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There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
Intro: Medical doctor and theologian, M. R. DeHaan said, "The Bible is a book of blood … wholly distinct from all other books for just one reason, namely, that it contains blood circulating through every page and in every verse. From Genesis to Revelation we see the stream of blood." Dr. DeHaan was absolutely right; the Bible is a bloody book! From the first verse of the Bible to the very end, there is a trail of blood that snakes its way through the pages, revealing a portrait of the redemption that is available to all who will come to God by faith.
1. The passage we have read today speaks of the blood. Verses 1-11 focus on the Old Testament sacrificial system. They speak of a time when millions of gallons of blood were shed to cover the sins of the people.
2. Yet, sin was only covered over year by year. All those millions of gallons of animal blood never saved a single soul, verse 9. What the blood of bulls, goats and lambs could not do, the blood of Jesus accomplished!
3. These verses give us some insights into what the blood of Jesus does for all those who trust Him by faith. Let me share with you some insights that are revealed in these verses. Insights that cause me to say, Thank God for the Blood Of Jesus!
4. William Cowper after several failed attempts of suicide and recovering from madness turned to God for forgiveness and salvation penned these words. "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." With that in mind let us consider the text and subject;
I. CONSIDER THE PURCHASE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. (V. 12)
1. This speaks to us concerning His propitiation it is Unlimited! (Ro 3:25) 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; (1Jo 2:2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
2. This also speaks to us concerning His Redemption it is Universal! (Re 5:9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
3. This also speaks to us concerning His Salvation it is Unmatched! Salvation has reference to the believer’s past, present, and future. (a) The past tense, which releases from the guilt and penalty of sin, is wholly accomplished for all who believe at the time when they believe (Rom.6:23). (B) The present tense, which releases from the power of sin, is being accomplished now in those who exercise faith for it (Rom. 6:14). (c) The future tense releases from the very presence of sin (1 Thess.4:13-18).
A. Notice it is A Precious Purchase.
1. The reason the Old Testament sacrifices could not save was due to the character of the blood that was shed. The blood being shed was animal blood. Notice the word "neither" means; in addition to the comparison just made between the earthly and heavenly, there is a comparison of the blood of goats and calves and the blood Jesus offered. (Heb 10:4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
2. When Jesus went to Calvary as the Lamb of God, the blood He shed was pure, precious sinless blood, (1 Pet. 1:18-19) 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;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:. His blood was of the character that could satisfy the just demands of a holy God.
B. Notice it was A Personal Purchase.
1. This verse tells us that it was "his own blood". Jesus is seen as the Lamb Of God here (Joh.1:29) this is not "spiritual blood" or "typical blood" this is real Blood and it is His blood. Jesus shedding His blood for mans sin is said to be the blood of God; (Ac 20:28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
2. The words "entered in once" means once and for all, finished.
C. Notice it is A Permanent Purchase.
1. The last phrase of this verse is filled with meaning. The words "having obtained" refer to a "one time obtained it once for all." The word "eternal" means "abiding, constant, unending, eternal." And, the word "redemption" means "to release after the payment of a ransom price, after which the guilty party is forever delivered from all guilt and punishment."
2. When all these truths are coupled together, we are left with the conclusion that the salvation Jesus provides, and the redemption the saints enjoy is an eternal redemption. This is made even clearer by the following verses of Scripture: Heb. 9:25-28; Heb. 10:10-14.
II. CONSIDER THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS V. 13-14
A. Notice it has Power To Cleanse –
1.Notice the word "sanctifieth" it means; to keep on making holy, to keep on purifying. the word "purifying of the flesh" identifies what is made holy.
2. The word "purge" means "to cleanse and free from filth." It refers to the cleansing of the lepers, or to a ceremonial cleansing. The blood of the Old Testament sacrificial system could never completely cleanse the stains of sin away. However, the blood of Jesus cleanses the sinner completely! (Ill. Rev. 1:5; 1 John 1:7.)
(Ill. The Blood As a Cleansing Agent - William Cowper’s hymn speaks of "a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins, where sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains." The apostle John said that the blood of Jesus Christ "cleanses from all sin." The multitude in Revelation 7 had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Ill. Thank God, there is a "Fountain Filled With Blood!"There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day; And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away. B. Notice it has Power To Change.
1. When the blood of Jesus is applied, it "purges the conscience from dead works to serve the living God." The word "purge" means; to make clean, it means to be clean in the sight of God.
2. The "conscience" is that part of you that has the power to choose between right and wrong. The idea here is that when you are saved, you experience a change of heart that results in a change of lifestyle. The idea is that of a new life. The Old Testament sacrifices could never produce such a change, but the blood of Jesus brings with it that awesome power to forever change those exposed to it! (Ill. 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10)
C. Notice it has Power To Claim.
1. Notice the words "to serve" this canvases the idea of present service. The thought that is implied in these verses is that the sinner is brought to God through the work of the blood of Jesus! This is the idea of Eph. 2:10-17. The blood of Jesus does far more than just wash our sins away. It also purchases us out of sin and makes us the very possessions of God.
III. CONSIDER THE PROMISE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. (V. 15)
A. Notice The Promise Of Freedom.
1. Notice the words "And for this cause" means; On account of. This is on account of the fact Christ by His blood accomplished what the blood of goats and calves could not do.
2. This verse speaks of redemption. This redemption through the blood of Jesus buys us back from the power of sin, releases us from sin’s bondage and frees us to live for God. When a sinner places his faith in the blood of Jesus for salvation, that sinner is given a brand new life and a fresh start.
3. That is why the Bible refers to it as a new birth, John 3:3; 7; 1 Pet. 1:23. The redeemed sinner is reckoned dead with Christ at Calvary and alive in Him by virtue of His resurrection from the dead, Gal. 2:20. The old life and all of its failures and wretchedness is gone forever,
B. Notice The Promise Of A Future.
1. The blood of Jesus also promises us a future in Heaven. When we trusted Jesus as our Savior, we became joint heirs with Him of all that God has to offer, Rom. 8:17, 1 Pet. 1:3-4. As a result, we have the assurance that we will be with Him in Heaven when we leave this world, John 14:1-3.
2. Notice the word "mediator" means; One who intervenes between two, either to make or restore peace or friendship. This is His present ministry, (1Ti 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. This means the N.T. is in effect now. Were under GRACE.
Pastor Chris Norris
Fair Haven Baptist Church