|Vol. 1, No. 6||Page 11||June 1999|
Such As I Have Give I Thee
The churches of Christ can offer to the world the priceless blood of Christ. It is the blood of Jesus by which sinners are reconciled (Colossians 1:20), brought nigh to God (Ephesians 2:13), purchased (Acts 10:28), washed from sins (Revelation 1:5), redeemed (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Hebrews 9:12; Revelation 5:9), made white (Revelation 7:14) and justified (Romans 5:9). The application of the blood of the Lord to our souls will permit us to boldly enter the eternal heaven (Hebrews 10:19). The blood of Christ also continues to cleanse souls who faithfully practice Christianity (1 John 1:7).
The blood of Jesus Christ is superior to the blood of Old Testament sacrifices (Hebrews 10:1-4; 9:12-14). Our Lord's blood also seals the New Testament (Hebrews 13:20; 10:29; 9:14-22).
The kindest gift any Christian or congregation can possibly give is to tell someone how to receive the blood of Christ. The blood of Jesus, which he shed in his death (John 19:34), is applied to the souls of penitent believers when they are immersed into the death of Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12).
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection" (Romans 6:3-5).It is no wonder that immersion (baptism) of which the Bible speaks is said to remit sins (Acts 2:38), wash away sins (Acts 22:16) and save souls (1 Peter 3:21). Such as we have we humbly offer. We offer the blood of Christ.
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Peter 1:18-20).
The way we live our lives can contribute to opportunities to tell someone about the blood of Christ. However, ungodly lives endanger Christians and ruin any occasion to lead others to Christ. Otherwise, from the pulpit, in the Bible school class, at home, while working and while engaged in any right social activity, the child of God can tell someone about the blood of Christ.
Additionally, because it is an urgent matter of eternal significance, Christians ought to try to make special opportunities to teach someone about Jesus Christ and the salvation he offers. Some of these efforts can be as passive as leaving appropriate pamphlets in public places (e.g., bulletin boards, restrooms, doctors' offices, on public transportation, etc.). Even some of the most unlikely circumstances with a little reflection can become opportunities to tell someone about the Gospel. Consider the apostle Paul under house arrest and kept by Roman soldiers for two years (Acts 28:16, 30-31) or Paul and Silas in prison at Philippi (Acts 16:19-40).
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