1 Peter 1:19 The Precious Blood of Christ Runs Through the Bible

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First and second chapters of Genesis describe creation, including God making Adam, giving him a helpmate in Eve, responsibility to tend the garden, naming the animals, giving Adam a wide range of trees to eat from except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned them that in the day, warned Adam in that day if they should eat of that tree they would surely die. The third chapter of Genesis; guess what, I’m going to go through the whole Bible today! And you wouldn’t be wrong if you said I am, because I am. The third chapter is a brief, gives us a brief account of the fall, how Satan, the serpent managed to twist, just a little bit, what God said, which by the way, Satan still enjoys that. That has not been taken from him yet; twisting God’s word and leading poor saints astray by just a little twist of something that sounds plausible. But in that third chapter you’ve got Eve succumbing to the temptation, she eats of that which she is told not to. And in Genesis 3:7, it says that they knew, “The eyes of them both were opened, they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together,” King James says they made themselves “aprons,” or coverings to gird them about. It’s only later in that third chapter that you read that it says, “Unto Adam also and his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Coats of skins suggest that God had to kill something to get the skin, and this begins a whole series of things throughout the Bible that have much to say about the blood. Through the ages, even to this day, fig leaf religion is practiced. Either people who don’t quite understand the gospel; trust me a few weeks ago I wanted to stop in the middle of teaching on a series to tell you about one verse that leaped out at me and I have not been able to take it out of my mind ever since then, which we’ll visit today in 1 Peter where it says, “The precious blood of Christ.” There are very few things in the Bible that are called that: “precious.” But Peter knew a thing or two about that blood of Christ, because as he passed by the temple Beautiful with one begging for alms, he said, “Silver and gold have I not,” or none, “but in the name of Jesus, get up and walk.” And there in 1 Peter when he’s talking about the precious blood of Christ, he says, “We are redeemed, not with things like silver or gold,” it’s how sometimes you know these internal references within Scripture that make it absolutely beautiful, they confirm the events, the people in the strangest ways, but he calls the blood of Christ precious. And it was in that day for Adam and Eve when God obviously slew some animals to make coverings for them, covering, shedding of blood, and covering on His terms. But fig leaf religion, as I started to say, exists even today, where people who fail to recognize, and I’m now talking about the people within the body of Christ, they fail to recognize that great pearl, precious blood spilt. Not the birth of Christ; Christ could have been born but had He not died and raised up, it wouldn’t have made a difference for the world. Christ could have lived and spoken great words, but had He not died and raised up, He would have maybe contributed some great sayings, but that’s about it. Christ could have even have died, but had He not raised up, had He not been raised up, all of this would be meaningless. And a careful investigation through the Bible confirms everything that God laid out as a plan of redemption and there is no such thing as a bloodless gospel; it doesn’t exist. What struck me is the fig leaf religion, that just in the first few chapters of Genesis, you see it repeat itself. And the sacrifices that God will first say simply as burnt offerings smell good to Him, that’s when it says about Noah. Noah walked with God, and Noah is told by God, “Build an ark,” I told you I was going to go through the Bible, “Build an ark, because I’m going to send a great flood on the earth,” and if you read in Genesis 6 it tells how; it says, God saying, how man, in his imaginations are continually evil, and something very sad, it says, “It grieved the LORD that he made man.” He repented, He was grieved that He made man, but He tells Noah, “Build an ark, bring every animal into the ark, you and your family because I’m going to flood the earth and essentially start over again.” And two things become apparent, the word of God alone spoken to man could not bring man to not do evil, which is why when we talk about the law, the law can only condemn. But you see Noah emerged out of the ark, and the ark is always a type of Christ, and they emerge out of the ark thereafter the destruction, because that same ark that brought safety to him brought destruction to the world; emerges out of the ark and God basically, whether He prescribed him to offer these offerings or not, he offers offerings, burnt offerings of animals, that means he had to slay them, kill them and offer them upon the altar. And God smelt the odor of these burnt offerings, and it says it was pleasing to Him; not pleasing that an animal died, but every time an altar is erected a sacrifice is made. And even in the pagan religions, they offered sacrifices to the