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Sermon #2043 Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 1
Volume 34 www.spurgeongems.org 1
NO. 2043

“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.)

WHEREVER evil appears, it is to be fought with by the children of God in the name of Jesus and in the power of the
Holy Spirit. When evil appeared in an angel, straightway there was war in Heaven. Evil in mortal men is to be strived
against by all regenerate men. If sin comes to us in the form of an angel of light we must still war with it. If it comes with
all manner of deceivableness of unrighteousness we must not parley for a single moment but begin the battle at once—if
we belong to the armies of the Lord. Evil is at its very worst in Satan himself—with him we fight. He is no mean adversary.
The evil spirits which are under his control are, any one of them, terrible foes. But when Satan himself personally
attacks a Christian, any of us will be hard put to it.

When this dragon blocks our road, we shall need heavenly aid to force our passage. A pitched battle with Apollyon
may not often occur. But when it does you will know it painfully—you will record it in your diary as one of the darkest
days you have ever lived. And you will eternally praise your God when you overcome him. But even if Satan were ten
times stronger and more crafty than he is, we are bound to wrestle with him—we cannot for a moment hesitate, or offer
him terms. Evil in its highest, strongest and proudest form is to be assailed by the soldier of the Cross and nothing must
end the war but complete victory.

Satan is the enemy, the enemy of enemies. That prayer of our Lord’s, which we usually render, “Deliver us from
evil,” has the special significance of “Deliver us from the Evil One,” because Satan is the chief embodiment of evil and in
him evil is intensified and has come to its highest strength. That man had need have Omnipotence with him who hopes to
overcome the enemy of God and man. He would destroy all godly ones if he could. And though he cannot, such is his inveterate
hate that he worries those whom he cannot devour with a malicious eagerness.

In this chapter the devil is called the “great red dragon.” He is great in capacity, intelligence, energy and experience.
Whether or not he was the chief of all angels before he fell I do not know. Some have thought that he was such and that
when he heard that a man was to sit upon the Throne of God, out of very jealousy he rebelled against the Most High.
This also is conjecture. But we do know that he was and is an exceedingly great spirit as compared with us. He is a being
great in evil—the Prince of Darkness—having the power of death. He shows his malice against the saints by accusing the
Brethren day and night before God. In the Prophets we have the record of Satan standing to accuse Joshua the servant of
God. Satan also accused Job of serving God from mercenary motives—“Have not You made an hedge about him and all
that he has?”

This ever active enemy desires to tempt as well as accuse—he would have us and sift us as wheat. In calling him the
dragon, the Holy Spirit seems to hint at his mysterious power and character. To us a spirit such as he is must ever be a
mystery in his being and working. Satan is a mysterious personage though he is not a mythical one. We can never doubt
his existence if we have once come into conflict with him. Yet he is to us all the more real because so mysterious. If he were
flesh and blood it would be far easier to contend with him. But to fight with this spiritual wickedness in high places is a
terrible task. As a dragon he is full of cunning and ferocity.

In him, force is allied with craft. And if he cannot achieve his purpose at once by power, he waits his time. He deludes,
he deceives. In fact, he is said to deceive the whole world. What a power of deception must reside in him, when under
his influence the third part of the stars of Heaven are made to fall and myriads of men in all ages have worshipped
demons and idols! He has steeped the minds of men in delusion so that they cannot see that they should worship none but
God, their Maker. He is styled “the old serpent.” And this reminds us how practiced he is in every evil art.

He was a liar from the beginning, and the father of lies. After thousands of years of constant practice in deception he
is much too cunning for us. If we think that we can match him by craft we are grievous fools for he knows vast more than
the wisest of mortals. And if it once comes to a game of policies, he will certainly clear the board and sweep our tricks
into the bag. To this cunning he adds great speed so that he is quick to assail at any moment, darting down upon us like a
hawk upon a poor chick. He is not everywhere present. But it is hard to say where he is not.

