The Cleansing Blood
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
There is a common cultic heresy to the effect that the blood of Christ has no cleansing efficacy of itself, even though this contradicts the plain statement of our text. John wrote the above words long after Christ’s blood had all been spilled on the cross, but it was still miraculously cleansing sinners in His day, and is in ours as well.
It is true that Christ’s blood supported His physical life, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). But His blood was not like the blood of other men, for it was “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19), uncontaminated either by genetic defects due to accumulated generations of mutations (as in all other men and women) or inherent sin.
When His blood was shed, it did not simply disappear into the ground and decay into dust, any more than did His body in the tomb, for it had been an integral part of His perfect human body that was to be raised and glorified. As our great High Priest, He somehow took the atoning blood into the holy place in the heavenly tabernacle. Into the earthly tabernacle “went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people. . . . by his own blood he [Christ] entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:7, 12).
There in heaven, at the mercy seat, just as the ancient high priest “sprinkled with blood” both the book and the people, the tabernacle and its vessels, so have we been cleansed in God’s sight by His own “blood of sprinkling” (Hebrews 9:19-21; 12:24; see also 1 Peter 1:2). Thus, His blood can (literally) “keep on cleansing us from all sin.” -Dr. Henry M. Morris
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, August 27th
11:00a.m. Morning Service – Rev. Anthony D’Addurno
6:00p.m. Pre-Service Prayer Time
6:30p.m. Evening Service – Rev. Anthony D’Addurno
Wednesday, August 30th
7:25p.m. Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Mr. Roger Valenziano
Sunday, September 3rd
11:00a.m. Morning Service –Rev. Reggie Cranston
Communion following the morning service.
6:00p.m. Pre-Service Prayer Time
6:30p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Frank McClelland
Fellowship & Refreshments following the evening service. Team #2 is on duty.
Wednesday, September 6th
7:25p.m. Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Mr. James Fraser
Congratulations to David Saunders and Rachel Leigh who were married this past Friday, August 25th in Los Angeles, CA. We wish the happy couple God’s blessing for the future.
We would like to express our condolences to Mr. Neil Samson of our Fredericton church in the passing of his mother. Neil’s father also recently passed away so this has been a difficult summer. The family is rejoicing that Mrs. Samson knew the Lord and is resting with her Saviour in heaven.
Bible Presbyterian Family Camp
Please pray for Dr. Saunders who has been invited to speak at the Bible Presbyterian Family Camp being held in Hope, BC from Aug 30-Sept 1.
Whitefield Christian Schools
Please remember to pray for the staff, students, and parents during the summer break. Also pray for the administration of the school who have much work to do in preparation for September.
Starting the Lord’s day, September 10th, there will be an afternoon outreach to finish distributing the Gospel packages. The Jew family have kindly offered to prepare lunch for anyone able to help.
Church Family BBQ
Our annual BBQ will be held on Saturday September 16th, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m. We are in need of volunteers to help with set-up, clean up, and food preparation etc. Please see sign-up sheet in the foyer of the church. Would like to encourage as many as possible to get involved to help make it a great day!