The death of the lamb wasn't enough, the blood had to be applied Mr. MacArthur. God wasn't looking for a dead lamb in the backyard; No, rather, God was looking for the APPLIED BLOOD on the doorposts and lintel (doorplate) above the door. The blood had to be applied. John MacArthur's entire ministry is flawed, and he is a false prophet, simply because he is WRONG on the most important Christian doctrine of all—DENYING that Jesus' precious, literal, liquid, blood is sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat in Heaven! No genuinely saved person would ever deny the redemptive power of Jesus' physical blood! The Holy Bible reads:
Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”
If the Old Testament high priest killed the lamb and went home, the sins of the people were not atoned for. The lamb's blood had to be carried by a bowl into the holy of holies and applied to the mercy seat (which rested upon the Ark of the Covenant). On top of the Ark of the Covenant, there were two cherubim, facing toward each other. Hebrews 9:5, “And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.” In between the cherubim is where the presence of God abided, looking down upon where the blood was sprinkled.
When Jesus resurrected, witnessed by over 500 believers at one time, and then bodily ascended into Heaven with His shed blood, the Lord sprinkled that blood on the Mercy Seat in the presence of the Father. Under the Old Covenant, the Jewish Levite high priest was required by God to enter into the earthly tabernacle once a year. The high priest killed a young, male, spotless lamb, collecting its blood and sprinkled that blood upon the mercyseat to atone (temporarily cover) for the sins of the people for another year. This was an annual event, which symbolized the coming Messiah, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Christ's blood sprinkled in Heaven (Hebrews 12:24) ONCE AND FOR ALL WASHED AWAY MANKIND'S SINS...
Hebrews 9:24-26, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest [Old Testament high priest] entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others [animal blood]; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Hebrews 4:14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Amen, Jesus is our heavenly High Priest!!! WHAT GOOD WOULD A HIGH PRIEST BE WITHOUT BLOOD???
Here are the eloquent words of Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) concerning the importance of the blood being applied...
It's Still Jesus' Shed and Applied Blood That Cleanses All SinIn the Old Testament, the High Priest killed two goats on the Day of Atonement. The blood of one goat was taken by the High Priest into the Holy Place to the Ark of the Covenant. On the top of the Ark of the Covenant was the Mercy Seat. Over that Mercy Seat were two cherubims beaten out of pure gold. Between the wings of those cherubims was the Glory of God. The blood from the goat that was sacrificed was applied to the proper place which was the Mercy Seat. If the blood did not get to the Mercy Seat, then it was the proper price, but not paid to the proper place. It would have been no more valid than that check written but not paid to the creditor.If the blood of Jesus was left on the ground at the cross, that means it did not get to the Holy Place and is not valid. "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus." It is not just the blood shed, but also the blood applied.God told Moses to instruct the people to apply the blood of the lamb at the Passover. When He passed over and saw the blood of that lamb, He would withhold His judgment. God did not judge them based on His omniscience. He made a point of letting them know that He would not judge them only when He saw the blood. It was not enough that the blood was shed. The blood had to be properly applied.SOURCE: THE PRICE OF THE CHURCH, by Pastor Jack Hyles
Jesus doesn't forgive sin. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins with His blood. IT'S STILL THE BLOOD SHED AND APPLIED THAT CLEANSES AWAY ALL SIN!!! Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins with His precious blood. Therefore, forgiveness of sins and eternal life are a free gift, paid for in full by Christ's BLOOD!!! A “gift” is simply received, not achieved. Jesus doesn't forgive sins, because He has already paid for them with His blood! God always sees our thoughts. He can read our mind. The very moment that we decide, as a needy sinner, to trust the Gospel [Good News] of Christ's death on the cross, burial and resurrection, God saves us eternally. John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Please trust the Savior!!!
Anyone who admits being a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19, 23), BELIEVING the Gospel is saved!!! What is the Gospel? “The Gospel” is the Good News that Jesus is the Christ, Who DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and He RESURRECTED three days later from the dead according to the Scriptures (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). The only requirement to be saved is to admit that you are a hell-deserving sinner, otherwise why would you need a Savior? You've got to know what you're being saved from. No man has ever been saved who didn't admit that he is a sinner! 1st John 1:10, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Thank God for the LAMB OF GOD!!! Jesus DIED as our LAMB, and He RAISED UP as our HIGH PRIEST!!! Jesus didn't come into the world to CONDEMN anyone; but rather, to SAVE those who were already condemned. John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We were all born sinners; therefore, we are all CONDEMNED already!!! We are all sinners by nature and by choice. A cat meows, a dog barks and a sinner sins! God sent His only begotten Son into the world to keep everyone from going to Hell.