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December 15, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – DEC 16

by Leslie John

 CLEANSED IN HIS BLOOD

Leslie M. John

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:19)

 Jesus shed his blood on the cross for our sake that we may have everlasting life provided we believe in him. His blood shed was precious, without blemish and without any spot.

 “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”. (Isaiah 53:5)

 The LORD spoke to Moses and to all the children of Israel that they shall not offer any living thing which was bruised, or crushed or broken, or cut or with any blemish. Any offering that had blemish was not acceptable to Him. (Exodus 12:5, Leviticus 22:17-33)

 As was the blood of Jesus precious so was He Himself to the Father and to those who believe in him. Jesus was the living stone, who was rejected by men, but chosen of God.

 Speaking at the Lord’s Supper Jesus Christ says about remembering his death. He then says to his disciples about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is applicable to us also.

Lord Jesus says that unless we eat the emblems that represent his flesh and drink from the cup that represents his blood we have no life. We were once far off but are brought near to his presence by the blood of Christ.

We are able to enter in his most holy place by the blood of Christ. He is the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks of better things than that of Abel.

The Father gave us peace through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was our shepherd and leads us every day. His death and blood that was shed enabled us to be shepherded by him who is our great shepherd.

Jesus Christ’s everlasting covenant was the cause for our reconciliation with the Father. Our fellowship with one another is sustained when we walk in the light just as he was in the light.

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins. He washed us from our sins in his own blood. (Ref. John 6:53, Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:20, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5)

 If you believe that Jesus Christ died for you, rose from the dead on the third day and later ascended into heaven your sins God will forgive your sins.

 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18)

 “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious” (1 Peter 2:4 – (Cf. Ps 118:22; Isaiah 28:16; 53:5))

 Psalmist prophesied about Jesus, that he was rejected but then he became the head stone of the corner (Ref. Psalms 118:22)

 Peter wrote “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded”. (1 Peter 2:6).

 This was as prophesied in Isaiah 28:16 which reads as follows:

 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste”

 Solomon’s temple was the perfect Temple in Jerusalem and it is the true picture of the spiritual temple. The foundation of the Church was laid on Jesus and he is the chief corner stone of the spiritual temple.

For believers in Lord Jesus Christ he is precious but unto those who were disobedient and rejected him he became the corner stone on which the spiritual temple stands. On whomsoever this stone shall fall; it will grind him to powder and whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken. (Matthew 21:44)

 Two references where Jesus was called the corner stone are: Matthew 21:42, and Acts 4:11-12. Jesus pointed to his own position questioning Jews if they have not read in prophesies that he was the stone which the builders rejected but became the corner stone.

Peter spoke of Lord Jesus Christ and said that the salvation is in Jesus alone and none else. Jesus, who was the stone which Jews rejected he became the corner stone to hold the spiritual temple in its position. (Acts 4:11-12)

 “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner” (1 Peter 2:7)

 For those who reject Lord Jesus Christ as savior he is a stone of stumbling, a rock of offence, and they will get hurt, but we are redeemed with precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ and not by corruptible things such as silver and gold and, therefore, we are as lively stones are built up spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed”. (1 Peter 2:8)

 “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” (1 Peter 1:18)

 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”. (1 Peter 2:5

 Believing in Jesus will entail us not only to be partakers of his promises but also to be partakers of divine nature. The promises from God are exceedingly precious and they are infallible assurances to us. The promises that God made are in his power to grant to us, and he grants them to us as he pleases. (2 Peter 1:4)

 “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. (Hebrews 2:10)

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