by Clarence E. Macartney

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1 Peter 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, . . . but with
the precious blood of Christ.

Our hearts rejoiced during the war at the tidings of
victory which came in from fields of battle around the
globe. The Axis armies were being conquered and driven
from their strongholds. How was it done? Not by
proclamations, not by uniformed correspondents, not by
entertainers and visitors to the headquarters of the
armies. No! The enemy was conquered by the man with a
bayonet in his hand, by the man who fought and bled
and died. The war was won at the cost of man's most
precious possession-blood.

Likewise, God in His war upon sin and evil in the
world, and in the heart of man, wins that victory
through blood, the precious blood of Christ. John
describes the great battle between the devil and his
angels and the followers and the disciples of Christ,
and says that "they overcame him by the blood of the
lamb" (Rev. 12:11).

Blood is the most precious thing in man's body. A man
may have a perfectly framed and beautiful body but if
it is drained of its blood, then it becomes nothing
but a dead body, a clod. The Old Testament instilled
an awful reverence for blood. "Whoso sheddeth man's
blood, by man shall his blood be shed" (Gen. 9:6).
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Lev.
17:11). It is that which connects and holds together
man's body and man's soul. If all blood is precious,
how much more so the precious blood of Christ.

When the New Testament speaks, as it so often does,
and as Christ Himself does, of the blood of Christ, it
means, of course, not just that blood that was poured
out upon the cross, but what the pouring out of that
blood meant, just as it means in any life-that is, the
giving of life in the death of Chri ...

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