Universalism Is Not So Universal For It Excludes The World of The Blood of Jesus


Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Testament   In the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, the word for testament is more correctly translated as covenant.

The idea of a covenant as defined by W.E. Vine in “An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words” is a “mutual undertaking between two parties or more, each binding himself to fulfill obligation.”

Many saints fail to realize that we are in covenant with the Lord Jesus and our ability to experience all that He has already accomplished for us is conditional to our obedience.

We live in a time in which obedience to the voice of the Spirit. Yet because a covenant between two, must be fulfilled by both, if we do not obey God, He is not required to carry out His promises to us.

The cheap grace message, that because God is love, and will forgive us, whatever we do, short-circuits this process and sends us to hell.  Beware of this message!

The Lord took it upon Himself to carry out most of the responsibilities of this New Covenant. Our responsibility lies in serving the Lord by the voice of His Spirit, with full obedience.

Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

New :  This is a most interesting word.  It is defined as the freshness of something brand new, as is the case of a new car.  The New Covenant has the ability to convert all things and make them brand new in quality, if we fulfill our obligations in keeping covenant with the Lord through obedience to voice of the Spirit.

  2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old (archaic) things are passed away ; behold, all things are become new

This verse uses this same word new.

At the event of our becoming born again, everything that was within us of the old creation passed away.  At that same moment, the Lord made all things fresh and brand new.  We all become old and die, but everything that pertains to our spiritual life has become as a brand new car.

Paul uses the perfect verb tense to describe all things as becoming new.  The perfect tense defines an event that has occurred in time but its results and impact go on forevermore.

 Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Shed: to pour out lavishly and abundantly. The blood of Christ is poured out for us in this way.

I say, is poured out, rather than saying was poured out, because the verb tense is in the present.

What was going through the mind of Jesus when He described a future event in the present?    The New Covenant can only support its eternal “newness” through the blood, which is eternally poured out from moment to moment to keep it new.

The question is what happens when we disobey and fail to keep covenant with the Lord?  The blood of Christ is found only in the New Covenant.

If we willfully move out from the confines of the New Covenant in disobedience, the blood is not available and we will stay in the archaic condition of bondages and sins. This is the problem with Rob Bell’s teaching or universalism.

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship ( sharing in common) one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Greek (my paraphrase): But if we should conduct our life in the light, in the same way as He (conducts Himself) in the light, we associate one with the other.  This association allows for the Lord and us to participate with one another.

This sharing in common allows us to get the things of God, as the blood of Jesus Christ His Son continuously cleanses us, (so that we can obtain).

In the measure that we order our lives in loving obedience to the Lord is to the same extent that we will have fellowship with the Lord.  Fellowship, or the sharing in common, allows us to participate in the things of God so that we can obtain from Him. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us in proportion to our loving obedience and we get proportionally to the cleansing by the blood.

The great danger with the teaching of universalism or that because God is love, He forgives us and we can do as we please, is that it takes us outside of our covenant commitment with Jesus and outside of the Blood of the Covenant. We stay in bondage and fail to obtain, because the blood is no longer ours.

 Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new (the freshness of something new)  testament, (covenant) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Remission – Remission is defined as the sending away of something. The blood belonging to the New Covenant constantly sends away sins as we fulfill our obligations with the covenant through obedience.  Wherever we step out of covenant, “the blood that sends away,” will not be present.

The teachings of universalism or ultimate reconciliation take us out of covenant and removes us from the blood which sends away sin. So very dangerous!

2 Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Greek: That they may return to soberness out of the snare of the devil, having being hunted down and caught alive by him, to do his will.

Watchman Nee, talked on the issue of passivity, the devil, and the Christian.

Though the Word of God never uses the term “passivity”,  in reality this is Satan’s most effective method of lying against the body of Christ.

The Lord always seeks to bring our will in conformity to His will.  Our will, however, still remains free. True freedom, is the freedom to obey God.

The devil likewise wants to conform us to obeying his will.   The Lord allows our will to be free, as He lovingly compels us to obey Him.

Satan, as “the one who hunts down and catches alive,” wants to take us captive through our passivity to his will.

Any time that we give ground to the enemy through willful disobedience, Satan immediately tempts us with feelings of guilt, condemnation, oppression, passivity, and complacency, until we are captured alive by him.

Much of the body of Christ is generally passive.  We are passive in our study of the Word of God.  We are passive in our prayer life.  We are passive in our commitment to the Lord.  I can guarantee you that the devil’s methods of passivity are at work upon us.  Passivity to the Word keeps us in ignorance to the will and the ways of God that is our only avenue to obtain the blessings of God.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted (charming and lovely) in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption (the ransom payment of slaves that has freed us) through his blood, the forgiveness (sending away) of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Greek (my paraphrase).In whom we have the liberation of slaves brought about by the Lord Jesus’ satisfactory ransom payment.  This ransom payment is His blood.  The blood serves as God’s ransom payment because it has the ability to send our sins away.

Because the blood of the Lord has sent away our sins away, we are now (“accepted”) charming, and lovely, in the eyes of the Father.

