Saturday, October 20, 2007
“WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD”
“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
Free-will religion has made the difference between heaven and hell, salvation or damnation, to be dependent on, or conditioned on the sinner seeing the blood of Christ. Preachers make the sinner’s sight the key. How foreign this reasoning is to what the Scriptures teach. Notice the text, even with regard to Israel of old. God did not say, “When YOU see the blood, I will pass over you.” He declared, “When I SEE the blood…”
Some would argue that since God is eternal, seeing the end from the beginning, then salvation occurred in eternity, God having seen the blood then. While that may seem logical to some, yet, what God reveals to us in His Word is always as progressive revelation, or the unfolding of what He purposed and decreed from eternity, and accomplished accordingly, Ephesians 1:11. Therefore, the Scripture says of God, ‘When I see the blood, I WILL pass over you,’ and not ‘having (eternally) seen the blood, I have passed over you.’ His justice required a just satisfaction and accomplishment of what He purposed, Hebrews 9:16.
It is also important to point out that the blood of which God spoke of seeing here was NOT the blood of the typical Passover lamb. Yes, symbolically, it had to be shed, but the Scripture is clear that those sacrificial lambs looked forward to the One True Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. Earthly physical lambs could not take away sin, Hebrews 10:4. Those Old Testament lambs were but an atonement (covering), by which God was forbearing of the sin of His people, Romans 3:25, until Christ, THE LAMB OF GOD, did come and PUT AWAY their sin, Hebrews 1:3.
God received the Old Testament saints, and accounted them forgiven and righteous based on the certainty and promise of the Lord Jesus coming, living, and dying to put away their sin once for all. Therefore, God declared even then, 'When I see the blood (the death of the Lord Jesus), I will pass over you' (Christ our Passover was slain, 1 Corinthians 5:7)
The sinner who by faith sees the blood of Christ (His death and what He accomplished) does so because the Spirit of God gives him eyes to see. Such a one will and does respond to the Spirit’s call and Christ’s command to ‘LOOK and LIVE.’ However, such a one will readily confess that salvation is not in our seeing, but in God having seen the blood. Our seeing is but the free gift of Him having seen the blood and being satisfied in the doing and dying of His blessed Son!
By Ken Wimer