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“WHAT CAN WASH AWAY MY SIN….”NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS”

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS”

     Introduction: Peter referred to the blood of Christ as the “PRECIOUS BLOOD” (1 Pet. 1: 18, 19).  Because the Jews hated Jesus with such passion, they demanded that the Romans crucify Him (Mt. 27: 22, 23).   To appease the Jewish mob, Pilate delivered Jesus and two common robbers to his soldiers and they crucified them (Lk. 23:32, 33, mention some details and introduce John 19: 31-34). The Hebrew writer tells us that His blood was shed for the transgressions of those who lived under the first testament, as well as those who live under the second (Heb. 9:15).  So, all humanity, who desire salvation, are dependent upon the blood of Christ   In this lesson, we shall   list some of the things that are said to be accomplished by the blood of Christ.

I. One is made nigh unto God.

A. In Ephesians 2:13 we read: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

B. The immediate reference here was to the Gentiles, but in a real sense, it refers to us all.

a. We are told that sin separates us from God, Isa. 59:1,2, but by the
blood of Christ, we are made nigh to God again.

II. Perfect peace is given.

A. Paul said that Jesus “made peace through the blood of His cross.” (Col. 1:20)

B. This peace that was brought about by the blood of Christ, is peace with God. “Peace that passeth all understanding.” (Phil. 4:7)

a. We became enemies of Christ when we sinned, Jas. 4: 4, but that state of enmity was corrected by the blood of the cross. So, through the shedding of His blood, Christ made it possible for us to have peace with God, and peace within our soul.

III. Redemption is obtained through the shedding of Jesus’ blood.

A. Heb. 9:12 says, “by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

B. Man was enslaved to sin until Christ ransomed him through His
blood. So, through His blood, He redeemed us from the power, guilt and doom of sin.

IV. Through his blood, he purged us from dead works.

A. Heb. 9:14 says, “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?”

B. By the blood of the cross we are cleansed from the dead works of an unrecognized system (Law of Moses, etc.) and sin in general. (1 Jn. 1:7)

V. Through Jesus’ blood, we are reconciled to God

A. Col. 1:20 says, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

B. It is only through Jesus’ blood that man can be made a friend of God (2 Cor. 5: 15-21).

VI. Through the blood of Jesus we are sanctified unto God.

A. The word “sanctified” means a separation unto God from evil things and ways. It also signifies the separation of the believer from the world. The Hebrew writer in speaking of the punishment that would come upon the unbeliever says, “they counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith they were sanctified, an unholy thing.” (Heb. 10:29).

B. Without sanctification, man is part of the polluted world and is doomed (Heb. 12: 14).

VII. Through Jesus’ blood, we are justified before God.

A. Paul speaks of being “now justified by His blood.” (Rom. 5:9)

  B. We are told that “justification” means acquittal, released, set free with no condemnation. We cannot change the fact that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). But, by the blood of the cross, we are set free from the guilt of sin and pronounced just or righteous before God.

VIII. Though Jesus’ blood, we are forgiven of our sins.

A. Paul says, in Eph. 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (cp. I Jn. 1: 7)

     Conclusion: Truly, a host of blessings are ours through the blood of Christ. Jesus shed is blood for the remission of our sins (Matt. 26: 28). When we study the expression “for the remission of sins,” we discover how we can access Christ’s precious blood. Peter command, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” (Acts 2: 38). It is through confession and walking in the light that the Christian enjoys Jesus’ blood (I Jn. 1: 7 ff.).

 
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“THE BELIEVER’S BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY”

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE CHRISTIAN’S BURDENS”

Intro.

1.  It is true that each one bears his own burden (Gal. 6:5, responsibilities) & that we are to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2, problems, trials).

2.  Yet, there are burdens we are to “lay aside” Heb. 12:1:

  a.  Weight:  whatever is prominent, protrusion, mass, bulk.

  b.  Lay aside: “lay off or aside, to wear or carry no longer”, separation.

