BY: GEORGE R. HAWTIN
THE INTRINSIC POWER OF THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS
All Bible truth is great and precious. No costly gem of earth can compare its value to the priceless worth of truth. Truth and love are two of the greatest powers in the world and, while they walk hand in hand, they can neither be refuted nor overcome. Truth without love is sometimes intolerant and can be oppressive and even persecuting as may be seen in those scripture quoting Jews who in malice and envy brought an adulterous woman to Jesus (John 8:2-11), but truth and love together as was manifested there in Jesus are wiser than a serpent and harmless as a dove. Where mercy and truth meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other, truth springs out of the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven. Then the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before us and shall set us in the way of His steps.
Truth is much more than a blessed virtue. Truth is a person and that person is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said (John 14:6), and no man who ever lived has been able to gainsay that claim. Falsehood and error arise in their momentary impermanence only to vanish as a shadow away, but truth, like love, never faileth and will abide as a mighty rock when heaven and earth have passed away and time shall be no more. It was Goethe who said, “It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen while the latter lies in the depths where few are willing to search for it.”
In the vast gamut of truth embraced by the Holy Scriptures no part nor phase thereof is in any way more outstanding or dominant than the truth concerning the precious blood of Jesus Christ. This great and eternal verity shines with ever increasing brilliance, blazing as an imperishable sun of righteousness from Eden’s perfumed gardens of the long ago to the jasper walls of the New Jerusalem soon to come, from Adam’s covering of skin and Abel’s humble sacrifice of the firstfruits of his flock to the very throne of God itself where living creatures, glorious in power and might, announce the presence of the Lamb that was slain, who is worthy to take the book and open the seven seals thereof. Before Him heavenly beings fall in worship, singing the everlasting song so old and yet so new, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation,” Rev. 5:9, 10. This glad song of joy they hymned before the feet of their Creator because through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony Satan, their foe, was defeated and forever cast down. Rev. 12:11.
In a manner peculiar to God all truth is clothed in mystery. The greater and more important the truth the greater the mystery it unfolds. Even in this natural realm blood is undoubtedly among the most profound mysteries of the universe. Its hidden secrets are so great that I know not how anyone could ponder its composition and life-giving ministry and yet fail to see the mastermind of an omniscient creator. In one simple statement of truth the word of God clearly shows that the blood is the life of all flesh. “But the flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Gen. 9:4. This profound statement is confirmed by the miracle of modern science in the following pronouncement: “Blood is the life stream of the human body. No part of the body can live without this red fluid. Blood carries oxygen and food to every part of the body. It carries carbon dioxide away from the lungs and waste products away from other body organs. It also fights disease germs that enter the body.”
An adult of one hundred sixty pounds has about five quarts of blood. A child of eighty pounds has about half that amount. This life-giving fluid is divided into four main parts – red blood cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma. The plasma is a straw-colored liquid making up about fifty-five percent of the blood volume. The other parts of the blood float in the plasma. The blood contains thirty million white cells or corpuscles and one hundred trillion red corpuscles. The blood of the human body flows through an estimated one thousand miles of main arteries, and it is estimated that, if all the blood vessels were laid end to end, they would total one hundred thousand miles in length. The blood, flowing through this vast network of arteries and blood vessels, carries food and life to every part of the body. The liver and kidneys then purify the blood of its wastes and the lungs remove the carbon dioxide and replenish the oxygen. After this purifying process is complete, the blood proceeds again on its life-giving mission to every part of the body.
The heart is the great central pumping station for the blood. It beats seventy times per minute, forty-two hundred times an hour, one hundred thousand times a day, and thirty-seven million times each year. At the age of sixty-five the heart has beat two billion times and at the age of seventy it has lifted by its throbs five hundred thousand tons of blood. A train of tank cars forty miles long would be needed to contain this vast quantity of blood. The complete story of the blood is much too great to be considered further here, but as we contemplate such marvels of God’s creation, it is not difficult for us to understand why the Lord has stated so plainly that “the life is in the blood.” Nor should we in view of this fact be at a loss to understand the prominence given to the blood throughout the entire plan of God.
Wonderful as is the work and composition of human blood, it is my hope here to direct our thoughts to much higher realms that we may understand at least as well as mortals may how the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purges our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. It has been my blessing of late to have had made real to my heart truth which serves to lift the precious blood of Christ far above a merely natural realm into the realm of the eternal Spirit.
Vast and ever prominent are the teachings of scripture concerning the blood, each in turn pointing to the Lamb of God, whose blood removes the sin of the world. “Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.” Heb. 9:22. This important statement shines a ray of heavenly light on every sacrifice of the Old Testament from the humble offering of Abel, who brought the firstlings of his flock to God, to the literal rivers of blood shed in the offerings of Solomon at the dedication of the temple of the Lord. His was an offering so vast and incredible that, except our understanding be lifted completely out of the natural realm, the sheer enormity of the procedure would seem to be insanity. Of the time of the dedication of Solomon’s temple, which in all its scintillating glory was no more than a feeble type of that spiritual temple, the body of Christ, that for all eternity will be the habitation of God through the Spirit, it is written: “And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the Lord. And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt-offerings, and meat-offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings.” 1 Kings 8:62-64. Here in this grand dedication of the temple incredible thousands of clean animals were sacrificed and the blood of those beasts of atonement must have flowed in crimson rivers of life.
