blood The blood of the New Covenant witnesses to the fact that it has been effected. The blood of Christ effected the New Covenant through sprinkling. 1 Peter 1:1-2 & Hebrews 10:19-22; 12:24 The blood of Christ tokenizes the New Covenant. 1 Cor. 11:23-26
There has been a trend to spiritualize Christ’s blood. We saw this earlier in the Church of England, among the students of R.B. Thieme, and especially among Reformed teachers. Compare the verses we just read with what a well known modern Bible teacher says about Christ’s blood: “It was not Jesus’ physical blood that saves us, but His dying on our behalf, which is symbolized by the shedding of His physical blood. If we could be saved by blood without death, the animals would have been bled, not killed, and it would have been the same with Jesus…the purpose of the blood was to symbolize sacrifice for sin, which brought cleansing from sin. Therefore without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness…” JM - IFCA Convention Q & A Notice the circular logic in this statement. 1.) The blood of Christ only symbolized the death of Christ. 2.) He then asserts that this is why the blood of Christ is required for forgiveness. 3.) If this is true, then a symbol is required for our forgiveness. 4.) Once given that a symbol can save we are one step away from sacramentalizing the elements, making them requirements for salvation, THUS NULLIFYING GRACE! This is only a symbol. Symbols cannot save you. Grace can.
6 The Blood of the Covenant The two phases of the blood-work of Christ Heb. 9:1-5 9 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 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; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. KJV
The Blood of the Covenant The two phases of the blood-work of Christ The Atonement was consummated in two activities. The blood sacrifice was provided outside the Holy Place. This was done many times (annually) by priests. The blood was sprinkled along the way and was applied inside on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. This was done many times, (annually) by many priests.
The Blood of the Covenant The two phases of the blood-work of Christ Important Old Testament Truth! Moses was instructed to build the tabernacle after the pattern of the real Tabernacle of Testimony in heaven. Hebrews 8:1-5 This practice was to be temporary, given under a temporary covenant, the Mosaic Covenant. Hebrews 8:9-13
The Blood of the Covenant The two phases of the blood-work of Christ Important New Testament Truth! The New Covenant was consummated in two phases just as the Old Covenant demonstrated. Christ provided Himself as an offering on the cross, outside of the Holy place. Hebrews 10:14 Hebrews 13:11 The blood of the sacrifice was applied inside on the mercy seat in the Tabernacle of Testimony in heaven. This was done once, for all, by the Lord Jesus Christ.. Hebrews 9:24-28 Earth Heaven
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