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March 98

The Precious Blood of Jesus
Part #5 1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Power to Pacify and Confirm
As we have learned in the last several issues, the power in the blood of Jesus has established in us the workings of God. In Genesis chapter 15, Abraham stood before God saying, "How shall I know…?" This same question confuses many of us. How shall I know I’m healed? How shall I know my needs are met? How shall I know I’m saved. When we stand before God, it sometimes may seem He is so unconnected to our physical lives. God instructed Abraham to prepare a sacrifice after first shedding its blood. After Abraham fell into a deep sleep the Spirit of God moved in among the dead pieces of sacrifice and sealed His promise of new life. By Blood and by God’s Spirit He brought life and established that where the Blood is shed the Spirit of life will confirm the promise.

The blood covenant Abraham made with God was established the day Jesus Christ shed His Blood. Originally, Abraham circumcised himself, shedding his own blood, and confirming his part of the covenant. However, until God shed His Blood, that covenant could not be consummated. The Blood of Jesus established an everlasting covenant in that God’s Spirit joined with the dead flesh of Jesus and brought it again to life. That promise became an everlasting covenant, not just for a few days, or a few weeks, or for just a once in a life time chance, but an everlasting covenant. It is a covenant that is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

God has forever accepted us into His presence, not because of our works, ability, or willingness, but because of God who wills in us to do His good pleasure. God saved and maintains us through the Blood of an everlasting covenant. How long does everlasting go on for? How much of His Blood does it require to maintain this covenant? If only one drop of that precious blood was given it would have been enough. Nevertheless, Jesus gave all His Blood to confirm an everlasting promise. The angel of death is satisfied when it sees the blood shed upon the doorpost of our hearts and God is satisfied as well. Even if we faint in ourselves, it is the power of God, in the end, that works in us this miracle of life.

We need to realize wherever we end up, God has put us there. Instead of fretting or figuring the right or wrong of the situation, let us take advantage of it by letting the everlasting covenant do its work. Remember, everlasting is not just for today but forever. We do not have to worry about our condition tomorrow because that same power will be working then also. We have the privilege of focusing on today, knowing and trusting that the power of God is working His will in us to fulfill His work today!

We hold to that profession of our faith, and have confidence that the Precious Blood of Jesus has established this covenant. We do not have to worry about tomorrow’s things because it is guaranteed that our tomorrow will be more fulfilled than our today. Our hearts are then pacified, as is the heart of God. We then have the peace of God, which we share with others, allowing the blood to flow to them.

The Sanctifying Blood
2 Corinthians 5:11-21

The power of the Blood satisfies, brings peace, pacifies and it sanctifies everything that we do in the earth. It satisfies the judgement of God. It brings the peace of God that can only be given through the Blood of Jesus. There is no peace separate from the Blood of Jesus. There is no way that you can design your own life and have a guarantee that you’ll obtain peace from the things of this world. There are no such guarantees. Satisfaction without security is not possible. It will always be short of the glory of God. Your life can never be what you need it to be until you turn and submit yourself to God, saying, "Cleanse me, and wash me in your Blood,". Then you will find the peace of God. For even a drop of His Precious Blood calms.

The Blood of Jesus has sanctifying power. It has the power to separate you as a minister of God. You can’t proceed far away from the Blood and call yourself a minister. You cease to be a minister when you forget it is the Blood that prepares and has its own message and speaks so clearly. It is the Blood that pleads your case. It is the Blood that stands and changes hearts. It is the Blood of Jesus that sanctifies and cleanses us and makes us able to receive the word of God in our hearts. Only by the power of the Blood, can we stand up as God has called us to. We cannot by our ability, or good works, or what we think we’ve learned, but simply by that Blood. If any man thinks of himself as a minister of God, that Blood first must call him. It is the only measuring of that calling. If you don’t understand or preach the Blood you do not have the call of God. The Blood cries out! If the Blood doesn’t sanctify you (set you apart for service), then there is no message given you from God. The Blood is the only power on this earth that can change someone’s heart. It is the power that changes everything. It is the power that keeps your life without spot or blemish. It is our faith and ability to stand before the Lord and know that God has called us by His endowment.