3.  Burdens are lifted at Calvary (#603) – Isa. 53:4 (Matt. 10:28).

 

I.  THE BURDEN OF SIN, Jas. 1:21-22 (Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:8-9).

  A.  The Effects of Sin.

    1.  Guilt, shame & grief (Gen. 2:25; 3:7, 10) Psa. 38:1-10.

    2.  Penalty of spiritual death, Rom. 6:23 (Gen. 2:17).

  B.  Trying to Hide Sin Only Increases its Burden, Psa. 32:3-4; Prov. 28:13 (1 Jno. 1:8).

  C.  The Solution for Sin, 1 Pet. 1:24 (Isa. 53:4-6); Jas. 1:21-22.

    1.  Become a Christian & be saved from your past sins (Mk. 16:16).

    2.  When a Christian sins:

      a.  Confess my sin, Psa. 32:5; 38:18; Prov. 28:13.

        1)  To God in prayer, 1 Jno. 1:9 (acknowledge).

        2)  To brethren, Jas. 5:16.

      b.  Repent of my sin, Psa. 51:10-12; Ezek. 18:31-32.

        1)  Cease my sin, Rom. 6:1-2 (Heb. 10:26-27).

        2)  Obey the Lord, Acts 26:20 (bear worthy fruit).

 

II.  THE BURDEN OF ANXIETY, Matt. 6:25; Phil. 4:6.

  A.  Cast All Your Care Upon the Lord, 1 Pet. 5:7.

    1.  With humility, 1 Pet. 5:5-6.

    2.  With the priorities of faith, Matt. 6:24-25, 30, 33.

  B.  Solutions for Anxiety, Phil. 4:4-9 (be content, 4:11-13)…

    1.  Praise, Phil. 4:4 (Psa. 9:1-12).

    2.  Patience, Phil. 4:5 (Jas. 5:13, 17-18).

    3.  Prayer, Phil. 4:6; Jas. 5:13 (Psa. 6).

    4.  Ponder, Phil. 4:8 (Matt. 12:35; 15:18-20; Eph. 4:23; Rom. 12:2).  (Meditate:  “This word refers to facts not suppositions.” OBGL)

    5.  Practice, Phil. 4:9 (5a); 2:12-13.

Peace of God (4:7)…the God of peace will be with you (4:9), Col. 3:15.

 

III.  THE BURDEN OF DOUBT, Jno. 14:1-3.

  A.  Uncertainties are Relieved When we Remember the Lord Controls All Things, Col. 1:16-17; Rom. 8:28.

  B.  Solutions to Doubt Include… 

    1.  Strengthen your faith, Matt. 6:25-34.

      a.  Read the Bible, Rom. 10:17; cf. Psalms, like Psa. 37:39-40.

      b.  Obey the Bible, Jas. 1:22 (busy hands are God’s workshop!).

      c.  Keep faith (endurance), Heb. 10:36.

    2.  Live in hope, Psa. 42:5-6, 11; Psa. 16 (1 Pet. 1:3).

      a.  Rejoice in hope, Rom. 5:2.

      b.  Hope will not disappoint, Rom. 5:4.

      c.  Hope abides, 1 Cor. 13:13.

      d.  Hope is reserved in heaven, Col. 1:5.

      e.  Hope is fully assured, sure & steadfast, Heb. 6:11, 18-19.

 

IV.  JESUS:  THE SOLUTION TO EVERY BURDEN, Heb. 12:2.

  A.  Author (Captain) & Finisher (Perfecter) of Our Faith (First & Last).

    1.  archegos:  “one that takes the lead in any thing and thus affords an example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer”, one who makes a beginning.

        -As such, “he stands at the head as the most eminent example that can be referred to on the subject of faith” (Barnes).

    2.  teleiotes:  “a perfector, one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith” (OBGL).

    3.  Look to Jesus… lay aside sin & life’s burdens… run with endurance to the reward, Heb. 12:1.

 

Conclusion

   Aren’t you tired of the burdens you are carrying?  (Sin, anxiety & doubt)  Come to Jesus for relief, & He will give you rest!  Matt. 11:28-30 (Psa. 34:17-22)

 
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“THE GOD OF THE LOCAL CHURCH PROVIDES”

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE GOD OF THE EPHESIANS”

Intro.
1. Rom. 1:19-23 – God has displayed His power & divinity. Foolish & sinful to ignore Him & reject Him.
2. Acts 14:15; 17:23-29 – A living God who deserves & demands our allegiance — on His terms!
3. 1 Cor. 8:5-6 – Must know this “one God” (Eph. 4:6; 2 Ths. 1:8).
4. Ephesians gives us a profile of the one true God.

