The Precious Blood of Jesus

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The Precious Blood of Jesus

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 30 Sep 2008, 6:40 pm

The precious blood of the Lord Jesus is effective forever, and it has cleansed away our sins. Then why are you preaching that God still needs to do the work of purifying?

The precious blood of the Lord is effective forever, and it can cleanse away our sins. This is an undeniable fact. But what exactly does the “cleanse away” here mean? What does the word “the precious blood of the Lord is effective” refer to? Actually, the “cleanse away” here only refers to the cleansing away of our sins in behavior but not the cleansing away of our inward filthiness. That we have received the Lord’s redemption does not prove that we have been completely free from sin and have become holy. The word “the precious blood of the Lord is effective forever” means that if judged according to the law, everyone would be condemned, but by the grace of the Lord (being crucified on the cross and shedding the precious blood), our sins are forgiven, and we are no longer under the punishment and control of the law but are set free and can still come before God. However, we should know that, though people’s sinful acts have been forgiven, their sinful nature is still deep-rooted in them and they cannot be freed from sin’s dominion anyhow. Even today, people are still living in the condition of committing sins by day and confessing them by night, unable to free themselves from the life of committing sins and then confessing them. By way of analogy, it is like cutting Chinese chives: the chives grow again after being cut. Clearly, the precious blood of the Lord has only cleansed people of their sinful acts, but has not removed the sinful nature in them. Therefore, God still needs to do a work to remove people’s sinful nature. Only when God completely removes the sinful nature in them can they become holy and sin no more, thus being able to see the face of the Lord. The Bible says: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3). The Bible also says: “…without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Obviously, when the Lord comes, we will not be able to see God’s face if we have not become holy. Therefore, we still need God to do a greater work to completely remove our sinful nature so that we can become holy.

The precious blood of the Lord is effective forever, and it can cleanse away our sins. This is an undeniable fact. But what exactly does the “cleanse away” here mean? What does the word “the precious blood of the Lord is effective” refer to? Actually, the “cleanse away” here only refers to the cleansing away of our sins in behavior but not the cleansing away of our inward filthiness. That we have received the Lord’s redemption does not prove that we have been completely free from sin and have become holy. The word “the precious blood of the Lord is effective forever” means that if judged according to the law, everyone would be condemned, but by the grace of the Lord (being crucified on the cross and shedding the precious blood), our sins are forgiven, and we are no longer under the punishment and control of the law but are set free and can still come before God. However, we should know that, though people’s sinful acts have been forgiven, their sinful nature is still deep-rooted in them and they cannot be freed from sin’s dominion anyhow. Even today, people are still living in the condition of committing sins by day and confessing them by night, unable to free themselves from the life of committing sins and then confessing them. By way of analogy, it is like cutting Chinese chives: the chives grow again after being cut. Clearly, the precious blood of the Lord has only cleansed people of their sinful acts, but has not removed the sinful nature in them. Therefore, God still needs to do a work to remove people’s sinful nature. Only when God completely removes the sinful nature in them can they become holy and sin no more, thus being able to see the face of the Lord. The Bible says: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3). The Bible also says: “…without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Obviously, when the Lord comes, we will not be able to see God’s face if we have not become holy. Therefore, we still need God to do a greater work to completely remove our sinful nature so that we can become holy.

From the words of God, we can see that if people want to be purified and become holy people gained by God, they have to experience God’s another salvation and need God to do the work of removing sin and purifying to bring mankind into a higher state. As 1 Peter 1:5 says: “[you] who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 2 Corinthians 1:10 says: “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” Hebrews 9:28 also says: “…so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” From these verses, we can see that God, in the end time, has prepared a greater salvation for those who have been redeemed by his precious blood. This salvation is God’s end-time work. Now, the work of God is progressing forward rapidly. If we do not keep up with the footsteps of the Lamb, how can we be purified and saved by God? Almighty God says: “…their sins were forgiven, but God had not done any work on people so that they could get rid of their corrupt satanic nature within. They were only redeemed by faith and were forgiven of their sins by faith, but their innate nature of committing sins was not removed and still existed within them. People’s sins are forgiven through God’s being incarnated, but this does not mean that people have no sins within. They can be forgiven of their sins through the sin offering after they commit them, but they have no way to solve such things as how they can keep from committing sins, how they can completely get rid of their sinful nature, and how they can have their sinful nature transformed to some extent. People’s sins have been forgiven because of God’s work of crucifixion, but they are still living in their old corrupt satanic nature. Thus, it is necessary to completely save them from their corrupt satanic nature, so that their sinful nature can be completely gotten rid of and will not worsen anymore and so that they all can gain the transformation of their nature. So, it is necessary to cause people to understand the way to grow in life, the way of life, and the way to have their nature transformed, and cause them all to practice according to that way, so that they can be transformed in their nature gradually, live in the shining of the light, do everything according to God’s intention, get rid of their corrupt satanic nature, break free from satan’s power and influence of darkness, and come out of sin completely. Only then will people have gained full salvation.” “Could such a sinner as you who has only been redeemed but who has not been transformed and has not been made perfect by God, be after God’s heart? With such an old person as you are now, it is true that Jesus has saved you, and you are no longer of sin because of God’s salvation, but that does not prove that you have no more sin or filthiness. As you have not been transformed, how can you possibly be holy? You are still filled with filthiness within and are selfish and contemptible, and yet you want to come together with Jesus. Can there be such a good thing? You still have to go through a process in your believing in God, and you have only been redeemed but have not been transformed. If you want to be after God’s heart, God has to personally do the work to transform and purify you. Otherwise, you cannot possibly become holy as you have only been redeemed. Then you won’t be qualified to enjoy the wonderful blessings with God, because you have lagged one stage behind in God’s work of managing man, that is, the crucial stage of transforming and perfecting man” (The Word Has Appeared in the Flesh).

Brothers and sisters, now we should see this: Though we have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus, it is merely that because of the covering of the Lord’s precious blood God does not remember our sins or treat us according to our transgressions. However, our inward sinful nature still remains and we have not become truly holy, so we need God to do the work personally to transform and purify us. Today, God has come and is doing the work of judging and purifying man. May we all keep up with the pace of God’s work soon, experience God’s work, become holy, and be led into the pleasant destination.

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