God has given us two traditions:

#1 we are to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit so that we can show a testimony of this exchange of life. We are buried in his death and raised in His resurrection. We live not by our power, but by the life of Christ in us.

#2 the body is to come together in communion. We are to share this cup and this bread remembering the Blood that has established our covenant.

There is no other way. There is no other message. There is no other power. You must remember that you live by the power of God and that you stand and are maintained by the Blood of Jesus Christ. You must remember this, because the body of Christ requires his Blood. Not your life, but His life poured out into the dust of the earth. It is His blood that flows through His body and keeps us alive to His promise. It’s His life that quickens our mortal bodies.

Power to Give Entrance
The Blood of Jesus has power to give entrance to the very throne of God. The power of God in His pureness and holiness is way beyond any measure of what we consider clean. The pureness of God was totally unapproachable in our fallen condition.

For example, David wanted to take the Ark of the Covenant from Shiloh, and put it in Jerusalem. He wanted the presence of God where the country was being ruled so that he could honor God. He sent for the ark, which was the place where God presented Himself and had fellowship with man. As the ark was being carried on a cart drawn by oxen, it began to topple as it hit a rock. Uzzah the priest frantically raised his hand grabbing the ark to steady it and he instantly died. 2 Samuel 6. David said, "who can stand before the Lord" for until the priest were sprinkled by blood the could not fulfill their duty before God.

We see in the Old Testament that every priest had to be sprinkled by blood to fulfill his duties before the Lord. The High Priest that came into the presence of God had to first be sprinkled with blood. Only then could he come into the Holy presence of God. Only then would the angels who guarded the throne of God be satisfied and let him pass.

As the priest entered the Holy of Holies and gazed upon God, there was one obvious point that God made. In the Holy of Holies, there is only one piece of furniture— the Ark of the Covenant, and it is for God alone to sit upon. There is no other provision for man in the Holy of Holies but to worship Him who sits on the throne.

We all realize that there is an authority that each of us carries as an individual in this earth. You are an individual. Nevertheless, when you come before God, there is no place for you to stand on your own merit. If you were to try this, then certainly, you must die. Every man without exception, that has approached God in that manner, has died. Yet by the Precious Blood of Jesus you live because the Blood gives you entrance.

Hebrew 10:19-25 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the Blood of Jesus,20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;21 And having an high priest over the house of God;22 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.23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

God has sanctified a place for us to enter in by the Blood of Jesus.

 

 

The Laver of Brass

and the Looking Glass

Rev. Dianne Doonan

In studying the tabernacle of Moses, many wonderful truths of God’s redemptive love and power are revealed to us. I would like to share one of the blessed lessons that allowed me a more complete understanding of God’s grace and provision.

 

Exodus 30:17-20 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the Lord:"

Did you ever have a new clean dress or shirt to wear and your mom told you, "Stay clean, don’t get dirty!"? Inevitably, something would happen and your spotless clothing would get soiled. Do you remember going home in tears wondering what the consequences would be, begging forgiveness? Did you receive mercy and love? The question arises then, "How do we keep ourselves clean?"

God’s provision for us in the Blood is the power to make clean that which is dirty. God says, what I have made clean, you cannot call dirty. I begin in faith by believing that God’s word on the forgiveness of my sin is a finished work. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Yet, because I walk in a cursed earth, I will inevitably become tainted from sin and become dirty. What do I do then? Do I go back and ask Jesus in to my heart again?—Of course not! Hebrews 6:6 says that we cannot be renewed again unto repentance for we would have to crucify the Son of God afresh, putting him to an open shame. The atonement was once and for all, a completely finished act of love. The dirt we come in contact with upon this earth is not a hopeless problem which we cannot over-come. We were made clean and then we are reminded by His word that this work is perfect and complete. Faith in God’s word being an active force in our lives allows us to believe in the righteousness that is ours.