pagan gods. In this case God was well pleased that an offering or offerings were made unto Him. You’ve got the same thing with Abraham, except with Abraham, God says when Abraham says, “How will I know?” in Genesis 15, “How will I know the things You’ve promised me will come true?” And God says, “Well, essentially I’m giving you My word, but in case you,” this is 1st book of Scott, “in case you doubt, I want you to take,” and He prescribes a goat of three years old, a heifer three years old, a turtle dove and a pigeon, and He says essentially, “Offer these.” And this is when Abraham falls into a deep sleep, terror comes upon him and you know the rest of the story, but again this was a sign or a token. And blood runs through the book, if you want to have a bloodless gospel, you don’t have a gospel because there was always a price, and interestingly enough as we navigate, it’s maybe not too much time removed from Noah coming out of the ark, and between Noah and Abraham we have the account of the Tower of Babel, and these are people who said they would ascend and be like God; they would get up to heaven, through the heavens themselves; more fig leaf religion for you. In today’s society, in today’s Christianese, fig leaf religion still exists. It either exists by people trying to work their way into the kingdom, people beating you over the head and telling you, “If you do good, that’s how you show God you mean business, and the more good you do the more brownie points you get with God.” Whoever is telling you that, hasn’t read about, well, 100 percent of the New Testament, doesn’t work that way-no 99 because maybe if they’re reading James they might bank on that, that’s about it. And one book out of the New Testament, out of the whole New Testament is not too much to bank on. Although I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater because James does say some good things along with some crazy things, because he did not spend the time with the Lord that others did. But my point is that the blood runs through the Bible, and as you get to the book of Exodus, what God said He would do when He spoke to Abram which is that they would go into bondage and they would come out generations later, they’d come out a multitudinous people, richer and whatnot, and that was made good. And God basically bringing Moses back from childhood, his youngest memories of course were that of the palace of Pharaoh, but he was the child drawn from the waters, the child of a Hebrew slave that the daughter of Pharaoh retrieved from the water. And after a time, gleaning all the wisdom in Egypt, he saw a man killed before his eyes, fled to the desert and when the time was right, God called him to lead the people, the children of Israel out of Egypt’s bondage. He would be their deliverer, another type of Christ in the deliverance, or deliverer. But again there very interesting because one of the last things that’s accounted in the plagues, in the midst of the plagues, the water being turned to blood is one of them, but death as a marker and ultimately while they were still yet in the land of Egypt, and I want you to turn here to Exodus 12, while they were still yet in the land of Egypt, “The LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house: and if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.” In other words even there, God said while they were yet in Egypt He said, “If there’s too little, bring your neighbors in, and if there’s not enough,” in other words figure out the balance, but there still was going to be a lot of blood shed that night for each household, if you factor how many people were, how many of the children of Israel were in Egypt’s bondage. “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: and ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. They shall take of the blood, strike it on the two side posts on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat.” And there’s something kind of very interesting here, the upper lintel, the door post that if you really think about it, everything in here is going to typify Christ including if you think about the cross that Jesus died on, with essentially the same amount of configuration, except that the wood is going the other way, but the same concepts of the blood being applied. “They shall eat the flesh in the night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” And all of this again is a shadow of a type that will become realized in Christ. This is why Paul said, “Christ our Passover.” “Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water but roast with fire; his head with his legs, with the purtenance thereof. Ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn it with fire.” Now this is what’s interesting, “Thus shall ye eat it; your loins girded, shoes on your feet, staff in your hand; ye shall eat it in haste; it is the LORD’S passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and I will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD”-“all gods of Egypt,” more fig leaf religion, some imagination of man other than the one true living God. “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are,” this is what I circled many times in my Bible until I can barely read the words, “and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” And if you read this with a real sensitive heart towards the things of God, God is still saying the same thing, except we are not killing an animal, but He looks on us when we see the sacrifice of Christ as one worth enough to buy up the sins of the world, sin and sins of the world. And the same thing is being said. I want you to remember this because I will refer to this and one other verse repeatedly in this massage, “But when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” And I notice something in the Bible every time there is a feast, an ordinance, and something said, “forever,” usually you’ll find within those specific mentions where God says, “This is something that I want done forever,” that you’ll find where this is still being done within Judaism. We Christians are celebrating the final and ultimate one offering, instead of repeatedly every year looking back at the event, we always are looking back to the event, but looking forward in the present to the reality of Christ our Passover. We no longer have to slay an animal. We’ll progress through this but I just thought I would make mention of that. So key thing, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Now in case where some people may be listening, and they may be thinking that this is kind of gory and disgusting, if you’ve ever watched the Ten Commandments, by Cecil B. DeMille, it’s actually; sorry, it’s a little bit comical, some of the actors as they, they stagger in the street and you see them they, they actually look like they’re drunk as they drop dead. I’m sure it wasn’t like that, so just in case you’re saying, “Well you know, it didn’t look too bad.” No, it was a pretty gruesome sight, and I can only imagine as I think about this account of this night, when the death angel passed through, those who said, in their fig leaf religion, “What does it matter? I don’t have to do this thing, God won’t-your God, or God won’t,” but when God says something there’s deep meaning to it, we listen. When I said to you at the beginning of this message about the blood; bloodless, or without reference to blood you miss the whole picture of what God’s been saying in this unfolding drama of redemption through the whole Bible. As you move through the book of Exodus, it’s kind of interesting to see as the children of Israel are delivered and God does a myriad number of things including giving the tables of stone and the instructions for the Tabernacle. And there in Exodus 24, some remarkable information, that if you’re just reading and reading the Old Testament you won’t see that it really is applicable for us, the way we receive certain things. “He said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and the seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye a far off. Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him. Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said we will do,” at least right now that’s what they’ve said; in the moment, right, the excitement of the moment. “Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.” And if you keep reading, it says, “He sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.” The Lord, “And Moses took half of the blood and put into basins; half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.” And again this just reinforced idea, the blood sprinkled on the altar, and as you keep reading you keep seeing that the blood will be placed just about on everything including by the way if you keep reading, “He took the book of the covenant, read it in the audience of the people: they said, All that the LORD hath said we will do, and be obedient. Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people.” Now we sing a song, “Glory to His name, there the blood was applied to my heart, glory to His name.” You know, you can, you can talk about the gospel or you can preach the gospel. And you can talk about salvation or you can really preach salvation. And if you’re going to talk about the gospel, you may not be talking about the blood that Jesus shed, or the blood that goes through the book, because you can talk about it, and you can discuss it in such a way that you can kind of make it palatable for just everybody of all walks of life, some syncretistic approach in discussing it. But if you’re going to preach about it, and you’re going to preach about the way of salvation, you’re going to be reading exactly what’s going on, and you’re going to say, “Well, Moses did this in this day, he took the blood, sprinkled it on the people.” And you’ll find that the blood will be sprinkled on the altar, the sides of the altar, the base of the altar, the horns of the altar. The high priest himself will receive a sprinkling; specific indications of what to do, blood on fingers and toes specifically. And as you get into the approach, the approach to God could not be made without the presentation and sprinkling of blood. When the priest, the high priest went in and sprinkled the blood upon the mercy seat and when we talk about the Ark of the Covenant, all of these things which are types, they are shadows and types of Christ; the mercy seat, our Kapporeth, Christ, sprinkled with the blood. So everywhere you turn in this book, you keep seeing the blood. And then something strange will happen as you kind