The Blood Covenant (Part 6)
Gen 22:9-18 (as per part 5)
In my last message, which was the first in the series covering the Blood of Jesus as far as the New Covenant is concerned, I pointed out that the Blood of Jesus did three things for us, namely,
1. The Blood of Jesus Cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
2. Without the Blood of the Offering we cannot come into the presence of the Father in Heaven, and
3. I proved to you that the Blood of Jesus was a very special kind of Blood, precious and priceless because it was godly blood.
If you remember I ended the last message with verse 19 of 1 Peter Chapter 1, where we see that the blood of Jesus is very precious to the believer. Let us now go further in what the blood of Jesus means to us and does for us today.
The fourth point about the Blood of Jesus is this:
4. WE WERE REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB
Before we go any further let me first define just what the word “redeem” means, for without a proper understanding of the word we are just going to flounder about in the dark. To redeem something simply means to recover or buy back something you had in the first place! Let me give an example: Let us imagine that I am in financial trouble and I need some money in a hurry and I am unable to borrow money anywhere. I take my TV set to the pawn shop, and they give me some money in exchange for it. They undertake to keep it for a certain period of time after which they will be entitled to sell it to recover the money loaned to me. If, however, I am able to buy it back, less interest of course, before the expiry of the time set, then I have recovered or redeemed the TV set that I took there in the first place. Let us take this example and apply it to one redeemed by Christ.
God created man right at the beginning of creation, and man belonged to God as a companion to Him, but, because of disobedience, by both the man and the woman, Adam and Eve, they lost the close companionship with God, and they were no longer in direct contact with their Maker. At the moment there are only two rulers – God, who rules the whole universe, and Satan, who rules the portion called earth. This gives us two options, namely, we are either under the rule of God or under the rule of Satan. This is quite a frightening situation to be in for you see, many fully believe that they are under the rule of God, when actually they are subjects of Satan. This is the great deception.
There is only one way to come under the rule of God, and that way is through Jesus. He said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.” The way was effected through the work of the Cross, the shed Blood of Jesus. In order to effect a permanent restoration of man with Himself, God had to provide a way to do this, and that is where John 3:16 comes in. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God gave His Son so the we may be redeemed, recovered, bought back, from the rule of Satan.
There is only one catch in the process, if we may call it that, and it is this: Jesus provided the redemption of our souls through the blood He shed on the Cross for us, but that does not mean that we are all automatically in God’s kingdom. No! The ONLY way is:
through Jesus, and by that I mean we can only be God’s children by choice. We have to choose which side we are on – God’s or Satan’s. Not many will, by choice, want to serve Satan, they will obviously rather try to be under the blessing of God Almighty than under the curse of Satan. God is a jealous God – you either serve him or you don’t.
Because of the Fall, ie, since Adam and Eve were sent out of the Garden of Eden, man has been under the rule of Satan, except when they purposed, in their own hearts, to serve God; and only then when they received forgiveness through the blood of animals, through the offering system of the Old Covenant.
Praise God, that He now has provided a permanent means of forgiveness of sin, and I mean from the original sin of Adam, where he lost the intimate fellowship with God. The redemptive act of the Cross brought the means whereby we can come directly into the presence of the Father and enjoy the fellowship with the Father that Adam once, long ago, had the privilege of enjoying.
1 Peter 1:18 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
We see here that we are redeemed, bought out from the worldly to the spiritual, if we are born again of the spirit, for Peter is writing here to the committed Christian only! Peter 1:1 clearly states that the letter written is to God’s elect, and also that the elect are strangers in the world Verse 2 of Chapter 1 gives the condition of being called the elect of God: “Through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.”
You see here that obedience to Christ results in the sprinkling of His blood over you. The converse seems to be true, namely, if you are disobedient to the call of Jesus over your life you will not receive the sprinkling of His precious blood over you. The reading today we read that the empty way of life was inherited from our forefathers, but now, through the blood, we have inherited a brand new way of life in Jesus. We now have a new Father through the blood of Jesus.
5. THE REDEEMED ARE PRECIOUS IN THE FATHER’S SIGHT
Acts 20:28-29 reads as follows: “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he(Jesus) bought with his precious blood.” We see several important points mentioned here:
a) We must keep watch over ourselves, ie, we must be diligent in walking in the Spirit and walking as Jesus would have us do,
b) The overseers were not chosen by men, but were chosen by the Holy Spirit, and as such had to make sure that they were Spirit led,
c) Not only had they to be watchful of themselves, but they had to be watchful over the flock, a tremendous responsibility. Pray continually for John 3 and myself as we lead this very flock of the Lord Jesus that gathers every weekday morning to hear the Word of the Lord. We need it, so that we may be led of the Spirit to bring you the complete truth of the Word of God, without influence of other men’s views and interpretations.
d) We see that the flock was bought through the precious shed blood of Jesus on the Cross.
This last point must be enlarged on because it holds some tremendous truths and warning for us all. The truth here is that EVERY MEMBER of the the kingdom of God is precious in the sight of the Father. Because the blood of Jesus is precious, it means that the person bought is of tremendous value to God. This means members of every race, nation and language that has given themselves over to Jesus Christ and has Him as their Saviour, Lord and King.
The second point of this verse is that BECAUSE every one bought by the precious blood of Jesus is precious in the Father’s sight, we are not to judge them, or gossip about them, or harm them, in any way whatsoever. Why? Simple because God bought them and they are now God’s property. If the Maker of the earth and universe sees fit to receive them into His presence then we have have no right whatsoever to criticize or run them down.
This is confirmed by Rev 5:9, “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Jesus bought us for the Father and because of this we are the direct property of God the Father.