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Scripture for the Day – April 7, 2020
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
Our scripture for the day is probably one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible. It tells us how to overcome the enemy. How important is that??? But, do we really understand the depth and power of that scripture? Let’s take a few minutes to look at this scripture.
The Blood of the Lamb – I would hope that most Christians would understand the true power of the blood. There have been songs written about it. But, just in case, let’s look at scriptures related to the Blood of the Lamb:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19)
We need to fully recognize that blood from a pure and innocent lamb had to be sacrificed for the remission of sin. Remission means deliverance, freedom, liberty, and to pardon. It doesn’t mean just to cover for a period of time. It means forever. That blood could only come from the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ). Our salvation is only available through the blood of Jesus.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103.2)
The Word of our Testimony – The Greek word for testimony is “maturia” which comes from the root word “martus”. The definition of these words is mainly from a judicial setting which means witness, evidence given, record, report, or martyr. You might also notice that we get our word mature from this Greek word. But please note, you may be mature in the Lord at 12 years old like the boy at Nagasaki, Japan in 1597 who was martyed. Or, it may take a little longer for most of us to mature.
Each one of these definitions indicate a voice is needed to give evidence. You have to use your voice to get saved. You have to use your voice to get married. The words out of your mouth are powerful. They either contain life or death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)
That is why Jesus himself said to His disciples, and to us, the following:
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38)
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 1:20)