"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Most Christians do not know scriptures, but they all know Christian teachings and traditions, and they systematically follow them. As they follow them, they think that they are following God, and they are godly. Let me give a line about what Christians think about how the blood of Jesus Christ makes them clean and holy. When we feel bad about one or many of our sins, repent with some kind of feeling or emotion, and ask God for forgiveness, Jesus Christ forgives us, washing our sins with his blood. It makes sense, it is the teaching of our churches, and we believe them. But is it not the right thing to believe the word of God, above our very sensible convictions?
Revelation 1: says, "5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Please notice what does Jesus Christ wash with his blood and for what he is doing the washing? If there is dirt or filth sticking to our feet, we will wash the filth or dirt away with water, the water will remove the filth or dirt, and our feet will be clean. In the same way, we have sin sticking to ourselves, Jesus Christ washed us from our sins in his own blood. So, now we are clean and we have no sin in us. This must be the spiritual reality. But this does not happen in practice, except that we are taught to say that it has happened, but it is a lie and cliché. This is the difference between Christ and the church. Further, by this cleansing Jesus Christ has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father. But since this cleansing did not happen in real life, the heavenly kingship and priesthood will not also happen. The churches live a fake life, but we cannot deceive God.
There is another way of cleansing with the blood of Jesus Christ. Revelation 7: says, "13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Here, Jesus Christ does not wash their sins away from them by his own blood. Let us see what happens here. It was the great tribulation, and so they went through much suffering, including martyrdom. Their blood also will be spilled as well. The verse says that they "have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." They will die for the cause of Christ, and their blood will be shed on their robes, and I think that God describes it as they wash their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. This is the next way of washing with the blood of Jesus Christ. Both are figures of speech. And we understand them, praise God.
The bottom line is this. Let us see one more scripture verse. 1 John 1:7 says, "6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." The church people have learned and teach high sounding religious clichés and think that they have successfully put God in their pocket. They are described in verse 6. The message to them, as well as to all, is the next verse, 7. If they walk in the light, which is purity and holiness, as Jesus Christ walks, then the blood of Jesus Christ will wash them clean. So, the message is open and it is not hard to know this. However, hypocrites play games with it and will realize it on that day.
God Bless You