(…continues from part 1)
2) Looking at Hebrews 12:24 contextually, it is not the blood of a dead or dying Abel that cries in this verse; it is the crimson fluid from the sacrifice of Abel which appealed to the Divinity that spoke words of agreement to the mind of God, this Pauline script is actually of this didacticism. Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by the divine nostrils of the One which is, and which was, and which is to come. It was only good for that material time of its performance. It did just remit the shortcoming of Abel’s error for that time only. It could not even rectify his brother, Cain’s, aberrant use of the wrong element of sacrifice. Abel’s shedding of the lamb’s blood was good for remission of sin. It brought peace, from God, back to otherwise lost soul. But in comparison, the shed blood of the Golgotha from the earthly body of Jesus Christ cleansed Adam of the original sin. The superiority of the divine blood of Jesus washed away as many as would come to Him for salvation.
Abel’s sacrifice was a type and shadow of better deal of the Divinity intended to take care of man’s salvation once and forever. The sprinkled fluid of crimson hue that poured forth from Abel’s sacrificial element was pointing to a future phenomenon when the Saviour would cry out, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). As Abel was killed, being innocent of Cain’s sentence, so was Christ, a sinless Person hanged on the cross.
His death is a substitutionary one; 1Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” which reminds me of what one of the pupils I gave home tutoring, a very young Joshua Green. When I told him and his mother that the blood of Jesus saves all mankind, he pointed out to me, “This Jesus died more than two thousand years ago.” Wondering, his observation prompted the question, “how can that same blood still cleanse us in this twenty-first century?” “Thought provoking,” I admitted, especially from a seven years old lad. The answer is quite simple. “It is a spiritual matter. The new birth is midwifed by the Holy Spirit Himself. One becomes God’s child not through biological process of procreation; it happens through the miraculous creation of a new man in Christ Jesus.” It becomes truly understandable that His blood speaks better things than the blood of Abel. Amen.
My blood: New Testament
Jesus made it clear that He is more than a mere saviour; that He is truly Jehovah God. John 15:5-7 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” The bottom line, in this verse, is that “for without me ye can do nothing” and only God makes such asseveration and will never be found dwelling in the error of blasphemy.
Author of the New Testament
Matthew 26:27-28 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” And a new covenant was established to erase the Adamic annihilating sinfulness, one sacrifice for all mankind and for all sins. Amen. Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” What is the word ‘remission’? It is aphesis (a’-fe-sis): ‘1. a removal. 2. (figuratively) a pardon, a release (from guilt and penalty).’ When Abel performed his sacrifice, it was the blood of a domesticated quadruped animal. Hanging on the cross of Calvary, the Lord God shed His salvific blood. Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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