8  Wherein(Greek: which) he hath abounded (caused us to abound) toward  (into) us in all wisdom and prudence;

The importance of verse eight is that the abundance of the Lord’s blessings to us is limited by wisdom and prudence.  Wisdom is our understanding of the will and the ways of God, and our loving submission of every part of our lives to that will.

Prudence is our step-by-step, daily implementation of this will, as we are guided by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The abundance of God’s riches and blessings are released in proportion to how much we conform our daily conduct to God’s wisdom and prudence.

8  Wherein(Greek: which) he hath abounded (caused us to abound) toward  (into) us in all wisdom and prudence;

Toward is a wonderful word.  In reality it is the word “into.” The saints who have become charming and lovely to God are now the receptacles “into” which God desires to funnel all that He is, and all that He has.

The more obedience, the more funneling!

The devil knows that the more passive and complacent that he can keep us in our study of the Word, the less that we will know of God’s wisdom and prudence, and we will suffer decrease will be in the abundance of the blessings of the Lord to us.

Remember, it is not what we think that we are performing of the word of God but in reality are not, that releases the riches of God.  The Lord’s blessings are only funneled into us in what we do in accordance to correct reality of the Word in His wisdom and prudence.

This is why we witness so many ministries and churches that work and sow much and reap little.

Finally, a successful Christian life that is a threat to the devil is one of spiritual athletic agony and spiritual labor.   Such a life is accomplished by violent spiritual believers who take the kingdom of God by spiritual violence; never passivity!

Luke 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

In my blood is in the Greek “dative case of location.”

Where do you and I live?  We live on the earth or are located in the earth.

Because we are located in the earthly world we are affected by, and are part of everything that belongs to the world.  The New Covenant is located in the blood, or more accurately, in the world of the blood of Jesus.  All that the blood of Jesus accomplishes affects everything in the New Covenant.  As long as we maintain ourselves in covenant with the Lord, we automatically live inside of the world of the blood of Jesus Christ.  But if we step out of the covenant, we step out of the world of the blood of Jesus. The passive and un submitted life to Jesus will keep us out of the world of His blood.

Our loving obedience to the Lord is our safety and protection from the devil, and our cleansing from all sin and bondage.  There is no cheap grace message, to do as we feel, with God. This message comes from the throne of Satan.

For those of you who deny that Jesus Christ is God, the next scripture is for you.

Does it not say that God purchased the church with His own blood?

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 Romans 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Propitiation-   The Greek tells us that God has placed before the public eye “CHRIST AS A PROPITIATION.”

To propitiate, is for God to become favorably inclined towards us.

This is because Jesus paid the blood ransom money that sent our sins away, making us charming and lovely to His eyes.

God now has the legal ability to shower all of His blessings upon us.  The fullness of His blessings is His inheritance, which will take an eternity for us to receive.

Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

  1 Corinthians 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion  (“a” communion, not “the” communion)of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

Marvin Vincent, the Greek scholar translates the first part of First Corinthians ten and sixteen in the following way. “The cup over which the familiar formula of blessing is pronounced.”

The communion of the blood:

Communion is the word for fellowship. As we have discussed fellowship is defined as an association, participation, and a sharing in common.

In this case, the cup represents our spiritual participation and sharing in all the benefits that the blood of Christ has in store for us.

1 Corinthians 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

We are told that that the cup is likewise the New Covenant of the Lord.  Let us see why.

26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Greek: For at any time that you choose to eat this bread and drink this cup, you publicly proclaim and declare with all thoroughness what the death of the Lord Jesus signifies, until the time that He chooses to come.

The New Covenant located in the blood of Jesus is inaugurated with the death of the Lord Jesus by the shedding of the same.  Our partaking of the cup becomes a spiritual display of the New Covenant and the death of Christ, which it fully declares.

Ephesians 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Greek paraphrase; you were once far off, not only in distance, but alienated from God and without access to the things that belong to Him.   Now by His blood, you have become close to Him and enjoy full access to Him and His things.

This scripture is a good example of how we must commune with the blood of Jesus to receive by faith its benefits.

 Colossians 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Greek (paraphrase): He brought about the state of freshness and newness to the universe through the blood of His cross.  He is able to harmonize all things back to Himself whether upon the earth or in heaven through the blood of His cross.

Harmony pertains to the universe because it’s subjected to Christ, under His headship, and can now be restored to its original condition and purpose, which God had for it prior to the fall.

Christ shed His blood for the universe, partly in preparation for the eternal ages to come.  We can therefore confess before Satan, that Jesus has harmonized everything in us to His original plan and state.  Satan, therefore, cannot touch us, if we maintain ourselves in the covenant of the blood of Christ.

 Hebrews 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained ( to find, discover, or to meet upon) eternal redemption( loosening) for us.

Greek:  By His own blood He entered once and for all, and remains in the holiest place.  He has obtained for us an everlasting loosening or deliverance not only of our sins but also from the penalties associated with them.

