The Blood Of Salvation

by Arnold Gordon

Most of Christianity teaches that salvation for the Christian is the result of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. They believe Jesus was a "literal physical sacrifice" to redeem them from their penalty for their sins, thus providing them eternal life. That is, if they believe he died for their sins. According to most of Christianity, all they have to do is believe and they have received their salvation.

Much of this belief is based on supposition and wishful thinking rather than on what saith the scriptures. A careful study of the scriptures will reveal there is more to salvation than just believing the obvious. One needs to analyze the record of the scriptures to obtain the full truth regarding salvation of the would-be Christian.

Jesus Christ lived according to the laws and requirements of the "Old Testament," and according to the teachings of Christianity today. It is believed he was made a human "blood" sacrifice by the Jews and thus ending the period of "Old Testament Law." However, until his death on the cross he lived and died under the "Old Testament Law."

As pertaining to the law of sacrifices for sins, let us take a look at what constitutes a physical "blood" sacrifice for sins.

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying, "What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people: to the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.

"And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD....And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it unto you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

"And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off." Leviticus 17:1-14

In the "New Testament", the writer to the Hebrews made the comparison of the sacrifices for sin in the "Old Testament" with the "New Testament" sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the sacrificial "lamb of God," which was the "New Covenant" sacrifice for the souls of the Christians.

This "New Testament," "New Covenant" sacrifice was different, in that the "blood of the sacrifice" was the "life of Jesus Christ". Remember the scripture definition for "blood" was "life." "for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof:" Leviticus 17:14

"Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not made manifest, while the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was the figure for the time present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

"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 (life) he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption. NOTE! (for us.) was added to the text in the KJV.

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the "blood" (life example) of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (with Christ's life as your example). Hebrews 9:6-14

Jesus Christ himself said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life.

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

"He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever." John 6:47-58

Apostle Peter said it this way, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the shepherd and Bishop of your souls."

I Peter 2:21-25

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood (life), we shall be saved from wrath through him (his life example).

"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." Romans 5:8-10

The life example of Jesus is therefore our "blood of salvation"!

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