement. So far we've learned that Christ is
our what? Passover. To be the passover lamb, the lamb had to die
and have his blood applied. Is that right? All right, but He is
more than that. He is also our atonement.
Let's go to the day of atonement in the Old Testament. Turn
to the book of Leviticus. We haven't got time to read about all
of these rituals, but I want to pick out some key places. Under
the heading, "CHAPTER 16," in your Scofield Bible, it
says the day of what? Atonement. It happened once a year. Look
at it now. Leviticus 16:3, "Thus shall Aaron come into
the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin-offering, and a
ram for a burnt-offering." Now, look down to verse 6
and we'll see what he did with that bullock. 'AndAaron shall
offer his bullock ofthe sin-offering, which is for himself,
and make an atonement for himself, and for his house." Look
at verse 14, 'And he shall take of the blood of the bullock,
and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward;
and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle ofthe blood with his
finger seven times."
Follow me very carefully. We're going to let this platform
represent the tabernacle. Now there are only two places I want
you to notice tonight: One is out here in the court of the tabernacle;
that's the place where the lamb was slain; that's the brazen altar.
Now, on the day of atonement a bullock was slain on the brazen
altar. There is a curtain that leads into a good-sized room, 15'
x 30', and there are three pieces of furniture in that room. Then
you go on to the second curtain called the "inner veil."
Inside that is a second room, 15' x 15'. Inside that second
room is what was called the "mercy seat," which was
the top of the ark of the covenant. Nobody could go inside that
room but one man, and that was the high priest, and he could go
only one day a year. That is the day we are talking about - the
day of atonement.
Who is our atonement? Jesus. Jesus is our what? Atonement.
He is also our what? Passover. All right, on the day of atonement
the high priest would take the blood of the bullock that was killed
and place the blood of that bullock in a basin. That blood was
taken by the high priest into the first room and then on into
the second room where God's very presence dwelt above that mercy
seat. Seven times he would sprinkie blood on that mercy seat.
That blood on that mercy seat was there in the presence of God's
Shekinah glory - the presence of God Himself.
Listen to me, folks. If that blood had just been left at the
altar,not a single Jew would have had one sin forgiven. It's not
the blood at the foot of the altar; it's the blood on the mercy
seat. So, it isn't just the fact that the bullock died. If the
bullock had died and shed his blood, that would not have forgiven
one sin, but that blood had to be taken by the high priest inside
the holy of holies and sprinkled seven times on the mercy seat.
The same blood that was shed out there on the altar is now sprinkled
here on this seat. When God saw it, God said, "Sin is atoned
for!" and the day of atonement was over.
Now follow me carefully. The Bible says Jesus was our Passover.
What else was he? Atonement. When John the Baptist pointed to
Jesus, he said, "Behold the lamb of God." So what was
he? He was our sacrifice on this altar out here. This is a picture
of Calvary. However, ladies and gentlemen, the blood on this altar
out here will not get us to Heaven. The blood has got to get the
heavenly mercy seat. The Bible says that the earthly tabernacle
was a type of the heavenly tabernacle. Just as the blood of that
lamb had to get in there on the holy of holies mercy seat, even
so the real blood of the real Lamb must get to the real mercy
seat in the real presence of God. Brother, if the blood of Jesus
Christ, God's Son, is not sprinkled on the mercy seat in the glory
world you and I are of all men most miserable. That's the only
hope we've got.
Follow me carefully. Jesus was our lamb. Now let's go
I Corinthians 15:1-4. What's the Gospel? Death, burial and
resurrection of Christ. That's the Gospel - death, burial and
resurrection - so we have to have all three in our passover and
all three in our atonement. If Christ is our atonement, He ha~s
to die. Jesus was two things for us: He was our sacrifice Who
shed His blood, and He was our High Priest Who took His blood
into the presence of God Himself.
I'm going to be the high priest-not Jesus now-I'm going be
the Old Testament high priest. I haven't' got time to go into
how he changed his garments, etc. I haven't got time for that.
