Tuesday | 16 July 2019
Faith in His blood

We are blessed with believing Abraham when we receive the faith of the Son of God by hearing the word that He preaches to us through His messengers. Gal 3:9. Rom 10:17. That is, blessing imparts faith to us as a gift. Eph 2:8. Faith gives to us the capacity to believe the word that God speaks to us. Paul made this point when he wrote, ‘Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak’. 2Co 4:13. Importantly, Paul explained that we believe and speak by faith, knowing that God, who raised up Jesus from the dead, will raise us up with Him. 2Co 4:14. In other words, faith enables us to believe to receive Christ’s life in the fellowship of His offering.

This brings us to a key point. Although faith certainly enables us to believe that we can be sons of God, this is not the first thing that we believe. The first word that we are to believe is the word of the New Covenant. This is the word that is ministered to us at communion. At the first communion, Jesus said, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’ Luk 22:20. To believe the word of the New Covenant is to have faith in Christ’s blood. Rom 3:24-25. What does this mean? Having faith in Christ’s blood simply means that, like Abraham, we believe that we can receive the life of the Son, and that this life is in His blood. Lev 17:11. The question is, how do we receive this life? The life in Christ’s blood was given to become our life when it was shed and sprinkled on His body as He was wounded seven times along His journey from Gethsemane to the cross. Paul was explaining this point when he said that Christ was set forth as a propitiation, or mercy seat. Rom 3:25.



Further Study:
Hebrews 9
Daily Proverb:

References:
Gal 3:9
So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Rom 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Eph 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

2Co 4:13-14
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

Luk 22:20
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’

Rom 3:24-25
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.

Lev 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.
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