Hey, Where's the Blood?
by Robert Breaker III
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"Men may mock at the Gospel plan of Salvation, and IGNORE the BLOOD, but they will not laugh at the Judgment."
- Clarence Larkin
Many years ago there was a TV commercial advertised by some Fast Food joint that tried to make its hamburgers look more appealing and appetizing than those of its competitors. The ad showed three old ladies going into a fast food place ordering a burger. When they received their meal, one of the ladies pulled apart the bun and then said those immortal words, remembered to this very day by anyone who saw that commercial even once, "Hey! Where's the beef?"
In the spirit of that old lady, I too wish to ask a question. But instead of "Where's the beef?" I have a much more important question: "HEY! WHERE'S THE BLOOD?"
In this apostate era the Bible calls Laodicea, I find more and more that the precious Blood of Jesus Christ has been either forgotten, deliberately by-passed, or negligently omitted in Christian circles. Why is this? "Where's the blood?"
It wasn't that long ago that Christianity was referred to as "That Old Slaughter House Religion." Why? Because it always preached the blood of Jesus Christ as essential for salvation. But today, one is hard pressed to find the Blood of Christ mentioned anywhere. It's just left out. That's why the question needs be asked, "Hey, Where's the Blood?"
Those few who mention the blood of Jesus often only do so in a negative connotation, such as the modern liberals who claim Jesus Christ's blood was no different than man's blood. Yet, this is a silly notion. For man's blood is corrupt and sinful. But Jesus' blood wasn't like man's blood – it was God's blood (Acts 20:28).
Many modern apostates now claim that the blood isn't what made an atonement for man's sin at all. Instead it was Christ's death. If this be true, Jesus didn't have to shed his blood. He could have just simply drowned, or been strangled, or died of a heart attack, or given himself a lethal injection to save mankind from their sins. But the Bible is quick to point out that it's only the shed blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses (1 John 1:7), redeems (Col. 1:14), justifies (Rom. 5:9), purges (Heb. 9:14), remits (Heb. 9:22), makes perfect (Heb. 13:20,21), sanctifies (Heb. 13:12), washes us from our sins (Rev. 1:5), and gives us peace with God (Col. 1:20).
In the Bible, the blood of Jesus Christ is called precious (1 Peter 1:19), spotless (1 Peter 1:19), everlasting (Heb. 13:20), enjoining (Heb. 9:20), purchasing (Acts 20:28), and atoning blood (Levi. 17:11).
Further, the blood of Jesus is also known as innocent blood (Matthew 27:4), the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:11), his own blood (Heb. 13:12), the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:20), the blood of sprinkling (Heb. 12:24), the blood of the covenant (Heb. 10:29), the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13), the blood of his cross (Col. 1:20), his blood (Eph. 1:7), blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27), this man's blood (Acts 5:28), blood of the New Testament (Mark 14:24), and God's blood (Acts 20:28).
The word blood appears 447 times in the King James Bible. Most of the time the word applies to the blood of Jesus, either directly or in type. With all these references to the blood of Jesus, why then is there so little emphasis on it in modern Christianity today? "HEY! WHERE'S THE BLOOD?"
This small booklet will show the reader that the blood is where it's always been -- on the mercy seat in heaven, put there by God's own hand, waiting to wash you white as snow if you'll come to Jesus Christ for salvation. I will further endeavor to show that modern Christianity as a whole is in complete apostasy and has departed from the Biblical means of salvation (by a substitutionary blood atonement) when it does not preach the blood of Jesus Christ.
So as we begin, let me ask you, dear reader, "Where's the blood?" Why don't you read on and find out?
BLOOD SACRIFICES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
As before mentioned, the word blood appears 447 times in the King James Bible. Interestingly enough, the word sin also appears 447 times in the same version. That means for every sin in the King James Bible, there's enough blood to cover it! What a blessing! (One should note this phenomenon does not appear in new versions of the Bible, as they maliciously take out many references to the blood of Christ).
The Bible plainly tells us in Hebrews 9:22, "...without shedding of blood is no remission." This means without blood, God does not forgive. The Bible shows this clearly throughout its pages. Without a blood atonement, there can be absolutely no forgiveness of sin!
In the Bible we find blood sacrifices throughout the whole Old Testament. When Adam and Eve sinned, Genesis 3:21 says God clothed them with the skin of an animal (most likely a lamb). God himself sacrificed that animal, showing them what it took to appease His wrath. As they looked on in horror, they must have seen the rich, warm blood pour out of that innocent creature. What they must have thought no man will ever know. But it's clear that they realized one thing – the innocent shed its blood in their place for their sins.
