In this sermon, part of a short series on the blood of atonement, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how the precious blood of Christ washed away our sins. Here are some excerpts:


In 1 Peter 1:18… “You were ransomed…” When you are kidnapped, you are forcibly captured, and you will be set free and redeemed only when the ransom money is paid. Silver or gold would be a most acceptable ransom today! But, says St. Peter, “you were not ransomed with silver or gold…  [W]e have not been redeemed by such “perishable” things, but by “the precious blood of Christ.” “Redemption” means “buying back”; it means “ransoming,” and that is what Jesus did for us when He died on the Cross…”

The Precious Blood of Christ

“…Turn now to John 19:34: ‘But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water flowed out.’.. That was the blood covering the spear – the very point of it that had been the awful instrument of shame! The very crowning act of sin brought out the crowning act of love. The spearhead of sin was covered by the blood of the Lamb! The crowning act of human depravity and wickedness was God’s crowning act of grace!…”

Dead in Sin

“…Let us examine now Colossians 2:13-14:  ‘You were dead in sin…. Then God gave you a share in the very life of Christ, for He forgave all your sins, and blotted out the charges proved against you, the list of His commandments which you had not obeyed. He took this list of sins and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s Cross.’…”


The precious blood of Christ. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic and more verses to reference. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


May 17, 1992

1 Peter 1:18, John 19:34, Colossians 2:13-14, and Others

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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