All I want to talk about tonight is the blood. The high priest
took that blood in the basin once a year on the day of atonement
and walked inside and sprinkled that blood seven times on the
mercy seat. Jesus was the Lamb Who died, but He also was the High
Priest. This is why Jesus must have been raised from the dead.
See? As our sacrifice He died, but good night, there's our High
Priest on the altar.He's dead! Well, how can we get the blood
into the holy of holies? Only the high priest can go inside the
holy of holies. We've got to get Him up. So after three days and
three nights, He arose from the dead! He - Who was our Lamb, Who
died on cross - rose! Why? Because He had to be our High Priest
Now, you listen to me. Jesus as the sacrifice is not the total
Saviour. Unless Jesus is at the right hand of the Father pleading
our case tonight as our high priest, we're still not saved. There
are three parts to the Gospel. First is the what? Death. Then
the...? Burial. Why was the resurrection necessary? Because the
high priest, Jesus, had to be raised from the dead so He could
become our high priest and take the blood into the holy of holies.
When Jesus was raised from the dead, He saw Mary Magdalene.
She said, "Rabboni," which means, "Master."
He said, "Don't touch me. Touch me not!" Why? Because
nobody could touch the high priest from the time he took that
blood from the altar and walked to that mercy seat. If anybody
did touch him, the sacrifice was invalid.
Jesus died on the cross as our Lamb. That's all that preacher
in his letter says is necessary, but he's full of prunes! I mean,
if he's right, then the lamb on the altar is all that is necessary,
blessed be God, we've got to get that blood on the mercy seat!
To get that blood on the mercy seat, we've got to have a resurrected
Saviour because He is our High Priest!
Why couldn't Mary Magdalene touch Jesus? Because He was on
His way with the blood to Heaven to sprinkle His blood on the
heavenly mercy seat in the presence of Jehovah God Himself in
the heavenly tabernacle not made with hands. Mary could not touch
Wait a minute. He came back a little while later when the disciples
were in the upper room. Thomas came in and said "I won't
believe it until I see the nail prints." Jesus said, "Reach
hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy
hand, and thrust it into my side." Why did He tell Thomas
to touch Him? Because since He said to Mary Magdalene, "Don't
touch Me," He had been to Heaven, sprinkled the blood on
the mercy seat and had come back; now He could be touched. So
He was our atonement.
Are you following me? Let's suppose all we have is that lamb
on the altar. Were the people's sins atoned for? Yes or no? No!
God's presence was not out there in the courtyard. God's presence
was inside the holy of holies. The blood must be applied!
That's why when Christmas Evans died, young preachers gathered
around him and said, "Give us young preachers a word of advice
before you die." The old preacher lifted himself up on his
deathbed and said, "Young men, preach the blood in the basin!"
What was he saying? The blood at the cross is not enough. Listen.
The very blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross is on the heavenly
mercy seat tonight in the presence of God. Jesus is sitting on
the right hand of the Father, and every time you and I sin, Jesus
says, "Father, there's My blood. It keeps on cleansing them
from all sin.
I'm not trying to be picky. I'm simply saying, if you don't
get that blood to the mercy seat, you won't go to Heaven. The
Gospel is the death, burial and the resurrection! If
all Jesus did was die for us, there is no need for the resurrection.
Turn to Romans 5:9. Here it is in black and white. "Much
more then, being now justified by his blood...." Look
at me a minute. "Justified by his blood." The
Bible says that the resurrected Christ justified us. What does
it mean? It means that His blood was applied only after He was
raised from the dead and became our high priest. "Justified
by his blood"- there it is! Say all you want to say that
we're not saved by the blood, but it says right there that we're
justified by His blood. You say, "That's not what it means."
Well, that's what it says. Romans 5:9, 10, "Much more
then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through him. For if; when we were enemies, we were reconciled
to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we
shall be saved by his life." Look at me. Somebody says,
"There it is. It says, 'by his life,'
So if you live like Jesus, you get saved." That's not
what it is saying It's saying we were sinners. Where do you come
as a sinner? You come to Calvary. What happened? By His death
we were reconciled. "Reconciled" means "getting
back together." It does not mean staying back together. The
death of Christ got us back together, but to keep us back together
we are kept saved by His life. What life? His life at the right
hand of the Father.