Throughout the rest of the Old Testament, we find many blood sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. When Cain and Abel offered up sacrifices to God, in Genesis four, we read that Cain brought the fruit of his labors, while Abel brought the blood sacrifice of a lamb. In verses four and five we read, "And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect."
God only accepted the offering of SHED BLOOD, not the offering of SOMETHING BROUGHT by man (i.e. man's own works). The same is still true today! God rejects those who trust their own righteousness, like Cain, and will only save those, like Abel, who trust in the blood of the Lamb.
In Genesis chapter twenty-two, we read about God testing Abraham by asking him to offer up his only begotten son as a burnt offering. When they came to the mountain of sacrifice (Mt. Moriah), Isaac said in verse seven, "Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
Even Isaac knew that a blood sacrifice of a lamb was the only thing that would appease God's wrath. The very next verse is the beautiful, prophetic foreshadowing of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, when Abraham says, "...My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering."
Jesus Christ did just that some eighteen hundred years later, when he offered himself up as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of world!
Who can forget the Jewish Passover in the book of Exodus? There we are told that God instructed the Jews to take a lamb and slay it, putting its blood on the top and sides of the doorposts (a type of the cross). Verse thirteen then declares, "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you..." Again we see man saved only through the blood of a lamb.
And who can overlook the law of Moses which teaches a man how to offer up a blood sacrifice to God through the priests? In Leviticus chapter seven verses one through eight we read:
And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering. If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.
God commanded the sinner to come to the tabernacle and lay his hands upon his sacrifice and then kill it. The priests then took the blood and sprinkled it round about the altar.
Notice it was the sinner, not the priest, who killed the sacrifice! This paints a perfect picture of New Testament salvation. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life for us on Calvary. But we sinners are guilty of his death—for we are the one's who killed Jesus! Our sins put Him on that old rugged tree. We murdered the King of Glory by our own transgressions.
Now, when someone acknowledges this simple Bible truth and accepts Christ as his Saviour through faith, he is applying Jesus' sacrifice to himself just as the man under Moses' law made the lamb his sacrifice by laying his hands upon the head of his offering, signifying it was for his own sins.
The Old Testament sinner who slew his sacrifice for his sins then did not offer the blood for himself upon the altar. He could not. It had to be offered for him by a priest. And in Hebrews chapter nine and verse twelve we read that Jesus Christ, our High priest, "...by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
The whole Old Testament is full of blood sacrifices from Genesis to Malachi. There's just not enough time or space to talk about the sacrifices of Samuel (1 Sam. 9:12,13), of David (2 Sam. 24:18-25) and his family (1 Sam. 20:28,29), of Solomon (1 Kings 3:3-4, 2 Chron. 7:5), of Elijah (1 Kings 18:36-39), of Ezra (Ezra 4:2), and others. The Bible is a bloody book! Isaiah 34:6 says it well:
The sword of the LORD [the Bible] is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
Now let us look at where the blood is in the New Testament, that is the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
According to the Bible, Jesus came into this world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). Matthew 1:21 says, "...and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Thus, Jesus was born into this world for one reason – to save us from sin.
The Bible declares Jesus Christ to be "The Lamb of God" (John 1:36). And what better place for a lamb to be born in than in a manger (Luke 2:7)? This little Lamb of God was born to die. He was to be the blood sacrifice for man's sin on the cross of Calvary, the just for the unjust (1 Peter 3:18).
Although Jesus was born sinless, his mother Mary was not. We read in Luke 2:21-24 that Mary needed a blood sacrifice for her sins according to the law of Moses:
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of HER PURIFICATION according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And TO OFFER A SACRIFICE according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Note: Modern perversions of the scriptures such as the RSV, NIV, NRSV, etc., make Jesus Christ into a sinner in verse twenty-two by changing the words "her purification" to "their purification," insinuating that Jesus also needed a sacrificial blood atonement for his sins. However, nothing could be farther from the truth! The King James Bible, based on the Textus Receptus MAJORITY TEXT manuscripts tells us that only Mary needed a sacrifice of purification for her sins. Jesus needed no sacrifice, as he was not a sinner (2 Cor. 5:21), he WAS THE SACRIFICE incarnate, and GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH (1 Tim. 3:16), who as a sinless substitute came to shed his blood for the sins of mankind.
Some people attempt to make Jesus Christ into a mortal man, claiming that his father was Joseph and his mother was Mary. Because of this, they claim that the blood that coursed through Jesus' veins was nothing more than man's corrupt blood from Adam's fallen race. But nothing could be further from the truth!
