1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Last week, we discussed the Power of the Blood of Jesus to “Purify.” The Blood of Jesus also has the “Power” to…
Last week we discussed the importance of the Blood of Jesus “continually cleansing” us from sin. Being in fellowship with Jesus Christ assures us of this wonderful “cleansing.”
John 15:2-4 (KJV) “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (Emphasis Added).
I’m not a horticulturalist! Nonetheless, I know that neither the branches of a tree or vine, nor their fruit, give life or strength to the tree or vine. The tree or vine provides the strength and sustenance to the branches and fruit. Therefore, the fruit bears witness to the quality of the tree or vine.
Jesus began this reference in John 15 with, John 15:1 (KJV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” Because Jesus is sinless, sent from the Father, He is more than able to provide the spiritual cleansing and sustenance to all who are in fellowship with Him.
John 15:5 (KJV) “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (Emphasis Added).
Because of this “connection” with Jesus Christ and His intercession, His Life provides the strength to persevere, the sinlessness to be preserved, and the sanctification to be presented blameless.
Hebrews 7:25 (KJV) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Emphasis Added).
Jude 1:1 (KJV) “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:” (Emphasis Added).
Jude 1:24 (KJV) “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,” (Emphasis Added).
I want to draw your attention to a foreshadowing of how God can “Preserve.” You will recall that God commanded Moses to build a Tabernacle where He would manifest His Presence. The Main Tent (Tabernacle) where God manifested His Presence was partitioned into two parts. The first part was called the “Sanctuary” or the “Holy Place,” and the second part, separated by a veil, was called the “Holiest of All” or the “Holy of Holies.”
God commanded Moses to place the Ark of the Covenant in the “Holy of Holies.” The Ark of the Covenant was made of two parts – the “coffin-like” container and the lid called the “Mercy Seat.”
The writer of Hebrews described these…
Hebrews 9:1-5 (KJV) “Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.”
Now, let us focus on the “golden pot that had manna” for a moment. You will recall that God supplied manna, which means “What is it?”, for the children of Israel to eat in the wilderness. You will also recall that they could only gather enough manna to eat in one day because it would turn to worms if it was left overnight. The only exception was on the Sabbath Day. God told them to gather enough for the day before, and the day of Sabbath.
BUT, God instructed Moses to gather some manna, place it in a golden pot, place a seal upon it, and place the golden pot with the manna in the Ark of the Covenant. I find it most encouraging that God ordered that this “Golden Pot with Manna” be placed under the mercy seat. You see, it was a foreshadow of what Jesus would do for us! Jesus is the “Heavenly Manna” …
John 6:35-40 (KJV) “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Emphasis Added).
I believe that God knows where the “Golden Pot with Manna” is today. I also believe that the “Manna” is “Preserved” by God’s Power and is still as fresh as the day he sent it! Apostle Paul understood the significance of this and the Power of the Blood of Christ to “Preserve” …
Colossians 3:3 (KJV) “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Emphasis Added).
There is no death in the Presence of God! All who are able to enter into His “Holy Place,” have the assurance of being “Preserved” – Everlasting Life!
Hebrews 10:19-23 (KJV) “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. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” (Emphasis Added).
Because of the Blood of Jesus, we can say, “Ahhh!”
“Dr. Paul Brand shares an experience from his early days in India as a missionary physician. He arrived as an orthopedic surgeon at the Christian Medical College in Vellore to work alongside a famous surgeon, Dr. Reeve Bretts from Boston. The doctors in Vellore were vexed over the unwillingness of most Indians to donate blood. ‘To them,’ Brand wrote, ‘blood is life, and who can tolerate the thought of giving up lifeblood, even to save someone else?’ Sometimes, parents were unwilling to donate blood even to save the lives of their own children.
One day a twelve-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital, suffering from a very bad lung. Only the removing of her lung would save her life. The surgery required at least three pints of blood. Since the hospital had two pints, only one pint was required from the family. After huddling, the family pooled their money and offered to buy the additional pint.
With his patience running out, Dr. Bretts explained that there was no blood to be bought, and no other source for blood. The family might as well take the girl back home and let her die. The family huddled again and finally pushed forward a frail old woman, weighing perhaps ninety-five pounds, the smallest and weakest member of the family. Dr. Brand later recalled: Reeve fixed a stare on the sleek, well-fed men who had made the decision, and then his anger took over. The bald spot atop his head turned blazing red. In halting but more-than-expressive Tamil (the language of those people) he blasted the dozen or so cowering family members. Few could understand his American accent, but everyone nearby caught the force of his torrent of words as he jabbed his finger back and forth from the husky men to the frail woman.
Finally, with a melodramatic flourish, Reeve rolled up his own sleeves and called over to me, ‘Come on, Paul—I can’t stand this! I won’t let that poor girl die just because of these cowardly fellows. Bring the needle and bottle and take my blood.’ The family fell silent like birds before an eclipse, and watched in awe as I dutifully fastened a cuff around Reeve’s upper arm, swabbed the skin, and plunged the needle into his vein. A rich red fountain spurted into the bottle and a great ‘Ahhh!’ rustled through the family and spectators.
At once there was a great babel of voices. ‘Look, the sahib doctor is giving his own life!’
—Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 2000.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV) “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Emphasis Added).
“The Blood that gives me strength from day to day, will never lose its power!” –Andre Crouch