The Power Of The Blood. One of the things that God has reminded me about over the years is the power of the blood of Christ. For we Christians, the shedding of Christ's blood was the only way man could be saved. The simplicity and power of the Gospel can be condensed into a simple sermon on the Blood of Christ and its saving power.
That at that time ye were without Christ,
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace,
who hath made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between us;
We have been brought close to God by the precious shed blood of Christ. Let none of us ever forget it. It is because of Christ's death that we Christians are part of a magnificent inheritance. It is an inheritance that God has reserved for those that love and obey him. He has made a covenant with us, dedicated in the blood of Christ.
How much more shall the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions
that were under the first testament,
they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
For where a testament is, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
We are heirs to a new inheritance. Not at all unlike the Israelites of old who had to flee Egypt, a land of idolatry, occultism and wickedly arrogant rulers. We too will inherit our promised land but only after some trials and tribulations. After we have demonstrated (by deeds from faith) our obedience to God, will we be allowed into the promised land. Before the Jews of old began their journey into the promised land they had to endure the tribulations that befell Egypt and Pharaoh. In order to be made 'exempt' from one of the most troubling of curses that befell Egypt, the Israelite had to do exactly as God commanded and use blood to identify those who had faith in God and obeyed his voice. But belief and action were required.
For I will pass through the land of Egypt
and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt
I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses
where ye are: and when I see the blood,
I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt.
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD
smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne
unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon;
and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he,
and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was
a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house
where there was not one dead.
The saved, we who love God in these most dangerous times in the very last days must learn to cling to the cleansing and protecting power of the blood of Christ. The blood cleanses us from all sin and protects us from God's wrath, which will be displayed as never before during the last 42 months of tribulation and the antichrist kingdom. We as Christians will be protected from the wrath of God, but not necessarily the wrath of the man on of sin, who will demand that those who do not worship him be killed.
Brethren, I cannot stress this enough, God's wrath and anger towards mankind is just as real as his love and mercy and that wrath is only held in check so that men may hear the Gospel, turn from their evils and honor his creator, in humility, faith and love. Most men are not going to do that and as the earth continues to fill up with the corpses of the innocent and the poor, I can assure you that those who complain 'why doesn't God do something', will discover that God has and will do something. He has forgiven those who repent and also has a cup of woe and several vials of tribulation he will pour out on a wicked and depraved world who refuse his pleadings to turn from evil. Men will simply not give up their evil deeds, no matter what.
And the rest of the men which were not killed
by these plagues
yet repented not of the works of their hands,
that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
And men were scorched with great heat,
and blasphemed the name of God,
which hath power over these plagues:
and they repented not to give him glory.
And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores,
and repented not of their deeds.
Yet from the wrath of God we have a sure promise of protection from God and his holy apostles
For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Brothers, I must make it plain if
no one else will that the teaching that God does not want a
'battered bride' as some kind of evidence that we will not suffer
persecution in these last days, is a false one. One famous female
preacher has often said this followed by a statement along the
lines of 'who would want to follow a God like that? This
teaching is not of God.
Tribulation and persecution await all who would live a Godly life in Christ and we must fully understand that the price of our salvation was the shedding of Christ's blood and for many of us, our own life's blood will be required in order to enter into God's kingdom.
And they overcame him by the blood of the
and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Satan and his
servants in this world are already making life extremely difficult
for many Christians, especially in the Islamic world. Ask some of
the Iraqi's in the north. We Christians in the west are not going
to be exempt. Nations who hate Christians are already gaining a
strong foothold in America, it is just a matter of time before
what we read about happening in places like China and Iraq, begin
happening in the West. The methods may change, but the goal will
be the same.
It is in times of trouble that we must remember the promises of God and the blood of Christ. For with it we can come close to God and God can draw close to us. We as Christians must walk in the light and this is the only way we can be assured of that our sins are covered by Christ's precious blood.
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.
Brothers, if we walk with God and
confess our sins, God will surely forgive us. Forgiveness is only
possible, and completely assured with the blood of Christ.
Let us learn to plead the blood of Christ over ourselves and families in the days to come.
Mark S. Watson