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is not the son of Joseph, but rather the son of God (John 1:34). In Luke chapter one, verses twenty-six to thirty-five, we read the following account of how Jesus was conceived:
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Here we are told that Jesus Christ was conceived in some mysterious manner by God himself when the Holy Spirit "...overshadowed..." Mary. That means that the father of Jesus is none other than God himself! This also proves that the blood of Jesus Christ is not man's sinful blood, but rather THE BLOOD OF GOD (Acts 20:28).
Jesus Christ then did not have sinful flesh as all men born from Adam's seed. Romans 8:3 tells us, "...God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh."
Jesus Christ was in the likeness of sinful flesh, but did not have man's sinful nature, which is only passed down from a human father. Jesus therefore was completely human, but without sin, and completely divine, as he was God's son.
This God-man, then walked the earth for 33 years without sinning one time. That Jesus knew he had to die for sinners, there can be no doubt, for he told his disciples on numerous occasions exactly what would befall him. For example, in Matthew 20:17-19, we read:
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.We also find him prophesying his own death in scores of other places, including Matthew 16:21, and 17:22-23; Mark 9:31 and 10:32-24; Luke 9:21-22; 18:31-33; 24:6-7; and John 12:31-33.
Prepared, and knowing what he was sent to do, Jesus willingly gave himself into the hands of his captors and suffered excruciating torment. He was spit upon, beaten, ridiculed, pierced, whipped, smitten, and more. Then he endured the cruelest of Roman tortures. They crucified him while nailing his hands and feet to a rugged tree. Oh how the blood must have poured! But this was all according to God's plan. As the song goes, "Jesus built a bridge to heaven, with only three nails and two pieces of wood."
Jesus willingly suffered and bled and died as the final and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. And upon that tree, he shed every drop of his blood. So much so that there was only water left, and even this drained out of his body, according to John 19:34: "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."
Jesus willingly shed his precious blood to make an atonement for man's sin. Hebrews 13:12 tells the reason Jesus did this: "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
As aforementioned, there is no forgiveness without shedding of blood. And Jesus freely offered his own precious sinless blood as a sacrifice to God so that we might be sanctified or saved. As the old saying goes, "When Jesus was on the cross, I was on his mind!"
Jesus not only died for his own people (the Jews), but for the sins of the whole world! In 1 John 2:2, we read, "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." This means that the Lord Jesus didn't die only for a certain race, gender, or tribe of people. He died for every human being on the face of the earth, and anyone can come to Him for the forgiveness of sins!
The only means of salvation, therefore, is by a blood sacrifice. In the Old Testament, God demanded the blood of a lamb. In the New Testament, we see the blood of the Lamb slain for our sins. And anyone who comes to God must come through faith (Heb. 11:6), in that precious shed blood of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:25; 1 Peter 1:18,19).
That God the father knew about Christ's sacrifice, there can be no doubt. In fact we are told that it was planned in eternity past, for in Revelation 13:8 we read about Jesus Christ as, "...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
In his infinite wisdom and foreknowledge, God knew, even before he created man, that man would fall. He then created man with the plan that when this happened, He would give man a way to come back to Him! (Oh what a merciful God!) Man must come to God throughTHE BLOOD of a lamb—specifically THE LAMB Jesus.
When Christ Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, spilling every drop of blood, the Bible tells us God the father chastised him for the sins of the whole world, pouring out his wrath upon sin on his only begotten and beloved son. In other words, Christ's sacrificial death on the cross appeased God's wrath for the sins of mankind. In Isaiah chapter 53 we read the following verses of prophecy:
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
This prophecy was fulfilled the day Jesus died. God the father laid on Jesus the iniquity (or sins) of us all (2 Cor. 5:21), bearing our own sins in his own body (2 Peter 2:24), while He freely gave himself for us in our place (Gal. 1:4). He paid the sin debt the only way that would appease God's wrath—by the shedding of blood (Heb. 9:22). And when He cried "It is finished," in John 19:30, He meant that the last and final blood sacrifice had been made for the sins of mankind!
Now, notice the most important part, in verse eleven above, it states that God the father was "satisfied" with the substitutionary BLOOD SACRIFICE of his son. God the father was "pleased" with it (vs 9). The only question now, dear reader, is if you are pleased with God's means of salvation and whether or not you are satisfied with the sacrifice of Christ. For the only way to be saved is to put your complete FAITH in CHRIST JESUS, TRUSTING only in his SACRIFICIAL BLOOD ATONEMENT (Rom. 3:25).
What are you trusting in to get you to heaven? Are you trusting in the BLOODY SACRIFICE of Christ Jesus, or are you trusting a BLOODLESS SUBSTITUTE besides the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?
