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WITH OR WITHOUT BLOOD

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, January 21, 2018

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).


The majority of Spurgeon’s converts were not instant, but started with a few weeks or even months of painful conviction and sorrow before trusting in Christ alone and finding joy and assurance. Here are two testimonies of young ladies that were converted under Spurgeon’s preaching.

Mary Edwards,

      Her heart remained hard until she heard Mr. Spurgeon preach. She became very afraid of judgment for her sin. She kept coming to church but remained in despair for several months. Then she heard Mr. Spurgeon preach on Jesus’ love. She trusted Jesus and His atoning blood, and rejoiced. She trusted Jesus alone, and was saved. She is still looking to Jesus alone.

Mary Jones,

      She came to hear Mr. Spurgeon preach out of curiosity. She left the church in fear. She said, “I wish I had never gone to hear him preach. I determined never go to again. But I felt miserable if I stayed away. I was miserable if I came to hear him preach, and I was miserable if I stayed away. At last I trusted Christ and in Him I found peace and comfort. I did not find Christ until I gave up seeking peace in anything else but Jesus. I tried everything else first. But nothing else gave me peace until I found Christ and His all-saving Blood.”

Before I come to preach Mr. Griffith will come to sing a hymn that was used in Spurgeon’s church to help many young people trust Jesus.

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

Great Spurgeon is often called “the Prince of Preachers.” Indeed, there has been no greater preacher of the Gospel than him. His theme throughout his ministry was always the salvation of sinners through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. And that theme was always underscored by his preaching on the Saviour’s Blood, shed on the Cross for the remission of sin. Thus Spurgeon often preached and quoted our text.

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

But the word “remission” is unknown to most modern people. We must look to the Greek word from which “remission” is translated to get a better understanding of its meaning. Strong’s Concordance tells us that the Greek word is “aphěsis.” It means “freedom,” “pardon,” “deliverance,” “liberty,” and “forgiveness.” Our text may be made clear by adding those words,

“Without shedding of blood is no freedom, no pardon, no deliverance, no liberty, no forgiveness.”

No wonder Spurgeon quoted the Blood verses so often. In one famous sermon Spurgeon said this,

“There are some preachers who do not preach about the blood of Jesus Christ, and I have one thing to say to you concerning them: Never go to hear them! Never listen to them! A ministry that has no blood in it is lifeless, and a dead ministry is no good to anybody.”

The importance of the Blood is made clear by our text,

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

I. First, consider what will happen to you without the shedding of Christ’s Blood.

Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood there is no freedom from your sin. Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood there is no pardon for your sin. Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood there is no deliverance from your sin. Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood there is no liberty from your sin. Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood there is no forgiveness of your sin. The only thing that awaits you at death is the fire of Hell.

Hell was preached at the great Cambuslang revival in Scotland. “The preachers at Cambuslang believed in a literal Hell, with all its torments. They were too earnest not to warn their hearers of Hell. They were understood by many. A twenty-one-year-old man ‘thought I saw Hell at a distance from me, as a pit where lost souls were burning, and the demons going among them.’ A boy of fifteen, before he fainted, said, ‘I saw the flames of Hell coming up to me.’ One young woman could hardly breathe because of the smell of brimstone, ‘the smell of the lake of fire and brimstone in the bottomless pit.’” (The Cambuslang Revival, The Banner of Truth, 1971, p. 154).

I do not, however, base my belief in Hell on these human experiences. I believe in Hell because it is taught by God in the Bible. Jesus had more to say about Hell than anyone else in Scripture. He said to the unbelievers of His time, “How can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33). Christ warned unbelievers that they would go to “Hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched” (Mark 9:43). Christ told of a rich man in Hell who cried, “I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24). Spurgeon said,

What a woe it would be to spend one hour in Hell! Oh, how you would wish then that you had sought the Saviour! But alas, there is no such thing as one hour in Hell. Once lost, you are lost forever!

Again Spurgeon said,

You are hanging over the mouth of Hell by a single thread: and that thread is breaking. Only a gasp for breath, only a stopping of your heart for a single moment, and you will be in an eternal world, without God, without hope, without forgiveness. Oh, can you face it?

Once you are in Hell you will realize, too late, that

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

That will happen to you unless your sin is cleansed by the shed Blood of Jesus Christ!

Then too, there are your sins which will face you and condemn you at the Judgment. You thought your sin was secret. You forgot that

“God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing...” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).

There may be someone here tonight who thinks they can hide their sin, that no one will know about it. They forgot that

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil...” (Proverbs 15:3).

