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The Saving Power of the Substitute (6 of 16)
The Scarlet Thread
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
December 20, 2000
Tonight we are in the 12th chapter of the book of
Exodus as we continue tracing the scarlet thread
through the Bible. Now keep in mind that when we talk
about the scarlet thread... we are talking about the
blood covenant that God cut with man!
The scarlet thread began with Adam in the garden.
From there it went to Abel... who by the way... was
the first person to die and go to Heaven! And what
made it possible? The blood sacrifice before God!
Then from Abel... you can trace the scarlet
thread to Noah in Genesis chapter 8. From Noah to
Abram where God provided a substitute for Isaac: the
ram caught in the thicket! Thank God for the
substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ!
Now don't let that expression confuse you. When
you talk about "substitutionary"... you're talking
about the fact that Jesus died on the cross as our
1 Peter 2.24, "who Himself bore our sins in His
own body on the tree..."
1 Corinthians 15.3, "For I delivered to you first
of all that which I also received: that Christ died
for (in behalf of... in place of)... our sins according
to the Scriptures..."
And don't think that this matter of substitution
is only found in the New Testament! What was
expressed in the New Testament day was established in
the Old Testament day.
Isaiah 53.5, "But He was wounded for our
transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The
chastisement for our peace was upon Him..."
So when you talk about "substitution" you are
talking about the fact that Jesus Christ came to die
on our behalf. Then there is the word "atonement."
It is really easy to remember what that word means.
"At-One-Ment." Atonement refers to being "at one"
Leviticus 17.11, "For the life of the flesh is in
the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar
to mak ...
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