As the old hymn says, “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” In this message, Dr. Stanley explains the effects of sin in our lives and how Jesus’ blood redeems, justifies, and sanctifies us. Discover forgiveness and freedom at the foot of the cross. For more messages from Charles Stanley, including this week’s broadcast, go to

the subject of this sermon we sing about

we don’t talk much about it and I’m not

too sure we believe all that we ought to

believe about it but it’s important that

you listen very carefully because it

affects every single one of us and you

may be one of those persons who’s never

heard it before you need to listen to it

carefully because it’ll affect the way

you live and the way you die and so when

I think about it being that serious I

think about to think that some people

shun the whole idea and they’re not just

electing it but there are those

denominations that cut these pages out

of their hem books because they’ve

decided that it’s not important that it

offends people so all kinds of ideas and

attitudes about it

but the truth is without it you and I

wouldn’t be here today

so what’s the subject the subject is the

blood of Jesus Christ

and more than likely many of you who may

be listening or watching you’ve never

heard a sermon on it you’ve thought

about it you’ve wondered about it maybe

you’ve even mentioned it in your prayers

but you haven’t fully understood what

it’s all about so I’m to ask you to

listen very carefully

your whole eternal future may depend

upon it so I want to talk about the

blood of Jesus how it applies to every

single one of us so I want you to turn

if you will to the 1st Peter chapter 1

and I want us to begin reading just a

few of the verses here beginning in

verse 17 of first Peter chapter 1 if you

address his father the one who

impartially judges according to each

one’s work conduct yourselves in fear

during the time of your stay here on


knowing that you were not redeemed with

perishable things like silver ago from

your futile way of life inherited from

your forefathers but with precious blood

as of a lamb unblemished and spotless

the blood of Christ for he was foreknown

before the foundation of the world

but as appeared in these last times for

the sake of you who through him are

believers in God who raised him from the

dead and gave him glory so that your

faith and your hope are in God now

when’s the last time you heard a message

on the blood of Jesus well it’s been a

while since I preached one and more than

likely it’s been a while since you’ve

heard one and the more I’ve thought

about it and the more the Lord began to

speak to my heart to remind me this is

the heart of the gospel that all the

things we can say about other subjects

and all that relates to it this is the

very heart of the truth of what you now

believe and it’s the message they need

to get you to heaven or you’ll lose and

miss it so I want you to listen very

carefully because I just really want to

say two things about it and the first

one is the seriousness of sin when you

sin against God especially if you keep

on sinning against God especially if you

keep on doing the same thing over and

over and over again you set yourself up

for divine chastisement and if you’ve

never trusted Christ as your Savior

you’re gonna be rejected one of these

days when you stand before the judgment

sin is serious business with God because

it has eternal consequences and it

doesn’t make any difference who you are

it doesn’t make a difference where

you’re from what’s your vocation how

much wealth you have you name it there

is nothing that matters sin is

disobedience to a holy God

and he warns us from the beginning of

the Bible to the end that God hates sin

because of what it does to his children

to his creation and you and I read the

Bible enough to know that all through

the world of God sin is sinned as a

destroyer a divider you name it all the

qualities that we mentioned that’s what

sin is so in light of that you say well

what’s the nature of sin and I want you

to think about this is the true nature

of sin we said it’s serious but how

serious is it

so the true nature of sin first of all

it deceives it started to save you

because you wouldn’t keep doing what

you’re doing if sin didn’t deceive you

that is your okay it’s all right God

loves you God understands and so you

just keep disobeying God and being

deceived into thinking that you are an

exception to the laws of God to the

consequences of sin you’re deceived

secondly it disappoints sin always makes

big-time office if you’ll do this you’ll

feel fantastic if you’ll do this he or

she will do thus and so and so when you

think about the disappointments all of

us have had in life about different

things but sin is a disappointment

because it makes awesome promises it

cannot produce it may be temporarily

satisfying but that’s what sin if sin

had no satisfaction whatsoever

you wouldn’t be sinning it has temporary

satisfaction but it’s a deceiver and it

disappoints it is destructive all you

need to do is to look around and realize

how destructive sin is it takes many

many pathways but ultimately it’ll

destroy you it destroys families it

destroys marriages it destroys jobs

it destroys future destroy children you

name it sin is destructive by its nature

and then think about it

ultimately sin brings death now what do

I hesitate about that because I want to

say that sin oftentimes brings death

over a period of time sometimes it’s

instant but the worst thing is that it’s

eternal and its effect the Bible says

the soul that sinneth that you’ll die

the wages of sin is death and so if I

had to stop right there this would be a

terrible life but thank God we don’t

have to stop there so let’s think about


what is the saving power that brings

about forgiveness of sin

it’s the saving power of the blood of

Jesus Christ and I want you think about

this go back if you will to the 3rd

chapter of Genesis all the way back to

the beginning and when you do here’s

what you’ll discover you’ll discover in

this perfect Garden of Eden that Adam

and Eve had everything going their way

but then had a choice God gave them a

choice and so they sinned against God

and the scripture says in the verse 20

of chapter 3 now the man called his

wife’s name Eve because she was the

mother of all living

they’d sent against God the Lord God

