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The Facts of Christmas

December 22, 2019
From the MLJ Archive with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Blood of Jesus Christ

December 29, 2019

Romans 3:25 - The Old Testament proclaims the need for a Savior. Even the Jews knew to look for a Messiah. By saying “in his blood,” Paul is alluding to the Old Testament practice of animal sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Prior to Christ’s sacrifice, believers would have to sacrifice a clean animal in order for their sins to be blotted out. The blood of the animal is what deemed their sins forgiven, meaning that the death of the animal was necessary. The term blood is used to bring this teaching in line with the whole teaching of the Old Testament. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that any interpretation of the New Testament should never contradict the teaching of the New Testament. In contrast, Paul is now saying that blood means life rather than death. Since the Jews only thought of life in regards to a body, Christ’s sacrifice now shows that the blood he poured out means life! The Jews had to find an animal to be their substitute, but now God himself has made Christ our substitute once and for all. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to rejoice in the blood of Christ because he has paid our ransom!

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From the MLJ Archive is the hosted ministry of the MLJ Trust.  Our mission is to promulgate the audio ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981) has been described as "a great pillar of the 20th century Evangelical Church". Born in Wales, and educated in London, he was a brilliant student who embarked upon a short, but successful, career as a medical doctor at the famous St Bartholemew's Hospital. However, the call of Gospel ministry was so strong that he left medicine in order to become minister of a mission hall in Port Talbot, South Wales. Eventually he was called to Westminster Chapel in London, where thousands flocked to hear his "full-blooded" Gospel preaching, described by one hearer as "logic on fire". With some 1600 of his sermons recorded and digitally restored, this has left a legacy which is now available for the blessing of another generation of Christians around the world — "Though being dead he still speaks".

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