All the Old Testament’s covenants were sealed with blood. When in Eden the Lord made a covenant with fallen Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:14-19), he sealed the covenant by presenting those hapless transgressors with coats of skin (verse 21) to cover their nakedness. This covering robe was a foreshadow of the righteousness of Christ which was to come through His blood, but before such covering could be given them, the life blood of the sacrifice had to be shed that such a garment might be theirs.
In like manner the covenant with Noah was sealed with blood, for Noah, upon coming forth from the ark, built an altar unto the Lord, and “took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savior; and the Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite everything living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Gen. 8:20-22
The covenant with Abraham was likewise sealed with blood, as was God’s covenant with Moses and Israel the night of the Passover. But greatest and most important of all was the covenant of grace, which God made with all the world, sealing the everlasting covenant with better blood, even the precious blood of our Lord and Savior.
Let it be understood that all the Old Testament ordinances, important as they undoubtedly are, were little more than types and shadows of things, which were to come. 1 Cor. 10:11. The blood of sacrifices which flowed so freely on Israel’s altars throughout the Old Testament era were frail, shadowy suggestions of the better blood of Christ which was to come, for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats could take way sins. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is remembrance made again of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Heb. 10:1-4. Because these sacrifices could not remove sin, it follows therefore that all Old Testament sacrifices of blood were merely shadows of better things to come. See also Col. 2:17; Heb. 8:5.
Naught of the blood beasts
On Israel’s alters slain
Could give the guilty sinner peace
Or wash away his stain.
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler strain
And better blood than they.
The many laws and ordinances such as the washing of pots and cups, the keeping of new moons and Sabbaths, were also shadows of things to come, and because they were only shadows and types, they were done away when Christ the anti-type came to fulfill them, purifying the true vessels of His house, which spiritual vessels we believers are. Col. 2:4-23. Note especially Col. 2:17. Even the priests of the Old Testament, decked in all their marvelous regalia of glory and beauty, were themselves dimly perceptible types and shadows of that greater High Priest who was to come. The priests, who offered gifts and sacrifices according to the law, served unto the example and shadow of heavenly things. Heb. 8:4,5. They were the shadows. Christ is the body whose reflection they are.
As it is impossible to completely unfold the reams of truth concerning the blood and its ever increasing, ever maturing prominence throughout holy scripture, we will turn aside from that enormous task to concentrate instead on those things that concern the theme of our message – the precious blood.
The apostle summed up in one concise statement the things which concern the sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament when he left these inspired words for our edification: “The way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: which was a figure for the lime then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle (the body of Christ), not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of bulls and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament (covenant), that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Heb. 9:8-15
This passage forcefully exalts the power of the blood of Christ by contrasting it with the powerless blood of Old Testament animal sacrifices. While it was not possible for the blood of bulls and of goats to take away sins (Heb. 10:4), these sacrifices were offered in faith for the time then being by faithful worshippers looking far into the future to the day when Christ would come and by His precious blood completely remove sin from the universe. Therefore the apostle, reverently writing of these sacrifices, made this blessed observation: “If the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, santifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
It was impossible for the blood of Old Testament sacrifices to take away sin because that blood was dead blood. There was no power of life in it; nevertheless because of the faith of the worshippers in that better blood which was to come, those animal sacrifices were accepted by God for the time then present or for the time being, and the worshippers were thus sanctified (Heb. 9:13) because of their faith, and being thus set apart unto God. they patiently awaited the day when the better blood of God’s Son, in which was life eternal, would not only remove their sin, but purge their consciences as well by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He has shed on us believers abundantly.
If our spiritual minds can grasp the fact that those Old Testament sacrifices served only to sanctify the worshippers by faith, that is, set them aside unto God, but did not take their sins away because only the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from sin, then we should be able to understand Heb. 9:15, which tells us that Christ is the mediator of the new testament (covenant) and by means of His death the transgressions or transgressors of the Old Testament are redeemed. Therefore Christ, once in the end of the age, hath appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Heb. 9:26. What a marvelous climax this is to all sacrifice and offering in that His better blood has put away sin!
Concerning the efficacy of the blood of Jesus Christ, no greater statement of truth was ever made than that given by Paul in Rom. 3:20-26. It needs much more exposition than I have time here to give it, but we catch the force of his message with one brief explanation and search out its hidden depths more extensively as the Holy Spirit reveals its secrets to our hearts. This is his declaration: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The deeds of the law with its sacrifices and ordinances could not by themselves justify anyone. The fact is that the law was really given to magnify the knowledge of sin in the world, and in this it did a great and useful work. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” (Both the law and the prophets foretold the coming of the Just One, who would do what the law with its sacraments could never do. That is why Jesus said, “If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he spoke of Me.”) Now by the next verse, verse 22, we are told how this righteousness is received by us. “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Verse 22 shows us that the righteousness of God reaches us not by our own faith or the faith of any man, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. To emphasize this fact Paul said, “By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Eph. 2:8 Nothing in God’s economy is ever left to chance, for these are most sweeping statements concerning justification and righteousness through His blood.
