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5. THE PRECIOUS ATONEMENT
(AF, September 1906, 2)
Children of God, partakers of the precious atonement, let us study and see
what there is in it for us.
First. Through the atonement we receive forgiveness of sins.
Second. We receive sanctification through the blood of Jesus. “Where-
fore Jesus also said that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,
suVered without the gate.” Sanctified from all original sin, we become sons
of God. “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of
one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Heb. 2:11. (It
seems that Jesus would be ashamed to call them brethren, if they were not
sanctified.) Then you will not be ashamed to tell men and demons that you
are sanctified, and are living a pure and holy life free from sin, a life that gives
you power over the world, the flesh, and the devil. The devil does not like
that kind of testimony. Through this precious atonement, we have freedom
from all sin, though we are living in this old world, we are permitted to sit
in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Third. Healing of our bodies. Sickness and disease are destroyed through
the precious atonement of Jesus. O how we ought to honor the stripes of
Jesus, for “with his stripes we are healed.” How we ought to honor that
precious body which the Father sanctified and sent into the world, not sim-
ply set apart, but really sanctified, soul, body and spirit, free from sickness,
disease and everything of the devil. A body that knew no sin and disease
was given for these imperfect bodies of ours. Not only is the atonement for
the sanctification of our souls, but for the sanctification of our bodies from
inherited disease. It matters not what has been in the blood. Every drop of
blood we received from our mother is impure. Sickness is born in a child just
as original sin is born in the child. He was manifested to destroy the works
of the devil. Every sickness is of the devil.
Man in the garden of Eden was pure and happy and knew no sickness till
that unholy visitor came into the garden, then his whole system was poisoned
and it has been flowing in the blood of all the human family down the ages
till God spoke to his people and said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
The children of Israel practiced divine healing. David, after being healed of
rheumatism, (perhaps contracted in the caves where he hid himself from his
pursuers,) testified saying, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within
me bless his holy name, who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all
thy diseases.” David knew what it was to be healed. Healing continued with
God’s people till Solomon’s heart was turned away by strange wives, and he
brought in the black arts and mediums, and they went whoring after familiar
spirits. God had been their healer, but after they lost the Spirit, they turned
to the arm of flesh to find something to heal their diseases.
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