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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Evening, September 15, 2002

The following sermon is adapted from one given by the "prince of preachers," C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892). It is shortened from the original, but it is Spurgeon's sermon, only slightly edited to make it more understandable to people today.

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven" (Hebrews 12:24-25).

I begin this great sermon by Spurgeon by reading a letter to John MacArthur which was sent from a preacher in Florida. A copy of the letter was also sent to me. The preacher in Florida wrote:

Dear Dr. MacArthur:

I write this letter out of respect for you and your ministry, which has been of great help to me personally on a number of Biblical truths you have well expounded over the years. I personally recommend your study Bible as by far one of the best, and we sell it through our church bookstore of which I am in charge. Recently, I ordered your series on "The Grip of God," and gained a wealth of expository material for my adult Sunday school class.

Over a decade ago, out of concerns my brethren expressed related to your views on the blood of Christ, I ordered for myself your 1987 cassette, "The Blood of Christ: Selected Scriptures," answering many of the charges and clarifying your position on the subject. I wanted to hear your statements firsthand. To my astonishment (and I have listened to the tape many times, and shared it with my pastor who agrees), everything you taught about the blood of Christ on this cassette only served to confirm much of the word of your critics on this subject. This was particularly evident to me in your reaffirmation that the term "blood" in reference to Christ's blood in the New Testament "always means His death," and that it is, as you put it, "a metonym of His death." Though not as proficient as you in Greek, I have finished seminary, and can recognize the difference between  thanatos and  haima as quickly as between "death" and "blood," to know for certain their respective and distinct meanings.

No doubt there are passages where "death" and "blood" refer to the same thing, but there are not a few doctrinal passages that make a clear distinction. It seems evident to me that we are saved by the blood of Christ and His death, which certainly takes the significance of both His death and His blood into account in the expiatory, redemptive work of Christ. The literal Greek of Rom. 3:25 is brought out well in the KJV, the Wuest Expanded NT, and the NIV, by the clause, "whom God had set forth to be a propitation through faith in his blood," speaking to us of the blood as an object of great doctrinal significance to our justifying faith. Of these two, His blood and His death, Lev. 17:11 speaks the loudest for the significance of blood itself in atonement, "for it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul," not, "the death maketh atonement for the soul."

I remember, not too many years ago, you humbly acknowledged a change of view on Christ's eternal Sonship. Would you, in Jesus' Name, please prayerfully consider the matter of no longer using the term "metonym for death" in reference to Christ's blood, and reconsider your view on the blood of Christ? Thank you for any considerations here, and any reply from you on this would be as much appreciated.

I think that preacher's comments bring out the problem that we face regarding the Blood of Christ issue today. Now I am presenting several sections of C. H. Spurgeon's "The Blood of Sprinkling" (first sermon, February 28, 1886). This sermon is very valuable because it shows us what the old-time preachers believed about the Blood of Christ. Here are selections of Spurgeon's sermon given in modern English:

I. First, the Blood of sprinkling is the center of the divine manifestation.

You are privileged by Almighty grace to come first to Mount Zion and to enter the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. In those golden streets you behold an innumerable company of angels. What a vision of glory! But you must not rest here, for the great general assembly of those enrolled in Heaven is being held, and everyone is there, with their God and Lord. Press onward to the throne itself, where the Judge of all is seated, surrounded by those spirits who have washed their robes and, therefore, stand before the throne of God in perfection.

Have you come a long way? Have you been admitted into the very center of revelation? Not yet. A step farther takes you to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. Now is your joy complete. But you have one more object to see. What is in that innermost shrine? What is it that is hidden away in the holy of holies? What is that which is the most precious and costly thing of all, the last, the ultimate, God's grandest revelation? The precious Blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot - the Blood of sprinkling. This comes last. It is the innermost truth of the dispensation of grace under which we live.

Brethren, when we climb to Heaven itself, and pass the gate of pearl, and make our way through the innumerable armies of angels, and come even to the throne of God, and see the spirits of just men made perfect, and hear their holy hymn, we shall not have gone beyond the influence of the Blood of sprinkling. Nay, we shall see it there more truly present than in any other place beside. "What!" say you, "the blood of Jesus in Heaven?" Yes. The earthly sanctuary, we are told, was purified with the blood of bulls and of goats, "but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these" (Hebrews 9:23).

