This is my fourth post on the blood atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. We stated in earler posts how the doctrine of the blood atonement is under attack. It is becoming less and less of what Christ did for us on the cross and more of what we can do for ourselves. Thus, the great increase of self-help books available for Christians. Also we here more about our salvation and victory being tied to the resurrection of Christ and not about the cross.
There is a false doctrine being taught by some of the largest churches and most well-known TV personalities that is a direct attack against the cross and the blood atonement. It is called the JDS or Jesus died spiritually doctrine. It would say that the cross was a failure because when Jesus died physically on that cross, He also died spiritually and ceased being God. They would say that Jesus went to hell as a lost man, and was chained and tortured. They would say that Jesus had to be BORN AGAIN the same way we as lost men and women needed to be born again. They would also say that our salvation happened when Christ raised from the dead because that was His salvation. He could not redeem us until He was redeemed. They teach that the only victory from Christ in those three days would be the resurrection and that we get our salvation from His resurrection. This doctrine is false and undermines the Deity of Christ and the blood atonement. God is not dead, we all know the song. However, God has never died!
We have already looked at the ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL and the REMISSION OF SINS, which is brought to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
We will now look at LIFE AND PEACE. The atonement of our Lord is life and brings life. There can be no remission of sins without the shedding of blood.
Romans 5:1 ESV Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
People are always looking for life, a greater quality of life, and peace. This is even true among those who are Christians who suppose to know life and peace in Christ Jesus. We have a promise that if we truly want life and peace we can find it in the blood of our Lord.
It must be applied and acknowledged not by just theological mental assent but by internalizing the truth. When we internalize this truth we will know that we have cleansing and resurrection power in us by the work of the cross. As believers we do not have a past because it was nailed to the cross and covered by the blood. To have God's life (ZOE) we must first die to our own life.
LIFE & PEACE SCRIPTURES:
Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, (2) for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Romans 8:6 ESV For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..