Notice the inspired words that now follow. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His (Christ’s) righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God.” This twenty-fourth verse tells us that we are justified freely through the grace that is in Christ Jesus. By His blood we have been cleansed from our sins; by His grace we have been forgiven, our conscience purged, and now we stand redeemed and justified in His sight, and this is “that God might be just and the justifier of him that believeth in Christ.”
Now verse 24, speaking of Christ Jesus, says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood.” To propitiate means, “to cause to be favorably disposed.” Jesus Christ was set forth or sent forth by God as a propitiation to the world. Let us reverently seek to understand this mystery, for right here lies one of the most glaring mistakes of the entire church system and almost every preacher in it. The church all down through the ages, including all evangelicals of the past and present, have taught that Jesus Christ came to propitiate God and to endeavor to dispose Him to be kind toward His fallen race. If you search in a thousand places, I doubt that you will find one man who does not make this incorrect assertion. How often I have listened to preachers describe Jesus Christ as a lawyer who stands up before God to plead our cause and beg for our lives on the grounds that He, being innocent, died for us and God is propitiated by Him and we are forgiven. This gross misunderstanding of the truth of propitiation is everywhere evident in sermons, in writing and in hymns. Notice how this error is brought out in the words of the hymn:
Five bleeding wounds He bears,
Received on Calvary.
They pour effectual prayers;
They strongly plead for me.
Forgive him, 0 forgive, they cry,
Nor let the ransomed sinner die!
The Father hears Him pray,
His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away
The presence of His Son.
My God is reconciled;
His pardoning voice I hear.
This is church tradition, but it is not the truth. Nowhere in all scripture are we ever taught that God has to be reconciled to the world or to man. God never ever became an enemy of man nor does He need to be reconciled to man. The exact opposite is the truth and always the teaching of scripture. Man is an enemy of God and man must be reconciled to God. Oh that sinners would be told that it was God the Father who gave His Son, not to appease or reconcile Himself, but to appease and reconcile man! Therefore the scripture loudly proclaims, “We beseech you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
This is the message that I bring,
A message angels feign would sing:
0 be ye reconciled!
Thus saith my Lord and King,
0 be ye reconciled to God.
Oh, the wonder of it all just to know that God the Father has sent Christ to be His propitiation toward us and that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them (2 Cor. 5:19), and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation!
So then, when the great apostle says that God hath sent Christ as propitiation, he means that He sent Christ to propitiate us and dispose us to kindness and repentance before God and to reconcile us to Himself. The Father did not send Christ to propitiate Himself, though that is the way the church has always erroneously taught propitiation. The truth is that Christ came to propitiate you and me that we might repent of our rebellion and iniquity against Him, believe and be reconciled to God, who has always loved us and been our friend and not our enemy. We might also take notice that in referring to the scripture, “There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,” the preachers have also turned this backwards and made Christ to be our mediator with the Father, but that is not what Paul said. He said that the mediator was between God and man, not between man and God. So Christ was sent as a propitiation, a propitiator, or one sent by God the Father to dispose man to repentance and kindness, love and faith toward God.
And now may I shock you further by saying that this text plainly says of Christ, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for sins that are past.” Let us now ask ourselves this question: Who was it that had this great faith in the blood of Christ? Was it man or God? It was God the Father who had this abounding faith in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. It was not man. Indeed, man may have faith, but in this text it was not man, but God, who had this boundless faith in the blood of His Son. So complete and astounding was the Father’s faith in the blood of His Son that He openly declared that His righteousness was sufficient to cancel all the sins of the past. Therefore it is plainly stated, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus.” Verse 26
The sins of the past, referred to here, are the sins of all past ages, covered with the sacrificial blood, but never removed. It was to this unspeakable marvel of God’s grace that the old covenant pointed when the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh (Heb. 9:13) until such time as Christ should come and by the shedding of His better blood, in which was eternal life, thus declare the remission of all the sins of the past, which lesser blood could never cleanse. It was God who had faith in the “life blood” of His Son and because of this He gave Him to be the propitiation for our sins. Thus “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.”
With these precious jewels of God’s eternal grace and wisdom in our minds let us with humble reverence consider that better blood of Christ, the life blood which Peter devoutly exalts as precious blood. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1 Pet. 1:18-20. The secret of this truth lies in the words of scripture, which clearly teaches that the life is in the blood. We have no record of man’s ever having eaten the flesh of animals until after the great flood. Then in these words man was given permission to eat flesh: “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
That permission was followed by this definite command: “But the flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.” Gen. 9:3-5 This text most surely shows that the life of man is in his blood. The truth is further elaborated in God’s instructions to Israel. “And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it (the blood) is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:.. for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof.“ Lev. 17:13, 14 That the life is in the blood and that the life of all flesh is in the blood thereof is a truth that cannot possibly be disputed, for not only does the scripture declare it to be so, but nature itself has taught us all too well that as the blood ebbs from the body of him that is wounded, so also ebbs the life. Without blood there is no life.
