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1 Peter 1:18-25 NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS
Intro: Ill. When a large religious service was being conducted at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco, many people quickly became aware that the minister delivering the main address was not thoroughly orthodox. Although a gifted speaker, he began to direct most of his eloquence against the power of the blood of Christ. Ruth E. Marsden relates that when his fluent oratory ended, a timid, elderly lady stood up in the midst of the crowd and softly began to sing a great hymn by William Cowper as a touching rebuttal to the modernist's remarks. A hush fell over the assembly as they heard those faint but familiar words: "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains." Before she could begin the second stanza, approximately a hundred people rose to join her. By the time she reached the third verse, nearly a thousand Christians all over the audience were singing that blessed song of faith. The triumphant, thrilling strains rang out loud and clear: "Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power, till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more." Many were deeply moved as that humble believer stood up for her Lord and with the light of Heaven upon her face gave testimony that she had found peace through the blood of His cross!
We live in a sad hour. An hour in which many, both within and without the church see no need for old-fashioned, Bible-centered, blood-bought salvation. They say things like, "Man doesnt need the Blood in order to be saved." We live in a time when many main line denominations have moved to proclaiming a social Gospel instead of a Gospel proclaiming salvation through the Blood of Christ. Some have even gone so far as to remove songs dealing with the Blood from their modernistic, liberal hymnals. Listen to this quote from a female theologian named Delores Williams, "I dont think we need a theory of atonement at all I dont think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff."
Well, I am afraid it doesnt much matter what Ms. Williams or others of her variety think. What matters is what God has said! You see, just as a body emptied of blood becomes a corpse, so faith devoid of the cleansing Blood of Jesus is DEAD! The Blood is the bedrock of our faith and practice. The Church, the Bible, the Gospel and our faith, apart from the Blood, are all dead! But, thank God for the Blood! I am glad that I can report to you that the Blood is still there!
Others may flee from the truth of a Bloody salvation, but I will cling to the Blood. Religion may decry it and call it out of date, repulsive and barbaric, but Ill just stick with the Blood of Jesus. Robert Lowery got it right when he penned that old song, "Nothing But The Blood." This morning, I am going to preach for a little while on this thought, Nothing But The Blood.
If you have never trusted Jesus Christ in saving faith, this message is designed to show you what only Christs blood can do in your life. If you are saved, then this message will serve as an encouraging reminder of what you possess in Jesus Christ today.
Notice with me what only the Blood can do for you as we look together at "Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus."
Nothing But The Blood Can:
I. v.20 PRODUCE A SAVIOR
Nothing But The Blood:
II. v. 18-19 CAN PURCHASE THE SINNER
(Ill. Theologian Emery Bancroft wrote, "Some years ago a Parliament of Religion was held in Chicago, in connection with the World's Fair. At that Parliament the great ethnic faiths of the world were represented. One by one the leading men arose and spoke for Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and [Islam]. Then Dr. Joseph Cook of Boston, who had been chosen to represent Christianity, arose to speak. 'Here is Lady Macbeth's hand,' he said, 'stained with the foul murder of Duncan. See her as she perambulates through the halls and corridors of her palatial home, stopping to cry, "Out [cursed] spot! Out I say! Will these hands ne'er be clean?"' Then turning to those seated on the platform, he said, 'Can any of you who are so anxious to propagate your religious systems offer any cleansing efficacy for the sin and guilt of Lady Macbeth's crime?' An oppressive silence was maintained by them all....Only the blood of Christ ...can purge the conscience from dead works to serve the living God." He then quoted 1 John 1:7, "And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." With that, he sat down.)
Nothing But The Blood:
III. v.22 CAN PURIFY FROM SIN
Nothing But The Blood
IV. v. 23 CAN PRESERVE THE SAINT
A. What the Blood does in us is a forever work! (Ill. Incorruptible seed.)
B. It guarantees us eternal security. (John 3:16; Eph. 4:30)
C. The Blood gives security! (Ill. If good works is what I trust, what if they turn bad? If I am counting on being good, what if I go bad?) The Blood promises absolute security in Jesus John 10:28.
Nothing But The Blood
V. v.24-25 CAN PROMISE SALVATION
Conc: Ill. Many days ago in Detroit, Michigan, the well-known evangelist, Dr. Charles Finney, preached on the text "The blood of Jesus Christ, Gods Son, cleanseth us from all sin" see I John 1:7~. After the service a strange asked Dr. Finney to walk home with him. Advised against it by church officials who knew the man, Dr Finney went with the man.
Ushering the preacher into the rear of a building, the stranger locked the door, put the key in his pocket, and said, "Dont be afraid. Im not going to hurt you. I just want to ask a few questions. Do you believe what you preached tonight?
Dr. Finney said, "I most certainly do."
The man continued, "Were in the back of a saloon. Im sole proprietor. Mothers come in here, lay their babies on the counter, and beg me not to sell liquor to their husbands. I turn a deaf ear to their cry. We see to it when a man leaves here hes well under the influence. More than one night, a man leaving here has been killed by the express at the tracks. Dr. Finney,. tell me, can God forgive a man like me?"
Dr Finney replied, "1 have but one authority the Word of God which says, The blood of Jesus Christ, Gods Son, cleanseth us from all sin."
"But thats not all, added the man. "In another room we run a gambling hail. If a man doesnt spend all his money on liquor, we bring him back here and with marked cards see to it that hes fleeced out of his last dollar We send him home penniless to a hungry family Dr. Finney, Im sole owner. Tell me honestly can God forgive a man with a heart like that?"
Again Dr Finney replied, "1 have hut one authority, the Word of God which says, The blood of Jesus Christ, Gods Son, cleanseth us from all sin."
The man spoke again. "Thats not all. Across the street is my home where live my wife and little daughter. Neither one has had a kind word from rue for five years. Their bodies bear marks of my bmtal attacks. Dr Finney, do you think God could forgive a man with a heart like that?"
Dr Finneys head lowered. His eyes filled with tears as he said, "My friend, you have painted one of the darkest pictures I have ever gazed on, but I still have one authority which says, The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin."
The man opened the door, ushered the preacher into the night, then never left that room till daybreaknot before ripping up decks of cards and pouring the contents of bottles down the sink. Across the road at home he sat in his living room. His little girl called, Daddy Mother says breakfast is ready" When he answered his little girl kindly she ran back to her mother, "Daddy spoke kind to me! Something is the matter!" The mother followed her little girl to the living room. The man beckoned them both. Taking one on each knee, he explained to their amazement that they had a new husband and daddy He ended, "Im done with that business across the street!" The man later became a member, then an official in a leading Detroit church. When asked to tell how his life was changed, he would reply "The blood of Jesus Christ, Gods Son, cleanseth us from all sin."