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The Meaning of the Word 'blood' in Scripture
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Did you know that the blood of Christ is mentioned more times in the New Testament than the cross or even the death of Christ? But what is the significance of this fact? What does it tell us about the sacrifice of Christ and how does this emphasis on his blood help us in understanding the finished work of Christ on the cross? Alan Stibbs dispels any misconceptions that people may have about Jesus' blood and its work by examining the Old and New Testament. The author gives us the Biblical understanding of the meaning of the blood which equates to the purposeful and effective laying down of a life. We will find that indeed His Blood Works!
Alan Stibbs (1901-1971) was born into a Christian family and responded personally to the call of Christ in 1912. He began to give his first Bible exposition at 16 years old and was later called to the mission field. His preaching & teaching led him to the staff of Oakhill theological college and he became known as a Bible expositor and preacher in demand for evangelical conferences and conventions.
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At a time when liberalism dominated the church and the classroom in the UK, Alan Stibbs' voice spoke out clearly for an intelligent and passionate statement of the truth of the gospel. After a stint on the mission field he returned to the UK and alongside Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Stott provided leadership for the growing reformed and evangelical movement. As a theological student I discovered Stibbs' writings and found in them a reasoned and winsome defense of biblical Christianity. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in this small work on the Atonement. With utter clarity he identifies the main issues involved in a biblical understanding of the cross. Here is a biblical and reasoned defense of the teaching on the blood of Christ. Often underused in our drive for relevance and cultural acceptance we cannot escape the NT's typical reference to Jesus sacrifice in terms of his precious blood shed for sinners. You will want to read this little booklet and refresh your spirit by drinking from this rich supply of living water. It is a miniature treasure.
Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Alan Stibbs has an irresistible argument here, and it is one that is essential for Christian assurance. Where this message rings out, be sure to see pastoral comfort, be sure to hear cries of 'Hallelujah! What a Saviour!"
Michael Reeves, Theologian at Large, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales
"On the one hand, Stibbs' essay is a theological jewel, with its close and lucid reading of biblical material. On the other hand, it is a pastoral masterpiece, because the reader loves Christ more at the end of it. I think that would greatly please Alan Stibbs, and it is why this 'old' essay is so worth reading."
Michael Ovey, Principal, Oak Hill Theological College, London
"Solid gold!...you will deepen your appreciation of God's grace and your salvation, both focussed in the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ."
John Woodhouse, Retired Principal and Lecturer in Doctrine and Old Testament, Moore College, Sydney, Australia
"The Meaning of the Word "Blood" in Scripture' was and is a very necessary corrective after Westcott had deceived the whole world."
Dick Lucas, Formerly Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate, London
Excellent. First rate. Essential for believers.
Foundational truth. Thank you for making it available.
Posted by James Molberg, Weatherford, TX at 17:01 on Tuesday 10 January 2012