The story of creation is far too intricate and wonderful for my little mind to fully grasp, but the scripture, speaking of the creation of Adam and Eve, tells us, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Gen. 2:25. I understand this to mean that they were naked insofar as any kind of apparel or covering or dress is concerned. They wore no clothing or covering as we know clothing and in this respect and this alone they were naked. Their covering was a glorious covering of heavenly light. It was in truth the light of life promised by our Lord Jesus in John 8:12. “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” While they remained in their glorious estate, they needed not earth’s shabby coverings of cloth and skin. Light as the brightness and glory of the sun enfolded their beings. Why, a covering of cloth or skin would have been to them a mockery, if not an impossibility. They were made in the image of God, of whom it is written in Psa. 104:2, “Who covereth Thyself with light as with a garment.” That covering of light and glory that shone from their hallowed beings was nothing less than the light of God, for the life was the light of men. John 1:4. It surrounded them as a halo of glory. It shone from their faces. It sparkled from their presence. It glistered from their beings. It dwelt within them. Their eyes were as lamps of fire and their glory were such that no mortal could have stood before them. They were in the image of God, upon which mortality cannot look and live. In body, soul and spirit they were in His likeness and like their Maker they covered themselves with light as with a garment. Psa. 104:2.
Should you find difficulty in perceiving this necessary point of truth, may I direct your attention to the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the time of His mortality wore a seamless robe, which some hand of love had woven for Him. When He died, Roman soldiers cast lots for His vesture and one of them took it away. His naked, mortal body was then wrapped in linen cloths, which the Bible speaks of as grave clothes, and thus wrapped in cloth He was laid away in the tomb. But wonder of wonders, when upon the glorious resurrection morning Peter and John went into the tomb, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus, but the grave clothes, His only covering, were found lying in the exact position He had lain while in the realm of death. John 20:6, 7 The body cloths lay by themselves and the head wrapping lay by itself just as though our Lord had vanished out of them, for this is what He did. Special mention is made by
John that the cloths were not lying together as they might have been had He arisen and disrobed, but the grave clothes lay as though their occupant had vanished out of them, for that is exactly what He did. This one fact is in itself indisputable proof of His resurrection. It permits no possibility of theft or deception. Such innocent, guileless facts speak truth more eloquently than the blast of a trumpet. If Jesus, then, had no seamless robe, for the soldiers had taken it away, and even His grave clothes were left behind Him in the tomb, what garment was it that covered the glorious, incorruptible body of His resurrection? Could we possibly be wrong in saying that His covering was nothing less than that glorious light which is eternal life? Which was Adam’s covering before his transgression? Even though Mary, upon seeing Him, thought Him to be the gardener, it only appeared to be so. From that moment on the resurrected, incorruptible Christ, clothed with the light of life, appeared in any form He wished as was clearly stated by Mark (Mark 16:2),
“After this He appeared in another form unto two of them.” Many other times the Lord appeared after His resurrection, and there is certainly no hint that He was naked, though it is certain He wore no earthly garment. He was clothed upon in resurrection with the glorious light of life. In this glorious covering Paul saw Him in his Damascus vision, a light brighter than the sun (Acts 26:13-14), and in this way John saw Him in the wonder of his Patmos vision. Rev. 1:16. This, my dearly beloved, is the garment of light. It is the robe of incorruption. It is the garment the saints will wear in their resurrection and incorruption.
You have heard of the light of a candle. You have heard of the light of the stars. You have heard of the light of the moon. You have heard of the light of the sun. But this is the light of life. When men speak of the light of the sun, we understand. When they speak of the light of the moon, we understand. May we not now understand the truth of Christ’s words: the light of life? I doubt not that my next sentence will be a disturbing jolt to the understanding of many, but the truth as I see it is simply this: Life and light and blood are one and the same thing, manifest on different levels just as vapor and water and ice are one and the same thing on different levels. I am well aware that what I am saying is entirely new and must come as a shock to many. Therefore we will look a little deeper into this important truth, because a proper understanding of it will assist us to grasp the greatness of that prominent Bible theme, the precious blood of Christ. Not only will we better grasp its meaning, but we will know why that precious blood of Christ is the life of all the world. I see no way that we can avoid the conclusion that His life blood is in fact resurrection itself. It redeems from sin, because sin found man in life and brought him to death, but the blood of Christ, which is eternal life, finding man in death, brought life, and that is what redemption is.
Hear now what Paul has to say concerning this glorious covering of light, which we have been considering. Notice particularly his use of the words clothed, unclothed and naked. Note how he shows that our house, which is from heaven, is in fact and truth the life of God. He clearly demonstrates the manner in which our mortality, hitherto clothed with garments of skin and cloth, is in resurrection clothed with incorruption, which is nothing less than life, the life of God, the light of God, eternal life. Thus in 2 Cor. 5:1-4 Paul unfolds the marvelous truth of our true covering, which he calls our house from heaven. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.”
