Sermon Notes By Pastor Arthur H Coleman Sr. For Sunday April 20, 2014
Text: Exodus 12:12-14"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.(vs13) 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. (vs14) And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever".
Lev. 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for your soul."
1 Peter 1:18-21 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (vs19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (vs20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (vs21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
The Pulpit Commentary, Vol.22, Page 50, a comment on 1 Peter 1:18-19. REDEMPTION NECESSIATES HOLINESS. “1. Redemption is from the vain manner of life received from our fathers. “Conversion;” equivalent to “manner of life.” Christ died to deliver us from the sinful manner of life received from our fathers. From hell; yes, that is clear. “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all;” (Isa.53:6) “He bore our sins in his body on the tree.”(1 Peter 2:24) “There is therefore now no condemnation,” (Romans 8:1), ect. But that is not the end for which he died, as only a means to that end. Holiness in us was the purpose for the atonement, so much so that if we can imagine one getting no further than the cancelling of his sins only, we would be compelled to say that Christ died for him in vain.(see 2 Cor.5:15; Gal.1:4; Gal.5:25-27; Titus 2:14). Redemption by Christ is from the life of the natural man: “If any man be in Christ Jesus, it is a new creation.” 2. Redemption is only effected at unspeakable cost . “ Not with corruptible,” ect. An emphatic testimony that redemption is through our Lord’s death --- not through his life, or example, or holiness, or mediation, but, as Scripture invariably says with unwavering consistency, by “his blood”. God himself bore the penalty of human guilt that he might righteously extend his mercy to the guilty. Nor can we imagine any method which so glorifies his grace and reveals himself. Think of the worth of our Lord’s offering. The universe were as nothing compared to the Son of God. What unfathomable meaning is in the words, “the precious blood of Christ”! Now, this stupendous price was paid for nothing less that we might be holy.”