Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Are we saved by the blood of Jesus? If you believe the Bible we are.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption though his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath though him.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.

Also make sure you check out 1 John1:7, Romans 3:25, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 12:11, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 9:14 and Revelation 1:5.

If you believe the hymn Nothing but the Blood we are saved by the blood of Jesus.
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
People like John MacArthur try to belittle the blood atonement of Jesus. MacArthur takes clear passages of scriptures and twists them. When you see blood he tries to say it really means death. In this audio clip he states:
It uses blood as a metaphor or a synonym for death because it conveys the violence of it. 
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When the New Testament is talking about the blood of Christ it is talking about the death of Christ, but it uses blood because that is a metaphor that speaks of the violence of his death.
In his Study Bible for Hebrews 9:14 he clearly says:
Blood is used as a substitute word for death 
Again in Hebrews 9:22 he says:
“Shedding of blood” refers to death 
He also clearly denies we are saved by the blood of Jesus. In the same clip he states:
Having said that, you must stop short of saying that we are saved by the blood of Jesus.
Even back in 1976 MacArthur taught this. In an article titled Not His Bleeding, but His Dying he says:
It was His death that was efficacious, not His blood. Christ did not bleed to death. The shedding of blood had nothing to do with bleeding, it simply means death. Nothing in His human blood saves. It is not His blood that I love, it is Him. It is not His bleeding that saved me, but His dying. 
On April 4th of 1986 MacArthur repeats himself in a letter to Tim Weidlich, Paul Clark and Kevin Jolliff of Bob Jones University:
Obviously, it was not the blood of Jesus that saves or He could have bled for us without dying. It was His death for sin that saves. When Romans 3:25 speaks of ‘faith in His blood’ everyone understands that to be a reference to His death -- not the blood running through His body. In Romans 5:9, being ‘justified by His blood’ also refers to His death, as verse 10 makes clear in saying ‘we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son.’ In fact, the careful explanation of salvation in Romans 6 omits any reference to His blood at all. The point is that the shedding of blood was just the visible indication of His death, His life being poured out. ... I admit that because of some traditional hymns there is an emotional attachment to the blood -- but that should not pose a problem when one is dealing with theological or textual specificity. I can sing hymns about the blood and rejoice with them -- but I understand that reference to be a metonym for His death.
The Bible is clear. We are saved by Jesus' death and blood. Anything less is to reject the clear teaching of scripture.


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