Why the Blood?

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 3, 2016
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When Adam sinned, he and all of humanity that followed lost innocence, life, and godliness. God’s plan for man’s redemption with the blood of Jesus is centered in His justice and righteousness. The beginning of understanding why the blood is understanding God’s justice

Deuteronomy 32:3 and 4
– One of Yahweh’s holy attributes that distinguish Him as the only true God is justice.

Psalm 99:4
– Yahweh is the one who determines righteousness, justice, and equity and as such He is the ultimate authority and enforcer.

Psalm 89:14
– He is the supreme judge qualified by all that He is – just, righteous, loving, merciful, gracious, long suffering….

Psalm 97: 1and 2
– The foundation of Yahweh’s holy sovereignty of heaven and earth is justice and righteousness. He had to redeem man justly. i.e.The foundation of the church

Leviticus 6:1-7
– According to God’s standard for justice, restitution, punishment, and sacrificial atonement are required with sin.

Who taught the child about justice that he would react with “hey that’s not fair why does she get a cookie and I don’t?” From childhood we humans long for justice and can become outraged when we detect injustice. Why are we entertained when the bad guy gets what he deserved or when the good wins? The sense of justice seems to be in our DNA; howbeit, our interpretation of what is just may be tilted “a little” from time to time.

Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12; Deuteronomy 5:17
– The just consequence for murder is death.

Leviticus 24:17-23
– Justices requires an equitable consequence for a wrong doing. God, not man, determines what is reasonable and right.

What is required to right Adam’s wrong losing innocence, life, and godliness? Jesus, a man born like Adam sinless had to endure all the unrighteous temptations of the devil yet not sin and surrender his innocent life in our place. He was the necessary restitution, punishment, and sacrificial atonement

Romans 5:10-ff
– Adam’s sin caused death and the loss of eternal life. One just like him’ a second Adam had to surrender his life as payment. God determined the standard necessary to regain what was lost by Adam, the requirement for restitution, punishment, and sacrificial atonement.

In the Old Testament with the animal sacrifices, we see a shadowy type of the just requirements to regain what was lost, the death of an innocent for the sin of the guilty. Adam lost innocence, life, and godliness.

Romans 3:23-25
– “Propitiate” is to cause to be favorably disposed, appease, conciliate. “Propitiation” is any action which makes a ruling power more lenient toward the offender. The fit of candy to an injured or angry sweetheart. Hebrews 2:17; 1 John2:2 and 4:10

Romans 3:26
– God is just and the justifier.

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