In the Old Testament, once a year, on one day, that being the Day of Atonement, the high priest would go into the holiest place with the blood of animals and purge the sins of the nation of Israel.

We have a better sacrifice than the nation of Israel.  Through His spotless blood, the Lord Jesus entered permanently into the holiest place of the heavenly temple securing for us a permanent and everlasting purging of sins.  We are free from sin forever!

 Hebrews 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

Greek: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling what is common (what is in the world at large) and profane is able to separate unto God (from the world at large and towards His purposes) in regards to the purity of the flesh

Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot (to be without moral stain or blemish.)  to God, purge your conscience from dead works ( corpse like works) to serve the living God?

The blood of bulls and calves could only give the house of Israel with purity of the flesh.  On the other hand, the blood of Jesus not only purifies our flesh but also cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Our conscience is a simple barometer of what lies within us whether good or evil.  A dead work is anything that we do outside of the voice of the Holy Spirit whether by performance, guilt, religious agendas and fleshly strivings.  The blood of bulls and goats could never purify the spirit and soul of man or woman from these fleshly efforts to serve the living God.  Serving the living God, is serving God as an adopted son or daughter.  Our service as sons and daughters is a simple obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit apart from the performance, guilt and compulsion brought about the dead works of fleshly efforts.

Hebrews 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Greek: And almost all things with blood are cleansed according to the law.  Apart from the blood shedding (through the giving up of a life) can there be the sending away of sins.

 Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Greek: It is necessary that the earthly copy of the things which are in the heavens themselves be purified with the blood of bulls and goats, but the heavenly original with more excellent sacrifices than these.

 24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Greek: Christ did not enter into the holies made with human hands which is merely a copy resembling the authentic.  He entered into heaven itself to make Him visible before the face of the God on our behalf.

For one, Christ has done exceedingly above what the earthly high priest could do. The high priest could only enter into an imperfect earthly copy of the tabernacle that dwells in heaven. There, he could present the blood before the glory of God, which dwelt on the mercy seat above the Ark of the Covenant.  Jesus, however, when into heavens itself, into the authentic tabernacle, and presented Himself before the very face of God, not just His earthly glory.

This has insured us with an absolute purging of our sins and an assurance of a completely thorough salvation.  As we live in this imperfect world, we can still believe for total freedom in every part of our lives, or at least our continual progress towards it.

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, utterly) that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them

 Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

In verse twenty-three we see that the earthly tabernacle was cleansed with the blood of bulls and goats so that priestly ministry could take place.  How much more effective can our ministries be if the authentic heavenly tabernacle has been cleansed with the blood of Jesus?  There is no excuse for each of us to be powerfully used by the Lord if we serve the living God and not dead works.

Galatians 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk ( military steps in rank and order) in the Spirit.

Greek: If we are living in the Spirit, let us march in the steps of a soldier with the Spirit’s wishes.

 Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Greek: We have at all times therefore a fearless confidence before God that gives us an entrance into the holies by the blood of Jesus.

Boldness is one of my favorite New Testament words.  It simply means, “to tell it like it is.”  Because the blood of Christ has made us charming and lovely before the eyes of God we now have boldness with Him.

Boldness urges us to come before God, having nothing to hide from Him, without shame or guilt, fully confident and assured, and with the ability to speak intimately, frankly, and with reverential bluntness.

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Greek: Let us continuously approach God with a heart that is genuine and real (not religious) because we are fully confident.  This confidence comes through our faith in all that Christ has done for us.  We base this faith on the fact that our hearts were once in the past sprinkled from an evil conscience, but the impact of this event has a lasting and eternal impact.

Likewise, our bodies were once in the past washed with pure water (the blood of Christ and the Word of God), but the impact of this event has a lasting and eternal impact.

We see the perfect tense used in Hebrews ten and twenty two. The salvation of the Lord accomplished for us two thousand years ago continues effective now and forevermore.

Hebrews 11:28  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Greek: By faith he Moses performed the Passover and the pouring of the blood lest the destroyer of the firstborn might do them violence and cause them injury.

This is a very important scripture in spiritual warfare. Our claiming of the blood of Jesus towards Satan will stop the violence and injury that he would cause to our loved ones and us.

However we must not forget to do the Passover in conjunction with claiming the blood of Jesus so that our protection will be complete.

For us to day, the Passover signifies our complete exiting from the land of sin; our eating of the unleavened bread, which is a holy life before God; our not fearing man or Satan, but stepping out instead into a life of faith and obedience, which will take us into the promised land of freedom and our spiritual vocation.

1 Peter 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Greek: Knowing that with things which perish such as silver and gold (which cannot pay the sufficient ransom payment to liberate slaves) you were bought, from your empty manner of life handed down to you from your ancestors.

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish (internal purity) and without spot (external staining by sin)

Greek: But by the precious and highly honored blood as of a lamb void of internal blemishes and thus unspotted externally by the world and Satan.

This is the costly price of our deliverance that is ever before God and allows us to have boldness with Him.  Likewise this must be our confession before the devil.

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