made garments of skin for Adam and his

wife and clothed them

he killed a lamb shed blood and covered

them the Bible says in that birth with

skins so in the very beginning of the

Bible with the first sin God shed blood

in their behalf God began in the very

beginning to say if you’re going to be

saved the blood has to be shed there is

a cost the sin the price of sin is blood

if the price of sin is the blood of

Jesus but all the way back in those days

before they knew anything about what you


know about the issue was forgiveness

required death in the shedding of blood

so when you come to Jesus after he came

into the world and he’s talking about

sin and you remember what he said about

he began to talk about the blood to his

disciples and then that might have the

Lord something

what’s the Lord’s Supper all about it’s

all about the blood of the Lord Jesus

Christ bringing about salvation to

remind it to us of what happened then

with that in mind I want to give you

four words there four words I want to

give you which really describe this

whole redemptive plan of God they all

have to do with the blood of Jesus

they’re all a part of that but you can

just wrap up the whole message of

salvation in four words and the first

one is redemption the one we just read

about a few moments ago Redemption and

when you think about that word and you

think about what it says listen to what

he says verse 18 of that first chapter

verse Peter

knowing that you were not redeemed that

is you weren’t saved with perishable

things like silver and gold isn’t

interesting that God took the most

precious things of valuable things to

say look your most valuable commodities

will do you one bit of good he said

knowing that you were not redeemed with

perishable things like silver or gold

from your futile empty way of life

inherited from your forefathers but with

precious God said it was precious blood

as of a lamb unblemished and spotless

the blood of Christ

so first word is redemption and

redemption means you you redeem

something you you pay and you get it

back the blood of Jesus Christ is the

only thing in existence that could ever

take care of our sin he redeemed us he

bought us back

from a life of sin then the second word

is reconciliation and I want you to turn

to Colossians chapter one of him for a


reconciliation chapter 1 beginning in

verse 19 listen to what he says for it

was the father’s good pleasure for all

the fullness to dwell in him that watch

this and through him to reconcile all

things to himself having made peace

through the blood of his cross through

him I see were the things on earth or

things in heaven and although you were

formerly alienated separated from God

and hostile and mine engaged in evil

deeds yet he has now reconciled you in

his fleshly body through death in order

to present you before him holy and

blameless and beyond reproach sin has

separated every single one of us from

God and those of us who have saved have

been reconciled we trusted the Lord

Jesus Christ as our Savior his work at

Calvary we’ve been reconciled so there

is redemption there is reconciliation

reconciliation brings people together

reconciliation base husbands and wives

the yellow have been separated their

divorce and reconciliation brings

sinners to oneness in their relationship

to Jesus Christ Union reunion and

harmony then does a word justification

if you’ll turn to Romans chapter 5 for a

moment justification and look if you

will and that now that’s beginning

tonight let’s begin in the eighth verse

but God demonstrates his own love toward

us in that while we were yet sinners

Christ died for us so when he talks

about God’s love for us

what does he do he goes straight to the

reason the ultimate reason and the price

for God’s love for us he says God

demonstrates his love toward us in that

while we were yet sinners Christ died

for us much more then having now been

justified by his blood we shall be saved

from the wrath of God through him now we

see something is justified it’s declared

no longer guilty that is when God

justifies us he declares us no longer

guilty be civil with this God just say

you’re not guilty or not guilty you’re

not here to know it’s the blood of

Christ that makes it possible so that if

a person rejects Jesus they reject the

only person who can take care of their

sin because he’s the one who brought

justification as a reality

it’s the shedding of the blood of the

Lord Jesus Christ so he says we were

redeemed reconciled and justified and

it’s not what we do but it’s what he did

for us then does one of the word that’s

the word sanctified sanctification look

if you will in Hebrews chapter 13 for a

moment and I want you to notice just one

verse here Jesus that scripture says in

verse 12 therefore Jesus also that he

might sanctify the people through his

own blood suffered outside the gate that

a sanctified something is to set it

apart and so is what he’s saying he’s

saying he has right he has redeemed us

he’s reconciled us he had a sub I

justified us and now he has sanctified

us those four words cover the Christian

life and every aspect of our life what

is God though he’s doing something that

with sin in our life so let’s deal with

a sanctification for just a moment

sanctification is an act just like

redemption is but sanctification is a

process that goes on and on for example

somebody says well if I’ve sinned after

I’ve been saved everybody has and God

knew that every one of us would so

sanctification is not only something

that happens once we’re redeemed once

we’re reconciled once we justified once

sanctification happens not only once but

on and on it goes for example if you

turn to first John a passage that you

know no doubt pretty well because we’ve

all called upon God in this and I want

your job well as many verses but let’s

just let’s just start with verse 7 of

chapter 1 but if we walk in the light as

he himself is in the light we have

fellowship with one another listeners

and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses

us from all sin and we talk about

believers so I watch this as a believer

we walk in the light we have believer he

himself is in the light we have

fellowship for one another and the blood

of Jesus his son the present end is

continually cleansing us from all sin if

we say that we have no sin we are

deceiving ourselves and the truth is not