THE MODERNISTIC BLOODLESS GOSPEL
THE TRUE BIBLICAL GOSPEL
Before looking at the modern Bloodless Gospel, we must first understand the true Gospel. Christ's death, burial, and resurrection is known as "The Gospel." We read this in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Here we see the Gospel has five main parts. They are:
1. Christ died
2. For our sins
3. Was buried
4. Rose again
5. According to the Scriptures
The blood of Jesus is clearly seen throughout this Gospel. It is a BLOOD-SPATTERED GOSPEL. For when we read the words "...Christ died..." how can we think of anything else then the five bleeding wounds he bore on the tree? Christ shed every drop of his blood as man brutally whipped, beat, struck, and pummeled him time and again. Isaiah 54:14 states, "his visage was so marred more than any man," showing that Christ was so disfigured that he was barely recognizable. He was a bloody pulp of a man left to die on the splintery cross of Calvary while his body slowly drained itself dry.
When we read the words "...for our sins..." above, we are immediately reminded of Isaiah 1:18: "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."
Here the Bible likens man's sin unto scarlet and crimson, the color of blood. It's true man is a bloody race. From the blood-spattered murder of Abel to the countless wars men fight, it's easy to see that man's history is a bloody one. And the Bible tells us in Numbers 35:33, "...For blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it."
God demands man's blood for sin. But he will accept a substitute if innocent blood is offered in man's place. In the Old Testament, the innocent lamb died for the guilty sinner. But in the New, Christ shed his own blood for our sins as our SUBSTITUTE!
Next the Gospel tells us Christ Jesus "...was buried." His disciples entombed Him in the very same ground that His blood soiled just a few hours earlier.
When Abel (Christ in type) died, we read the following as God speaks to his murderer Cain, "What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." (Gen. 4:10)
This verse states that shed blood cries out or speaks to God from the ground. Searching the scriptures, we come to Hebrews 12:24, and read that Christ's blood also, "...speaketh better things than that of Abel. Then in verse 25, we are told, "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh..."
One must accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ and not refuse it, for only the satisfactory, sacrificial shed blood of Jesus Christ is able to speak to God on a sinner's behalf!
Part four of the Gospel is that Christ "...rose again." This is the glorious ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ! Death could not hold him. Hell could not bind him. The grave could not keep him. He rose again victorious in his own power! (John 10:17,18)
However, the reason that Jesus rose again was to take his own blood and offer it upon the mercy of God in heaven. This is clearly seen in the book of Hebrews. For in Heb 8:3-5 we read:
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.
Here God tells us that Moses' tabernacle on earth was a shadow and a pattern of the heavenly tabernacle in heaven. Then in Heb 9:12 and 24-26 we read:
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Christ Jesus appeared in heaven with His blood and offered it to God on the mercy seat. It's still there today ready to wash the vilest sinner clean the very moment he believes!
Finally, the Gospel ends with "...according to the scriptures." So important is this statement that it's repeated twice in 1 Corinthians 15. Why did Christ die according to the scriptures? Because the entire old testament foreshadowed Christ's death, burial, and resurrection by hundreds of prophecies. Christ can also be seen in type in the millions of slaughtered lambs offered to God for remission of sin.
With this said, it's clear as a mountain stream that CHRIST'S BLOOD is found throughout the entire Gospel! The Gospel then is CLEARLY BLOODY. And, you can't preach the Gospel without preaching the blood!
THE BLOODLESS GOSPEL
Years ago an old preacher once said, "If you don't preach the atonement, you don't preach the Gospel!" As we've seen this statement is gospel truth! It is impossible to preach the Gospel without preaching the BLOOD ATONEMENT of Jesus Christ. And it's impossible to preach Christ's atonement without preaching the Gospel of Christ's shed blood. The two are interchangeable.
But in this Laodicean apostate age we don't hear much about the Blood of Jesus, especially by modern day soul winners who claim to be preaching the Gospel to the lost. Why is this? Where's the blood?
The Bible tells us that in the last days: "...some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Tim. 4:1,2).
This departing from the faith can clearly be seen in the three most important Christian doctrines. These are: 1. Sanctification 2. The Scriptures, and 3. Salvation.
Christians just don't live holy or sanctified anymore. When a lost person thinks of a Christian, he usually holds him in contempt or disdain, calling him a hypocrite or a pretender. This is because most of those who claim to be Christians have no fruit to prove it. They live just as worldly as the lost if not, in some cases, worse. They are religious, but not righteous. One old-time preacher pinned the tail on the donkey when he said, "The problem with the world today is that the world is getting churchy and the church is getting worldly!"
Because the world and the church have openly embraced one another, secular humanism, worldly psychology, and liberal scholarship have entered Christian circles, and joined forces in attacking the scriptures. This is why there are so many different bible versions in the day in which we live. Instead of sticking with the old AUTHORIZED King James Bible, which brought more revival to the world than any other book the world's ever known, most Christians prefer a newer version thinking it's, "easier to understand."
