Water and Blood in the Plan of Salvation (2)

In Leviticus 4:1-7, priests were to sacrifice a “bull without blemish” for the sins of Israel. Some of the blood was to be put on the altar “before the Lord” while the rest was to be poured out on the “base of the altar” at “the door of the tabernacle of meeting” (NKJV).

Christ was a sinless sacrifice for the transgressions of men (1 John 3:5). He suffered excruciating pain even before he was placed on the cross and lifted to the sky. As he hung on the cross, impaled by nails, his blood dripped on the ground below the cross.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7; Matthew 26:28). When our sins are washed away, we enter into the church, the body of Christ (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23). So, the blood that was shed stands between man and the Church of our Lord.

In the Tabernacle was the Holiest of Holies or the Holiest of All. In this area resided the Ark of the Covenant, Mercy Seat, Cherubim and the Altar of Incense. The High Priest was only allowed to enter the Most Holy Place once a year, where God would be above the Mercy Seat (Hebrews 9:7; Exodus 25:22). But, the High Priest could only enter after a blood sacrifice (Hebrews 9:7). Christ came and his blood was shed allowing us the chance to have our sins remitted so we could be in the presence of God. “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12).

In the first covenant the priests placed the sacrifice on the altar and it gave its life against its will. “But [now] God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Christ willingly allowed himself to be placed on the cross (John 15:13). Yet, unlike the previous sacrifices, Christ rose again (John 20). His love for the souls of men led him to live a life of sacrifice and death for each one of us (Isaiah 53).

The blood of Christ made men “justified” before God resolving the broken relationship caused by our sin (Romans 5:9; Isaiah 59:1-2). By the blood of Christ man was given the opportunity to be saved through the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). God’s grace is the ultimate reason for man’s salvation. Yet, Christ’s blood cannot wash away the sins of men if they do not come in contact with the blood.

Without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, there remains no hope for man. His blood is the only thing that can save our souls from an eternal hell. “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14).

There is power in the blood of Christ. But, we must submit to Christ in everything and come to him for salvation, knowing no other answer exists. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

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