By way of explanation we will notice as follows: Our earthly house is this corruptible, mortal tabernacle, the body in which we now dwell. But, when it is dissolved by death, then in resurrection we will have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Not a mansion in the sky, as the preachers are always erroneously telling us, but a new body, a new tabernacle, a body of light, a body of incorruption, a body of immortality. Then Paul states that, after this body of life has been received, we will not be found naked as we are now. We will be no more naked than Jesus was on the mount of transfiguration when His face did shine as the sun and His raiment was white as the light. The glory in which Christ was seen at His transfiguration is an actual revelation of our house, which is from heaven, the covering of light, the light of life. This light of life is the clothing that will cover our nakedness and it is of this very thing that the apostle is speaking when he says. “If so being clothed, we shall not be found naked.” 1 Cor. 5:1-4. Paul then goes on to say, “In this we groan, being burdened.” How awfully true that is! God help us to bear the groanings of all the world because of the pains, the pangs and disease that ever beset this body of death, this corruptible tabernacle of our mortality and flesh! What a heavy, burdensome load it is to bear! But, says he, we groan, not that we might be unclothed, (the truth is we are already unclothed), but that we might be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, verse 2, if so be that, being clothed, we shall not be found naked as Adam was and as we are. We groan that the nakedness of our mortality might be swallowed up of life, verse 4, enshrouded in the light of life.
Can we not now see from this what Adam’s covering was before his transgression and death? Can we not see from this that his covering was a covering of life and light? Was it not that glorious mantle of the light of life of which Jesus spoke? Was this light of life not a house from heaven as Paul here teaches? Was his body unlike that of the Son of man in His kingdom as we saw plainly manifested at His transfiguration? No! Adam was not naked before his transgression as we know nakedness. He was clothed with light. He was in the image of God and not ashamed. But, when the transgression came, he died, and the departure of his wonderful garment of light was what his death really was. No human tongue could possibly describe the awful nightmare that must have scared his soul when he awoke naked, unclothed, nude, undraped, disrobed and bare. The light of life with which he once shone as an angel had departed from him. “How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down which did weaken the nations! …that made the world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners.”
It would be amiss to leave this part of the dissertation without quoting 2 Cor. 5:1-4 from Moffatt’s beautiful translation. “I know that if this earthly tent of mine is taken down, I get a home from God, made by no human hands, eternal in the heavens. It makes me sigh, indeed, this yearning to be under cover of my heavenly habitation, since I am sure that once so covered I shall not be naked at the hour of death. I do sigh within this tent of mine with heavy anxiety – not that I want to be stripped, no, but to be under cover of the other, to have my mortal element absorbed by life. I am prepared for this change by God, who has given me the Spirit as its pledge and installment.” 2 Cor. 5:1-5 Moffatt
When our heavenly Father placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, permission was granted him to eat of all the trees of the garden. The only fruit forbidden him was that of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Concerning this tree divine instruction had forewarned, “Thou mayest not eat of it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The story of the transgression is too well known to need repeating here. How indelibly in our minds is the vivid fact written that both Adam and Eve his wife partook of the fruit God had forbidden them to touch, and just as sure as God’s word is true the pains and penalties of death seized upon them. Death is the absence of life. Death in itself is nothing at all. Darkness is the absence of light.
Darkness itself is a non-entity. Thus, when they partook of the forbidden tree, the light of life, the life that hitherto had been their covering, departed from them, and they, standing in the outer darkness of death, were naked, stark naked and terribly ashamed. The light of life that hitherto had been their glorious garment had vanished away and all the life that now remained to them was that tiny, flickering candle of mortality, which now flowed as blood through the veins of their bodies, giving them some small semblance of mortal and physical life while they were still permitted to walk about in death upon the earth.
It is my firm conviction that, when our first parents sinned, they actually died just as God had told them. The light of life departed from them and they were left naked and ashamed, both dead and in outer darkness. They did not begin to die, as so many would have us believe. They actually died. We are wrong in believing that a man is not dead until he goes to the grave. The Bible is very clear in its teaching that the unregenerate man who still walks and breathes is dead in trespasses and sins, even as the woman who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. Even the regenerate man, who is born again of the Spirit, though alive in spirit, is still said to be physically dead. What could be more definite than Paul’s statement in Romans 8:10, where he says, “If Christ be in you, the body is dead (still dead) because of sin; but the Spirit is life (alive) because of righteousness.” But, thank God, He does not leave us here, for he goes on to explain that, “if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell I you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
There is no way of avoiding the fact that man at the time of the fall actually died both spiritually and physically. This present existence outside of Christ which men call life is not life at all. It is death. Man is born dead. He lives in the shadow of death and he is dead. He is naked, in outer darkness and ashamed until Christ comes to give him life. In Christ is life and everything outside of Him is death. The grave is nothing more than the final phase of the death experience. Was not this the thought in the mind of our Lord when He said to the young man, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead?’ Was Jesus not telling us that the men who were carrying the coffin were just as dead as the man who was lying in it, the only difference being that they were not yet lying down?
