In God’s marvelous plan, salvation always includes 3 elements. They are:
- Salvation is always by blood
- Salvation is always through a person
- Salvation is always by grace
These three elements occurred throughout the Old and New Testament and still applies to us all today. In this post, I will cover the first element.
Salvation is always by blood.
Hebrews 9:22 (NIV)
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
There are three aspects about the blood that forgives our sin.
- Blood must be shed. That is why Jesus had to shed his blood on the cruel wooden cross. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Remember, in the very beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden? They immediately hid and sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Fig leaves obviously was not enough to forgive them of their sin. Only the shedding of blood can. That is exactly why, God sought them out and clothed them in an animal’s skin. Have you ever wondered who got the animal skins? It is no coincidence that God Himself got His hands dirty by killing an animal to clothe Adam and Eve. Finally, God gave His own blood at Calvary so that we can be clothed in the Lamb’s righteousness.
- Blood must be innocent. In the Old Testament law, only unblemished animals may be offered to God as a sin offering. You see, the unblemished animal represented sinless Jesus. Jesus was the only sinless man who ever lived. The unblemished Lamb of God was the only one able to take away the sins of the world. Jesus exchanged His innocence for our guilt so that we could be forgiven of our guilt to become innocent.
- Blood must be applied. Just knowing that Jesus died for your sins is not enough. You have to apply His blood on your life to be saved. In the Old Testament account of the Passover, Moses instructed the Israelites to apply the blood of a lamb on the door posts of their house. By doing that, the Angel of Death would “pass over” their house when he saw the blood and would not kill their first-born. Those houses without the blood applied would get a visit by the Angel of Death. Likewise, the effect of the blood does not come until we apply it to our lives! We have to accept Jesus as our Saviour, trusting in His precious blood that can wash away our sins.
Go to Part 2 – Elements in Salvation: Person and Grace