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Part 4 of a series. Read part 3.
Editor's Note: As Archibald Brown continued his sermon on the landmarks of authentic Christianity found in Scripture, he next turned to the "landmark stained with blood" - the full and final atonement for sin made by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, with His own blood. Readers may also be interested in a study of this topic in our Bible Knowledgebase focusing on the types and symbols of Christ's atonement found in the Old Testament Levitical system, titled The Cross: The Only Place of Double Imputation. - Paul Elliott
The second doctrinal landmark I would lead you to is salvation by atonement. This is a landmark stained with blood. Many are the declarations engraved upon it. Let us read a few.
There is one marked Matthew twenty-six verse twenty-eight. It runs thus, "This is My blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Another, Romans four verse twenty-five: "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."
Another, Galatians, three verse thirteen: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree."
Surely if words teach anything plainly, these teach the momentous fact that our salvation is one procured by blood. Satisfaction made by a substitute, and that substitute a dying one, could not be more distinctly stated. This truth is the pith and marrow of the Gospel. It is the "good news". Christ in the sinner's place, bearing the sinner's sins and enduring the sinner's punishment. Pardon bought with blood. Peace brought by the cross. Life by a Savior's death.
Bold must be the hands that dare shift this awful landmark of Jehovah. Yet they are found. Words have been uttered concerning the doctrine of atonement so full of blasphemy that we cannot force our lips to repeat them here. The blood of the everlasting covenant has been accounted an unholy thing and trodden under foot.
And where no syllable is breathed against it, yet is it often despised by silence. Is there no preaching of salvation by the virtue of morality? No putting of repentance and sacraments in the holy place of atonement? Yes, be it said with shame, and by those that call themselves the preachers of the cross.
Oh, members of this church and ye who love the Lord in every place, I charge you revere this landmark set up from before the foundation of the world. In solitary grandeur let this truth stand forth, both in heart and word, salvation by blood alone.
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