I am sure that all are aware that water can take on at least three different forms. Its highest form is an invisible vapor, but when the vapor cools, it changes its form and becomes a liquid which we call water. Then, when water cools and reaches the zero point, it changes its form again and becomes a solid which we call ice. Here before our eyes we see three different forms of the same substance.
With reverence and godly respect I now tell you that thus it was with the light of life that once covered Adam as a garment. He lived and moved in eternal life. He himself was light. He, being in God’s image, was not unlike the last Adam, of whom it is written, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1, 2 How glorious a being he must have been is beyond my feeble power of description. We can only have some understanding of it as we follow our Lord to the glory of the mount of transfiguration, where three of His disciples became eyewitnesses of what incorruptible man will be in the glory and power of the kingdom of God. “There be some standing here,” Jesus said, “who shall not taste of death till they have seen the Son of man coming in His Kingdom.” There in the holy mount of transfiguration they beheld Him in the glory of the light of life. This was resurrection life, kingdom life, and incorruptible life. His face did shine as the sun and His garments were white as the light. This beautiful picture tells us what our resurrection garments will be, the glistering life of life that Christ Himself actually is.
The first Adam was created in God’s image, and because this is indisputably true, we cannot but believe that he, too, shared much of this same glory. His covering was also that scintillating garment of the light of life, but when the transgression came, the mantle of light forsook him and all that was left of life to him was that flickering flame of mortality sullenly flowing in the blood stream of his body.
Dr. Langmuir, one of Britain‘s men of science, who, I understand, had part in the invention of the fluorescent light, made this very remarkable statement: “Blood plasma is congealed light.” Now, if this be so, then science has discovered in the test tube what I believe the Lord has revealed to me by the Spirit, that is, that the light of life, that covered Adam in his first glorious state, turned inward after his transgression and became a liquid tissue, which we call blood, running in the veins of his body. For this reason the scripture states, “The life is in the blood.” Just as invisible vapor congeals and becomes water, even so the life-giving blood is congealed or crystallized light. Since Jesus Christ is the light of life (John 8:12) I see not how there can be any difference between the light which He is and the life which He is.
It must needs follow, therefore, that, when Adam transgressed, the light of life, which was his covering, his true house from heaven, disappeared from him and all that was left was that mortal something which flowed as blood in the veins of his body. This seems to me to be more in the nature of animal life than the life of God, for, when the glorious covering of life departed from him, he was in truth both naked and ashamed. According to 1 Cor. 15:45 Adam was made a living soul. From Greek the statement reads, “The first man Adam was made a zoe psuche (living soul).” Zoe is the life of God. Psuche is natural soul life. This life, zoe, is the life Jesus promised to give to man when He said, “I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish,” and this, I believe, is the light of life that departed from Adam when he transgressed, leaving him naked, ashamed, and dead. From these assertions it should be clear why the scripture states, “The life is in the blood.” But our blood, being devoid of eternal (zoe) life, is in reality dead blood and capable of sustaining only physical (psuche) life until man returns to the dust from whence he came. It is not without significance that, when the bodies of men are to be embalmed, the first act is to remove the corruptible blood that the dead body may be better preserved.
“The wages of sin is death,” the scripture states in a simple, understandable statement of fact. There is no gainsaying this truth. “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die,” the Lord warned Adam. But eat of it he did, and, just as surely as one will die who eats poison, so Adam died in his transgression. The glory of life departed from him. The magnificent covering of light and life was gone and to his consternation and horror he discovered himself naked, and with the discovery of his nakedness came the shame and despair of his defiled condition. In his desperation he hid himself among the trees of the garden while he attempted to sew fig leaves together that he might in some pitiful manner cover his abhorrent nakedness. The glory of the light of life had departed from him and the despair of the darkness of death had seized upon him.
0 man, how far thou hast fallen in thy disobedience, thou who wast clothed with the light of God and, being clothed in His garment of light, thou wast likewise clothed with His life! In disobedience thou didst stretch forth thy hand to partake of that which God had told thee not, and thou didst feel the fearful result of thy sin in that light vanished from thee and gross darkness settled upon thee. The life of God vanished as thy covering and the horrors of death seized upon thee, that thou shouldst henceforth walk in death until God’s breath should leave thee and thou shouldst return to the dust from whence thy body came. Henceforth no life at all shall be thine until He doth come who is the Son of God, He in whose veins shall flow the blood of God which is the life of God — not the flickering light of mortality, but the radiance of immortality, eternal life. And through the shedding of that blood, blood better than the blood of Abel because it is sinless and divine, and blood most precious because it is the blood given for the life of the world, all who believe Him will receive eternal life. The life is in the blood and the life that is in His blood is eternal life. By sin death entered into the world. The result of our sin cannot be cancelled nor we delivered from the pains of death until life can once more be given us. The life, eternal life, is in Christ’s blood. It is no wonder, therefore, that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. With the shedding of His precious blood, the blood of life, the blood of the everlasting covenant, Christ has brought to light both life and immortality.