of go through the book of Exodus and you go into Leviticus and you start to read about the particular things that God puts first. The beginning of Leviticus talks about these offerings to God and they are, we’ll call them for the most part, there are some that are bloodless, but most of them are blood offerings. When I say that, an animal has to be killed and presented at the door. In the New Testament, Christ is the door and you can’t just look at the door and say, “This is a door,” you’ve got to look at the door and say, “In there the blood was applied” to everything that is in here leads me to one place. In the Old Testament, you had to keep going back; you had to keep presenting an animal every single year. Your, your sins, your family’s sins, the priest had to do it; everybody had to present an animal. If you think about the years of just the erection of the tabernacle in the wilderness and the years, at least we know they were 40 years wondering around in the backside of the desert. Think of how many animals had to be slaughtered throughout the course of that time, bulls and goats, and if you didn’t have, there were prescriptions for people who didn’t have the luxury of having a goat or a heifer. But my point is that everybody within the camp was required to do this. Blood had to be spilled. As you move out of Exodus, and as I said, into Leviticus and you see that there is this emphasis on the blood, specifically Leviticus 16 and 17, which is the Day of Atonement. Let’s turn there. You know, I told you I was-I think you thought I might be kidding when I said I’m going to preach through the Bible today. We just might be here a little longer, that’s all. “Never grow old, never grow old.” Here’s the Day of Atonement and special prescription, if you will, for the priest and the priesthood. See at verse 14, 16:14, “He shall take of the blood of the bullock, sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before he mercy seat shall he sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times,” the number of completion. “He shall kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of bullock, sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: and he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.” So there’s prescriptions there about the blood, and then by verse 18, it says, “And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, make an atonement for it; shall take of the blood of the bullock, of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar.” And so you, you see that everything here will be covered with blood. I think, something just hit me a few weeks ago while I was reading this Scripture out of 1 Peter about the blood; it’s more than just “precious blood,” it’s usually lacking. In fact, I’m guilty; I haven’t preached many messages on the blood of Christ. We’ve spent the last 20 weeks on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, but prior to that I don’t think I’ve preached many messages. And I can remember a few; many Communions Dr. Scott delivered and a few teachings about 2001, 2002, somewhere in there out of Leviticus 17:11, but beyond that not, not too much, although we talk about it, we make mention of it. And if you keep reading, this is what’s so staggering; you cannot escape the subject of the blood. And Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” “For the life of the flesh is in the blood,” so God, from cover to cover, two chapters without mention, but it is God that placed blood in the veins of Adam, but from cover to cover speaks of this necessity of shed blood in order to provide a covering for man, whether it be the covering in the appearance of the ark and therefore afterwards offering for that which provided the salvation of those eight souls, or whether it was a covenant token. And I could have gone more in depth with Abraham, because there a multiple covenants given, some of them expressly are offerings of blood, but even the mark of circumcision, do you think that’s done without the shedding of blood? Unless you have magic skin, I don’t think so. It all comes back to something very significant with regards to what God has been trying to say all the while, and that is it was needful and that these animals offered up were precious in God’s sight. It wasn’t as though God said, “Well, there just animals, who cares?” But what couldn’t be eradicated, what couldn’t be cleansed was in the heart and the mind. You could convince yourself on the day that you offered your offering that you essentially laid hands on that animal before it was slaughtered; essentially communicating all of your sins and transgressions upon the animal, but it couldn’t cleanse the inside. It couldn’t cleanse the mind; it couldn’t cleanse the heart, so here we have this incredible picture of what God is presenting as a type. Exiting, beyond the book of Leviticus, there are many, many mentions in Numbers and whatnot, but something very interesting that happens in the book of Joshua. We have the record of those two spies sent out and they arrive at the home of Rahab. And I don’t have time to go into the details of this, but I want you to see by this time, it’s already well ingrained into the heart and mind of these men as they undoubtedly were witness and had participated in the many