Message for July 5, 2015 from Pastor Jerry

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28(NKJV)

        There is an old hymn I want you to think about.  Now consider the message of this song.

        What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

        What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        For my pardon this I see, nothing but the blood of Jesus;

        For my cleansing this my plea, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus;

        Naught of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus;

        This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        Now by this I’ll overcome- nothing but the blood of Jesus;

        Now by this I’ll reach my home—nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        Chorus:  “Oh!  Precious is the flow that makes me white as snow;

        No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

        Today I want us to think about the blood of Jesus and the power of God that flows through it.  My first question is this.  Which is more powerful, the blood of Jesus or sin and unrighteousness?  We would assuredly say it is the blood of Jesus.  Why then do we believe and act as though it isn’t?  “But, Pastor, how do we do this?”  By believing that sin can defeat the blood of Jesus in our lives.  Jesus is your righteousness and His blood is our propitiation.  Jesus blood not only cleanses our sin, it removes it from us once and for all.

        If we can become more conscience of our righteousness than we are of our sin, we would understand what it means; “..He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Cor. 5:21(NKJV) When you accept Jesus as your Savior, His blood cleanses you of all your sin, past, present, and future.  It puts you in a state of perpetual righteousness.  If you can believe this you can overcome “sin” every minute of the day as you see it not as something to continually repent of but as something that is continuously cleansed just because the blood of Jesus is now a living part of us.  If this isn’t true, then we live in a perpetual state of flux.  We are righteous today, unrighteous tomorrow, then righteous again when we repent then unrighteous if we sin(miss the mark).  This is true of anyone whose righteousness is dependent on their works.  By believing that we were made righteous by Jesus we can say “I am righteous” as easily as saying “I am saved.”  Do you understand?  Do you believe?

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