HT Chapel Library
The design of the following pages is to exhibit “the true grace of God” “without the works of the law” and only “by the blood of Jesus” (Heb 10:19). Our great aim is the glory of Christ in the conversion of souls; and the means employed to accomplish that end are simple statements concerning the great Scripture truth: that we are saved at once, entirely, and forever by the grace of God, “who is rich in mercy,” and that we have no part at all in the matter of our salvation save the beggar’s part, of accepting it as a “free gift” procured for us by “the precious blood of Christ” (1Pe 1:19).
And, as many are struggling to get up something of their own as a price to bring to God to buy salvation of Him, we have taken pains to show the entire uselessness of all such efforts; and have pointed out, we think, with some degree of clearness and by a variety of ways, that all true religion has a distinct beginning, and that that beginning dates from the time when a sinner stands at Calvary conscious of his utterly ruined condition, and realizes the truth that Jesus so completely satisfied God for sin, that He could say before He gave up the ghost, “It is finished” (Joh 19:30); so that “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7). “He his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree” (1Pe 2:24), and thereby, “having made peace by the blood of his cross” (Col 1:20), we may at once be “made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13), without anything of our own. That God—Who hath set Him forth “a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness” (Rom 3:25) in pardoning sin—will pardon all sin through faith in Him, for His own testimony is that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1Jo 1:7).
“The blood of Jesus” is the ground of peace with God to every believing sinner below, and it will be the subject of the everlasting song of the redeemed above. It is our all for acceptance with God, for pardon of sin, for “justification of life,” for adoption into God’s family, for holiness and glory. As the altar with its streaming blood stood at the very entrance of the ancient tabernacle, so the Lord Jesus Christ and “the blood of his cross” meet us at the very entrance of the Church of the redeemed. The blood-shedding of Jesus as “a propitiation for our sins” (1Jo 2:2) lies at the very threshold of the Christian life. It is the alphabet of Christian experience to know the value of “the blood of sprinkling” (Heb 12:24). The first step in the Christian course is into the “fountain opened” (Zec 13:1).
“The blood of Jesus” is our great and only theme in the following pages. May the divine Spirit make them to every reader “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom 1:16).
In closing these prefatory pages, the writer may remark, that although it would have been both easy and delightful to have written it wholly himself, he has purposely introduced extracts from various writers belonging to different sections of the Church of Christ—Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists, etc., that the anxious inquirer may enjoy the benefit of having saving truth presented to him in a variety of aspects, and may, at the same time, feel the moral effect of observing the perfect agreement of Spirit-taught Christians in the different branches of the Church of Christ, with regard to the one way of a sinner’s acceptance with God, “by the blood of Jesus.”
It is again issued with the earnest prayer that the Holy Spirit would so bless it to all inquirers who read it, that they may “enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb 10:19), and learn to sing “with joyful lips” the redemption-song: “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev 1:5-6).
—William Reid; Edinburgh, Scotland; January 1863
Table of Contents
1. Forgiveness of Sins through the Blood of Jesus
2. How Our Sins Are Taken Away by the Blood of Jesus
3. The Blood of Jesus, the Foundation of Our Peace and Joy
4. A Letter about the Blood of Jesus
5. Salvation through the Blood of Jesus, the Gift of God
6. The Blood of Jesus, Our Only Ground of Peace with God
7. Regeneration through the Blood of Jesus
8. Faith in the Blood of Jesus Essential to Salvation
9. The Blood of Jesus, the Believer’s Life of Peace
10. Faith in the Blood of Jesus, the Spring of Holiness
11. The Blood of Jesus, the Essence of the Gospel
12. The Holy Spirit’s Testimony to the Blood of Jesus