This death angel went to each home. The
people who had the blood over the doorpost were saved. There was not but one way to keep
death from coming to the home. That was to have the blood of the Lamb over the doorpost.
The blood of the lamb was a type of the blood of Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb that taketh away
the sins of the world, John 1:36. He is the Lamb without blemish. Each lamb that was
offered as a sacrifice was a type of Jesus, the Lamb of God. Be sure of this one thing:
Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin, Heb. 9:22. People have tried
to invent a way of salvation to take the place of the plan that God gave. All other plans
have failed. Man must come God's way to be saved.
Man cannot substitute church membership for
salvation. Can you imagine someone setting up another way to escape the death which was to
come to each home? He is a man who is smart. He has a lot of influence. He tries to
substitute a "more respectable plan." He leaves off the blood route. He tells
people all they need to do is come and join his church and believe like he believes. I
hear him saying, "All you need to do is become a member of my church and you will be
alright!" I see many of the people signing a card and moving their letter. They
become a member of his church. They shake the man's hand and move their letter.
The death angel came over the land at
midnight. The firstborn in every house died that trusted in the church membership. There
is not but one way to escape. That is the way God made for them. It is bad to see good
church members be lost when the midnight hour strikes. Everyone who ignores the plan of
God, and trust in some other way will be lost.
Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto
you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber." John 10:1.
Jesus is the door. If you come in by Him you
shall be saved. If you come in by the door, you shall be saved. There is no other way into
God's sheepfold. He openeth and no man shutteth. He shutteth and no man openeth, Rev. 3:7.
Man cannot substitute water baptism for
salvation. Suppose someone had told the people that he had found a way to escape death and
destruction: I see him making some other way. He is telling them to come and let him put
them under the water, and they will be safe when the death angel comes through.
Here comes a family and is baptized a certain
way. They are put under water, using a certain ceremony, just as the preacher told them.
The death angel comes through at midnight. Death is left in that home, because they did
not use the plan that God gave them to follow.
Salvation is in the blood. It is not found in
water. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth us from all sin. Had salvation been
in the water, all the people who were in Noah's flood would have been saved.
The blood of Jesus Christ. God's Son,
cleanseth us from all sin, and we have fellowship with one another, I John 1:7. Fellowship
is in the blood. Just because I am not put under water by your preacher, using the same
ceremony he suggests, does not mean that I am not in the family of God.
If the blood of Jesus Christ, cleanses you
from all sin, you will have fellowship with all God's people. By one Spirit, we are
baptized into one body, I Cor. 12:13. That does not say one word about water. The Spirit
puts us into Jesus Christ. We are baptized into water after we have been baptized into
Jesus Christ, Acts 10:47. Water is a symbol of the Spirit. If you do not first have the
Spirit, why run around arguing about the symbol?
The death angel is coming through the land.
The wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Rom. 6:3. We must trust in the finished word of Jesus Christ. Man cannot substitute church
doctrine for salvation. There are some self-appointed clergyman coming along and telling
people that they don't need to really put the blood over the doorpost of their home. I
hear him saying, "All you need to do is to just learn all of our church doctrine.
Attend a four year church school. Just read upon your church book and learn what we
believe and you will be alright."
Maybe some of the children learned the
catachism and memorized the church creed. They knew all about what their church believed.
But when the death angel came through at midnight the blood was not over the doorpost.
There was no protection. The Lord did not see the blood over the doorpost. There was death
and destruction. They did not do it God's way. Church membership will not save you. You
can join all the churches you want to. You can change from one church to another. You may
as well change labels on empty bottles. The inside has not changed. Thousands of people
are trusting church membership instead of trusting in the blood of Christ to wash away
their sins. God tells them That them that there is only one way of salvation. There is no
other way to be saved. "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby ye must be saved," Acts 14:12.
Man cannot substitute confession for
salvation. Some religious leader is saying, "Just move your letter. Make a confession
and we will accept you into our membership. This is all you need to do. You will be saved.
Don't be afraid. You can't be lost. Only believe and confess is all you need to do."
That did not keep the midnight hour from coming through the land. That did not keep death
from striking every home that did not have the blood. Confessing and moving their letter
did not hold back the judgement.
Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3. Man can never substitute
his righteousness for salvation. Human nature is forever the same. There is some old
"do gooders" who have told some people that they could trust in their goodness.
The Jews trusted in their own righteousness instead of the righteousness of God, Rom.
10:3. The Lord said our righteousness is as filthy rags, Isa. 61:6.
We cannot trust our goodness to save us.
There is none righteous, no not one, Rom. 3:10. All of our goodness is not enough to
redeem us out of the devil's pawn shop. All of our works will not lift us out of the
dungeon. All of our money will not be enough to pull us out of Satan's pawn shop, and buy
us back after we have sold our self. We are not redeemed by silver and gold, but by the
precious blood of Jesus, I Peter 1:18. We have sold ourselves for naught, but we will be
redeemed, without money, Isa. 52:3.
Man cannot life himself by his own
bootstraps. He must have a Saviour. Trying to save yourself by doing the best you can is
like dressing up a pig on the outside, giving it a bath, or putting perfume on it. On the
inside it still has the pig nature. We must have our nature changed. We must be born from
above and become a new creature, II Cor. 5:17. Jesus moves in us and lives this life for
us. No man can live right without Him on the inside. He is our righteousness. We are dead
and our life is hid with Christ in God, Col. 3:3. Christ in us is the hope of our glory,
Col. 3:4. Christ is our life, Col. 3:4. We go in His stead, II Cor. 5:20. He lives within.
That is what it means to be a Christian. It is not what we do for Him. It is what He has
done for us that saves us. We work for God, not to be saved. We are saved by grace. We get
our rewards by works, Rev. 20:12.
Man cannot substitute sincerity for
salvation. Suppose some well-meaning person had said, "Just believe any way you want
to, just so you are sincere about it. You will be alright if you are sincere. Don't worry.
If you are sincere the death angel will pass over you when the midnight hour comes. Death
and destruction would have hit that home just as sure as midnight came.
My friend, it is the same way today. Don't
listen to all those people who tell you just any way will do. God demands one thing. That
is the blood of Jesus be applied to your soul.
Man cannot substitute modernism for
salvation. There are hundreds of false religions today. There is one way you can tell the
false religions from the true religion. That is the blood test. Every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. It is the spirit of
the antichrist, I John 4:3.
The false religions have songs and sermons
with the word "blood" taken out. The word "atonement" means "at
one ment". You will find that word many places in the Bible. It has been used for
thousands of years. God introduced this word. In every case it is pointing to Jesus the
one true way. There is no other way to be saved.