He cannot be omnipresent—but yet by that majestic craft of his—he so manages his armies of fallen ones that, like a
great general, he superintends the whole field of battle and seems present at every point. No door can shut him out, no
height of piety can rise beyond his reach. He meets us in all our weaknesses and assails us from every point of the compass.
He comes upon us unaware and gives us wounds which are not easily healed.

But yet, dear Friends, powerful as this infernal spirit certainly must be, his power is defeated when we are resolved
never to be at peace with him. We must never dream of terms or truce with evil. To suppose that we can let him alone and
all will be well is a deadly error. We must fight or perish—evil will slay us if we do not slay it. Our only safety will lie in
a determined, vigorous opposition to sin, whatever shape it assumes, whatever it may threaten, whatever it may promise.
The Holy Spirit, alone, can maintain in us this enmity to sin.

According to the text it is said of the saints, “They overcame him.” We are never to rest until it is said of us also,
“They overcame him.” He is a foeman worthy of your steel. Do you refuse the conflict? Do you think of turning back?
You have no armor for your back. To cease to fight is to be overcome. You have your choice between the two—either to
gird up the loins of your minds for a life-long resistance—or else to be Satan’s slave forever. I pray God that you may
awake, arise, and give battle to the foe. Resolve once and for all that by the Grace of God you will be numbered with
those who overcome the archenemy.

Our text brings before us a very important subject for consideration What is the conquering weapon? With what
sword did they fight who have overcome the great red dragon? Listen! “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”
Secondly, how do we use that weapon? We do as they did who overcame “by the word of their testimony. And they loved
not their lives unto the death.”

I. First, WHAT IS THIS CONQUERING WEAPON? They overcame him by “The Blood of the Lamb.”
The Blood of the Lamb signifies, first, the death of the Son of God. The sufferings of Jesus Christ might be set forth
by some other figure but His death on the Cross requires the mention of blood. Our Lord was not only bruised and smitten
but He was put to death. His heart’s blood was made to flow. He of whom we speak was God over all, blessed forever.
But He condescended to take our manhood into union with His Godhead in a mysterious manner. He was born at Bethlehem
a babe. He grew as a child, He ripened into manhood and lived here among us, eating and drinking, suffering and
rejoicing, sleeping and laboring as men do. He died in very deed and was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
That death was the grand fact which is set forth by the words “the blood of the Lamb.” We are to view Jesus as the
Lamb of God’s Passover—not merely separated from others, dedicated to be Israel’s memorial and consecrated to Divine
service but as the Lamb slain. Remember that Christ viewed as living and not as having died, is not a saving Christ. He
Himself says, “I am He that lives and was dead.” The moderns cry, “Why not preach more about His life and less about
His death?” I reply, Preach His life as much as you will but never apart from His death. For it is by His blood that we are

“We preach Christ.” Complete the sentence—“We preach Christ crucified,” says the Apostle. Ah, yes, there is the
point. It is the death of the Son of God which is the conquering weapon. Had He not poured forth His soul unto death,
even to the death of the Cross—had He not been numbered with the transgressors and put to a death of shame—we
should have had no weapon with which to overcome the dragon prince. By “the blood of the Lamb,” we understand the
death of the Son of God. Hear it, O men! Because you have sinned, Jesus dies that you may be cleared from your sin. “He
His own Self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” and died that He might redeem us from all unrighteousness.
The point is His death and, paradoxically, this death is the vital point of the Gospel. The death of Christ is the death
of sin and the defeat of Satan and hence it is the life of our hope and the assurance of His victory. Because He poured out
His soul unto death, He divides the spoil with the strong.

Next, by “the blood of the Lamb” we understand our Lord’s death as a substitutionary sacrifice. Let us be very clear
here. It is not said that they overcame the archenemy by the blood of Jesus, or the blood of Christ, but by the blood of the
Lamb. And the words are expressly chosen because, under the figure of a lamb, we have set before us a sacrifice. The
blood of Jesus Christ, shed because of His courage for the truth, or out of pure philanthropy, or out of self-denial conveys
no special Gospel to men and has no peculiar power about it. Truly it is an example worthy to beget martyrs. But it is
not the way of salvation for guilty men.