“The life is in the blood.” Therefore without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. What words could possibly tell us more clearly the absolute necessity of the shedding of the blood of Christ that the world through Him might have life? Sinful man has no grain of eternal life in his blood. Every son of Adam is under condemnation, even those who have not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression. Rom. 5:14. What then is man to do, since he is dead in trespasses and sins? How will it become possible for him to receive life and live forever?
Fallen man cannot save himself from his dire predicament. He has no life of his own and it is not possible for the blood of bulls and calves to take away his sin. Lord and Christ, to whom can we look but to Thee, for Thou only hast the word of life eternal? In Thee is life and the life is the light of men, and Thou, 0 Lord, wast manifest in these last times for us that all who believe in Thee should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Centuries ago at the time of the fall mother Eve was given the promise, “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent.” This is not only the first promise of Christ, but it is also the first promise of the virgin birth of Christ. Whatever opinions men may have concerning the virgin birth of Christ, the truth remains that only by a virgin birth could that precious blood better than the blood of Abel be given. If the Savior was no more than the son of a man, that is, the son of Joseph, then His blood possessed no more eternal life than the blood of any other man, but if He was in truth the Son of God, then His blood is the blood of eternal life. It is precious blood and better than the blood of Abel.
Medical science has taught us the remarkable fact that no drop of mother’s blood ever enters the veins of the fetus. The blood that flows in your veins is your father’s blood, and not that of your mother. This mystery can spring from no other source than from the miraculous hand of God. Before ever the world began, the omniscient Father had prepared the way whereby the Son of God should be born as no other son of man had ever been born. The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before the birth of the seed of the woman, proclaimed that more sure word of prophecy, saying, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isa. 7:14. Hundreds of years later in fulfillment of this prophecy the angel Gabriel was sent to a virgin in Israel, espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:30-35
This is evidence indisputable that Jesus was born of a virgin. He was both the seed of the woman and the Son of God. The blood that flowed in His veins and which was later shed for the remission of sins was the life blood of God. It was therefore better than the blood of Abel, being the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb of God without blemish and without spot, by which sin is remitted and eternal life regained for the believer. Once we grasp the truth that blood is both light and life and that the blood of Christ is far better than the blood of Abel, because it is the perfect life of God, eternal life, then for the first time we can comprehend the indisputable necessity for the shedding of the blood of Christ. Then we can understand why the apostle said, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Heb. 9:22
While our Lord Jesus Christ walked upon the earth, He alone had eternal life. That eternal life was in His blood and that blood was confined to Himself. Nowhere in scripture do we have any evidence or record that Jesus Christ ever imparted eternal life to any man before His blood was shed. That, it seems to me, would have been impossible “I have a baptism to be baptized with,” our Lord had said, “And how am I straitened until it be accomplished.” Luke 12:50. Well did our Savior know that, as long as His life-blood still flowed in the veins of His own body, all the rest of humanity must remain dead in trespasses and sins. Well did He know that, until He was baptized with the baptism of death and His life-blood was shed, there could be no resurrection and no life given to the world. When the disciples mourned at the thought of His departure and death, He told them plainly, “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” John 16:7. It is the Spirit that quickeneth or make alive. John 6:63. But the Spirit of life could not be given until the blood was shed and the Spirit sent to give life to man. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He took bread, and after He brake it. He said, “Take, eat; this is My body,” and taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matt. 26, 28:29
This new covenant of eternal life was literally confirmed hours later on the cross when our Lord and Savior bowed His head and with the words, “It is finished,” on His lips, He gave up the ghost, and when one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, blood and water flowed out. With the shedding of that precious blood the life of God flowed forth, even life eternal, shed forth freely that all might receive it. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16, 17
Hitherto the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, had not been given to men. The Son of man was not yet glorified. This absence of the Spirit of life in man is made very clear by the fact that Peter himself, in spite of his calling and his ministry, was not a born again Christian nor could he receive the Spirit of life until after the precious life-blood was shed. With great significance Jesus had said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren:” Luke 22:31, 32 Simon Peter, though called, had not yet received the spirit of regeneration; neither had any man among them received eternal life, nor could they until the life blood had been shed, the condemnation of death cancelled, and remission of sin thus guaranteed. It was in the evening of the day of the resurrection that Jesus appeared to His disciples. Through the fast locked doors He came and stood in the midst of them. “Peace be unto you,” He announced, and as He spoke. He breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” These awe-struck, fearful men were the first people in the history of the world to receive the New Testament experience of conversion. There and then at that very moment the Holy Spirit of life quickened and renewed them in Christ. There and then they received that eternal life freely given to all by the releasing of His life-blood.
