19: Overcoming Blood
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
About The Bride Is Ready Series
Who is the Bride of Christ, and how does she make herself ready? These questions and more are explored in this piercing series as Martha digs deep into the blessings AND requirements of Christ's own Bride.
The first “overcoming” is to conquer what is within your own being…the wrongness that lives unchallenged in your primal self. Jacob overcame the treachery in his own nature. Ruth overcame her Moabite heritage: the pagan idolatry of self-indulgence. Joseph subdued intense bitterness against his brothers’ betrayal and the natural human indignation that God would allow it. Moses overcame the murder in his own heart. David conquered the lust for revenge that is the very nature of humanity.
Jesus lived above all human frailty, and overcame the Adamic nature in every aspect of its baseness. He overcame and He calls us to the same work. What is the work? How do you overcome?
As to character flaws, the blood of the Lamb is the only answer humanity can claim as a real solution to sin and weakness. The blood of the Lamb is awesome for it is: the satisfaction of God and the power of inner purity.
His blood is the final – and only – solution.
The blood cleanses when confession is made. Confession is this alone: accepting responsibility for the naked heart’s secret crimes when the Holy Spirit lights them. When the blood of the Lamb is the only hope for your ocean of sin, you have overcome your own evil.
And the Blood of the Lamb is the defense, full and absolute, to the foul reminders of the taunting enemy. There is nothing that can accuse when the Blood is the answer.
The Overcoming Bride finds the simplicity of the solution to her own vileness. The righteousness so necessary to be the Bride has been accomplished for her and she merely receives.
“They overcame because of the blood of the Lamb…”
Rev. 12:11 NASB
The Bride declares with exuberance that the Blood of the Lamb is sufficient. Her answer to the accuser of the brethren, her joyful victory over her own self, is the powerful Blood of the Lamb. The Bride lives by and underneath the efficacy of that Precious Blood, so costly to the Savior who made Himself, a Meek Lamb.
And she becomes the joy of His ascension, the satisfaction of His sacrifice. She has received the dowry of her Bridegroom: His own poured-out holy blood and by that gift, she is clothed in the brilliant whiteness of His purity.
The blood of the Lamb is the overcoming of sin…of commission and omission…and within this sacrifice, the Bride is cleansed for the long-awaited Marriage of the Lamb!
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