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Do We Have Faith In His Blood?

All of humanity is called to believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. There is, after all, salvation in no other. When we believe in Christ, we place our weight on Him totally as the deliverer from our sins. We rely on Him; we depend on Him.

In believing in Christ we are to believe in the true Christ who is revealed in Scripture and Scripture alone. We are not to believe in concocted misrepresentations of the Christ who are only false Christs. The crucial implication of this is that we believe in the One who was incarnate, born of a virgin, delivered up to death on the cross of Calvary, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of the sins of all who believe. We believe in the One who was buried and rose again on the third day; ascended into heaven and will return again. If we have faith in any other Christ, we are not believing in the true Christ for salvation.

Further, our faith, as Christians, is in a real living being. When we connect with Christ, by faith, we connect with one who is animate with life. furthermore, It is through Him we are brought to the God of life.

Which brings me to the original question do we have faith in the blood of Christ? To which I answer that Scripture teaches that we are to have faith in the Christ who shed He blood on the cross and not faith in the cross itself. To emphasize the matter I ask the question in a slightly different way: Do we have faith in Jesus’ blood or in His cross? The answer is neither. Paul puts it like this when he says in Ephesians 1:7-8a In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. Redemption is in Him who shed His blood and not in His blood itself.

Accordingly, we do not preach the crucifixion, but we preach the crucified One. Again we listen to Paul who says we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:23-24).

But what of Romans 3:25? There the KJV has the phrase “faith in his blood”. W.E Vine says this. “The rendering “faith in His blood” is incorrect. Faith is never said to be in the blood. Faith is imposed in a living person. Faith is the means of making the pardon ours; the blood is the means of its effect. The preposition of the original is instrumental. The phrase “by His blood” expresses the means of propitiation.” 

Noah’s Flood and Disaster.

It is one of the great travesties of how the Bible is commonly appreciated by people that the account of Noah and the Flood is represented to be a fairy story about animals and boats. In Scripture it is not so. It is an utterly frightening event and when we read it we should be shocked to our core. And we should be provoked to be asking lots of questions.

Consider this scripture in Genesis 7:20-23:

The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished – birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

Please ponder that scripture and be sobered by it. If you had not entered the ark then you were wiped out: Every living thing (including mankind) that moved on the earth perished. Ponder the account as it developed in Genesis 6-7:

  • The Earth was wicked
  • Noah sought to follow the Lord and was found to be in His favour.
  • The Lord promised judgment.
  • The Lord commands Noah to build an ark
  • The requisite animals and birds went in the ark
  • Noah and his sons and the four wives went in to the ark
  • The Lord shut the door.
  • Then the rain came.
  • Then utter total devastation.

If you went into the ark, you had salvation! If you did not go in you perished! Today if you respond to the gospel and go into Christ you are saved. If not, if you refuse the gospel offer, you face a greater perishing event than those in Noah’s day; an eternal perishing.

Please ponder that.

There Is Room at The Cross For You

Is that true? Is it true that there is room at the cross for you? What do you think? Let us then take some time to consider the issues that the statement raises.

YES, THERE IS!! The first thing we have to assert is that it is most wonderfully true that there is room for us at the cross. By this we mean that the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cleanse the sins of all who come to Him. Never will anyone ever be able to say that there was no salvation for them at the cross. The great gospel summary verse rings loud and true, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Everyone who believes in Christ is saved. That is for definite; there are no exceptions. There is room at the cross. None need keep away fearing that they will not be accepted.

Moreover, there is room at the cross to deal with all the sins of those who believe. In 1 John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We must notice the ‘all’ there. Every bit of unrighteousness is cleansed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is never any reason to fear that we will be damned on account of any sin we have committed. When we have true faith in Jesus we can know all our sins are forgiven. His blood cleanses even the biggest sins. What a wonderful salvation this is. How we should rejoice and be thankful!.

NO, THERE IS NOT!! However, there is a sense that there is no room at the cross for us. This is because it is only Jesus who is the Saviour. He Himself, and He alone, has achieved the mighty eternal act of salvation. ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). It is the default position of the human being that we want to do something to achieve our own salvation. The pride that is resident in our hearts moves us to want to contribute to our own acceptance with God. And the ultimate way of doing this is to give ourselves totally in a sacrificial way; to offer ourselves on the cross. This thinking is of man, it is of the flesh and although we might consider such a sacrifice to be admirable it is hellish, satanic thinking.

It is only Jesus who can achieve salvation. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21). Only Jesus, who is the sinless, eternal, Son of God who died as the Son of Man, could do this.

Let us unpack this a bit further. On the cross the Lord Jesus made a full and sufficient payment for the sins of all His people. The resurrection of our Saviour proves that His salvation work is done. Many would happily say that Jesus, salvation work is great in itself. But they go on to conclude that it is not enough. They therefore determine to do something themselves to “top-up” that salvation and guarantee their acceptance by God. In doing this they are taking their place alongside his cross to achieve salvation. This is totally wrong.

Paul deals with this thinking in Romans 10:6-8. There we read: ‘But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’[ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.”

If we undertake some big work, even to the extent of going to heaven or going down to hell to boost our standing before God, we are taking away from the work of Christ. We are saying he must come and live again and die again and be raised again. We are saying to our LORD that what you did in coming to die on the cross to take away our sins was not enough.

But the reality is it is enough. So we lay before people that they have nothing to contribute to their salvation. Salvation is fully achieved by our Saviour. They simply must believe. They must call on the Name of the LORD and thereby they will be saved.

Accordingly, we glory in the full sufficiency of the blood shed by our Saviour on the cross to save us from our sins, whilst simultaneously not taking any credit for our salvation ourselves. No other religion has anything of this ilk, because this is the only true religion.

Taken (and adapted) from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of August 2013

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