What, in the name of common sense, can Jesus do at the right
hand of the Father if He doesn't have the blood to show He died
for us? We were sinners away from God. We came to Calvary "At
the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light," and
trusted Christ and got reconciled by His death. I got reconciled
to Christ 48 years ago by His death, but for 48 years I've been
kept saved by His life, which means He rose from the dead, took
His blood to the heavenly mercy seat and sprinkled it there; and
Jesus Christ, sitting on the right hand of the Father, keeps on
cleansing me from all sin by His blood on the mercy seat! That's
why blood saves. That's why, justifiably so, you sing:
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
what can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
There are two things Jesus is. We found in I Corinthians. He
is our what? Our passover. For passover they had to have what?
A lamb. What sex? Male. Without what? Blemish. He had to be kept
up and examined. Then he had to be what? Killed. Then his blood
had to be applied to the doorposts. If there is no blood on the
doorposts, you could kill a thousand lambs, but your firstborn
is going to be killed! Do you know what that doctrine is that
we're saved by His death only? It is nothing but Roman Catholic
doctrine. It is crucifix stuff. Yeah, let's get a crucifix and
rub it. No, sir! If I ever wear anything around my neck, it will
not be a crucifix; it will be an empty tomb! What the crucifix
represents only reconciled me to God, but the empty tomb keeps
me with God. I'm kept saved by His life. I'm reconciled by His
death and kept saved by His life.
Hebrews 7:25b, "...seeing he ever liveth to make intercession
them." That's the life it's talking about in Romans 5:10.
There are two things He had to be: the lamb and the high priest.
Jesus is our what? Passover. The lamb had to be killed and the
blood put on the what? Doorposts. No doorpost blood, no salvation.
Jesus is not only our passover, but our what? Atonement. The lamb
killed on the altar is not all of it. That's necessary, but not
all of it. The blood had to be taken inside the holy of holies
and sprinkled on the mercy seat by the high priest-Jesus is our
Lamb, and Jesus is our resurrected High Priest!
It is very interesting. In the book of Revelation over and
over again He is called the Lamb. "I saw the lamb" is
stated often in Revelation, but it is very interesting that in
the epistles not much is said about Him as a lamb. Paul speaks
about Him in most of Hebrews as High Priest. When you were unsaved,
you needed a lamb. As soon as you got that lamb, you needed that
blood sprinkled on the mercy seat - the resurrected Christ.
Let's go to something else. Last Sunday morning we took the
Lord's Supper. What did we take first? The bread. Why? That represents
what of Christ? The body. His body was what? Broken. He died.
So the first thing we remembered last Sunday morning was the death
of Christ. That's necessary. Then, after we got through with that,
we drank the juice. That represents the what? The blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ is the resurrected Lord. He took His blood
as the high priest to the mercy seat. So last Sunday morning in
the bread we celebrated His death, and in the juice we celebrated
Let's go a step further. Turn to Leviticus 14. 1 want you to
notice the cleansing of the leper. Leprosy, of course, is a symbol
of sin. The outstanding type of sin in all the Bible is leprosy.
Look at Leviticus 14:1-5, 'And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing:
He shall be brought unto the priest: And the priest shall go forth
out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the
plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall the priest
command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive
and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest
shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel
over running water. What does that represent? Jesus, our sacrifice,
killed in a what? Earthen vessel. He was clothed upon with flesh.
Verse 6, 'As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the
cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them
and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over
the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be
cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him
clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field."
Here are two birds. All right, one bird is going to be what?
He is going to be killed. I just killed that bird. Did I smother
him? No. I shed his blood. Now then, we take the second bird,
the living bird, and take the blood of the first bird that is
dead, and we dip that second bird down into the blood of the first
bird and let him go into an open field. What does that picture?
The first bird pictures the death of Christ, but that isn't enough.
