Category Archives: Blood

Blood on the Table — Eternal, Resurrection Life

Two effects of the blood of Christ we take up together because they occur together: eternal life and resurrection (John 6.53-56). Because we partake in the shocking sacrifice of God’s Messiah, by the power of His sacrifice and the mighty … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Guilt and Cleansing — Conclusion

So what is the conclusion of all that we have been saying? Cleansing of the conscience is the solution to the problem of guilt. The cross delivers us from the penalty of sin (from objective guilt). But the problem of … Continue reading

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Old Testament Sacrifice

It is impossible to talk about cleansing the conscience without also addressing what cleansing rituals mean in the Old Testament. We tend to relate the concepts of “clean” and “unclean” to moral categories, for after all, cleanliness is next to … Continue reading

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Blood at the Table — Cleansing of Conscience

“How much more shall the blood of Christ … cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9.14). The author of Hebrews again addresses a chief concern for most Christians. For his readers, the problem may … Continue reading

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Access to God

So, what are we to make of the access that Hebrews 10 teaches we have with God? What does it mean? Close attention to the context in Hebrews will bring us good understanding. God has grated us bold “entrance into … Continue reading

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About Time!

It’s been too long since I last wrote. Sorry for the delay, but I’ve been (and still am) out of the country speaking in Poland for Campus Crusade. But now it’s about time to get back to work. The conference … Continue reading

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Blood on the Table—Part 13—Forgiveness

One necessary consequence of justification is forgiveness. In Matthew’s account of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus said, “This is my blood of the covenant that is poured out for forgiveness of sins.” But we have a problem with the idea. When … Continue reading

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Blood on the Table—Part 6a—Oops!—Justification Revisited

The final verse that we will treat connecting Jesus’ blood to redemption is Romans 3.24, “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (The concept of redemption, though, is “used widely in the New … Continue reading

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Blood on the Table—Part 11

Teaching children what is valuable is a significant part of any parent’s job. In the same way, acculturating people to the Family of God requires teaching what constitutes value. Peter addresses this very issue in 1 Peter 1.18-19. The verses … Continue reading

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Blood on the Table—Justification—Part 6

Propitiation is only one of the achievements Jesus accomplishes for us by His blood. Jesus’ blood is the means of our justification. Paul makes this point in Romans 5.9: “Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by … Continue reading

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