The Precious Blood of Christ

You were ransomed … not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
1 Peter 1:18-19

When the Apostle Peter writes of our Lord’s sacrificial, atoning death, he speaks of “the precious blood of Christ.” Oh, the wonder of it all—Christ died for sinners; Christ died for us. The blood Christ shed is precious! Why was it that Peter said Christ’s blood was precious? Consider the following:

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because it is the blood of the Son of God. “He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12).

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because without it there is no forgiveness of sins. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22).

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because by it we are justified before God. “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Rom. 5:9).

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because by Christ’s sacrifice we can draw near to God. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus …” (Heb. 10:19).

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because by it we are cleansed from all sin. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” ( 1 John 1:7).

Ÿ The blood of Christ is precious because by it we overcome our Adversary. “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11).

Precious! The precious blood of Christ!

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.*


*Taken from “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” by William Cowper.

Taken from . . .
Renewed by the Spirit: 365 Daily Meditations
by Ralph I. Tilley
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Author: Ralph I. Tilley

I joyfully identify with the long history of the orthodox, evangelical stream of the Church. Theologically, I am a conservative. On issues of secondary importance, I will not quibble with my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I would hope I have no doctrinal biases; however, I realize that is a practical impossibility: “Now I know in part.”

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