July 23, 2017
Sermon Title: The Power of the Blood and the Cross (con’t)
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1 John 1:5-7
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Scripture Reading: II Timothy 4:1-8; Jeremiah 6:16; II Chronicles 7:14
Scripture Text: 1 John 1:5-7 (KJV)
(v. 5) "This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
(v. 6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the Truth.
(v. 7) But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."
The Power of the Blood and the Cross (continued)
Medically speaking, when we take the blood out of the human body, the body dies! May I say that when we take the Blood out of the "Body of Christ" - the Church without spot or wrinkle - the "Body of Christ" dies!
We need to understand that we are not only a people of the Book - the Word of Almighty God - the Holy Bible - but, we are a people of the Blood - the shed Blood of Jesus, the Christ, voluntarily poured out on the "Old Rugged Cross" at Calvary, so that we would not have to pay the wages of sin - the second death - Eternal damnation and life without Almighty God!
The Holy Bible is not only a blessed Book; but, it is a blood Book! The word "blood" is found 415 times in the Holy Bible!
That’s why the songwriter said “At the cross at the cross where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away it was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day”.
Three things happen at the cross.
1. Sin dies at the cross.
2. Hell is defeated at the cross.
3. Heaven is delivered at the cross.
Point 1: Sin dies
When a person places their faith in the shed blood of Jesus and the cross, old things are passed away and behold all things become new. Their old habits, that old nature, that old way of thinking is changed.
Point 2: Hell is Defeated
Condemnation is the punishment of sin, but at the cross I died out to sin, I became a new creature by faith when I accepted what Jesus did on the cross. I was washed in His blood, the guilt of sin was removed from me, the price of my freedom was paid.
Point 3: Heaven is Delivered
Because the blood of Jesus and the cross the Kingdom of Heaven is available to all those that will accept the power of the blood and the cross.
Remember, when Jesus said it was finished and he hung His head and died, the veil in the Temple was rent from top to bottom. It exposed the Holy of Holies to everyone. When you and I accept by faith the blood of Jesus and the cross, the Holy of Holies, which is Heaven is delivered, we have access through the blood of Jesus to enter into the presence of God.
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