Without the Blood
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. ~Hebrews 9:22
Hebrews 9 is a monumental chapter of Scripture that teaches us about the vital requirement of the shed blood of an innocent victim for the sinner. It gives authentication of the requirement and acceptance of the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for every sinner. This morning, we consider the thought: “without the blood.”
We see the antecedent.
“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.” Under the law, the high priest would bring the blood of the unblemished lamb into the holy of holies to sprinkle it on the mercy seat to for the sins of the nation. This act was an offering for the sins of the people and the priest. The sprinkling of blood was a continuous act every year due to the human limitation of the high priest. It was a temporary satisfying of the sin debt.
We see the atonement.
The shed blood of the bull or lamb was required to make a payment for sin. Atonement means a satisfactory exchange is made to pay for sins. It means we have been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Peace is established between the sinner and God. God has accepted the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ as payment in full for every sinner who calls on the Lord to save him. Christ’s atoning act was once and for all and not needing to be done again and again.
We see the absence.
“Without shedding of blood….” There is the frightening without the blood. There is no remission of sins. We are sinners still under the judgment of God. There is the fatal. Without the shed blood of Christ, there is no reconciliation between God and the sinner. We are still in our sins and under the consequences of eternal separation from God. Without the blood, there is a fissure. We have no access into the holiest, or the presence of God. There is the filthy. Without the shedding of blood, our sins, past, present, and future, remain unwashed. A Christianity without the shedding of blood offers no hope and no salvation.
We see the absolute.
There must be the shedding of blood for forgiveness of sin. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14). There must be the shedding of blood for our justification. We are saved from wrath through the shed blood of Christ. When the sinner receives Christ as Savior, God looks at him as if he had never sinned! You might say that God sees every saved person through blood-tinted glasses. Just like when He delivered the Israelites in Egypt on the night of the Passover, God says to every saved person, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
Thank the Lord that we are not living under a situation without the blood, but we are under the blood. Are you under the blood of Christ for your salvation? With the blood, we overcome the devil (Revelation 12:11). With the blood, we are saved from wrath through Jesus. Thank God for the blood!
Have a salvation-rich God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ecclesiastes 1-4