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God's Greatest Provision: Man's Most Effective Plea (31 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
I Peter 1:19
Dr. Berry, one of the most famous of British preachers, was asked by a young woman to get her mother into the kingdom of God before it was too late! That scholarly minister described later how he sat beside the dying lady and gave extracts from some of his most acclaimed sermons. She responded saying, "No, not that! Get me in." Then he repeated what he had heard when he was only a small child. He said, "Mother, there is a great God in heaven who loves us..." "Ah," she exclaimed, "that's better." The preacher continued. "Yes, He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, down to earth, and because He died for you and me, His precious blood can make us clean." Suddenly, she replied, "Of course, that's it. His blood can make us clean." Later, when he told his story, Dr. Berry exultantly exclaimed, "I got her in; I got her in. And then, I slipped in myself."
Through His Blood...Pardon is Received (Ephesians 1:7)
Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus saying, "In whom [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." That was the basic principle of the message the apostle preached throughout his ministry. Redemption was typified and portrayed by the Jewish Passover, practiced throughout Hebrew history, and proclaimed by every New Testament evangelist. The Passover Feast continued to be a reminder of the night when the first born of every Egyptian family died. Yet the astonishing fact remained that although the captives were probably equally as sinful, their first born were spared, not because they had a prior claim on the kindness of Jehovah but by the fact they were protected by the blood of a slain lamb. Responding to the instruction of Moses, the Israelites obeyed the commandments of God, placed the evidence of sacrifice on their homes, and confidently clos ...
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