Saved By The Blood Of Jesus!

Most (if not all) professed Christians of whatever creed or belief agree that there is a time when an alien sinner is separated from God. They are not agreed, however, on where reunion takes place when the alien sinner returns to God. Some of them teach that it is when the sinner, in answer to prayer, receives the Holy Spirit into his heart. Others teach that it is when the sinner touches the blood of Jesus, that we are saved by the blood.

This is one of the most important differences confronting the religious world today. On it “hangs” the destiny of millions of human souls. If the penitent sinner is reunited to God by the Holy Spirit coming into his heart in answer to prayer, then Jesus shed his blood in vain. That kind of salvation is a “bloodless” salvation. But this cannot be, for God’s word says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). We are, quite simply, saved by the blood.

The Connection With The Blood of Jesus

Just “where” is this connection established? Perhaps most of the preachers in the world today will tell you that it is when God sends the Holy Spirit into the heart of the sinner and the sinner passes from death unto life. The sinner himself may believe this, and become very happy, and from that day forward live a prayerful, consecrated life and finally die believing with all his heart that he has been saved from his alien sins. But has he? Not if the blood of Jesus has anything to do with his salvation. And who will say that he can be saved independent of the blood of Jesus?

On the day of Pentecost the law of pardon for the alien sinner was made known (Acts 2). Peter and the other apostles first preached the gospel to the multitude. Those who heard them were pierced in their hearts and cried out, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:36). By inspiration, Peter gave the answer. What did he say? Did he tell them they should pray, and then God would send His Spirit into their hearts and take away their sins? He did not.

He said, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). “But,” you say, “there is no mention of the blood of Jesus. Only repentance and baptism are mentioned in connection with the remission of sins.” That’s true, but baptism is connected with the “blood of Jesus”, and one reaches (or contacts) the blood of Jesus only through baptism. Notice carefully: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

The inspired apostle Paul clearly says here that we are baptized into the death of Jesus. He says we are buried with him “by baptism into death”. Now this much has been made clear: When an alien sinner has been pierced in the heart and wants to know what he must do to be saved, he is first told to repent and turn away from his sins. He is then told he must be baptized “for the remission of sins”(Acts 2:37-38). He is informed by Paul in Romans 6:3-4 that his baptism is to be a burial and that his baptismal burial is into the death of Jesus. But what happened in the death of Jesus? It was there where he shed his blood!

While Jesus was on the cross, the Roman soldiers came to break the legs of those who had been crucified. They broke the legs of each suffering thief, “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:33-34). Jesus, then, shed His blood in death, not in His life. This being the case, it follows that if I would reach (or contact) His blood, I must do so by getting into His death, and that is done by being baptized into the death of Jesus (Romans 6:3).

Buried With Jesus In Baptism

Now the question we are discussing is this: “Where does a penitent, alien sinner make connection with God to receive forgiveness of his sins? Is it in the Holy Spirit, or is it in the blood of Jesus?” Denominational churches teach that the connection is made when God, in answer to prayer, sends the Holy Spirit into the sinner’s heart and takes away his sins. The Bible teaches that the connection is made when the penitent sinner is buried with Jesus in baptism into His death where His blood was shed and where it is contacted to remit sins.

If we were to call all the denominational preachers in the world together and ask them where the penitent alien sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, the great majority of them would say, “At the altar,” meaning that the sinner prays to God, that God hears his prayer, and sends the Holy Spirit into his heart. The Holy Spirit then takes the sin out of the sinner’s heart, and he is then and there saved. He can now be baptized or not as he sees fit, by sprinkling or immersion, or as the church he wishes to join to become a member requires. “But,” those preachers will say, “baptism has nothing to do with salvation. That was taken care of at the altar when the Holy Spirit entered his heart.”

If these preachers are right, then the Bible is wrong, but the Bible does not teach it that way. Faithful preachers of God’s Word should be willing go on the polemic platform with any denominational preacher in the land, examine every case of conversion since Jesus died, and prove that not one of them is right in asserting that salvation comes through prayer. If these preachers are wrong, then they are leading millions of sincere people into the ditch of error. In this case, the blind are leading the blind and “both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14).

Saved by the Blood of Jesus

Brethren, we are either saved “by” the blood of Jesus, or we are saved “independent” of it. If we are saved by the blood, then we are saved when we reach the blood, or are connected with it. We reach it, or are connected with it when we are baptized.

Mike Riley is a member of the Montana Street church of Christ in El Paso, Tx and is the author at Gospel Snippets.

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11 Comments

  • Jeff says:

    Being baptized into Christ is not water baptizm.You can only apply Romans 6:3 in a spiritual sense, not physical.Putting your faith in the water and not Jesus Christ is a terrible path to take. Acts 2:38 is not the method of salvation. Peter was speaking to Jews in this portion of scripture. If you will notice in verse 37 of chapter 2 the JEWS there did not ask what shall we do to be saved, they simply asked what shall we do. Read Acts 10:47 and you will find receiving the Holy Ghost has nothing to do with water baptizm. Peter only knew the the baptizm of John the Baptist up to this point in Acts 2:38. He had not received the revelation that the apostle Paul had recieved. This is why the message changes after the book of Acts. Paul was the apostle to the gentiles, he recieved the gospel of the grace of God as we know it. Continue to Romans, get out of Acts!

    • Tommy says:

      True, Amen. Romans 6:1-12 say that water baptism is a “like manner” in the ‘likeness of’, ‘a resemblance of’. Water Baptism represents, symbolized the Death, Burial and the Resurrection of JESUS the CHRIST.

