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Emanna for 02/23/2019

The Extraordinary Grace Needed to Shed His Blood

Bible Verses

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offenses, according to the riches of His grace, Heb 9:22 ...and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Words of Ministry

According to our concept, it would be easy for God to forgive us because He is sovereign and almighty. However, it was not that easy. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins... Now we need to see how it was possible for God to obtain such a sinless and all- inclusive blood. Obtaining such a blood was vastly more difficult than creating the universe. In order to create the universe, God simply had to speak (Gen. 1:3). But redemption could not take place in this way. Consider how the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, was conceived. There was the need for the Holy Spirit to contact the virgin Mary. We cannot say how the Holy Spirit conceived the Redeemer within the womb of the virgin. For this, the riches of God's grace were required. Eventually, after working as a carpenter, He came forth to begin His ministry. Although He was concerned for sinners, they opposed Him, persecuted Him, and plotted to kill Him. Betrayed by one of His Apostles, He was arrested. He was tried. Then He was nailed to the cross and hung there for six hours. Then He was buried, resurrected, and ascended into heaven to receive repentance and forgiveness. What grace was needed for all this! Because of the riches of God's grace, we are able to repent and receive forgiveness of sins. How limitless and immeasurable is God's grace!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 59-60. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 5/1/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.