Unlimited: You Are Saved Through The Precious Blood of Christ
Jul 1, 2020 1224
It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life… but with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18–19).
All too little is said in these days about the blood of Christ. Some of us seem to avoid the subject as much as possible…. If there is one truth more than another that Satan would oppose, it is the truth of this text… He tells us that we can be saved by reformation, by good deeds. He tells us that we can be saved by doing our best. But all the way through the New Testament we find that the only way to God is a blood-marked way: the precious blood of Christ!
I suggest that you… go through the New Testament, marking with red every passage that has to do with sacrifice, with the death of Christ, every passage that speaks of salvation as the result of the shedding of blood. Well, you will mark a great many passages. You will redden everything that deals with pardon and peace, and forgiveness, and joy, and salvation, and the very music of heaven itself.
Then when you have marked these verses red, take a little pair of scissors and clip out every red verse. Then you will begin to understand how large a place the blood occupies in the salvation of man. The apostle knew this, and because he knew it, he said: The precious blood of Christ!
– J. Wilbur Chapman (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: I am not suggesting that you physically chop a Bible up like Chapman says, but you can go through the exercise in your mind. What would the New Testament look like if you actually did what he suggests? Think about yourself. Have you done what Paul did? Have you decided to know nothing… except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2)?