  • Jeff says:

    Romans 10:9, John3:16, Romans10:10, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:1-10, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 3:17, Ephesians 2:22, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:30, Galatians 3:14, Galatians 3:22, Galatians 3:26,27, Galatians 4:6,7, Colossians 1:14, Colossians 2:11-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, 1 Timothy 2:4,5, …….. and on and on, blind leading the blind? Galatians 1:6-9

  • rob says:

    Dear, Jeff

    Every conversion into christianity, mentioned in the new testament commands baptism. All the verses you mention are equally important. You must Hear, believe, repent,be baptized, and remain faithful. All is looked at spiritually, therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, after it speaks we walk in newness of life. Understand connection between baptism and renewal, after we walk in newness of life not before. This section of Romans speaks of freedom from the grasp of sin. The book of Romans was wrote to Christians. Paul was writing to the Christian church in Rome. The obedient act of Baptism can not be left out of the plan of salvation. You say to get out of the book of acts, 8 conversions take place all include baptism. Acts 10:47 supports baptism, you must remember that the apostles all had miraculous gifts past on one generation, the holy spirit worked through them to fulfill prophecy and prove Jesus is Christ. The answer to the question in verse 47 was Peter commanding them to be baptized. You mention Romans 10:9, as a Christian confessing christ and repentance of sin does save you we all sin and without continual repentance we will fall short. It would be nice to pick and chose are way into heaven, you can’t leave out or deny the fact of baptism being taught as part of our plan of salvation. Revelation 22:18-19. Satan’s most effective tool is to confuse or provide 1000’s of versions, we must follow the closest text we can find from the original authors. Faith is knowing God has provided the truth

  • rob says:

    Look up every meaning in all languages to the word baptism

  • Wiley says:

    the Baptism that saves us is when we first believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit places us under the Blood of Jesus Christ and the Blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can cleanse us from our sins.

    that verse teaches baptismal cleansing, not baptismal regeneration. it says ‘that as water cleanses the body, so does the Blood of Christ cleanse the soul.’

    if you believe that water baptism is what cleanses your soul then you believe in a different gospel [a watered down gospel, i.e., a diluted gospel] that can’t save you from your sins.
    1 Cor. 15:1-4: “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
    The gospel is defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our sins. Baptism is not mentioned here.
    If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why did Paul downplay it and even exclude it from the description of what is required for salvation? It is because baptism is not necessary for salvation.
    If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why did Jesus have to come to this cruel earth and die on the Cross for the forgiveness of your and my sins. He wouldn’t have had to, God could have instituted baptismal forgiveness without the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Again, Baptism is not necessary for salvation.

    It says to Believe, Repent and be Baptized. The believing is what saves you from your sins. After you Believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ which is what saves you from your sins, then you repent {turn 180 deg.’s from your sins.}, then you are baptized according to what the scriptures say.

    Water baptism is our acknowledgment of the Work that God did on the Cross through the Death of His Son. John 6:28,29 says that the works of God is to believe in Him whom He has sent.

    Infant baptism is unscriptural because the Scriptrues say to believe first, and an infant cannot believe. Your first have to be old enough to understand the scrpitures, i.e., believe in the Gospel – the Death, Burial and Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the True and Living GOD.

    the Gospel is the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. When you believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection is when you come in contact with the Blood of Christ. this is the Baptism that saves you.

    Jesus’ Death on the Cross was GOD’s work for us to be able to come to Heaven. Belief is our part of what gets us into Heaven.

  • Wiley says:

    the Baptism that saves us is when we first believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit places us under the Blood of Jesus Christ and the Blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can cleanse us from our sins.

    that verse teaches baptismal cleansing, not baptismal regeneration. it says ‘that as water cleanses the body, so does the Blood of Christ cleanse the soul.’

    if you believe that water baptism is what cleanses your soul then you believe in a different gospel [a watered down gospel, i.e., a diluted gospel] that can’t save you from your sins.
    1 Cor. 15:1-4: “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
    The gospel is defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our sins. Baptism is not mentioned here.
    If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why did Paul downplay it and even exclude it from the description of what is required for salvation? It is because baptism is not necessary for salvation.
    If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why did Jesus have to come to this cruel earth and die on the Cross for the forgiveness of your and my sins. He wouldn’t have had to, God could have instituted baptismal forgiveness without the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Again, Baptism is not necessary for salvation.

    It says to Believe, Repent and be Baptized. The believing is what saves you from your sins. After you Believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ which is what saves you from your sins, then you repent {turn 180 deg.’s from your sins.}, then you are baptized according to what the scriptures say.

    Infant baptism is unscriptural because the Scriptrues say to believe first, and an infant cannot believe. Your first have to be old enough to understand the scrpitures, i.e., believe in the Gospel – the Death, Burial and Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the True and Living GOD.

    Jesus’ Death on the Cross was GOD’s work for us to be able to come to Heaven. Belief is our part of what gets us into Heaven.

    John 6:28,29 the works of God is to believe in Him Who He hath sent.

  • vc ojimms says:

    Brethren it is impossible to be saved without baptism and baptism in the name of Jesus as long as the new covenant or testament is concerned.Jesus specifically commended baptism in the great commission to “go and disciples of all nations baptizing them….”(Matthew 28:19). And in mark 16:18 He made mention of “he that believe and is baptized shall be saved.also again when Jesus taught on born again which is required to be in the kingdom of God. He there again mentioned baptism and not only of water but also baptism of the Holy Ghost(John 3:1-5).it is only through baptism your sins are washed by the blood of Jesus Christ.wether you believe it or not,it doesn’t and cannot change the Gospel which is”repent,believe in the death,burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and be baptized in His name. No other Gospel can save without these.And if you fail to believe it because your pastor did not accept or preach it. You will miss heaven no matter your good work you are still in your unremitted sins.

  • vc ojimms says:

    I mean mark 16:16 and not 18 as mistakenly typed above. He who has eyes let him hear and obey.

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