If you proclaim the death of the Son of God but do not show that He died the Just for the unjust to bring us to God,
you have not preached the blood of the Lamb. You must make it known that “the chastisement of our peace was upon
Him,” and that “the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all,” or you have not declared the meaning of the blood of
the Lamb. There is no overcoming sin without a substitutionary sacrifice. The lamb under the old Law was brought by
the offender to make atonement for his offense and in his place it was slain.

This was the type of Christ taking the sinner’s place, bearing the sinner’s sin and suffering in the sinner’s place and
thus vindicating the justice of God and making it possible for Him to be just and the Justifier of Him that believes. I understand
this to be the conquering weapon—the death of the Son of God set forth as the propitiation for sin. Sin must be
punished—it is punished in Christ’s death. Here is the hope of men.

Furthermore, I understand by the expression, “The blood of the Lamb,” that our Lord’s death was effective for the
taking away of sin. When John the Baptist first pointed to Jesus, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away
the sin of the world.” Our Lord Jesus has actually taken away sin by His death. Beloved, we are sure that He had offered
an acceptable and effectual propitiation when He said, “It is finished.” Either He did put away sin, or He did not. If He
did not, how will it ever be put away? If He did, then are Believers clear. Altogether apart from anything that we do or
are, our glorious Substitute took away our sin, as in the type, the scapegoat carried the sin of Israel into the wilderness.
In the case of all those for whom our Lord offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice, the justice of God finds no
hindrance to its fullest flow—it is consistent with justice that God should bless the redeemed. Near nineteen hundred
years ago Jesus paid the dreadful debt of all His elect and made a full atonement for the whole mass of the iniquities of
them that shall believe in Him, thereby removing the whole tremendous load and casting it by one lift of His pierced
hand into the depths of the sea. When Jesus died, an atonement was offered by Him and accepted by the Lord God so that
before the high court of Heaven there was a distinct removal of sin from the whole body of which Christ is the Head.
In the fullness of time each redeemed one individually accepts for himself the great atonement by an act of personal
faith but the atonement itself was made long before. I believe this to be one of the edges of the conquering weapon. We
are to preach that the Son of God has come in the flesh and died for human sin and that in dying He did not only make it
possible for God to forgive but He secured forgiveness for all who are in Him. He did not die to make men savable but to
save them. He came not that sin might be put aside at some future time but to put it away then and there by the sacrifice
of Himself. By His death He “finished transgressions, made an end of sin and brought in everlasting righteousness.”
Believers may know that when Jesus died they were delivered from the claims of Law and when He rose again their
justification was secured. The blood of the Lamb is a real price which did effectually ransom His elect. The blood of the
Lamb is a real cleansing which did really purge away sin. This we believe and declare. And by this sign we conquer.
Christ crucified, Christ the Sacrifice for sin, Christ the effectual Redeemer of men—we will proclaim everywhere, and
thus put to rout the powers of darkness.

II. I have shown you the sword. I now come, in the second place, to speak to the question, How DO WE USE IT?
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”
When a man gets a sword, you cannot be quite certain how he will use it. A gentleman has purchased a very expensive
sword with a golden hilt and an elaborate scabbard—he hangs it up in his hall and exhibits it to his friends. Occasionally
he draws it out from the sheath and he says, “Feel how keen is the edge!” The precious blood of Jesus is not meant for us
merely to admire and exhibit. We must not be content to talk about it and extol it and do nothing with it. But we are to
use it in the great crusade against unholiness and unrighteousness, till it is said of us, “They overcame him by the blood
of the Lamb.”

This precious blood is to be used for overcoming and consequently for holy warfare. We dishonor it if we do not use
it to that end. Some, I fear, use the precious blood of Christ only as a quietus to their consciences. They say to themselves,
“He made atonement for sin, therefore let me take my rest.” This is doing a grievous wrong to the great sacrifice. I grant
you that the blood of Jesus does speak better things than that of Abel and that it sweetly cries, “Peace! Peace!” within the
troubled conscience. But that is not all that it does. A man who wants the blood of Jesus for nothing but the mean and
selfish reason, that after having been forgiven through it he may say, “Soul, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry—
hear sermons, enjoy the hope of eternal felicity, and do nothing”—such a man blasphemes the precious blood and makes
it an unholy thing.