But if it's easier to understand, why then did they have to make over 200 different versions in English? Is each one really easier to understand than the other? And why do new versions take out the blood of Jesus in so many different verses?
I could go on with the doctrines of sanctification and the scriptures, in fact I could write an entire book about each one, showing how modern Christianity has departed from the faith and in many cases teaches the exact opposite of what Christ and the early apostles did. But I'd like to focus on our topic at hand—the doctrine of SALVATION.
As we've seen, the Gospel is gory and BLOOD-FILLED. And we've unequivocally concluded that it's impossible to preach salvation by grace through faith without first preaching the BLOODSTAINED GOSPEL. Biblically, a person must trust the blood of Jesus Christ to be saved! Romans 3:25 demonstrates this clearly by saying, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
If you want to be saved, you must trust the blood of Jesus Christ. You cannot leave it out! Christ will only be your "...propitiation..." when you trust His blood!
Immediately someone would object, saying that Jesus' shedding of blood is only the mechanics of salvation and a person doesn't necessarily need to understand or to have heard about the blood to be saved. But this verse declares that the shed blood of Jesus Christ must be the OBJECT of man's faith for him to be saved. When one trusts Christ's blood, he is declaring God's righteousness. This is why it's important to trust the blood. For to trust in anything else to get you to heaven makes you guilty of trusting your own righteousness instead of Christ's.
In Rom 10:3 we read of those who, "...being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."
Those who trust their own righteousness are eternally lost. And those who preach a Bloodless gospel apart from Christ's Gospel of salvation by faith in the blood are guilty of deceiving people into establishing their own righteousness.
This then brings us to our examination of the new modernistic gospel being preached today by apostate Christianity which completely omits the true Gospel of Christ's shed blood. Instead, it replaces it with a RITUAL that a man must perform in order to win the favor of God. Instead of TRUST IN WHAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU, a sinner is pressed to DO SOMETHING to be saved. In short, it is a BLOODLESS GOSPEL that tricks man into trusting HIS OWN WORK instead of the FINISHED WORK of GOD completed on Calvary.
This modernistic bloodless gospel goes something like this, "Would you like to be saved? Then ask Jesus to come into your life and heart!"
Others might say it like this, "You need to make a commitment to Christ, by giving him your heart and life."
Still others might preach it this way: "Beg and plead with God to save you, asking him to PLEASE give you eternal life."
And even others might state: "To get to heaven you must repeat the sinner's prayer, for this prayer is the only thing that will save you!"
These modern-day clichés are not biblical, and are nothing more than secular physco-babel that leave a man trusting in his prayer, his commitment, his asking, or his turning over a new leaf.
Further, these all have one thing in common, THEY ALL LEAVE OUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST! Not to mention, they make a person think they can obtain heaven by what THEY DO, rather than what JESUS DID for them.
ASKING FOR ETERNAL LIFE vs TRUSTING THE BLOOD
Nowhere in the Bible do we find any passage that instructs a sinner to ASK God to save him. Yet I've heard many who claim to be Christians give the following testimony: "On such and such a day, I asked Christ to save me!" I've even heard others say things like, "I ask God to save me every night before bed!" Or "When I sin, I just ask God to save me all over again."
But where is salvation imputed by asking in the Bible? It's simply not there. To ask God to save you implies doubt that he actually will do so. For when you ask someone for something, you automatically give them the option to answer, "Yes" or "No."
However, when a person promises you something and you accept it by FAITH, the giver has no alternative but to give you what he promised or he would be a liar. God is not a liar! He promises eternal life to all who BELIEVE on him by trusting his shed blood.
God does not tell us to ASK him to save us, instead God himself ASKS the lost sinner to come to him and TRUST Him as his Saviour.
Others preach that a person must "ask Jesus to come into your heart."
But Where's the blood in this? What if a man asks God to enter, but that person isn't trusting the blood of Christ as sufficient to save him? Is he born again? How can he be without the blood?
Nowhere in the Bible do we find Christ entering into a man's heart because the man asked Him to do so. Instead, the Bible tells us the following in Ephesians 3:17: "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by FAITH; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love."
One's faith must be completely in the finished work of Christ's blood sacrifice on the cross, and then and only then will Jesus enter a person's heart! For only then is a person trusting in God's righteousness rather than his own.
Biblically, a person is not saved by asking, but rather by believing. And what must he believe in? The Bible says he must trust the precious SHED BLOOD of Jesus Christ! Besides, where's the blood in asking? And, how can one trust the blood if they are asking to be saved apart from trusting in it for salvation?
Thus, Telling a person to ask Jesus to save them is then a modernistic BLOODLESS Gospel which tricks a person into trusting in his ASKING, rather than in Christ's finished ATONEMENT.
