The Power of Christ's Blood.

...and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

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There is something about human nature which makes us very independent. We much prefer to do a job ourselves, if possible, rather than ask for help. That is certainly the case with me.
I don't know if it's because I want to feel pride that I have achieved my aim through my own efforts; or perhaps I think - "If I do it myself I know it's done properly." It may be a mixture of both, or something totally different - I just don't know.
But as a Christian I recognize one area where, not only do I need help but in fact, I have to leave the entire job in the hands of another, this is a job for which I am not equipped, not even to help!

Christ's Mission.

As Isaiah put it:

"all we like sheep have gone astray;" (Isa. 53:6).

Notice who has gone astray - "all we..." That's us, all of us.
Not one person who has ever walked this earth has been without sin - other than Jesus.
We are all sinners, I'm a sinner - you're a sinner! As sinners we cannot do anything to rid ourselves of our sin, it is a job which only a sinless person could do, and He did it alone. Jesus came to this sinful world to save the sheep who had gone astray.

Christ's Blood.

Isaiah continued:

"we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.

Stop reading for a moment and reflect upon that. Try to grasp the enormity of what Jesus did for you (and I).
Jesus, who created everything, (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16) offered himself as a sacrifice to pay for our sin. He allowed Himself to be beaten and crucified by those whom He had come to save - His lost sheep.

There are those who will acknowledge Christ's part in the work of salvation. But! They don't think it was enough. They think Jesus needs their help! How ridiculous. How egotistical.

The Mormon Church teaches there are certain sins people can commit which are so bad they cannot be removed by the Blood of Christ.

Christ's Blood, they say, is not powerful enough, but their own blood is.

So the blood of a sinner has more power than the Blood of Christ? What a foolish idea.
The verse at the top of this article says Christ's Blood cleanses us from all our sin - not just the easy stuff!
I have quoted Isaiah 53:6. The verse before that reads:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
With his stripes we are healed - already!

The Lord finished what He came to earth to do. He provided a way, a path, for His lost sheep to walk. Those who choose (Christ won't force anyone) to walk that narrow path can rely totally on Christ's promise.

Christ's Promise.

Eternal life:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25,26

The Lord Jesus asked Martha if she believed Him. She did! Do you believe Him?

Nobody rejected.

....him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out Jn. 6:37

It does not matter who you are, It does not matter what you have done, Christ has promised to accept you if you truly repent of (turn away from) your sin and ask Him to be the Lord of your life, your Saviour.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14-15
Mormon leaders say it takes more than mere belief in Christ to obtain his promised salvation.
It is true to say it takes more than a head belief.
The Greek word translated as believe is 'pisteuw' [pee-stev-o] it implies more than just normal everyday belief in something. Rather, this Greek word means to have faith in; to entrust (especially ones spiritual well-being); to put trust in. If you believe, in that sense, the Lord Jesus Christ has promised you eternal life - that is to say salvation to the utmost, there is nothing better to be achieved! And it's yours - free. The price has been paid.

Jim Cowen
Good Tidings Ministry.