When our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He arose without blood in His veins, but He did not arise without life. The precious blood that had drained from His body three days earlier when it was shed on the cross was now manifest as the light of life. That eternal life, which a few days before had been confined to the blood of His body, now, being loosed by death, was shed abroad to become available as eternal life to all who believe. By the shedding of His blood life was given. By the receiving of His life death was cancelled. In the light of life darkness flees away. The wages of sin is death. Life cancels death and remits all sin, for the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thus, “when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 Never had such a phenomenon been known as had now appeared. This mighty gushing forth of the Holy Ghost was in truth the shedding abroad of the life of God. This Miraculous marvel was the direct result of the shedding of the life-blood of God’s Son. Peter in his sermon proclaimed, “Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you. as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it… This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” Acts 2:22-24, 32–33
There is marvelous significance in those three words “shed forth this.” It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing. No life eternal could be shed abroad until the life blood of Christ was shed because the life was in His blood. Wonderful as it is to be saved and to feel the quickening power of the life of God’s Son moving upon us, making us new creatures in Him, a greater day is coming in which not only will the spirit feel the power of His life, but the body also will partake of His resurrection. “Behold, I shew you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written. Death is swallowed up in victory (or in life).” 1 Cor. 15:51-54 Then shall we all be changed, transformed, transfigured. Our clothing shall no longer be garments of wool or cotton or skin, but we shall be clothed upon with the light of life, for said Christ, “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12. Then shall our garments be white and glistering. “For we know that if the mere tent, which is our earthly house, is taken down, we have in heaven a building from God, a house not made by human hands, but eternal. In this one, indeed, we sigh, because we long to put on over it our dwelling which comes from heaven — sure that, when we have put it on, we shall not be found unclothed. Yes, we who are in this tent do sigh under our burdens, not that we wish to lay aside our tent, but rather to put the other over it, so that our mortality may be absorbed in life. And He who formed us for this purpose is God, who has given us His Spirit as guarantee.” 2 Cor. 5:1-5. (Weymouth)
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Rev. 19:11-14 Fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
In the vastnesses of the Rocky Mountains those who look will see mighty glaciers, and fields of ice and snow. Hundreds of feet thick and sometimes many miles across, these giant expanses of ice lie cradled in the lap of towering mountains or nestled high up on their hoary peaks. In awe and wonder I have gazed upon them, pondering the omnipotent power that placed them there and the eternal wisdom that designed their function. These interminable fields of ice and snow seem in themselves to be devoid of usefulness as they spread confined among the everlasting hills, but if you will look closer you will see that they are not as idle as they appear, for from their endless resources of ice and snow, warmed by the sun and the wind, little streams of water are bursting forth to cascade merrily down the mountainside. Then, joining hands with other little brooks, they become a torrent of precious water which, when joined to many rivulets becomes a river flowing majestically across the endless plains.
Upon its banks great cities lay their foundations, thirsty for its life-giving power. In every house the water flows to quench the thirst, to bathe the body, to cleanse the wounds and make joyful the heart of every man. Across its water course men build immovable dams and the uncomplaining water, racing through the mighty turbines, gives light and power to the people, while other floods, gushing through irrigation systems, fill the land with abundant store and spread our tables with the luxuries of earth, and vapor, rising from its watery bosom, becomes a blessing to all mankind.
In the body of this article on the precious blood I have endeavored to show that ice, water and vapor are in reality one and the same thing. They are a triad, appearing in different forms under varied conditions. It is with respect bordering on fear and trembling that I now suggest that as ice, water and vapor are one and the same thing, appearing in different forms under different conditions, so blood, life and light are also one. Water in the form of ice and snow was confined to the mountain alone, but when it was loosed from its icy grip to flow forth in a different form, all the land was blessed and blessed again. This, I humbly suggest, was the meaning Jesus conveyed when He said, “I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened until it be accomplished.” Well did our Savior know that, while eternal life was confined to His body in the form of blood, its life-giving power could not become available to all the billions of earth. Thus with steadfast face He hastened to the cross and in the garden agony He prayed that He might through death be delivered from the realm of death, and thus through the pouring out of His blood shed abroad eternal light and eternal life to all the world. On the morning of the resurrection He arose without blood in His veins, but not without life and not without light, for His blood is in truth the light of life. How unutterably true are Peter’s words, “Ye are not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, … but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
It is easy to grasp the fact that ice and water and vapor are one, because they belong to the natural realm. It is not so easy to understand that blood and light and life are one, because they belong to the spiritual realm. But if you will ask the Holy Spirit to help you, you will see that just as blood (I speak only of the blood of Christ), life and light are one, each progressing to a higher form, so mortality, incorruption and immortality are one, each progressing one step higher than the other. Our blessed Lord walked this earth as a mortal in the “form of man,” but when He arose from the dead. He arose without life-blood in His veins, but clothed upon with life. He arose incorruptible, never again to die or be touched by death in any form. He had flesh and bones, and He even ate before them, for said He, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have.” Thus for forty days He was seen of men. But then came another experience even more glorious than His marvelous resurrection when in the sight of His loved and own He ascended into the realm of eternal light, of whom Paul wrote, “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto…” 1 Tim. 6:16
We, too, shall know these glories, for “this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written. Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Cor. 15:53–54 We will reign in incorruption with Christ in the glory of His resurrection during the one thousand years of the kingdom of God. After this will come the glory of the ascension and immortality. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor. 3:18. Is it any wonder the scripture has said, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Heb. 9:22
On Calvary’s hill of sorrow
Where sins demands were paid,
And rays of hope for tomorrow
Across my path were laid,
I see a crimson steam of blood;
It flows from Calvary.
Its waves, which reach the throne of God,
Are sweeping over me.