The Crimson Cord Binding the Holy Bible
The total power in the redemption of man and in the purifying of this universe is bound up in the divine blood of Christ’s death.
Without this sacrifice man is lost and the Lake of Fire will be his eternal destiny. Except by His blood offering this earth will continue on its downward spiral until filth and putrefaction consumes its total existence. The Book of Revelation is full of the fact of His Majestic Death and blood sacrifice. Twenty Three times He is called the “Lamb” or the “Lamb Of God”, just in this one book, and each time that term is used it testifies of His Death on the Cross. Four times His blood is called our Redemption and one time His vesture is dipped In blood. The total authority of this Masterpiece of Divine Revelation is the blood, His Divine blood. John saw Him, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13) The overwhelming presence of the “Blood” in this book places a great danger on anyone that disregards this revelation.
The whole of the Word of God is a Testament or a Legal Will by the “Blood of the Testator.” The very culture and personality of the Holy Scripture is redemption by the “Blood of Jesus Christ.” It is a crimson cord that traces its way from Genesis and the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation. To remove or destroy this supernatural glue that holds the Bible together is to destroy the entire Revelation of God. The “Shadow of Christ’s Blood” in the Old Testament was so supernatural that it stopped the greatest army on the earth and opened a highway for Israel in the sea and through the wilderness. A brazen serpent on a pole, which foreshadowed the Lamb of God on a cross, stopped a plague of death in its tracks. Because the Son of God had been offered to death in the heart of God, the types of His shed blood and sacred death were sufficient for the sanctifying from sin throughout the First Testament.
But, now comes the actual divine blood as redemption to the uttermost. Apostle Paul said it perfectly as he spoke by the Holy Ghost. “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11-14)
The blood of sacrificial animals in the First Testament was actually able to sanctify the temple, the altar, and other objects to allow the holiness of God to be manifest in that temple. More important was that the people could be sanctified from sin and its powers so that they could live in the favor of God and in His blessings. This was accomplished because these sacrifices were offered as a perfect type of the coming Messiah of Israel and His blood, which was yet to be sacrificed. The text above made this truth wonderfully plain, “For if the blood of bulls and of goats … How much more shall the blood of Christ … purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” This language about the Blood is used carefully to speak of this great truth as a vibrant lifestyle, not a one-time experience. We do not just claim the blood as a non-experimental fact, but we live under the umbrella of the blood, being purged every day and winning every spiritual victory by its powers.
Jesus Christ became an eternal High Priest, presiding over spiritual Jerusalem or the church of the Living God. Again, Apostle Paul leaves no doubt about this everlasting priesthood. By the Holy Ghost he said, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22) Again, from the previous text, it was said, “ … by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11) We can also enter redemptively into the Holy Place by the same blood by which He entered into the Holy Place. This Holy of Holies cannot be anything other than the Inner Sanctum or the very Throne Room of our Great God in Heavenly Jerusalem.
One has but to turn to the Book of Revelation to see this blood on the altar in the eternal city. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ‘Ark of His Testament:’ and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Revelation 11:19) No one can doubt that this was not the ark of the First Testament, which rested in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle and, later, the temple. That was the shadow of the finished work that was complete in the New Testament by the Eternal Son. This is the real thing, this is the “Ark of ‘His’ Testament,” the ark where rests the blood of the everlasting covenant. The Son of God entered into this heavenly temple with His eternal blood and deposited this sacred offering in this eternal “Ark of His Testament.” This is the whole foundation of our completed redemption. To understand this we must understand the nature of His blood.
The Nature of Jesus Christ’s Blood. There is much unnecessary controversy over the nature of Jesus Christ’s blood. Satan hates the blood of Jesus above all other Biblical truth. Almost every damaging theological error relates in some way to the nature of Christ or the nature of His blood. Was His blood human or was it divine? I tremble to speak or write of such truth as we find in this subject. If in some words that I write, there is weakness or the wrong emphasis, I pray for your understanding. With God’s help, I will learn how to say it better.
The Son of God was indeed the “only begotten of the Father.” (John 1:14) He was fully man and He was fully God. “Emmanuel” or “God with us” was the word the Holy Ghost gave one of His prophets of old. (Matthew 1:23) If He was fully man, then there had to be a human component in His blood; but if He was fully God, then there also had to be a divine component in His blood. Therefore, we can say that His blood was human and we can also say that His blood was divine. It cannot be said that a part of His person was divine or that a part of His person was human. All of His person was human and all of His person was divine. That must include His blood, as well as the totality of His being. He said of Himself, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:36)
Something absolutely supernatural and unknown to man, past or future, occurred in the birth and life of Jesus Christ. A virgin conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost and the “Holy Thing” born of her was called the “Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) To reduce His blood to sheer natural blood is to destroy the power of redemption. To eliminate from His nature and composition the human is to destroy His identity as our Kinsman Redeemer. The two natures are complete in this God/man, Who came to change the course of human history. He is unique and His twin natures are unexplainable, and we should be wise enough to leave the subject alone at this point on this eternal crossroad of redemption. We will understand it better by and by.
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