MAKING A COMMITMENT TO CHRIST
No where in the Bible are we told that salvation comes by "Making a commitment to Christ," either. It's simply not there. And even if it was, Where's the blood in this?
Instead of trusting Christ alone, a sinner who "...makes a commitment..." will always trust in his committing. This leaves the person trusting in a WORK he DID instead of the WORK Christ has already DONE for him on the bloody cross of Calvary.
And if a person thinks that the act of commitment saves him, what happens if he falls away? Does he lose his salvation? No, salvation is not by committing anything. If anything committing sin is what left man damned and in need of a Saviour in the first place. What a sinner needs is Jesus Christ.
If salvation were by committing one's self to God, then Jesus would not have had to bleed and die on the cross. He could have stayed in heaven and said, "Alright, I'm starting a brand new dispensation. Anyone who comes to me and makes a commitment, I'll save and give eternal life!"
But God did not do this! He came to earth and lived thirty-three years and then died a cruel, agonizing death for us in our place. For that's the only way he could pay for man's sins. It took his shed blood! God then was the one with the commitment, by committing Himself to die on the cross 2000 years ago! By so doing, He committed Himself to the promise that if we by FAITH would choose Him as our Saviour, He would give us eternal life!
If you think you're going to heaven because you committed your life to serve God, you are thinking that you'll be saved by something YOU DID, (i.e. your own works). Where's the blood in this?
THE SINNER'S PRAYER?
Some would ask, "But what about the Sinner's Prayer? Isn't a person saved when he repeats the Sinner's Prayer?"
The answer to this question must be in the form of another question. The question is, "When a sinner prays the Sinner's Prayer, does he trust the blood of Jesus or not?"
If a man trusts the blood of Jesus Christ at the very same time he prays, he's most certainly and gloriously saved! However, he must realize the prayer itself is not what saves him. He's saved by faith alone.
The problem with the Sinner's Prayer is that most soul winners who use this method never mention the blood of Jesus Christ one time. If they do, it's usually only in passing, and they never stress to the sinner the need to put their complete and total TRUST in the redeeming blood of God's own son.
Because so many have followed the Sinner's Prayer method of winning souls, the world, as well as the church today, thinks that the actual prayer itself is the saving medium, not faith in Christ's atoning propitiation. Forgetting to preach the Gospel (the blood atonement), and imploring a sinner to repeat a prayer is not the plan of salvation. It is a BLOODLESS GOSPEL, which more times than not leaves a sinner thinking he's saved BY his prayer.
Many times a soul winner wants a sinner to get saved more than the sinner himself. That's why he pleads with him to, "follow in prayer." It's very easy to get a person to repeat a prayer, especially children. But what if the person prays, but there's no understanding, and no repentance? Is he saved? Most certainly not! Salvation comes by REPENTING and trusting Christ's finished WORK, not by REPEATING man's WORDS.
Thus, the prayer in and of itself will not save anyone. But a person can be saved when he prays if his faith is in the blood of Jesus at the same time. The problem with the Sinner's Prayer mentality is that those who adhere to it do not state this simple fact. And many are left thinking they are saved because they said the prayer. In short they are trusting the PRAYER THEY SAID instead of THE BLOOD GOD SHED.
CALLING UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
Another Bloodless Gospel is that of taking Romans 10:13 and TWISTING IT to teach that calling from one's MOUTH is what saves a man, and not calling by faith from the HEART.
There is much shallow evangelism in our day, and many lazy soul winners. Instead of taking the time to show a lost sinner the gory Gospel of Christ's ghastly slaughter, fearing they might offend him, many soul winners today preach Romans 10:13 as if it were the Gospel in it's entirety, telling a sinner he must only call upon God from his mouth to be saved. They say this calling is by PRAYER. But look at Cornelius in Acts 10. He was saved without praying, he simply believed on Christ from his heart. So how is a person saved? Is it by faith alone, or is it by calling from one's mouth, or is it both? The Bible says it's only by FAITH (Eph. 2:8,9) from the heart (Acts 8:37) in the Gospel (1 Cor. 15).
Of course a person can call upon the name of the Lord to be saved, for Romans 10:13 tells us that all who do so shall be saved. However, one must know HOW TO CALL upon the name of the Lord. And the Bible tells us that a person must call upon the Lord by FAITH from his HEART, not just by a vain repetitious prayer from one's MOUTH.
In 2 Tim. 2:22 we read the following: "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." This verse proves that calling upon the Lord must be a matter of the heart. And in Romans 10:14, we read: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Here the question is put forth asking if a person can call without believing and without hearing. Is it possible for someone to call upon the name of the Lord and not be saved? Especially when Romans 10:13 says that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved? The answer my friend is: Yes, It is possible that a person can call upon God THE WRONG WAY and not be saved.