And many people are poisoned by sin that they keep remembering. They are actually made sick physically by their secret sin. Like David they feel “my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3). I think many cases of heart disease, and other sicknesses, come from the torment of unconfessed and unforgiven sin. The great Puritan scholar John Owen said, “By faith we receive the purifying virtue and influences of the blood of Christ.” But you will never find true peace, for

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

And then there are the sins of the heart. You may think that no one sees the sins of your heart. But you are wrong. The Bible says,

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked... I the Lord search the heart... even to give every man according to his ways” (Jeremiah 17:9, 10).

No one else may know the sins of your heart, but God searches your heart, and God will judge the sins that are hidden there, because

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

No freedom from your sin. No deliverance from your sin. No liberty from your sin. No forgiveness of your sin. Never free from it. Never delivered from it. Never liberated from it. Never forgiven of it. What a horrible predicament you are in!

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

But thank God there is more in the Bible.

II. Second, consider what will happen to you if you have the shed Blood of Christ.

The Blood of Christ reverses the order of our text. With the Blood of Jesus your sins are erased for ever! With the Blood of Jesus there is pardon of your sin. With the Blood of Jesus there is deliverance from your sin. With the Blood of Jesus there is liberty from your sin. With the Blood of Jesus there is forgiveness of your sin. With the Blood of Jesus what awaits you is the glory of Heaven! We are given a glimpse of Heaven in the Book of Revelation with Christians singing to Jesus there,

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

We who are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus will sing about His saving Blood throughout eternity! As Fanny Crosby put it in her wonderful hymn,

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
   Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
   His child and forever I am.
Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am.
   (“Redeemed” by Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915).

Sing the chorus with me!

Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am.

The Blood that redeems us is no ordinary Blood. In Acts 20:28 we learn how great Christ’s Blood is. I am giving you the New International translation for clarity:

“Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

Clearly here we see that we are purchased by the “Blood of God.” Christ is God incarnate, “very God of very God” – God in human flesh. So it is perfectly correct to call the Blood, the “Blood of God.” That is why great Spurgeon said,

“A bloodless gospel...is a gospel of devils.”

“The bloody sacrifice of Calvary is the only hope of sinners.”

Let modern preachers beware who say the “Blood” is only another word for Jesus’ death – beware! A bloodless gospel is a gospel of devils! Again, great Spurgeon said this,

“There may be some sins of which we cannot speak, but there are no sins which the blood of Christ cannot wash away.”

Charles Wesley said it well,

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
   He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
   His blood availed for me.
(“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” by Charles Wesley, 1707-1888;
       to the tune of “O Set Ye Open Unto Me”).

Sing it!

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
   He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
   His blood availed for me.

“Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!” Sing it!

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
   Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
   His child and forever I am.
Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am.

“There is Power in the Blood”! Sing it!

There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the precious blood of the Lamb!
(“There is Power in the Blood” by Lewis E. Jones, 1865-1936).

Sing it again!

There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the precious blood of the Lamb!

When I was in the seminary north of San Francisco I attended many Bible studies with Hippies. It was in the Jesus Movement of the early 1970s. Many of those young people took mind-altering drugs like LSD. Some of them became demon possessed through that sin. They were wild – like the Gadarene demoniac. I remember seeing some brothers trying to cast demons out of a young Hippie girl. They commanded the demons to come out, but nothing happened. Then one brother started to sing,

There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the precious blood of the Lamb!

The girl screamed at the top of her lungs. He sang it again,

There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
   In the precious blood of the Lamb!

She screamed again and then the demons came out of her mouth, just as they did when Jesus was on earth. After a while that girl was free! She sat on the floor and drank a glass of water. I knew her for a long time after that. She became a good, solid Christian. I told my pastor Dr. Lin about it at the Chinese Baptist church. He said, “Yes, Bob. If a Baptist preacher in China does not know how to cast out demons by the power of Christ’s Blood no one will come to hear him preach!” I knew for sure that I had seen a dramatic display of the wonder working power of Christ’s Blood! I am sure that Spurgeon himself would have been pleased! The Blood of Jesus is more powerful than LSD, heroin, or any other drug used by Satan to destroy our young people! The Blood of Jesus can cleanse any sin of your heart or life!

I was looking at a copy of “The Free Grace Broadcaster.” It is a Reformed periodical with many great sermons from preachers of the past – men like John Gill, J. C. Ryle, Octavius Winslow, and Spurgeon. The copy I was looking at has sermons by those men on the power of Christ’s Blood in the atonement, in propitiation, in redemption. One of those great Calvinistic preachers said this,

There exists an essential element of preciousness in Christ’s blood. It flowed from arteries untouched, untainted by the virus of sin...a holy Saviour offering a sinless atonement for unholy, sinful man. Hence the preciousness of His blood.
       Look at it, beloved, in this light: and your heart will glow with loving adoration and praise, as you kneel before Christ and [have your conscience cleansed by] that blood, which pardons, covers, and cancels all your guilt.

