Shelby G. Floyd
Christ is the Lamb of God. The blood of Christ of the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The Roman soldiers crucified Jesus upon the cross between two thieves. These solders later confirmed he was dead. To make sure the crucified were dead the soldiers broke their legs. But they found Christ dead, so they did not break his legs. But a soldier cast a spear and pierced his side. And immediately blood and water came forth (John 19:32-34). Therefore, Christ shed his blood in his death.
Baptized Into the Benefits of Christ Death
How can one contact the blood of Christ? Paul answered: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4 NKJV).
On the day of Pentecost, Peter commanded repentance and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Repentance and baptism are the conditions to receive the benefits of the blood of Christ. We learn that Christ loved us and washed us from our sins in his blood (Revelation 1:5). How does the blood of Christ wash away our sins? The sins of baptized believers are washed away by the blood of Christ. That is what Saul of Tarsus did: “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16).
The Church Purchased by the Blood of Christ
Christ purchased the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28). Every drop of the blood of Christ went to purchase his church. How do we receive the benefits of the blood of Christ relative to the church? On the day of Pentecost, the Lord added 3000 baptized believers to the church (Acts 2:41-47). The benefits of the shed blood of Christ accrue to the person who hears the gospel, believes with all the heart, repents of sin and is baptized according to the will of God. There is power in the blood of Christ.
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Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142 shelby@sgf1964