offerings of blood that the scarlet cord that is given to Rahab to hang out her window, she’s told to do this and she and her household would live, is no different, no different at all than when God instructed the children of Israel to cover, the obedience of covering their doorposts with the blood, “And when I see the blood, I will pass over.” God said destruction is coming to this city, by the mouth of the spies, by the way. And she, she did a good work; she hid them. I love this. Now before she hid them, do you think the spies said, “Whore, confess your sins”? Do you really think that that happened? They needed to be hid; she hid them. She was smart enough to say, essentially, “What’s in it for me?” “Here, hang this scarlet cord out your window, and you and your whole household, for your act of faith, will be saved; well, you’ll be spared and saved.” The whole principle running through the Bible is the same: God takes you where you’re at, exactly where you are. I, I loathe these people in Christendom that somehow would like you to become like they are before you can even in come in the church or get saved, because somehow they are so perfect and holy and righteous. But rather, just this one passage here tells me two things that bring me back to that night of the exodus out of Egypt. Do you really think that it was required of those people applying the blood to their doorposts to stand before they could even apply the blood, to stand and chronicle all the stuff they’d done (and I was going to use something more colloquial), that they had done throughout their time living in Egypt? And Egypt always represents the life of sin and bondage. Do you think that they had time before the death angel passed over to stand before applying the blood, “Well, I killed my neighbor’s duck or goose or goat, stole a little bit of milk when I was thirsty out there in the field”? I don’t know about that one, that’s kind of gross, but whatever. I don’t know! This is the deal, at the word of Moses that the Lord had given to him, this is what you do and you do it no matter how rich you are, no matter what your standing is, no matter what your skin color is, no matter whatever it is; this is what you do and this is how you do it. And if you do this one thing of applying the blood; the death angel will pass over. When I see the blood, I will pass over. You will be spared from death and destruction that the rest will incur.” God’s still doing the same thing here with this woman. I’m asking you a question if you can read through the Bible and see a great pattern that tells me two things. Anyone would dare to frustrate the efficacy of the shed blood of Christ, the book of Hebrews, specifically the 9th and 10th chapter tell us about this shed blood being essentially, what could the blood of bulls and goats do? But this blood shed out of our Lord and Savior, it had the power to cleanse, even as you’ve heard me say many times before, the declaration in John’s book, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world,” why? Because this one uttering that knew this one would be the Lamb, the final Lamb, the final Sacrifice for sin. There’s also an admonition in the book of Hebrews about those people who don’t understand or tread on the blood as if. That’s a warning to say you let no one frustrate the power, Ephesians 1:7 talks about you were redeemed, we have redemption through His blood. And even the angel band in heaven, out of Revelation, talks about those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. So we know one thing; that the blood of the Lamb, the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to redeem. And that word, by the way, we studied one time many years ago, lutro?, that is to essentially buy back, buy what is in slavery or in servitude, and buy it back, redeeming it in the truest sense. The Scripture says we were all dead in trespasses and sins; sins and trespasses, made alive by Christ, but we are drawn nigh by the blood of Christ. And this same blood has the power to cleanse us to serve the living God, deliver us from dead works and give us the confidence that when we look at the whole book, the whole book paints this same picture over and over again. If you’d like to hear it from somewhere, I mean I’ll give you places I haven’t quoted from often. Here’s one that is kind of an anomalous something for a future time from one of the prophets, “I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.” That’s out of Joel 3:21. I could take it from any book to tell you that God, in every age, in every time lifted up, whether it was in that generation or for a future time, but all foretelling about this work of Christ. Now this is what’s so interesting to me. When we talk about this shed blood, Revelation 1:5 says He “washed us from our sins in his own blood.” You hear people sometimes, old-timey people, talk about pleading the blood, you ever hear that? Not so much anymore but in old-timey, you know, 20, 30, 40 years ago, people said, “I plead the blood.” But the reality is without really going too far, you can see how the words that are nestled right there in Exodus, “When I see the blood I will pass over,” not, “When I see your righteousness,” not, “When I see your good works,” not, “When I see how good you are doing in