You've got to have the resurrection of Christ. That bird wasn't
let go in the open field until he had the blood with him. So the
first bird pictures the Lamb The second bird pictures the High
Priest taking off to Heaven with the blood!
Every time a leper was cleansed, the death of Christ and the
resurrection of Christ were both pictured. The great purpose of
the resurrection of Christ was because we needed more than a lamb
to save us; we needed a high priest to save us. The high priest
needed to take the blood to the presence of God. That's why you
have that picture.
Consider what they did at the consecration of the priest. When
they consecrated the priest, they took the blood of a sacrifice.
The first thing they did was touch the lobe of his right ear with
that blood. Then they touched the thumb of his right hand with
that blood. Then they touched the big toe of his right foot with
that blood. Why? Because the blood was necessary for the priest
to be anointed and consecrated. Why the lobe of the right ear?
Because the Gospel of Christ is first heard! It's not seen in
a play; it's not seen in a movie; it's heard. Second, the thumb
of the right hand - it's taken. Third, the big toe of the right
foot - it's carried to other people. What I'm saying is that a
priest couldn't even be consecrated without the blood.
If the death was all it was, Christ is not our passover because
the blood was not applied. If the death of Jesus was all it took
to save us, He's not our atonement because the blood is not at
the mercy seat in Heaven. If the death was all it took to save
us, we didn't need to drink the juice last Sunday morning; we
could have taken just the bread. However, it takes more than the
bread; it takes the juice because it takes more than the broken
body. It takes the shed blood, but not only the shed blood, but
the applied blood of Christ. By the way, when I win a soul to
Christ, I always mention the resurrection. I always do. I always
tell the person, "Jesus Christ paid your penalty for sin,
and after 72 hours, He rose again for your justification."
Why did He rise? He rose because He bad to take His blood to the
presence of our God. He as our High Priest is constantly reminding
God the Father.
Look at Hebrews 9 again, please. We are back where we started.
I'm not teaching you any new thing tonight. I'm teaching you what
all fundamentalists believe. (When a fellow makes fun of personal
soul winning, he will make fun of the Gospel sooner or later!)
Hebrews 9:11, "But Christ being come an high priest of
good things to come, by a greater and more peifect tabernacle."
All right so in Heaven there is a greater tabernacle,
and Hebrews tells us that the one in Heaven is a pattern of the
one on earth. Let's continue - "not made with hands, that
is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats
and calves, (such as were offered in the tabernacle) but
by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us.
Now follow me carefully. He redeemed us to Himself by His death,
but how did He give us eternal redemption? By being the High Priest.
As the Lamb, He paid the penalty to get us back to God. As the
High Priest, He gave us eternal redemption. What is that? That
is Jesus simply saying to God the Father, "Look at this blood
on the mercy seat, dear Father, and be reminded, I took care of
paying it." The penalty He paid was once for all, all that
was necessary to satisfy the justice of God, but the blood had
to be applied in the presence of God so Jesus as the High Priest
could sit on the right hand of God constantly reminding Him.
That's what it means in I John 1:7, "But if we walk
in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
us from all sin." The word "cleanseth" is in
the durative or linear tense which means "keeps on cleansing
us from all sin."
We sing, "At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw
the light." We could also sing, "At the mercy seat,
at the mercy seat, where I walk in the light, where I stay in
the light." We sing, "On a hill far away stood an old
rugged cross," and that's right, but up in the Gloryland
there stands a mercy seat, and the blood of that cross has been
taken by the High Priest to that mercy seat!
Every time the justice of God looks down and sees me sin, and
every time God lifts his sickle of judgment, Jesus says, "Put
it down, Father." "Why?" "Look there."
Do you know what Jesus does? Jesus takes your sin and slides it
underneath the blood. The Father says, "Where did that sin
go? I can't even see it."
See, you had better be thankful Jesus is the High Priest. You
need the Saviour. You need the Lamb. Oh, yes, you do, but you
also need the High Priest! Romans3:25, "Whom God hath
set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his btood"-that's
it! "...faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness
for the remission of sins that are past." Why? They are under
the blood-"...through the forbearance of God."
