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Sunday Sermon with Apostle Chisale
Greetings beloved nation in the name of Jesus Christ. First St John 5:8 says, “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
We can see in this scripture that these three are in agreement or they are witnesses of the divine things of God. As we continue with the topic of the blood of Jesus in this season of Passover you will notice that many of the things that the blood of Jesus does are also done by the spirit and by the word of God.
So we come to a conclusion that the spirit, the blood and the word of God work together to accomplish great things for God. The blood of Jesus and the spirit of God are completely united in the spiritual work that they do as one of the greatest Evangelists, Dag-Heward Mills said.
In 1 John 5:8 we notice that the spirit, the blood and the water are in great agreement and united in their work. The water there speaks of the word of God according to Ephesians 5:26 which says, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” It can be seen that the spirit, the word and the blood give life.
This we find in the following three scriptures;(i) Luke 4:4 which says “And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”, (ii) John 6:54 says, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day” And (iii) John 6:63 which says, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
Both the spirit and the blood bring us closer to God as we note in Ephesians 2:13 which says, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” and Ephesians 2:18 which says, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” It is apparent to us the importance of the blood of Jesus in a Christian’s life and also the importance of the Holy Spirit as well as the word of God. That’s why these three witness on earth. In other words they are inseparable.
We realise that the blood of Jesus at Calvary made it possible for the outpouring of the spirit at Pentecost. We note that Pentecost happened a few weeks after the death of Jesus Christ so that Jesus could baptise us with the spirit after he had shed his blood. We observe that even the disciples who were with Jesus Christ, could not be given the Holy Spirit until after he died. Jesus Christ longed to bless them but he could not do so until the blood was shed.
The Old Testament priests were anointed with oil which speaks of the spirit only after they were anointed with the blood as it can be seen in Leviticus 14: 25-28. We realise how important the death of Jesus Christ and the shedding of blood was in releasing so many benefits upon our lives so that we are able to enjoy the full privilege that was upon Jesus Christ when he was on earth, and that took the blood of Jesus. So ladies and gentlemen let us not despise or tread underfoot the son of God or the blood of his covenant.
Wherewith he was sanctified, John the Baptist in John 1:29 described Jesus as doing two main things. He proclaimed Jesus to be the one who will take away the sins with his blood and baptise with the Holy Spirit. John 15:3 says, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” And John 1:33 says, “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptise with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptiseth with the Holy Ghost.”
It is apparent that both the blood and the spirit emanate from the Lamb of God and the throne. I want to invite those who are not born again to come to Jesus, accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour. The Bible says if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth you shall be saved. May the Lord God bless our beloved nation Zimbabwe. Amen
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