Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/31/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 557: Without the Blood of Christ
Peter the fisherman knew how to avoid getting his boat stuck on rocks. Peter wanted to protect Jesus by navigating around a dangerous obstacle: crucifixion. All of us are tempted to avoid doing God’s will when we know it’s going to be painful.
Matt.16:21-23 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Satan is our accuser. If he could have somehow prevented Jesus from going to the cross, and providing the atoning sacrifice for our sin, he could have condemned the entire human race. Without the blood of Christ, none would be saved.
John 12:27, 31 Jesus said, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.