Leviticus 17..IJ, "For the life of the flesh is in
the blood." That's why that Jesus' blood was shed - every
drop of it was shed, not spilt! It wasn't an "Uh, oh!"
It was on purpose! It wasn't spilt; it was poured! Why? Because
every drop of life went forth from Him. You recall, when the Bible
speaks about His blood, it says, "...and forthwith came
there out blood and water." (John 19:34) Why? When a
person dies because the heart is ruptured, I mean, when the muscle
called the heart is ruptured, it causes the blood that is drained
from his body to have both blood and water in it. Jesus died,
literally, because His heart was broken. In so doing, He shed
His blood, and in shedding his blood, He became the Lamb; that's
the death. However, the Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection
so the blood shed is part of the Gospel, but not all of it. The
resurrection is the last part of the Gospel. Our High Priest ever
liveth to make intercession for us because He entered into the
tabernacle-the one not made with hands in the heavens-with His
own precious blood.
Paul said in Hebrews 10:29, "Of how much sorer punishment,
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot
the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith
he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto
the Spirit of grace?" It is a dangerous thing to count
the blood of the covenant an unholy thing. It didn't say, "to
count it a wicked thing." It's not talking about wicked;
it's talking about "unholy," counting it good, but unholy;
nice but not holy. It says, "Of how much sorer punishment,
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who...counted the blood
of the covenanL..an unholy thing...?" It's not that they
made fun of the blood. It's not, "I don't believe in that
old gory stuff." I'm not talking about that. These folks
say, "It's nice, but it's not necessary." Oh,
yes, it is! Oh yes, it is!
Jesus is our passover, and in order for Him to be our passover,
the blood must be applied! He's our atonement, and in order for
Him to be our atonement, the blood must be applied by the High
Priest on the mercy seat. He is our Lord's Supper, not only His
death in the broken body, but His resurrection in the blood. He
is the One Who cleanses our sins as a leper is cleansed, and even
in the cleansing of the leper, there are two birds, not one. One
bird won't do. One bird must die, and another bird must take the
blood into the sky, representing Jesus going to the presence of
the Father and sprinkling His blood on the heavenly mercy seat.
You say, "Why do you make such a big issue out of this?
Because it is a big thing! It's the Gospel! If Jesus only died
for our sins, then Paul in I Corinthians 15 gave us too much Gospel!
Folks, Buddha died! Confucius died! Popes die! Only Jesus was
raised! Theologically, doctrinally, the reason He was raised -
the great reason He was raised - is for our justification so God
could declare us righteous and holy as He sees not our sins, but
the blood of Jesus Christ! The blood of God's Son keeps on cleansing
us from all sin!
The Jews in the Bible days went down to the river to bathe
at the pool of Siloam and places like that. The Jew goes down
to the river to bathe. He takes a bath. Then he has to walk home.
Nothing of his person touches the earth on the way home but his
feet. His feet come in contact with the earth, so after he bathes
in the pool of Siloam, he takes a bucket or a bottle and takes
that very water of the pool of Siloam that he just bathed in and
takes it back to his house with him. Why? His feet come in contact
with the world, so he takes that same water from the pool of Siloam
and cleanses his feet because of their contact with the world.
You and I came to Calvary. God saved us. We were reconciled
to God through the death of His Son and the shedding of His blood,
but that same precious blood that saved us once and for all-that
same precious blood from that fountain-keeps on saving us because
we come in contact with the world. We sin, but that blood keeps
on cleansing us from all sin. So we who were reconciled to God
by His death shall be saved by His life, a life that caused Him
to become the Lamb and then to rise (after three days and three
nights) as the High Priest and take the blood to the mercy seat
and become our passover, our atonement so that He could fulfill
the righteous and holy demands of ajust God! That's why we sing-
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains;
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
Thank God today that He was my Lamb; but thank God that death
could not keep Him, the grave could not hold Him, sin could not
conquer Him, but He rose as my High Priest!