In Psalm 145:18, we read, "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." This verse says that a man must call upon God in truth. How does one call upon God in truth?
As we've seen, to be saved the Bible way, salvation is by GRACE through FAITH. And for a person to gain eternal life, he must come to God a repentant sinner trusting in Christ's finished work on the Cross as sufficient to take him to heaven. This is the Bible way. This is in truth—God's truth! Thus, to call upon God Biblically is to take him by FAITH from one's heart, trusting in the shed blood of His son Jesus Christ!
It's interesting that the first mention of "calling upon the name of the Lord" in the Bible shows up in Genesis 4:26 in the context of a blood sacrifice. Would it not then stand to reason that for a person to call upon God Biblically, means he must come to God by faith only through Christ's completed blood sacrifice?
The problem with apostate modernists who quote Romans 10:13 is they usually don't tell a sinner to TRUST Jesus by FAITH ALONE from the heart. Instead they tell the sinner that calling upon the Lord is only FROM THE MOUTH, and if a person will beg, or plead with God to save him, then God will give them eternal life whether he is trusting the blood atonement or not. As long as he'll call with the mouth, he'll be saved. (I've personally met many people who believe this).
But we must look at other verses in the Bible that show people who've called upon the Lord orally but are eternally damned. These verses are Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus is speaking and says:
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Here are some people who've called upon the name of the Lord with their mouth, but they were NOT saved. Why? Because when they called in prayer, they weren't trusting in Christ alone, rather in their own works to save them. This is clearly evident in what they say in verse twenty-two. They think they deserve heaven because of what THEY DID FOR JESUS, and are not trusting in what JESUS DID FOR THEM.
Further, we find that if a person comes to Jesus and CALLS upon him, but does so with his MOUTH ONLY—with NO FAITH from his HEART—then God WILL NOT SAVE HIM, no matter how many times he calls. For in Matthew 15:8, Jesus says, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."
In conclusion, a person can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. But the Bible says that this calling must be in truth and must be by faith from the heart in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We also see that a person can call upon the Lord in vain, trusting in himself or something he did rather than Christ alone, and this calling will save NO ONE! A person must call upon the Lord the BIBLE WAY, by FAITH. There is then the RIGHT WAY to call upon the Lord and the WRONG WAY. The right way saves a man. The wrong way leaves out the blood. And if a person calls on God the wrong way, thinking the ACT of calling itself saves him, then he's guilty of making salvation dependent upon what he does. He has then made the act of calling his WORK that gets him to heaven. I would ask the man, "Hey, where's the blood?"
There is a whole denomination out there that believes and teaches that the only way to heaven is by obeying Acts 2:38 and being baptized in water. But is water baptism essential for salvation? The answer most certainly is, NO IT IS NOT! For if water baptism saves a man, then salvation is by a WORK. It takes effort to get dressed into those baptismal robes and walk down into the water. Baptism then is a work, and if a person thinks he is saved BY his baptism, he's as lost as coin in the bottom of the sea!
Acts 2:38 was an answer to a question (vs 37) presented to Peter from the nation of Israel. It was not the question of an individual sinner asking, "...Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).
The book of Acts is a transitional book. It starts with Israel and ends up with the Church. In the book of Acts, we find three main questions about baptism. I give them below:
1. ...Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37)
2. ...What doth hinder me to be baptized? (Acts 8:36)
3. ...Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized...? (Acts 10:47)
In the first, Peter is speaking only to Jews in the context. Verse 36 shows this clearly by the words, "Therefore let all the house of ISRAEL know assuredly."
Thus, we cannot apply this verse to ourselves, the church, nor to New Testament salvation.
In the second, the Ethiopian Eunuch asks what he lacks to be baptized. Philip responded with, "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest," signifying that salvation is not by WATER BAPTISM at all, but by faith in God's WORK of shedding his BLOOD for the sins of mankind. The Eunuch therefore was saved by BELIEVING before he was submerged below the water. And the context shows that Philip preached about Christ's blood atonement, when he mentioned a sheep to the slaughter (vs 32).
In the last, Cornelius (and those with him) has just trusted Christ Jesus as his Saviour. He's just gotten saved by faith! And then the question is asked, "Can anyone tell me any reason why these new converts shouldn't be baptized?"
No one could, so they baptized them. But they were saved BY FAITH before they were immersed!
Anyone who thinks that water baptism is essential for salvation is guilty of denying that Christ Jesus paid for the sins of the whole world. For if someone could be saved by another way, such as getting baptized in water, then Christ's finished atonement on the cross is absolutely useless. But the Bible says salvation is only through relying upon Christ's finished work. So the question must then be asked, "Where's the blood, if salvation comes by being baptized in water?"