your walk of faith” even. “When I see the blood,” that still applies today. “When I see the blood,” this is why what caught my attention out of 1 Peter, he says, “We’re not redeemed with silver and gold, these things that are corruptible, perishable.” He says, “We’re redeemed with the precious blood of Christ.” And that redemption came at a price, washed and cleansed, forgiven and made whole; the power to change, which is what Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians, the power to change. There is power in the blood; we sing songs. I made them sing a whole bunch today to open the service. “There is power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb,” “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins, sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.” Anyone who talks about salvation the gospel talks about, we’re not talking about preaching, because if you’re going to preach it you’ve got to tell people this is what is involved in this whole walk. And that is not somebody else’s idea of how you’re saved. You know, I told you this story before, I’ll tell it again because it’s, it’s timely. About a year and half, maybe a year after Dr. Scott died, I had been invited to a dinner, with really, some of the most unusual and unlikely suspects within Christendom. And the way I am, I will always if somebody extends an olive branch, I will always take that. I’m not one to shoot down if somebody says something that I think could potentially be for the healing, I will, you’ll always see me, I will take five steps for that one. That’s the way I’ve been. I have a track record of that through this ministry in my administrative tenure and also in the pastorate. So I had gone to this dinner and really could make a cartoon out of it now, caricature some of the individuals that were sitting there, and by the way, only the judgmental people, both then and now would have said a word about this. But I can guarantee you that in the councils of heaven my act was seen as good faith. So I sat and listened and talked and discussed, and it seemed like these people, by the way, are convinced, some of them that are still alive today are convinced that Dr. Scott told me the date inside the pyramid. They’re convinced of that. They were, by the way, because that just kept coming back over and over again, because they said, “No, we know he told you this and he told you that.” One never knows, does one? Right? But I’m sitting there, trying to hold my composure and dignity and after this dinner it was echoed back to me that one of the, we’ll call him an “elder” but not really, and someone who had a great prominence within Christendom, although not deserved, had the audacity to ask if I was even saved. And I thought, you know, here’s the funny thing, I’m just kind of stumbling around. You know, I living in my Bible and stumbling around and kind of working my salvation out in front of you, by the way. I can’t think of anything more humbling and anything more challenging, but praise God for it. But there are a few Scriptures I knew back then really well, and one of them is that we don’t know what lives in the heart of an individual. Only God can know that. Man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. Only God can know what’s in my heart. And I thought, “Well, that’s probably the most judgmental, evil, corrupt thing I’ve ever heard.” And just kind of an FYI, if anyone was watching in the years that I came along by Dr. Scott’s side, we both, the both of us actually, I went through many changes and continue to this day to change, hopefully for the better, but we both went through some changes in our lives that were played out in front of you. And this is all the interesting stuff. So for this individual to even say that was kind of like what I’m talking about the blood and I look at the blood and I think the blood that Jesus shed for me; for me. I’m not even talking about you, I claim it for myself. How dare that individual even insult the efficacy of what my Lord and Savior did by even asking the question? None of your business, but if you have to ask that it tells me that you have judgmental spirit and there’s more in the Bible about being pharisaical and judgmental than there is about knowing whether someone is or isn’t, but just for the record, I think I might be saved. Just in case you’re not sure. The book of Romans talks to my heart and tells me that, King James says, “We are justified by the blood of Christ.” That means we are put in right position, in right standing by the blood of Christ. And I’m going to say it again, but I’m going to say it in a New Testament way, the Old Testament quote: “When I see the blood, I will pass over,” death, Paul says, has no more dominion. We who are alive in Christ, who live for Christ, who live to Christ, live by that Spirit, by that power, not by fig leaf religion, not by imaginations, but by the reality. So being put in right standing before God says when God looks at me, He doesn’t see Melissa Scott with all of her fumblings and all of her life’s caricatures and whatnot. He doesn’t look at you over there and say, “Oh boy, that one over there; you see that list over there of all the stuff behind him? Whoa!” He looks at you and He sees the blood and that shed blood puts you