“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.”
The importance of blood in the Bible cannot be overemphasized. In our text we find that blood given to lost mankind at the second coming of Christ is source of death… “and every living soul died in the sea”
However, in opposition to the blood that leads to death, Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross gives life and is clearly the central theme of the Bible. It is the power of our eternal salvation based upon the work of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7). By spiritually partaking of His blood we are given spiritual life (John 6:53-54); sanctification (Hebrews 9:12-14); escape from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9); and eternal life in the presence of Christ (1 Peter 1:1-5).
When we begin to understand the power, and importance of the blood of Christ, it helps us to understand a very importance passage found in Hebrews 10:26-30…
Heb 10:26-30 KJV
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.”
After receiving the truth of the gospel and the salvation that Christ so graciously offers to us, to choose to desert these teachings is proof that the sacrifice of Christ had never been applied to our sins. Deserting those teachings is tantamount to treading underfoot Christ’s blood, counting His blood as being sinful and worthless, and violently abusing the Holy Spirit’s workings. These all make it crystal clear that we have never been saved, in spite of what we may believe about our spiritual condition.
Abusers of the blood have only to look forward to fear as they receive a sentence of eternal punishment that will be shared by all those who are opposed to Christ and His shed blood on the cross.
Christ’s shed blood should be held as of utmost preciousness for the people of God. To remove it from the Scriptures in an effort to make the Bible more “palatable to its readers”; to refuse to teach upon it trying to make ourselves look more “civilized”, “modern” and “fashionable”; or, to no longer appeal to His shed blood as the ultimate payment for the sins of His people is to make a mockery of the work of Christ and the glorious gospel message.
May none of us EVER be guilty of mistreating His precious blood that was shed on behalf of those He has, and will, redeem…
1Pe 1:18-21 KJV – “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, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
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