Sunday, October 10, 2010

Winslow on the blood!

Even with the current surge in cross-centered, gospel-centered, and Christ-centered teaching, it still seems to me that we don't hear about "the blood" with the same frequency or fervor with which they used to talk about it. Here is part of a devotional that I read this morning.

From Morning Thoughts by Octavius Winslow:

"Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things,as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition fromyour father; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb withoutblemish and without spot." 1 Peter 1:18, 19
WHAT a powerful motive does this truth supply to a daily and unreserved consecration of ourselves to the Lord! If, under the old economy, the utensil or the garment touched with blood was sacred and solemn, how much more the soul washed in the heart's blood of Christ! When the king of Israel, in the heat of battle, and in the agony of thirst, cried for water, and some of his attendants procured it for him at the hazard of their lives, the God-fearing and magnanimous monarch refused to taste it, because it was the price of blood! but "poured it out before the Lord." Christian soldier! it was not at the risk of His life, but more—it was by the sacrifice of His life that your Lord and Savior procured your redemption, and brought the waters of salvation, all living and sparkling from the throne of God, to your lips. You are the price of blood! "bought with a price." Will you not, then, glorify God in our soul, body, and substance, which are His? will you not pour it all out before the Lord—presenting it as a living sacrifice upon the altar flowing with the lifeblood of God's own Son?

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