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Monday | 19 March 2018
Christ’s redemptive work

Christ’s blood is the blood of the Everlasting Covenant. It was this blood that brought Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, back from the dead. This blood also brings all of His sheep back from the death of sin, with Him, as they follow the leading of the Spirit, and reject walking in their former manner. Paul described this former way of walking as being ‘after the flesh’. He explained that it leads only to death. As the sheep of God’s flock follow Christ, and avail themselves of His blood, they are made complete in every good work to do the will of the Father.

The death of Christ was a righteous work that belonged to His name and was an expression of His sanctification. However, His work was not, in any self-centred way, a demonstration of His own righteousness. He revealed the righteousness of God. How do we know this? It is because His work was demonstrated through offering according to ‘a will that was not His own’.

The works of redemption that the Son accomplished were given to Him by the Father. The Holy Spirit made these works part of the Son’s name as the Holy Spirit became the power and expression of the Son’s works. Christ sanctified Himself to obedience, yet even His obedience was by the power of the Holy Spirit. The love of God was His motivation, and this love was poured into His heart by the Holy Spirit.

A son of God with a circumcised heart is able to serve God and relate in fellowship with others according to their sanctification. Each of us needs our heart to be circumcised. This is the process through which self-centredness is cut from our heart, so we can walk by the Spirit and live by love. This means that we will be able to do the works of our sonship by offering, and reveal others in the same way that Christ did.

Further Study:
Romans 8
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 19


Heb 13:20-21
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (21) make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Col 2:11-12
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, (12) buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Heb 9:13-14
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, (14) how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Luk 22:43
Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

Rom 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
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