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Spilt, Sprinkled, Seen
The blood of the lamb had to be spilt by the head of each family in Israel, sprinkled by him upon the doorposts and lentil of his house, and it had to be seen. Without these three things, Israel could not be saved. So it is with the Israel of God.
The blood had to be spilt, violently spilt, spilt by God himself, the Head of the family. The blood spilt is our salvation and safety. God’s people are safe because, only because they are “under the blood.” Our salvation, our safety, our security is in the blood, only in the blood of Christ, the blood spilt by the hand of divine justice at Calvary. The blood of the Lamb had to be spilt, violently spilt, or we could never be saved.
Why? Why did the Son of God suffer such a death? Why did God so torment his beloved Son and kill him in such a horribly ignominious way? The justice of God had to be satisfied. There was no necessity for God to save anyone. Salvation is altogether the free gift of his grace. But, having determined to save his elect from the ruins of fallen humanity, the only way God could save his people and forgive their sins was by the death of Christ. — “Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). The justice of God had to be satisfied in order for God to save his people; and the only thing that could ever satisfy the justice of God is the blood of Christ. The blood must be spilt, or sinners cannot be saved.
And the blood spilt must be sprinkled (Exodus 12:7). As it was spilt by God, only God can sprinkle the blood upon his people. Our Redeemer’s precious blood must be applied as well as shed. It had to be sprinkled in heaven, accepted by God; and it must be sprinkled upon, personally applied to, each ransomed soul (Hebrews 9:19-20; 12:24).
When the Holy Ghost, whose office it is to take of the things of Christ and show them to his people, gives the heaven-born soul faith in Christ, he sprinkles the conscience from dead works and declares justification in the soul. So that every sinner, taught of God, has the testimony from God himself that Enoch had, “that he pleases God” (Hebrews 9:12-14; 11:5-6).
The blood by which we are redeemed, justified, and saved is blood that is seen, seen by God himself with approbation, approval, and satisfaction. Our seeing the blood by faith is not redemption, but the blessed experience of redemption. It is God’s seeing the blood that is our redemption and salvation. Those Israelites inside their houses could not see the blood. It is God’s eye upon the blood that is salvation. And the Lord God saw the blood from everlasting, accepted it from everlasting, and accepted us by the blood from everlasting. (Revelation 13:8; 17:8; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:9-10).