Listen, apart from all argument, to what Christ says of it, and think, Is it possible that all this can mean no more than what men say who do not believe in its atoning power, as shed for us? They will sink deeper in your minds, if studied in God's Word. But look at this barest outline of them. They will be the meditation and praise and thanksgiving of eternity; and in all eternity we shall long to thank more and more for them, when our whole being will be thanksgiving and love. "We were far off [from God], but were made nigh [to Him] by the Blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:13); "we were justified by His blood" (Romans 5:9); "He suffered, that He might sanctify us by His blood" (Hebrews 13:12); "we have," as a continual possession, "redemption through His blood, the remission of sins" (Ephesians 1:7); "the blood of Christ who, through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, purifieth our consciences from dead works to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14); "the blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7); "we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18, 19); "He has purchased the Church with His own blood" (Acts 20:28); "God made peace through the blood of His Cross, through Him, as to the things on earth, and the things in heaven" (Colossians 1:20): "Christ, by His own blood, entered once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12). "We," too, ever since "have boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us through His flesh" (Hebrews 10:19, 20). We are "elect, according to the foreknowledge of God, in sanctification of the spirit, unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:2). "We are come to Jesus, the Mediator of the new Covenant, and the blood of sprinkling which speaketh better things than that of Abel" (Hebrews 12:22-24). And when the beloved disciple saw heaven opened, he saw "the Faithful and True, the Word of God, clothed with a vesture dyed with blood" (Revelation 19:13), and he heard the new song of those who sang, "Thou wast slain and didst purchase us to God by Thy blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9); and he heard that they had "washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:14), and had "overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 12:11). And St. John's doxology is, "To Him who loveth us and hath washed us from our sins in His own blood, to Him be glory and might forever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:5).

E.B. Pusey

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