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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BLOOD

1 Peter 1:18-19 New Living Translation
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

BLOOD defined: a reddish fluid in vertebrates that is pumped by the heart through the arteries and veins, supplies tissues with nutrients, oxygen and removes waste products. It consists of a plasma containing erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets.
       Without blood we could not exist. Without the blood of Christ we could not exist as well. It is a different type of existence by comparison, but each blood is equally important. When God created us he put blood in our veins to sustain our lives. In the OT His required the blood of an animal with no defect to receive forgiveness for their sins. This was necessary each year. When Christ came to earth to put into play God’s plan of salvation for sinful man, it was His perfect blood that was required to completely remove our sin once for all time.
       Blood plays such a big part in our lives. The presence of blood can save lives, the absence of it can take lives. Christ’s blood purchased something we could never pay for ourselves, our freedom from sin.  God’s forgiveness is available to all for a price.  That price is blood.  We aren’t pure and sinless, only Christ was and is.  Without the spilling of Christ’s blood there is NO forgiveness for sin. No other blood will do. No other blood has that power.  
       Do you understand the power that is in the blood?  Have you been washed under the fount that flows from the heart of God?  Being good isn’t nearly enough, for there is no worldly system of rules or standards that defines what is good enough according to God.  He determines what is good and right and fair and just, not man.  Allow Christ to cleanse you, then live for Him by faith in the power of the holy spirit.  It’s the only way to spend eternity with the Lord.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources:  The Life Application Study Bible; Published by Tyndale House. Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers.

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