Bare bones outline – His Own Blood

Looking for a bare-bones outline? I have one for you.

In reference to Jesus, the phrase “his own blood” appears no less than four times in the New Testament, and each time the reference makes a different point but it still surrounds the same theme:

  • Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
  • But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:11-12)
  • We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” (Hebrews 13:10-12)
  • and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Revelation 1:5)

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4-1-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #3 – Saved Without the Church

Paul told the Ephesian Elders “to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 NKJV). That purchase makes Christians “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). People who obey the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38, 41 NKJV), know that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). People claim they are saved and live a Christian life but have nothing whatever to do with the churches of Christ, have killed Jesus’ purpose in dying on the cross! Since His death purchased the church, and the Lord adds the saved to the church, no one saved is outside His church.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 2 of 3)

As we noted yesterday, Jeremiah spoke of that which was to be of such significance it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. (Jeremiah 16:14-15) Has that become the “marker of the past” to encourage us regarding God’s power to deliver? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . .”?

As Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, he noted the great deliverance we have received; the “marker of the past” that ought to be of supreme significance to us. We read. . .

(3) Grace to you and peace from god our father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (4) who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (5) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)

Upon the cross, Jesus made that supreme deliverance possible. The power of His blood has delivered us from our sins. With His sacrifice on the cross He has delivered us from bondage and the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15) In Christ, we have been delivered from the realm of darkness and brought into “(13) . . . the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 ESV)

What a glorious deliverance through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross! What could be more significant than that? That supersedes any of the deliverances from worldly kingdoms of the past. In Christ we have been delivered from the greatest oppression we could ever be under; the bondage of sin and death.

Because of Christ’s willingness to go to the cross on our behalf, we can now encourage ourselves as we say “As the LORD lives who brought me out of the bondage of sin and placed me in the realm of all His blessed promises in Christ.”

Praise God for such a deliverance as He has provided through Christ. It was a supreme deliverance made possible through a supreme sacrifice! The cross — the “marker of the past” — must be kept in mind as we continue to move on in the steps of our Lord.

Have a great day REJOICING IN THE DELIVERANCE WE HAVE RECEIVED!

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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The only really long-term investment that never fluctuates

Money burns, gold melts, silver corrodes, houses fall down, pensions roll over, art fades, oil wells run dry and stocks go bust!

But eternal salvation is found in the only thing that never loses its value in the sight of God – the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19).

How’s our really long-term investment plan looking today?

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

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The Place I Want to Live

On our way home to Tennessee we passed a road that led to “Graceville.” As we passed it I thought to myself that “Graceville” sounds like it would be a great place to live…then I remembered that through the blood of Jesus that’s where I’m already at!

If you’re a Christian, have a great day thinking about that because Jesus is the only road that leads in that direction (John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we havepeace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:1-2, 8-9 – NKJV)

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