Nothing But The Blood

As Easter approaches, I am reminded that there are people and even some churches that deny or downplay the necessity of a blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. There seems to be an increasing tendency to deny the necessity of the cross for salvation. I suppose if we could, we might choose another way; a way that didn’t require the cross or a blood sacrifice, but instead a more palatable way, a way good enough for all to enter in.

Scripture is clear. “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22).

It’s not our way to choose, only God’s. He is the author of salvation and as such, the manner in which redemption comes belongs only to Him. Salvation is in Christ alone.

Under the old covenant, repeated blood sacrifices were required to atone for sin. God never intended for these sacrifices to permanently deal with sin, but only to point forward to the new and everlasting covenant mediated by Christ. “He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12). The blood of bulls and goats dealt only with external cleansing while the blood of Christ was meant to “purify our conscious from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). So, whereas the old covenant sacrifices were incapable of changing people’s hearts, the sacrifice of Christ does.

Though the author of Hebrews is not known, the purpose for which he wrote is: that we might see the supremacy of Jesus above all things, greater than the angels and the Mosaic system; the truly great High Priest whose once for all sacrifice cleanses us from our sin.

All of us need forgiveness for sin. If you have received it, it came by the blood of Christ; if you haven’t, it’s the only way salvation will come (John 14:6). To accept anything less is less than Christian, and if it’s less than Christian, it’s not Christian at all. Don’t believe the world. Believe the Bible. Your salvation depends on it.

About Bert Lewis

Bert Lewis has a Master’s degree in Christian Studies from Union University in Jackson, TN. He is the author of Unveiled: 52 Weekly Devotions for Encountering God. He also writes a blog, Unveiled https://bertlewisunveiled.com/ Bert is a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church and has served as a deacon and small group leader. Bert has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years. He and his wife, Karen have three children and live in Hoover, Alabama.

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