in right standing with God. My late husband used to say he puts on the rose-colored glasses, but the essential meaning of what I’m saying is the same. He looks at you and sees you as washed and cleansed and forgiven, and the work is finished. That doesn’t mean that you won’t sin today or tomorrow or the next day. It’s simply in right standing with God because of the shed blood of Christ. Now I ask you a question. What’s complicated about this? You read it over and over and over again. Revelation 1:5 talks about the same thing. There are at least, probably a half a dozen, maybe even more, I just off the top of my head, I’m just going at them. Out of Colossians, talking about how we are reconciled and redeemed by the blood. So, when I talk about this “When I see the blood,” God speaking, I’m talking about the precious blood that Peter speaks of, precious blood of Christ. While I was still figuring things out in my faith, Dr. Scott was still alive, the Lord gave me a very simple song that I wrote that we sing here, but there’s something theologically in it that even I myself didn’t really understand, so I know it was a gift from the Lord. I couldn’t have thought of specifically and as precisely as I did: “His spilt blood here on earth cleansed the land, and then He took His blood to heaven to cleanse an angel band.” That’s, you know, I don’t know, 20 years ago; more maybe, when I wrote that song, not really understanding theology, not even thinking about it. But there it is right there. When people talk about the blood, the blood not only cleansed here and now, the blood was also brought in front of the Father; needful, because of all the people that had gone before. We talk about the saints, the redeemed saints, those that will see and encounter in the book of Revelation, had to be cleansed as well. Blood brought into the presence of God, before the throne, if you will, a presentation of the blood, much like in the Old Testament if we look at the Holy of Holies and the Mercy Seat and the Shekinah. Everything that encompasses that, there is that, not just, it’s not a shadow; it is the reality in heaven. So when people talk about this concept that starts in the Old Testament that goes straight through the book; I mentioned Rahab because she’s one of my favorites, but there are many, many mentions that give you the idea that God is looking for one thing. When He’s looking at us, He’s not looking to see, you know, did you, did you do this? Or did you do that? Why, He knows our ways! He knows all of our ways. This is the stupid thing about human beings, and I’m including myself, but I’m saying in general: humankind. We think we’re so crafty, and I say “we” because we all have this. See, there is a tendency for people, whether they’re in the body or outside the body of Christ, there is a tendency to try and paint your life or my life a little bit better or a little bit worse. God sees it all the same way, Romans 3:23, I’ve quoted a thousand times: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” It means every single creature that has been birthed, given life, brought into being no matter how good. You remember the message Dr. Scott preached and he drew on the blackboard and he wrote: here’s the pope up here. You remember that? And the pope is way up there. For those who don’t remember, he did this. He said in terms of righteousness and good behavior, here’s the pope. And the pope is considered as the most righteous and holy and he’s the bestest and the mostest, right? All right, here’s the pope, right, and here’s you and me. Here we are. And let’s just say for the sake of conversation that either you think you’re up here and I’m down here or vice versa, but it doesn’t matter. You might say, “Well, the pope is so good and he’s such a holy man and we’re down here,” or pick whoever you want to put, but you know how God sees it? He sees it all the same, all the same, the best or the worst, He says, “Filthy, dirty sinners.” And if you look, the blood of Christ, seen, like the children of Israel, “I look at you cleansed, justified (bless you), justified, the power that is the power to change, to make whole, to heal, to deliver; and all of that is done by the blood, the blood of Christ.” So for the best or for the worst, and I just borrowed from my late husband’s sermon, giving him credit, which some people don’t have the capacity to ever do. But that being said, all you have to do is look at that, these are not my words, this is from my late husband to tell you it doesn’t matter. The best or worst, He sees it all the same and there’s one criteria that He’s looking for in each and every individual who calls on the name of Jesus, because when He looks at you, the criteria is-you know, you have a bloodless Christ, a Christ that never died, that never hung in open shame, that never suffered, that never anything except went around doing good deeds in a fluffy white robe with Birkenstocks and nice flowing hair like the Bee Gees’ style, a little bit with the little scruff going on. And you’ve got yourself a good guy, who’s basically really wise, said great things, did good things and acted really nice, but you don’t have any salvation at all. And I don’t know about you, but I’m looking at this wonderful precious blood. Turn to 1 Peter, because some of you are saying, “Well, where’s the Scripture she’s talking about?” You know, I don’t assume that you might have it memorized, and so therefore we’ll just read it all together. 