What Christ's Blood Brings

"He has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes."
GENESIS 49:11
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What Christ's Blood Brings
We should give thanks to God for having been baptized and absolved unto the promise of the forgiveness of sins. But if sins are still left, they are not charged against us. We have also been called to the certainty of the hope of life and of the kingdom which we are awaiting, and to contempt for death and the devil. Only let us become inebriated more fully with the consolation and joy of grace and of the blessings of Christ. . .. Yet one must state and diligently maintain that we are all baptized into the death and blood of Christ by which we are washed, as is stated in 1 Corinthians 6:11: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." . . . And the Gospel which we have heard, that very obedience to Shiloh, is the very blood of Christ, as Peter calls it when he says: "For obedience and sprinkling, etc." (1 Peter 1:2). Those who hear the Word of the Gospel concerning Christ are sprinkled with the blood of the Son of God. It is all the beautiful red blood of Christ, so that everything we have through the Holy Spirit in the Word, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, absolution, consolation, and whatever pertains to the remission of sins and eternal life is understood as having been gained through the power of the blood of Christ. All this is the blessed blood of the Son of God.
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