Ecclesiastes 9:8 "Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment."

 

In our new nature, we realize we are made clean and righteous in our Lord Jesus Christ. How our old man loved dirt! Because we were lost, many desires we had seemed right to us and in that condition, we knew nothing but our own lust. However, we have now been imputed with His righteousness. In our new state dirt is foreign to us. It is sin manifest in doubt and unbelief. Can we stop getting dirty? No! I remember hearing a saying once, "you can’t stop a bird from flying over your head but you can stop him from building a nest in your hair." So how do we live our lives without the fear of penalty?

The laver is a significant picture of the cleansing of our sin and the holy preparation we partake of as we have access to the Holy Place. How do we make a holy preparation to the Lord? Allowing him full control of our lives does this. We are holy, as He is holy. If we desire the perfect outworking of God’s presence in our lives, we must believe in the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost and God cannot live in a dirty house. The laver stood between the brazen altar, where sacrifice for sin was offered, and guilt was canceled, and the entrance of the throne of God. After sin was paid for and the priest moved forward to minister to the Lord, God’s servant had to walk on dirt for there was no floor provided by God. The laver was placed strategically between payment for sin and God’s presence. The laver was God’s provision for our continual contact with the dirt of this earth, and gave us a means to have our conscience washed through the renewing of our minds, by the washing of His word.

I Corinthians 6:11 "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

Justification shall be followed by sanctification.

Titus 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"

The cleansing water is a symbol of the Word.

John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

The water and the Blood in God’s word are a powerful force of establishment meant to set us free and keep our lives a dedicated offering. In tabernacle times, an unclean person was cleansed by the sprinkling of running water, but in the water were the ashes of the red heifer of sacrifice. The red heifer was a representation of service to God. As is our obedience in service to be vessels of honor, that God can use is which displays this commitment of faith.

 

I John 5:6 "This is he that came by water and Blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and Blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."

 

John 19:34 "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out Blood and water."

Jesus came as man to this earth, clothed in flesh as we are. He that was divine took on a human nature. He became the water and the Blood. These are basic life forces. Water is the essence of what we are made of, the natural elements God has poured into us. Water is taken in on a daily basis to prevent our dehydration. Man can go forty days without food but only three days without water. It is a necessity of life. So is the word of God. The washing of the word renews our minds, giving us strength, encouragement, and direction. The word sustains us. Blood is the powerful flow of life-giving properties that nourishes and purifies all parts of our physical being—establishing life. Jesus became as we are, and in His death, the Blood and the water poured out. The Blood covenant was fulfilled. The only perfect sacrificial lamb paid the ultimate price for our sins.

How do we walk in the fullness of the cleansing power of Jesus Christ? By faith not by sight. As we look upon ourselves in the mirrored reflection of the looking glass of the laver we see the reflection of God’s love and we know ourselves to be clean. We reproduce the image of that which we are on the inside and our lives take on the qualities of the Son of God.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them."

Sanctification is a gift just as salvation is a gift. A gift must be given, accepted, and used. The laver is the only vessel in the tabernacle that has no dimensions mentioned in the Bible. This reminds us that there is no limit to what God’s cleansing power can do in our lives. Unlimited faith, endless joy, infinite peace, and immeasurable love, these are ours through the redemptive power of the cross, reflected in the laver of brass and the looking glass. Come and gaze upon His love for you.

Jude 24-25 "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."   

Published by Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Publishing, Westchester. Illinois Distributed by Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Publishing, Westchester. Illinois Unless otherwise indicated all Scripture quotations are from the Authorized / King James Version (KJV)  No part of this book may be reproduced without written permission except for brief quotation in books and critical reviews. For information write Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc.--198 Burnett St.--Yorkville, IL 60560--708/223-0070

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