1 Peter, somewhere there in the New Testament. I know you like that direction really good. We’ll help you out a little bit, 1 Peter, and it’s 1 Peter 1. My pages are stuck together. I’ve got too many Post-its on my pages. Here we go, 1 Peter 1 and verse 19, but I’ll read at verse 18: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,” and if you keep reading, “who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in these last times for you.” Pretty much plain and simple, for Peter, plain and simple: the blood of Christ precious, much more precious than silver or gold and things that perish and things that are corruptible. And just as we, like the children of Israel delivered from Egypt’s bondage, as life of sin and without God, God’s still looking down at His children, although now He doesn’t distinguish, He doesn’t make some, “These are these people over here and these are those.” He looks down and those that call upon the name of Jesus Christ, but here very carefully I say to you from the Old Testament to the New, Christ, His blood speaks stronger and more vehemently, if you will, than the shed blood of Abel. Although his blood still speaks from the ground, Christ’s blood speaks to us from heaven, from the heavenlies. Christ died for this: to save sinners, to wash and to cleanse, to justify, give right standing, and God is saying, “When I see the blood,” now not something painted on the exterior, “When I see the blood applied to the heart, I will, I will pass over you. I will become your Passover. I will, I will be that to you that only I can be,” which is what God has been saying from the beginning. So if I were to put all this together and say to you what, what does this mean for anybody listening today: precious blood of Christ is still working today. We don’t have to go and sacrifice and offer and kill and do these things. The book of Hebrews tells us Christ was the last of those and the final one. When He declared, “It is finished,” what He was saying was, “For all humankind who will look unto Me.” No need now to raise a brazen serpent in the wilderness, for Christ is our man lifted up, man/God lifted up, the cure, if you will, but still again, “When I see the blood, I will pass over.” And that standing doesn’t matter how good or how bad, it doesn’t matter where you are in this walk. If you’re just getting started and you’re not too sure, like me maybe some 13 years ago, fumbling around trying to find my way, the one thing you can know when you stay in this book long enough, there are things that will speak to your heart. They will leap out at you and they will become a pleasant and beautiful reality in your life. This one I had to circle many times over again: “the precious blood of Christ.” Why? Because when I think about it, Christ said, “No man taketh my life; I lay it down of myself.” And what He did, He did voluntarily. And what He did, I’ve told you this before, every evangelist likes to quote John 3:16, “God so loved the world,” I told you cross out “the world” in your Bible and put your name right there. There’s no danger in doing that because the reality is if you call upon His name and you’re looking to the blood, “God so loved” put your name in there, “that he gave his only begotten Son.” And just, just for clarification, God doesn’t look on skin color or gender; He doesn’t see riches or poverty. The blood bank in heaven, unlike down here on earth, you go to a blood bank and you’ve got A+ and B+ and you’ve got O and O- and AB and A- and so forth. There’s only one type of blood that we’re talking about and it doesn’t have a classification of humankind. It just has the power of God’s kind, and that means that covered in that blood I walk with confidence, covered in that blood my heart is, I live and have my being. And I stand here and preach to you, I don’t just talk about salvation like some people like to do, “Let’s talk about this thing.” Let me preach it to you, which I’ve just spent an hour doing, telling you about that blood which was shed for a purpose; not wasted, not to be tread underfoot, but to be looked at, as Peter says “precious.” And he knew a thing or two, first, as a firsthand eyewitness of the cost. We don’t, we’re not eyewitnesses to Christ the way he was, but we can say we know exactly by, by virtue of this book and reading that the cost of the blood cost God’s only begotten Son: “For this purpose I came,” and it was achieved. Now let no one, man or woman, preacher or a lay person, or lame person tell you otherwise. If you’re looking unto Christ you are saved. You get up and you walk in that confidence and you let nobody abase your Savior in the efficacy of what He has done. That, my friends, is my message. You have been watching me, Pastor Melissa Scott, live from Glendale, California at Faith Center. If you would like to attend the service with us, Sunday morning at 11am, simply call 1-800-338-3030 to receive your pass. If you’d like more teaching and you would like to go straight to our website, the address is www.PastorMelissaScott.com


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