"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:
 for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."

Leviticus 17:11

Copyright © 1977, 1998 by Diane S. Dew

I.    From Genesis to Revelation can be traced man's need for an acceptable 
      substitutionary sacrifice for sin – and God's provision for it in Calvary.

II.   Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.

              Hebrews 9:22

       A.   The life is in the blood.

                     Genesis 9:4 "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof..."

                     Leviticus 17:11, 14 (cp. Deuteronomy 12:23) "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: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement
                     for the soul.... For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life
                     thereof ..."

                     John 6:53, 54 "... Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink
                     his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh
                     my blood, hath eternal life..."

        B.   Throughout the scripture, the picture is given of a lamb, spotless and without
               blemish. Jesus is this Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

                     Genesis 22
                     Exodus 12:3, 13, 23
                     Leviticus 16:22
                     Isaiah 53:11
                     John 1:29
                     1 Corinthians 5:7
                     1 Peter 1:18, 19
                     Revelation 5:6; 22:1

III.   "The blood" appears often in Old Testament typology.

        A.   The blood on the doorposts – The Passover.

                     Exodus 12:13, 23
                     1 Corinthians 5:7

        B.   Rahab and the scarlet thread – The destruction of Jericho.

                     Joshua 2:14, 18; 6:22-25
                     Hebrews 11:31

        C.   The tabernacle – The blood of the altar.

                     Leviticus 16:1-4
                     Hebrews 9:7, 25

IV.   What was accomplished for us by the blood of the cross?

               Jesus Christ conquered sin and death (Hebrews 13:20), providing us
         free access to the Father (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 10:19-22) by His blood.

         A.   Redemption and justification.

                     Acts 20:28
                     Romans 3:9, 24, 25; 4:7; 5:9
                     Ephesians 1:7
                     Colossians 1:14
                     Hebrews 9:12
                     1 Peter 1:18, 19
                     Revelation 5:9, 10; 7:14

                 1.   Forgiveness of sins.

                             Hebrews 9:22 "Without the shedding of blood, there is
                             no remission of sins."

                             1 John 1:7"... the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
                             us from all sin."

                             Revelation 1:5 "... Unto him that loved us, and washed us
                             from our sins in his own blood."

                 2.    Protection from judgment.

                             Exodus 12:13 "... and 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."

                 3.   Victory over Satan.

                             Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood
                             of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony ..."

                 4.   Deliverance from guilt.

                             Colossians 1:20 "And you, that were sometime alienated and
                             enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled ..."

                             Hebrews 9:14 "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
                             through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
                             purge your conscience ..."

                             Hebrews 10:19, 22 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter
                             into the holiest by the blood of Jesus ... Let us draw near with a true
                             heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an
                             evil conscience ..."

                  5.   Peace with God.

                             Colossians 1:20

       B.   Sanctification.

                     Exodus 29:37 "Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for
                     the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy..."

                     Hebrews 10:10 "... we are sanctified through the offering of the
                     body of Jesus Christ once for all."

                     Hebrews 13:12 "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify
                     the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."

V.   What is necessary to know the power of the blood of Jesus and to
       experience personally the rewards it has bought us?

        A.   The operation of its power is conditional upon our obedience to
               the Word of God.

                     1 John 1:7 ("If ...")

        B.   It must be individually applied.

                     Exodus 12:3-7, 11-13, etc.

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