When Jesus entered once for all into the holy place, He entered by His own Blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us: so says the apostle in the ninth chapter of the epistle. Let those who talk lightly of the precious Blood correct their view ere they be guilty of blasphemy - for the revelation of God knows no lower deep - this is the heart and center of all.

You have not come to the center of the great system of grace until you come to the Blood of sprinkling. Unless you have learned to rejoice in that Blood which takes away sin, you have not yet caught the key-note of the gospel dispensation. The Blood of Christ is the life of the gospel. Apart from the atonement you may know the skin, the rind, the husk of the gospel; but the inner kernel you have not discovered.

II. Second, this sprinkling of the Blood is absolutely
identical with Jesus Himself.

He says it is the Blood that speaketh, and then He says, "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh." This is very unexpected, which can only be explained upon the supposition that Jesus and the Blood are identical. By putting "him" for "it" the Spirit of God intentionally sets forth the striking truth that the sacrifice is identical with the Saviour.

"We are come to the Saviour, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh…see that ye refuse not him…" (Hebrews 12:24-25).

He says that it is the Blood that speaks. Beloved friends, there is no Jesus if there is no Blood of sprinkling. I put this strongly because the attempt is being made nowadays to set forth Jesus apart from His atonement. But where is Jesus apart from His sacrifice? He is not there if you have left out the Blood of sprinking! Without the atonement, no man is a Christian, and Christ is not Jesus. If you have torn away the sacrificial Blood, you have drawn the heart out of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and robbed it of its life. If you have trampled on the Blood of sprinkling, and counted it a common thing, instead of putting it above you upon the lintel of the door, and all around you on the side-posts, you have fearfully transgressed.

You can separate Jesus and the Blood materially; for by the spear-thrust, and all His other wounds, the Blood was drawn away from the Body of our Lord; but spiritually this "blood of sprinkling" and the Jesus by whom we live, are inseparable. In fact, they are one and indivisible. They are the same thing. And you cannot truly know Jesus, or preach Jesus, unless you preach Him as making peace by the Blood of the Cross. If you will not have the Blood of sprinkling, then you will not have Jesus at all! Isn't it clear in the text that Jesus and the Blood of sprinkling are the same? What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Note this right carefully.

III. Third, this Blood is always speaking.

The text does not say, "the blood of sprinkling that spoke." No! No! It says, "that speaketh." The Blood is always speaking as a testimony to men and a plea to God. It never will be silenced. In His intercession our risen Lord's sacrifice always speaks to God. And it always speaks to us on earth as well. It is the Blood that speaks. By day and night the Blood continues to cry to mankind, "Turn ye from your sins, for they cost the Saviour much. Your offended God has Himself provided a sacrifice; come and be sprinkled with its Blood, and be reconciled to God once and for all."

The voice of the Blood speaks wherever there is a guilty conscience, wherever there is an anxious heart, wherever there is a seeking sinner, wherever there is a believing mind. Oh, hear ye its voice! "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

The Apostle says that "ye are come to the blood of sprinkling." Is it so? Has the Blood of sprinkling ever been applied to you? Do you feel it? Are you cleansed?

I have little patience with those who dare to put this great truth into the background, and even sneer at it or misrepresent it on purpose. Sirs, if you would be saved you must have the Blood of sprinkling upon you. Those who refuse the atonement have signed their own death warrant, and none can wonder that they perish.

The Blood of Jesus says, "I was poured out for the guilty. I was shed to show forth God's love. I am sprinkled to cleanse from sin." Each drop as it falls creates peace of heart. Stand where that Blood is falling. Let it sprinkle on you.


Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Hebrews 12:22-24.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness"
   (by Count Nicolaus L. Zinzendorf, 1700-1760;
    translated by John Wesley, 1703-1791).



by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven" (Hebrews 12:24-25).

I.   The Blood of sprinkling is the center of the divine manifestation,
Hebrews 9:23.

II.  This sprinkling of the Blood is absolutely identical with
Jesus Himself, Hebrews 12:24-25.

III. This Blood is always speaking, Isaiah 1:18.

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