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DELIVERANCE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Saturday Afternoon, September 1, 2018

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:23-25).


It was my privilege and joy to win a young woman to Christ last Sunday night. I had not won a soul for several weeks. I had been preaching on discipleship. That was an important subject, but it did not give me half as much joy as leading that young woman to trust Jesus!

If you have read my life story you know how much I hated studying for three long years in a liberal seminary. But I led two lost Baptist preachers to Christ while I was there. The joy I felt over winning them to Christ made up for the sadness I felt while studying there among unbelievers. I think that is why the Apostle Paul told young Timothy, “endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist” (II Timothy 4:5). I think Paul knew that Timothy could “endure afflictions” if he did the work of an evangelist. Each soul Timothy won would make him so joyful that he could “endure afflictions” no matter how bad things got! I felt like a young man again after winning that girl to Christ last Sunday night!

I have been preaching evangelistic sermons for over sixty years, and I have no desire to stop now! Why would any man want to retire from doing something that made him happy?

Bring in the sheaves, Bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, Bringing in the sheaves!
   (“Bringing in the Sheaves” by Knowles Shaw, 1834-1878).

And so, I rejoiced again last Sunday night when I helped that young woman come to Jesus! But I could never have helped her if I had not known what was in our text.

“Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you... This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:24, 25).

You may say, “What do those verses say about soul winning? Those verses speak of the Lord’s Supper. How do they apply to soul winning?” Here is what they say to me – there are two elements in the Lord’s Supper, not one! First, Christ’s body which died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Second, the Blood of Christ, which cleanses us from all sin! One famous new-evangelical is teaching that the Blood is only another word for the death of Jesus. If he is right, why are there two elements in the Lord’s Supper? Things that are different are not the same!

When I was studying in that liberal seminary, one of my professors quoted Harry Emerson Fosdick in almost every class. He called Fosdick a defender of Christianity! Actually Fosdick was a bitter enemy of Christ and the Bible. When he was at Union Theological Seminary, the great Chinese evangelist Dr. John Sung was studying there. Dr. Sung had an experience in which he was cleansed by the Blood of Jesus. Fosdick had Dr. Sung put in chains in a mental institution. By the intervention of God, Dr. Sung escaped from being imprisoned. He went back to China and became a world-famous evangelist. But listen to what Harry Emerson Fosdick said about the Blood of Christ.

The blood of Christ has been carried over from primitive concepts. Semimagical ideas concerning the blood are woven into some Christian hymns, sermons and prayers (A Guide to Understanding the Bible, Harper, 1938, p. 560).

What blows my mind is that many new-evangelicals now believe exactly what Fosdick believed about the Blood of Jesus. These new-evangelical preachers say things like this, “Christ’s own physical blood does not cleanse from sin.” This same man said, “Blood is used as a substitute for death.” I wonder how he can serve the Lord’s Supper – which clearly teaches that the body and Blood of Jesus are two different things!

This is an important point, and I for one am never going to let it go! If I had told that girl last Sunday that Christ’s “blood does not cleanse from sin” she would still be lost! Young people today don’t think like people used to think. If I tell them Christ died for their sins, they often can’t wrap their minds around it. They want something more. The Devil tells them they have to have a feeling of some sort. They grab onto a feeling as “something more.” They stay lost. But if I tell them about Christ’s Blood, it satisfies many of them, and they trust Jesus and are saved. That is why we must preach both elements in the Lord’s Supper – the death of Christ’s body – and the Blood of Christ.

I. First, lost people are saved by faith in Christ’s Blood.

Romans 3:24 and 25 says,

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...” (Romans 3:24, 25).

“Propitiation” means “place of mercy.” So, we have mercy from Christ “through faith in his blood.”

And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine – bought with the precious Blood of Christ.
   (“In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2001).

But how can that be if there is no Blood?

Thank God the Blood of Jesus is still available! Dr. Andrew Murray pointed out where the Blood of Jesus is today. In Hebrews 12:22-24 we are given a list of things that are in Heaven. Among them is the Blood of Jesus. Dr. Murray said,

In heaven, where God the judge of all is, and where Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant is, there also is “the blood of sprinkling” (Hebrews 12:23, 24).

The Bible plainly tells us in Hebrews 12:23, 24 that the Blood of Jesus is in Heaven. The famed preacher John Chrysostom, of the ancient church, said the same thing. Chrysostom said,

His Blood was borne up into Heaven. Thou seest then that we partake of Blood which has been carried into the Holy Place, the true Holy Place in Heaven (John Chrysostom, Homilies on Hebrews, p. 517).