We are to use the glorious mystery of atoning blood as our chief means of overcoming sin and Satan—its power is
for holiness. See how the text puts it—“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb”—these saints used the doctrine of
atonement not as a pillow to rest their weariness but as a weapon to subdue their sin. O my Brothers, to some of us,
atonement by blood is our battle-ax and weapon of war by which we conquer in our struggle for purity and godliness—a
struggle in which we have continued now these many years. By the atoning blood we withstand corruption within and
temptation without. This is that weapon which nothing can resist.

Let me show you your battlefield. Our first place of conflict is in the heavenlies and the second is down below on
earth. First, then, my Brothers and Sisters who believe in the blood of Jesus, have to do battle with Satan in the heavenlies.
And there you must overcome him “by the blood of the Lamb.” “How?” you say. I will lead you into this subject.
First, you are to regard Satan this day as being already literally and truly overcome through the death of the Lord Jesus.
Satan is already a vanquished enemy. By faith grasp your Lord’s victory as your own since He triumphed in your nature
and on your behalf.

The Lord Jesus Christ went up to Calvary and there fought with the Prince of Darkness, utterly defeated him and destroyed
his power. He led captivity captive. He bruised the serpent’s head. The victory was the victory of all who are in
Christ. He is the representative seed of the woman and you who are of that seed and are in Christ actually and experimentally,
you then and there overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb. Can you get a hold of this tog? Do you not know
that you were circumcised in His circumcision, crucified on His Cross, buried with Him in Baptism and therein also risen
with Him in His resurrection? He is your federal Head and you, being members of His body, did in Him what He did.
Come, my Soul, you have conquered Satan by your Lord’s victory. Will you not be brave enough to fight a vanquished
foe and trample down the enemy whom your Lord has already thrust down? You need not be afraid, but say,
“Thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We have overcome sin, death and Hell in
the Person and work of our great Lord. And we should be greatly encouraged by that which has been already worked in
our name. Already we are more than conquerors through Him that has loved us. If Jesus had not overcome the enemy,
certainly we never should have done so. But His personal triumph has secured ours.

By faith we rise into the conquering place this day. In the heavenlies we triumph, as also in every place. We rejoice in
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Michael of the angels, the Redeemer of men. For by Him we see Satan cast out and all the powers
of evil hurled from their places of power and eminence.

This day I would have you overcome Satan in the heavenlies in another sense—you must overcome him as the Accuser.
At times you hear in your heart a voice arousing memory and startling conscience. A voice which seems in Heaven
to be a remembrance of your guilt. Hark to that deep, croaking voice, boding evil! Satan is urging before the Throne of
Justice all your former sins. Can you hear him? He begins with your childish faults and your youthful follies. Truly a
black memory. He does not let one of your wickednesses drop out. Things which you had forgotten he cunningly revives.
He knows your secret sins, for he had a hand in most of them.

He knows the resistance which you offered to the Gospel and the way in which you stifled conscience. He knows the
sins of darkness, the sins of the bedchamber, the crimes of the inner chambers of imagery. Since you have been a Christian
he has marked your wickedness and asked, in fierce sarcastic tones, “Is this a child of God? Is this an heir of Heaven?” He
hopes to convict us of hypocrisy or of apostasy.

The foul fiend reveals the wanderings of our hearts, the deadness of our desires in prayer, the filthy thoughts that
dropped into our minds when we have been at worship. Alas, we have to confess that we have even tolerated doubts as to
eternal verities and suspicions of the love and faithfulness of God! When the Accuser is about his evil business he does not
have to look far for matter of accusation, nor for facts to support it. Do these accusations stagger you? Do you cry, “My
God, how can I face You? For all this is true and the iniquities now brought to my remembrance are such as I cannot
deny. I have violated Your Law in a thousand ways and I cannot justify myself.”