And now let us apply this remission, this forgiving of sins, to those who have not yet been converted. A Muslim never has his sins forgiven. He does not say so, for the Koran never tells him how to have them forgiven. Meet a man who is trying to be saved by being good enough. He says, “I hope my sins will be forgiven.” Meet an atheist or an agnostic. They never know that their sins are forgiven.

Have I got a lost man, or woman, or young person here this evening? Lost person! Do you feel that you are lost? I am so glad if you do. For there is remission, the forgiveness of sins – by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Oh sinner, look! Do you see Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating drops of Blood for you? Do you see Jesus hanging on the Cross? He was nailed there for you. Oh, if I could be nailed on a cross for you this evening, I know what you would do: you would fall down and kiss my feet, and weep and cry out that I died for you. But, lost sinner, Jesus died for you – for you! And since He bled for you, you cannot be lost if you come to Him and trust Him. Are you, then, a sinner? Are you convinced of sin because you do not believe fully on Christ? I have authority to preach to you. Trust in Jesus and you cannot be lost! Trust in Jesus Himself, not that He died for you. But trust Jesus Christ Himself.

Do you say that you are not a sinner? Do you say that you have no sins that need to be forgiven? Then I have no Christ to preach to you. He did not come to save good people; He came to save the sinful. Are you sinful? Do you feel your sinfulness? Are you lost? Do you know it? Are you sinful? Will you admit it? Sinner! if Jesus were here this evening, He would stretch out His bleeding hands to you, and say, “Sinner, I died for you. Will you trust me?” He is not here in person, but He has sent me to tell you this. Will you believe Him? “Oh!” but you say, “I am a bad sinner!” “Oh!” says Jesus, “that is just why I died for you, because you are a sinner.” “But,” you say, “I have done things and thought things that I am ashamed of.” Jesus says, “It is all forgiven, all washed away by the Blood that ran from my hands and feet and side. Only trust in me; that is all I ask.” Trust Jesus Christ Himself.

But someone says, “I do not want a Saviour.” Then I have nothing to say to you except this – “The wrath to come! The wrath to come!” Judgment is coming for you!

But do you feel that you are guilty? Do you hate your sins, and are you willing to turn away from them and turn to Christ? Then I can tell you that Christ died for you. Believe in Christ! Trust in Him! Trust Jesus Christ Himself.

A young man wrote a letter to Spurgeon when Spurgeon was going to a certain town to preach. He said, “Sir, when you come, please preach a sermon that will fit my case. I have heard that we must think ourselves to be the wickedest people on earth, or we cannot be saved. I try to think that I am wicked, but I cannot. I want to be saved, but I do not know how to repent enough.” Spurgeon said, “If I get to see him when I go there to preach, I will tell him, God does not require that you think of yourself as the wickedest person on earth, because there are obviously people more wicked than you. There are some people who are not as sinful as others are.

What God requires is this: that a person says, ‘I know more about myself than other people do. I don’t know much about them. But what I see about myself, especially about my heart, I don’t think that many people can be worse than me. They may do worse things than I do, but I have heard more sermons, more warnings, and therefore I am guiltier than them.’ I want you to come to Christ Himself, and say, ‘Lord, I have sinned.’ Your business is to come and say, ‘Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ That is all. Do you feel yourself lost? Then again I say, ‘Come to Jesus Himself. He will wash away your sins in His precious Blood.’”

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

To end this sermon I will say there is not a lost sinner in this place, who knows that he is lost, who cannot have all his sins forgiven and “rejoice in the hope and the glory of God.” Though you are as black as Hell in sin, you can be as white as Heaven this very night. The very moment that a sinner believes on Jesus he is saved by the Blood of Jesus. Let this verse become true in your heart and life:

Just as I am, without one plea
   But that Thy blood was shed for me;
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
(“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871).

Come here to the first two rows. Confess your sins to God. Then trust Jesus, come to Jesus, be washed clean from your sins by the precious Blood of Jesus.


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“There Is a Fountain” (by William Cowper, 1731-1800;
to the tune of “Amazing Grace”).


THE OUTLINE OF

WITH OR WITHOUT BLOOD

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

I.    First, consider what will happen to you without the shedding
of Christ’s Blood, Matthew 23:33; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 51:3; Jeremiah 17:9, 10.

II.   Second, consider what will happen to you if you have the shed
Blood of Christ, Revelation 5:9; Acts 20:28.