in us if we confess our sins that means

if we agree with God about it that we’ve

sinned against him he is faithful and

righteous that is he absolutely will

forgive us of our sins and cleanse us

from all unrighteousness so that God

redeems us once and for all and he

reconciles us once and for all and he

justifies us once AdRoll and we look at

the scripture and his sanctification is

once and a continuing process knowing

that we weren’t going to be perfect and

couldn’t be because we still have that’s

something within us and some people call

it us and they

whatever you want to call it we will

still have that we need his continuing

cleansing is continuing sanctifying so

therefore we can say if we confess our

sins he’s faithful and just to forgive

us of our sins and to cleanse us from

all unrighteousness watch this people

take that verse they know it so well and

so they look at the end of the day and

say well I’m sure I’ve said oh they can

name several things but Lord you said if

I confess my sin up that you’re faithful

and just forgive us of our sins cleanse

from all watches you knew it by heart so

well and then you just hop in the bed so

I’m forgiven if you don’t take sin

seriously recognizing that every time

you and I have sinned against God and

we’ve come to God and ask for

forgiveness we’re asking for forgiveness

and receiving forgiveness on the basis

that Jesus died at the cross and shed

his blood which was the once and for all

sacrifice for all sin of all time for

all people everywhere sin is a serious

business and it’s so serious it cost God

his only begotten Son

so the cross isn’t all about on shedding

of some blood and we celebrate needs to

know it’s about it’s about holy God

looking at all of humanity and knowing

that every single one of us would sin

against him and we would all be

separated eternally from me unless he

did something about it which he started

in the Garden of Eden with the first

couple atoning for their sin by shedding

blood and he’s been doing it ever since

all through the Old Testament all for

the New Testament and you and I don’t

have to look forward to something it’s

going to happen we can look back to the

cross everybody from the Garden of Eden

till Jesus was crucified was looking

forward everybody from the cross on

we’re looking back and we’re looking

back at the cross of Jesus Christ

it isn’t watches it isn’t something we

just deal with it Easter it’s something

we deal with daily

Jesus died and suffered on the cross in

order that you and I could have a

relationship with God even a weakness in

that frailty we’d be forgiven because

God’s love has no end its ever flowing

in our behalf and our direction and so

when you say well I want to get right

with God within you have to end up at

the cross there’s no other place you

shall I don’t believe in that cross and

all that blood then you’ll never be

saved you died without Christ and be

lost forever there’s a making difference

who you are you say but God understands

just what God understands that from the

beginning of time when sin entered

Humanity in this present moment only one

thing atones takes care brings about

forgiveness of our sin the blood of one

man the person Jesus Christ’s shedding

his blood atone for the sin of the

entire world now somebody says so what’s

another choice there is no other choice

from beginning to end this book talks

about his coming this book talks about

what happened and his and the book talks

about what’s gonna happen again he’s

coming again and the question I would

have for you is this has there ever been

a time in your life when you got serious

about your sin you’ve been joking about

it playing around the baton fouling up

your life messing up other people’s

lives have you ever come to grips with

your sinful lifestyle and tell God that

you’re a sinner you desperately need him

in your life and you’re asking him to

forgive you on the basis that his son

died and paid your sin debt in full and

you’re asking him to forgive you of your

sin and surrendering your life to Him

has it ever happened or has it not well

if it’s never happened the last thing

you want to do is to die

until you’re willing to confess your

sinfulness and recognize listen

forgiveness isn’t cheap forgiveness cost

God his only begotten Son

the shedding of his blood is the own is

the only atonement for sin

and so I would ask you today are you

willing to ask him to forgive you of

your sin not because you’re gonna be

better but because Jesus died for you

because after you trust him as your

Savior he sends the Holy Spirit the

third person of the Trinity into your

life to enable you to live above sin

enabled you to be righteous and godly he

reminds you that he’s willing to forgive

you of your sin God didn’t just save us

and leave us he indwells us with the

Holy Spirit to enable us to live out the

life of a godly person it has the gospel

one sermon he died today you will have

heard the truth it’s all about the blood

of Jesus it’s all about forgiveness it’s

all about cleansing it’s all about God’s


restoration of our life writing our name

in the Lamb’s Book of Life and being his

child forever there is only one thing

through one person at one time in all of

history they can get you to heaven and

that is the sacrificial substitutionary

death of Jesus Christ the Son of God who

died in your behalf so you would not

have to die in your sin that is the


and so if you’re one of those persons

who’s here or somebody who’s listening

or watching this is your opportunity

let’s pray together father I pray for

somebody here who is unsaved don’t know

anything about Redemption a

reconciliation or any of these terms

that we’ve used

they just know this sin in their life

and they’re separated from you I pray

right now in Jesus name they would ask

you to forgive them of their sin

surrender their life to you and let it

be the beginning of a brand new life and

you said you would see laws as your

children and so I pray that there would

be confession and the surrender of that

life to Christ and today they’d make it

known to someone that their life was

changed on this Sunday morning when they

trust that Jesus Christ as their

personal Savior and then Lord for all

the rest of us that we would not forget

this message and Lord we get serious

about living godly lives and we pray

this in Jesus name Amen