THE BLOOD (Sacrifice of Atonement)
by Pastor Greg Simon
On the cross, Christ Jesus became the sacrifice of atonement, so we as believers now enjoy the canopy of His blood covering. The apostle Paul reveals how God chooses to see His family. “And you, who were formerly alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight (Colossians 1:21-22 MEV).” In His sight – looking through the blood covering – God sees us as holy, blameless, and above reproach.
Everyone of us have sinned, we have missed the mark, we have failed. Humanity’s horizontal view sees sin, failure, and fault (and accusations arise from people and satan). God chooses to look through the blood covering – Christ’s atonement. When we receive redemption by faith, God sees holiness, instead of sin. God sees blamelessness, instead of failure. God sees freedom from accusation, instead of fault.
Do you see yourself under the blood covering? Paul continues in Colossians 1:23, ““But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it (NLT).”
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith (Romans 3:23-25a NIV).” If we stand reconciled to God, then no charges can be brought against us. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes, who is risen, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us (Romans 8:31-34 MEV).”
Click below to learn more as Pastor Greg teaches about this important truth. The recording is from the Sunday morning service at Valley Fellowship Church on September 6, 2020.