The Cleansing Blood of God (Part 1)
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. [Acts 20:28]
In his message at Miletus, while on his fateful way to Jerusalem, the apostle Paul clearly states that the Lord Jesus is YHWH, the God of the Old Testament. It is a hard concept to grasp. The apostle John also explained this very well in his Gospel. Being monotheistic Jews, as were (1) All the apostles, (2) All the 120 gathered on Pentecost, and (3) The entire community of saints for about the first seven to ten years of its existence, both Paul and John clearly revealed the fact that God became a Man.
There was absolutely no thought or concept among Jews that God was a multiplicity of divine persons, and the very idea was heresy. This was one of the main reasons why so many Jews had such a hard time believing in the Lord Jesus as their Messiah. As the world’s only monotheists, they knew there was only one God. Therefore, they knew the apostles were claiming their one God YHWH had become one of them—a very hard concept to grasp, though the Old Testament Scriptures were filled with such prophetic fact, most notably perhaps, in the scroll of Isaiah:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6]
A great, great number of Jews did believe that Jesus was the One mentioned above, however, because their hearts were right, and because they were not looking upon their God through the philosophical prism of Greco-Roman mindbenders.
Acts 20:28 clearly states that it is God’s very blood that He used to purchase His community. God takes possession of each and every real believer through His blood. This is why the New Covenant is the ultimate blood covenant. Not only does God’s pure and perfect blood cleanse us from all sin, it is essentially the currency He uses to rightfully and legally obtain us.
Paul referred to the Lord Jesus as YHWH many times, as seen in the following verses. Though he states a clear distinction between Father and Son, he distinguishes neither from the God of the Old Testament Himself. This is not simply a matter of semantics, and our Lord Jesus is not merely a mythical, theological “eternal Son.”
He is God:
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. [Romans 9:3-5]
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s  good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. [Colossians 1:15-20]
Regarding theological concepts of the Person of God, Paul knew well that intellectuals and purveyors of cold rationality would attempt to form a god of their own understanding rendered through pure mental reasoning and head knowledge, and bypassing the heart:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. [Colossians 2:8-12]
Speaking of water baptism, there was no such thing as “title” baptism (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in the original community of saints throughout the entire Book of Acts and New Testament epistles. All baptism was by full immersion in the Name above all names—the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul reflected this fact in the passage above after claiming that YHWH came to earth and dwelt among us in human form, that our Lord Jesus is the supreme head over all authority and rule, that all real believers undergo the circumcision of Christ, and that all Scriptural water baptism is done in His Name. He also said God resurrected His own dead human body, which is exactly what the Lord Jesus said He would do:
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” [John 2:19] 
© 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [Part 1 of 2]
 Italicized words in the NASV95 New Testament are not in the original Greek text. Hence the word “Father” does not appear at this place in this passage.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Posted on September 16, 2011, in Teaching and tagged Acts of the Apostles, God's Blood, Lord Jesus, Monotheism, New Covenant, Real Christianity, Roman Triads, Tetragrammaton, The Sacrifice Lamb, YHWH. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
The present day church does not understand the concept of covenant, much less the blood covenant with which we have been bought. A good place to start might be, “The Blood Covenant” by E.W. Kenyon.
The blood covenant is foundational to our faith. Without the blood of Jesus we would be lost for all eternity. Jesus was the fulfillment of the “death sentence” on our heads for the sin and rebellion we were born into.
Praise God that we have been reconciled to Him through the blood of His Son.
Thanks! Sadly, you are quite correct. Unreal Christianity does not understand the blood covenant of the Lord Jesus BECAUSE IT DOES NOT ADHERE TO IT. It is OUT of covenant. Only the remnant of real believers partake of the covenant of blood. Both parties have sold out to the other to the point of death. Though repentance does not involve the actual spilling of blood, it is indicative of such because one must die before one can be born again. It is not easy. It is often very difficult letting go of our old life. The “old man/old self” DOES NOT WANT TO DIE! [See Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:22, and Colossians 3:9].
For new readers, see my post, “Cruel To Be Kind: Destroy Your Life to Save It.”
Joy fills my soul when I think of all that YHWH has done for you and I and what confidence we can have of our salvation and power of the Spirit within us to share with our Neighbor. I leave you with the WORD of Hebrews 10:19-25 and with a couple of songs that celebrate and reflect my confidence and reason for Joy.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (NASB)
The songs are “Yes I know” and “YHWH”. I will need send the first one by a second post. The second one you should be able to cut and paste in your browser.
Enjoy His Blessings….don
Yes I Know – Demo 4:28 Daywind Southern Gospel Hits Karaoke Style Volume 2 Gospel & Religious 5 9/16/2011 10:43 AM
Thanks for your comment and joy, Don, and thanks for the songs! I also quote the above Scripture passage in Part 2.
I have to reiterate the New Testament teaching that the Name of Jesus is the Name above every name [Philippians 2:9]. I have written long papers on the subject and don’t have the space to get into specifics, but God had revealed Himself in an ongoing way in ancient times to the patriarchs. He was the largely generic “Elohiym” of Genesis 1:1-2:3. He then became more well known relationally to mankind by revealing himself as YHWH to Adam, starting in Genesis 2:4.
Later, God reached the closest of relationships with a few key men by revealing Himself as “I AM,” or “I AM WHO I AM.” This is first recorded by Moses in Exodus 3:13-15. Thus, humanity knows God on different levels of relational closeness. These are not three different Gods but the same God, seen from far away, much closer, and then very close.
However, “YHWH” is not the Name above all names, nor is “I AM WHO I AM.” The Name “Jesus” is from the Hebrew “YeHOSHUA,” which means “YHWH-Salvation.” JESUS is the Name above all names. He is Elohiym. He is YHWH. He is the great “I AM.” A real relationship with Jesus is the closest relationship anyone could ever possibly have with God. Jesus IS God.
As Isaiah prophesied, He is Child, Son, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.
“Yes I Know” (The Blood Can Make the Vilest Sinner Clean):
Thanks for the clarification and insight. You are so right, for us it is all about JESUS, we are under His NEW Covenant, sealed with HIS Blood. I knew that; why didn’t I catch it in the song? I just love it when I am reminded. Thank you teacher and forgive my indiscretion.