A Better Word Than The Blood of Abel

In his little book called, The Blood of Christ, Horatius Bonar (d. 1889) wrote how Christ’s blood speaks “a better word than the blood of Abel” (Heb. 12:24).  I’ve edited these to keep them brief.  (Note: the entire booklet is available on Kindle for $0.99 if you want to read it all.)

1) It speaks of a brother’s love not of a brother’s hatred (1 John 4:10).

2) It speaks of peace returned, not of peace fled away.  It speaks of reconciliation between God and the sinner – reconciliation upon securest grounds – the reconciliation of a covenant ‘ordered in all things and sure’ (2 Sam. 23:5; cf. Col 1:20).

3) It speaks of grace, not wrath.  Free love to the unlovable and the unloving is the very essence of the message which it brings.

4) It speaks of forgiveness, not condemnation (Heb. 8:12).

5) It speaks of blessing, not of the curse.  It has borne the curse; it has absorbed it; it has trasmuted it into a blessing – a blessing which it is pouring freely out on all who will but receive it (Is. 1:18).

6) It speaks of life not of death.  It is this blood which says, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet he shall live” (John 11:25-26).

7) It speaks not to alarm but to soothe the conscience.  It purges the conscience and lays its alarms to rest (cf. Heb. 9:14).  It heals, it restores, it gladdens.

8) It speaks not of man the fugitive and vagabond, but of man restored to Eden.  It transforms him into a fellow citizen with the saints and an heir of the incorruptible inheritance, the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13).

Horatius Bonar, The Blood of The Cross, chapter 9.

rev shane lems

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