Now is your opportunity for overcoming through the blood of the Lamb. When the Accuser has said his say and aggravated
all your transgressions, be not ashamed to step forward and say, “But I have an Advocate as well as an Accuser.
O Jesus, my Savior, speak for me!” When He speaks, what does He plead but His own blood? “For all these sins I have
made atonement,” says He, “all these iniquities were laid on Me in the day of the Lord’s anger and I have taken them
away.” Brethren, the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son, cleans us from all sin. Jesus has borne the penalty due to
us—He has discharged for us upon the Cross all our liabilities to the justice of God and we are free forever, because our
Surety suffered in our place.

Where is the Accuser now? That dragon voice is silenced by the blood of the Lamb. Nothing else can ever silence the
Accuser’s cruel voice but the voice of the blood which tells of the infinite God accepting, in our behalf, the sacrifice which
He Himself supplied. Justice decrees that the sinful shall be clear, because the accepted Substitute has borne his sin in His
own body on the tree. Come, Brother or Sister, the next time you have to do with Satan as an accuser in the heavenly
places, take care that you defend yourself with no weapon but the Atonement. All comfort drawn from inward feelings or
outward works will fall short.

The bleeding wounds of Jesus will plead with full and overwhelming argument and answer all. “Who shall lay anything
to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather,
that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Who, then, shall accuse the
child of God? Every accuser shall be overcome by the invincible argument of the blood of the Lamb.
Still further, the Believer will have need to overcome the enemy in the heavenly places in reference to access to God.

It may happen that when we are most intent upon communing with God, the Adversary hinders us. Our heart and our
flesh cry out for God, the living God. But from one cause or another we are unable to draw near unto the Throne. The
heart is heavy, sin is rampant, care is harassing and Satanic insinuation is busy. You seem shut out from God and the Enemy
triumphs over you. You feel very near the world and very near the flesh and very near the devil—you mourn your
miserable distance from God. You are like a child who cannot reach his father’s door because a black dog barks at him
from the door.

What is the way of access? If the foul Fiend will not move out of the way, can we force our passage? By what weapon
can we drive away the Adversary so as to come to God? Is it not written that we are made near by the blood? Is there not
a new and living way consecrated for us? Have we not boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus? We are
sure of God’s love when we see that Christ died for us. We are sure of God’s favor when we see how that Atonement has
removed our transgressions far from us. We perceive our liberty to come to the Father and therefore we each one say—
“I will approach You—I will force
My way through obstacles to You;
To You for strength will have recourse,
To You for consolation flee!”

Pleading the propitiation made by the blood of the Lamb, we dare draw near to God. Behold, the evil spirit makes
way before us. The sacred name of Jesus is one before which he flees. This will drive away his blasphemous suggestions
and foul insinuations better than anything that you can invent. The dog of Hell knows the dread name which makes him
lie down—we must confront him with the authority and especially with the Atonement of the Lamb of God. He will rage
and rave all the more if we send Moses to him—for he derives his power from our breaches of the Law and we cannot
silence him unless we bring to him the great Lord who has kept the Law, and made it honorable.
We next must overcome the enemy in prayer. Alas, we cannot always pray as we would! Do you ever feel, when you
are in prayer, as if something choked your utterance—and, what is worse—deadened your heart? Instead of having
wings as of an eagle to mount to Heaven, a secret evil clips your wings and you cannot rise. You say within yourself, “I
have no faith and I cannot expect to succeed with God without faith. I seem to have no love. If I have any, my heart lies
asleep and I cannot stir myself to plead with God. Oh, that I could come out of my closet, saying, ‘Vici! Vici!’—‘I have
overcome! I have overcome!’ But, alas, instead I groan in vain and come away unrelieved. I have been half dead, cold and
I cannot hope that I have prevailed with God in prayer.”

