Bible Study Outlines
Volume 2, Lesson 3
by C.I. Scofield
The Blood of Christ
It has been well said that a "scarlet thread runs through the Scriptures." From the lamb of Abel, who "obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts" (not of his goodness; see Genesis 4:4 with Hebrews 11:4), to the "Lamb as it had been slain," of Revelation 5:6, this scarlet line of atonement through blood may be traced. The types drip with blood -- the importance of blood in the purpose of God is shown by the fact that it is mentioned 427 times in Scripture. Consider the importance of blood to the believer:
- Blood is the price of his redemption (the act of saving from sin)
It is always said that the believer has redemption, not may have redemption. Every believer is redeemed.
Blood is the ground of his forgiveness
Our forgiveness is immediate and absolute. "All trespass" means just what is says. Some would add to God's perfect Word by inserting "past" before "trespasses."
Blood is the ground of his justification (the act of being made right before God, as in Romans 5:8,9).
Three statements are made in Romans about justification of the believer. In these Scriptures, the believer is:
Blood is the ground of his peace
- Justified by blood
- Romans 5:9 - "Justified by His blood." The grounds of justification.
- Justified by faith
- Romans 5:1 - "Justified by faith." The means of justification.
- Justified by Christ's resurrection
It is said we are now justified. Justification, like redemption and forgiveness, is a present gift.
- Romans 4:25 - "Was raised for our justification." The proof of justification.
It is grossly unscriptural to speak of "making our peace with God." It is made and we only have to accept it. God is satisfied with Christ's work. When the sinner is satisfied with it, too, there is perfect peace between himself and God.
Blood is the ground of his cleansing
Blood is the means of his access to God
- Revelation 1:5 - "Washed us from our sins in His own blood."
It is "washed" -- past tense. The believer is washed.
The believer is "made nigh." It is simple unbelief to speak of being "far from God" if you "confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead" (Romans 10:9).
Blood is the basis of Christian fellowship
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- 1Corinthians 10:16,17 - "The blood of Christ... for we being many... are one body." By whatever denominational name we may be called, or whatever difference there may be in outward things, we must treat as brethren all who confess salvation through the blood of Christ alone.
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