I. GOD PROVIDES US ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN CHRIST – 1:3-11.
A. Every Spiritual Blessing (1:3):
1. 1:4 – Chosen to be spotless before Him.
2. 1:5 – Sonship (Jno. 1:12).
3. 1:6 – Grace freely given.
4. 1:7 – Redemption.
5. 1:9 – Knowledge of His will.
6. 1:11 – Obtained an inheritance (1 Pet. 1:4).
B. These Blessings Are “In Christ” – 1:3.
-None are elsewhere – Seek to be in Christ! Gal. 3:26-28; Matt. 28:19

II. GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY – 2:1-10.
A. The Bankrupt Life Of The Lost – 2:1-3.
B. God Had Other Plans For Us! – 2:4-10.
1. 2:4 – Rich in mercy & love – Rom. 5:8 (Jno. 3:16).
2. 2:5-6 – Made us alive…raised up to spiritual heights!
3. 2:7 – Effect – He shows His grace through us (1 Pet. 2:9).
4. 2:8-10 – God’s gift of salvation…His workmanship…walk in His works.

III. GOD GIVES US ACCESS TO HIMSELF – 2:11-18.
A. God’s Forgiveness Brings Us Near To Him (Reconciles)!
1. Men often say: “I can forgive…but things will never be the same! Don’t expect me to forget.” (God does not keep us at arm’s length, deny us peace & assurance of forgiveness!)
2. 2:11-13 – He is approachable, even to those “far off.”
3. 2:14-15 – He gives us peace through Christ (with fellow-sinners).
4. 2:16 – One body (church) – Reconciled to God through the cross.
B. The Group Of People Who Have Reconciliation Is The Church – 2:16, 20- 22; 1:22-23.
1. Accessibility, habitation of God, body of Christ.
2. Let us forgive as God has forgiven us! – Matt. 18:32-33

IV. GOD HAS TOLD US WHAT HE WANTS US TO KNOW & DO – 3:2-5, 9-11.
A. God Has Revealed His Will – 3:2-5.
1. He has not kept us guessing or left us at the mercy of dreamers who exploit the gullible!
2. 3:2-5 – Once it was a mystery–Now all can know by reading….
B. The Church Must Proclaim That Same Truth Today – 3:9-11.
1. Through the church God’s wisdom is to be made known.
2. 1 Ths. 1:8; 2 Tim. 4:2 – Sound forth truth as it was revealed.
3. Gal. 1:8-9 – Do not change it to please modern man!

V. GOD IS A GOD OF UNITY AND PEACE – 4:3-6.
A. All Are To Endeavor To Keep Unity & Peace – 1 Cor. 1:10; 14:33. Christians are united……
1. 4:2-3 – Through common attitudes of heart.
2. 4:4-6 – Through a common platform of doctrine (teaching).
-If God spoke different things to different people, then he is a God of confusion & a respecter of persons!

VI. GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR (AND EXPECTS) PURITY & STABILITY IN DOCTRINE & PERSONAL LIFE – 4:11-5:6.
A. Christ’s Gifts Equip Us To Serve & Mature – 4:11-16.
-4:11, 13, 14 – The inspired word key to our service, maturity & stability! – cf. Col. 2:6-7
B. Corrupt Personal Lives Must Cease – 4:17-5:6.
1. 4:17-24 – Put away old man….put on the new man.
2. 4:25-5:2 – Practical results (honest, pure speech, kind, forgiving). 5:3-6 – Let no man deceive you!
3. Stable doctrine & stable lives are inseparable – Either w/o the other is inadequate…….and improbable!

VII. GOD DOES NOT LEAVE US ALONE (unaided) TO FIGHT OUR BATTLES – 6:10-17.
A. God Knows The Nature Of Our Battles – 6:12 (Heb. 2:18).
B. God Has Equipped Us To Win – 6:10-11, 14-18 (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
1. “The strength of His might” is the armor of truth, righteousness, preparation of the gospel, faith, salvation, the word of God, prayer, watchfulness, perseverance & supplication.
2. 1 Tim. 6:12 – The battle can be won – God assures us! (Rom. 8:31, 37)

Conclusion
    The one true God is powerful: to bless, to save, to reconcile, to make known His will, to unite, to stabilize & purify, to give victory of Satan. – Eph. 3:20-21

 
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