by Michael Gilbert
February 4, 2007
How wonderful it is to start out a new year with a new sister in Christ. We are thankful that Julie Hill was baptized into Christ for the remission of her sins on January 24! We hope every member here at DeKalb will continue to make Julie feel at home. May this occasion help each of us to be aware of souls that need to know Christ as their Savior.
Since we are discussing salvation from sin, I came across an article by a Nashville, TN preacher named Carl Sims that I hope you will enjoy.
Contacting The Blood Of Christ
A question that has been asked often, “Is the blood of Jesus applied and salvation obtained at the point of faith?” The answer to this question is found in the record of the day of Pentecost after the death of Christ. Peter had explained about the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord. Now notice what Acts 2:36-40 tells us: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, 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.”
Notice that Peter told them to believe Jesus to be “both Lord and Christ.” Because they believed, they asked, “What shall we do?” Then they are told, “Repent and be baptized every one of you”. If they were saved at the point of faith, there would have been no need for that command. They were captains of their own destiny as shown in v. 40, which states: “save yourselves”. Peter surely did not expect unbelievers to repent and be baptized and therefore “save themselves”. Nor did Peter believe that they had been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ before receiving this charge (i.e., at the point of faith).
The question is “how do we reach the blood of Christ”? Paul answers this question in Romans 6:3-4: “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.” Jesus shed His blood in His death on the cross and we reach that blood when we are buried with Him in baptism into His death and then walk in newness of life. Keep your eye on the cross of Jesus Christ!
Now that I have contacted Christ’s blood, what am I and what can I do for the cause of Christ, my fellow Christians, and a lost world?
As a disciple….I must study
(Acts 11:26; 17:11)
As a child…I must grow
(Gal. 3:26-27; 2 Pet. 3:18)
As a priest…I must sacrifice
(1 Peter 2:5)
As a saint…I must live a holy life
(1 Cor. 1:2)
As a branch…I must bear fruit
As a soldier…I must fight
(Eph. 6:10-11; 2 Tm. 2:3)
As a steward…I must use my talents
As a Pilgrim…I will long for home
(1 Pet. 2:11; Heb. 11:10)