It's completely left out!
The doctrine of self-atonement is an old one that's still deceiving millions. People all over the world still perform such pagan practices as self-flagellation, self-mutilation, celibacy, abstinence, and self-castigation. Many believe that if they suffer, pray, or do enough good works, God will be pleased with their labor, and accept them based on their own SELF SACRIFICE.
But "Where's the blood?" in the doctrine of self atonement? Can a man save himself? What if a man shed his own blood? Would God accept him? As we've seen, God will not accept a sinner, until that sinner accepts the SAVING SACRIFICE of Jesus Christ on Calvary.
GOING TO CHURCH
Scores of people think that if they go to church then God will accept them for it. I've even met some people that think attending Church is how they obtain God's grace and entrance into heaven. And if they get out of church then they get out of God's will and will go to hell when they die. But this is not so. Also, "Where's the blood in this teaching?"
You can go to church all your life and still die and go to hell, because you've never been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. You must come to Him and trust His blood!
It's great that a person goes to church. A person should attend a good Bible Believing church regularly. But just the motion or act of going to church doesn't save anyone. A person must hear and believe the Gospel. Sadly in these last days of apostasy before Jesus' return, few churches preach the Gospel anymore. Those who do, only preach one or two of the points and forget the rest. I've heard many talk about Jesus dying for your sins, but they forget the resurrection. They also forget to preach THE BLOOD ATONEMENT.
As aforementioned, most churches don't use the King James anymore. Most use liberal, watered-down bibles that take the blood out of Colossians 1:14 and other places. I've even heard stories of churches changing their hymn books for new ones which change the words to blessed old hymns of the faith, and yea, even take the blood out of our sacred songs!
It's also hard to hear about the blood in your average church nowadays, as many preachers don't preach it anymore. Instead they preach another gospel of which Paul preaches against in Galatians chapter one—a BLOODLESS GOSPEL This is why I see the need for a book like this one. Far too many who claim to be Christians have left off preaching the blood of Jesus Christ.
That's why I must keep asking, "Hey, Where's the blood?"
So what should you do? Well, first and foremost, if your not saved, you need to get born again. You must repent and TRUST the SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST to save your never dying soul!
Then, my suggestion is to preach the blood of Jesus Christ with all your might. Preach it from the street corner, from the highways and the hedges. Give out Gospel tracts that speak about the blood. Witness to neighbors, co-workers, and family. Put up web pages on the internet devoted to the blood of Jesus. Talk to your Pastor and ask him to preach more messages on the blood atonement. Give Bible studies at your home and office on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! We can never talk too much about Jesus Christ and the wondrous story of his self-less sacrifice for our sins. We can never talk too much about His precious shed blood!
So, Where's the Blood? We've already seen that it stained the old rugged cross on the hill of Calvary. We've also seen that it's all through the blessed Gospel. We then saw that Christ took His own blood up to heaven and sprinkled it upon the mercy seat. All this is very clear. But there is one more place where the blood can be. This is applied to a sinner's soul at the moment he believes. In Revelation 1:5b we read, "...Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." And again we read in 1 John 1:7b, "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from allsin."
Are you one of those washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, or are you one of those who trusts in something he DID or SAID to get to heaven?
Are you a blood-washed sinner saved by grace? If not, why not by simple childlike faith come to Jesus Christ, feeling sorrow for your sin, and take him by faith at his word, trusting only in his SHED PRECIOUS BLOOD as sufficient to save your soul and take you to heaven? He will save you! He promised He would! Why don't you trust Him today?
BACK COVER OF THIS BOOK READS:
Modern Christianity as a whole has left off preaching salvation by FAITH ALONE in the ATONING SACRIFICE of the Lord Jesus Christ. In short they've substituted the old BLOOD STAINED GOSPEL for a BLOODLESS one. Instead of pointing the sinner to the cross, and Christ's SAVING WORK, they have twisted the Gospel and instruct a sinner to trust in their own SELF WORTH. They are guilty of having changed the Biblical means of salvation from FAITH IN WHAT CHRIST DID, into trusting in what MAN CAN DO FOR GOD.
This horrendous error, of so often omitting the blood of Jesus Christ, has led to the downfall of Christianity and yea even the world. Many today who claim to be Christians are not trusting CHRIST at all, rather in their own COMMITMENT to him.
What's needed is to ask the question, "Hey, where's the blood?" Once we find out where it is, we should then preach it with all our might to the lost and dying world, imploring them to trust the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved.
How about it? Do you know where the blood of Jesus is? Why not pick up this booklet and find out for yourself?