Whenever you are in this condition fly to the blood of the Lamb as your chief remedy. When you plead this master
argument you will arouse yourself and you will prevail with God. You will feel rest in pleading it and a sweet assurance
of success at the Mercy Seat. Try the method at once. This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, “My God, I
am utterly unworthy and I admit it. But, I beseech You, hear me for the honor of Your dear Son. By His agony and
bloody sweat, by His Cross and passion, by His precious death and burial, I beseech You hear me! O Lord, let the blood
of Your Son prevail with You! Can You put aside His groans, His tears, His death, when they speak on my behalf?”
If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in
Heaven. The voice of His blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the
blood of the Lamb.

Thus have I spoken of overcoming in the heavenlies. But I shall have to show you how you must contend against the
Evil One in a lower sphere, even on this earth. You must first overcome in the heavenly places before the Throne. And
when you have been thus triumphant with God in prayer, you will have Divine Grace to go forth to service and to defeat
evil among your fellow men. How often have I personally found that the battle must first be fought above! We must overcome
in order to service. Many a score of times of late I should not have ventured into this pulpit had it not been for
power at the Mercy Seat. Those who know the burden of the Lord are often bowed down and would not be able to bear
up at all were it not for having in secret battled with their enemy and won the day.

I have been bowed down before the Lord and in His Presence I have pleaded the precious blood as the reason for obtaining
help and the help has been given. Faith, having once made sure that Jesus is hers, helps herself out of the treasury
of God to all that she needs. Satan would deny her but in the power of the blood she takes possession of Covenant blessings.
You say to yourself, “I am weak but in the Lord, my God, there is power—I take it to myself. I am hard and cold
but here is tenderness and warmth and I appropriate it. It pleased the Father that in Jesus should all fullness dwell and by
virtue of His precious blood, I take out of that fullness what I need and then with help thus obtained I meet the enemy
and overcome him.”

Satan would hinder our getting supplies of Divine Grace wherewith to overcome him. But with the blood mark on
our foot we can go anywhere. With the blood mark on our hand we dare take anything. Having access with confidence,
we also take with freedom whatsoever we need and thus we are provided against all necessities and armed against all assaults
through the atoning sacrifice. This is the fountain of supply and the shield of security—this, indeed, is the channel
through which we receive strength for victory.

When we really feel the power of the precious blood of Christ we overcome the great enemy by laying hold upon the
all-sufficiency of God. Thus, being victorious in the heavenlies, we come down to the pulpit or to the Sunday school class
made strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Having overcome Satan at the Throne of Grace, we see him like
lightning fall from Heaven even before our feeble instrumentality. We speak and God speaks with us. We long for souls
and God’s great heart is yearning with us. We entreat men to come and the Lord also pleads with them to come so that
they no longer resist. Spiritual power of a holy kind rests upon us to overcome the spiritual power of an evil kind which
is exerted by Satan, the world and the flesh.

The Lord scatters the power of the enemy and breaks the spell which holds men captive. Through the blood of the
Lamb we become masters of the situation and the weakest among us is able to work great wonders. Coming forth to the
service of God in the power of our victory in Heaven gained by pleading the blood of the Lamb we march on conquering
and to conquer and no power of the enemy is able to stand against us.

It is time that I now showed you how this same fight is carried on on earth. Among men in these lower places of conflict
saints overcome through the blood of the Lamb by their testimony to that blood. Every Believer is to bear witness to
the atoning sacrifice and its power to save. He is to confirm the doctrine. He is to emphasize it by earnest faith in it. And
he is to support it and prove it by his experience of the effect of it. You cannot all speak from the pulpit but you can all
speak for Jesus as opportunity is given you. Our main business is to bear witness with the blood in the power of the
Spirit. To this point we can all testify. You cannot go into all manner of deep doctrines or curious points but you can tell
to all those round about you that “There is life in a look at the Crucified One.”