The great Reformer John Calvin said it as well.

The blood of Christ, which is subject to no corruption, is sufficient for us even to the end of the world, because the blood of Christ is always distilling before the presence of the Father (John Calvin, Commentary on Hebrews, p. 235).

The 17th century commentator Matthew Poole said,

He entered once into the holy place; with this blood of the covenant he entered immediately upon the breathing out of His soul on the cross, into the holy of holies in heaven (Matthew Poole, A Commentary on the Whole Bible, volume 3, p. 849).

Spurgeon, the greatest Baptist preacher of all time, said,

When we go into heaven itself we shall not have gone beyond the blood of sprinkling; nay, we shall see it there more truly present than any other place. “What!” you say, “the blood of Jesus in heaven?” Yes! Let those who talk lightly of the precious blood correct their view ere they be guilty of blasphemy. For me there is nothing worth thinking of or preaching about but this grand theme. The blood of Christ is the life of the gospel (C. H. Spurgeon, “The Blood of Sprinkling,” February 28, 1886, M.T.P., volume 32, p. 121).

And Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the world famous Bible teacher, said,

His blood is even now in heaven, and throughout endless ages it will be there to remind us of the awful price Christ paid to redeem us (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible, volume 5, page 560).

II. Second, the Blood of Christ overcomes Satan and his demons!

The Bible tells us that the Christians in the Great Tribulation will overcome Satan “by the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). When I am preaching to young people today, I know that many of them, even from Christian homes, have committed sins we never heard of when I was young. Many of them have smoked marijuana and other drugs. Most of them have had sex. Nearly all of them have looked at pornography, and many have committed sins too horrible to mention. When they come to us it is obvious that some are demonized, and if they took LSD, they are demon possessed. They want to be free from condemnation, but the Devil comes to them at night and torments them, reminding them of the awful sins they have committed. What are we to say to them that will help them? Psychology doesn’t help. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t give them peace at all. That’s one of the reasons so many young people take opioids today. They swallow handfuls of pills to try and block out the flashbacks that torment them for their sins. What can I say to help them? I know that someone will call me a charismatic, which I am not! But I must tell you that America has become a mission field. Just as foreign missionaries cast out demons, I have done that too. But still that doesn’t bring full relief. Still the demon powers come to torment them in the night! Then I learned the secret of full deliverance from my Chinese pastor. It’s in Revelation 12:7-12. It’s on page 1341 in the Scofield Study Bible. Please stand as I read it.

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:7-12).

You may be seated.

The Tribulation saints overcome torments of the demonic by “the blood of the Lamb.” When the flashbacks come to torment them, I tell them to sing an old-fashioned hymn,

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
   There’s power in the blood, power in the blood.
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
   There’s wonderful power in the blood.
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).

Stand and sing the chorus with me. It’s number 11 on your song sheet.

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.

You may be seated.

If you are still tormented, come and see Dr. Cagan, me, or John Cagan. You may need deliverance from some strong demon first. Listen to the great Gospel song Mr. Griffith sang a moment ago. The words were written by Dr. Oswald J. Smith. The music was composed by Dr. Homer Rodeheaver. George Beverly Shea sang it many times before Billy Graham preached on Satan and his demons.

One sat alone beside the highway begging,
His eyes were blind, the light he could not see.
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows
Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee.
When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken;
When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away,
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.

From home and friends the evil spirits drove him,
Among the tombs he dwelt in misery;
He cut himself as demon powers possessed him,
Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken;
When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away,
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.

So men today have found the Saviour able,
They could not conquer passion, lust and sin;
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely,
Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself, within.
When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken;
When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away,
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
   (“Then Jesus Came” by Dr. Oswald J. Smith, 1889-1986;
      music by Homer Rodeheaver, 1880-1955).


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“Then Jesus Came” (by Dr. Oswald J. Smith, 1889-1986;
music by Homer Rodeheaver, 1880-1955).


THE OUTLINE OF

DELIVERANCE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:23-25).

(II Timothy 4:5)

I.   First, lost people are saved by faith in Christ’s Blood, Romans 3:24, 25;
Hebrews 12:23, 24.

II.  Second, the Blood of Christ overcomes Satan and his demons!
Revelation 12:7-12.