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April 23rd 2018

Good Morning!
Lesson 9 for April 29th is PURGED WITH BLOOD with Scripture Text of Hebrews 9:12-22
Today’s Bible Reading is – Greetings from Peter
1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.
The Hope of Eternal Life
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. 12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.1 Peter 1:1-12 (NLT)

“Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, his agonies thy repose, his conflicts thy conquests, his groans thy songs, his pains thine ease, his shame thy glory, his death thy life, his sufferings sufferings thy salvation.” —Matthew Henry

The Matthew Henry Quote is after the conclusion of this week’s lesson in your quarterly.

“Oh Come to – The Altar – The Father’s Arms are open wide!
Forgiveness – was bought with – The precious blood of Jesus Christ.”

That song has been running in my head all morning and it’s been weeks since we did it at church or I have even heard it: but it is flooding my mind this morning. This week’s lesson picks up where last week’s lesson left off about the New Covenant and explains that Blood = Death and no sin is purged without Blood or death because death is the natural consequences of Sin “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23a. But because of the “But” in Romans 6:23 everything is changed because of the Blood of Jesus “but the gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Every miracle in all its glory recorded in the Bible or by mankind pales in comparison to Jesus cleansing my corrupt soul by atoning for my sin and making me fit for a relationship with my perfect, Holy, and almighty Heavenly Father. Jesus moved mountains of sin into the sea of obliviousness when He saved my soul… Oh come to the altar is a very special song to me today because I can come to the altar this morning… I already have. A clear conscience before God is what Jesus bought for me on Calvary… Thank you Jesus!
Walk in the Spirit!

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