MOORE — Welcome, American readers. We are grateful for your presence today as we take a little time to read a portion from the Word of God. We will start this study with a question intended for you: When does the blood of Christ save?
The Son of God, Jesus the Christ, accomplished for us the remission of sins by means of his blood shed in His death on the cross when we accept the conditions of pardon.
While He died for all mankind, it is only those who participate in the redemption of the cross by the terms of the Gospel that enjoy its benefits. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:14). “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
The apostle Peter confirms that we were redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19) and then adds, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth” (1 Peter 1:22).
The Hebrew writer states that by the suffering death of Christ, “he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). Therefore, we enthusiastically proclaim the blood of Christ saves (Romans 5:8-9).
The question that remains is “When does the sinner reach the blood of Christ for our salvation?”
It is clear that redemption is found only in the blood of Christ as found in Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” and also in Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
Therefore no one can be saved apart from the blood of Christ. It must also be noted that “redemption through his blood” is gained through him — Jesus the Christ.
The Bible clearly states that as redemption is in Christ so, salvation, justification, all spiritual blessings and all promises are in Christ. (2 Timothy 2:10; Ephesians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:20). It is therefore obvious that no one can be saved by the blood of Christ out of Christ.
We must not only tell people that the blood of Christ saves. We must with equal clarity tell them where the blood of Christ saves and how to reach that place. To get into Christ, where the blood of Christ saves, one must be baptized into Christ.
The apostle Paul is explicit regarding how we get into Christ and where we contact the blood of Christ. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27). “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4).
One cannot reach the benefits of the death of Christ until he is baptized into His death. Baptism puts one into the death of Christ (where He shed His blood).
Of course one must be a penitent believer in order to be baptized into Christ. Peter told the believers to, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2: 38). This is exactly why we urge all to obey the Author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 12:2), as penitent believers, by being baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins.
Baptism into the death of Christ also is into Christ or the body of Christ which is His church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:18, 24). The same obedience therefore that makes one a Christian in terms of redemption through His blood, makes one a member of the body (church) of Christ. Since the Lord adds (Acts 2:38, 41, 47) the saved to the church, the church is built of redeemed souls who have been baptized into Christ and His death.
This is why Paul referred to the church of our Savior “which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20: 28). Scriptural baptism will not make one a member of a denomination, but it will put one into the body of Christ where flows the saving blood of Christ.
Lord willing, next week we will study these questions: What is a denomination? Do I belong to one?