You can bear witness to the power of the blood of Jesus in your own soul. If you do this you will overcome men in
many ways. First, you will arouse them out of apathy. This age is more indifferent to true religion than almost any other.
It is alive enough to error but to the old faith it turns a deaf ear. Yet I have noticed persons captivated by the Truth of
Substitution who would not listen to anything else. If any discourse can hold men, as the ancient mariner detained the
wedding guest, it is the story of Divine Love, incarnate in the Person of Jesus, bleeding and dying for guilty men. Try
that story when attention flags. It has a fascination about it. The marvelous history of the Son of God, who loved His
enemies and died for them—this will arrest them.

The history of the Holy One who stood in the sinners’ place and was in consequence put to shame and agony and
death—this will touch them. The sight of the bleeding Savior overcomes obduracy and carelessness. The doctrine of the
blood of the Lamb prevents or scatters error. I do not think that by reasoning we often confute error to any practical
purpose. We may confute it rhetorically and doctrinally but men still stick to it. But the doctrine of the precious
blood—when it once gets into the heart—drives error out of it and sets up the throne of Truth. You cannot be clinging
to an atoning sacrifice and still delight in modern heresies.

Those who deny inspiration are sure to get rid of the vicarious atonement because it will not allow their errors. Let
us go on proclaiming the doctrine of the great sacrifice and this will kill the vipers of heresy. Let us uplift the Cross and
never mind what other people say. Perhaps we have taken too much notice of them already. Let the dogs bark, it is their
nature to. Go on preaching Christ crucified. God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ!
We also overcome men by softening rebellious hearts. Men stand out against the Law of God and defy the vengeance
of God. But the love of God in Christ Jesus disarms them. The Holy Spirit causes men to yield through the softening influence
of the Cross. A bleeding Savior makes men throw down their weapons of rebellion. “If He loves me so,” they say,

“I cannot do other than love Him in return.” We overcome men’s obduracy by the blood, shed for many for the remission
of sins.

How wonderfully this same blood of the Lamb overcomes despair. Have you ever seen a man shut up in the iron cage?
It has been my painful duty to talk with several such prisoners. I have seen the captive shake the iron bars but he could
not break them, or break from them. He has implored us to set him free by some means. But we have been powerless.
Glory be to God, the blood is a universal solvent and it has dissolved the iron bars of despair, until the poor captive conscience
has been able to escape. How sweet for the desponding to sing—

“I do believe, I will believe,
That Jesus died for me”!

Believing that, all doubts and fears and despairs fly away and the man is at ease.
There is nothing, indeed, dear Friends, which the blood of the Lamb will not overcome. For see how it overcomes
vice and every form of sin. The world is foul with evil like a stable which has long been the lair of filthy creatures. What
can cleanse it? What but this matchless Stream? Satan makes sin seem pleasurable, but the Cross reveals its bitterness. If
Jesus died because of sin, men begin to see that sin must be a murderous thing. Even when sin was but imputed to the Savior
it made Him pour out His soul unto death. It must, then, be a hideous evil to those who are actually and personally
guilty of it. If God’s rod made Christ sweat great drops of blood, what will His axe do when He executes the capital sentence
upon impenitent men! Yes, we overcome the deadly sweetness and destructive pleasures of sin by the blood of the

This blood overcomes the natural lethargy of men towards obedience. It stimulates them to holiness. If anything can
make a man holy, it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. When a man knows that Jesus died for him, he feels that he is
not his own but bought with a price and therefore he must live unto Him that died for him and rose again. In the Atonement
I see a motive equal to the greatest heroism—yes, a motive which will stimulate to perfect holiness. What manner of
persons ought we to be for whom such a sacrifice has been presented! Now are we quickened into intensity of zeal and
devotion. See, dear Brothers, how to use the blood of the Lamb in this lower sphere while contending with evil among

But I must close with this. It is not merely by testimony that we use this potent Truth. We must support that testimony
by our zeal and energy. We need concentrated, consecrated energy. For it is written, “They loved not their lives
unto the death.” We shall not overcome Satan if we are fine gentlemen, fond of ease and honor. As long as Christian people
enjoy the world, the devil will suffer little at their hands. They that overcame the world in the old days were humble
men and women, generally poor, always despised. They were never ashamed of Christ. They only lived to tell of His love
and died by tens of thousands rather than cease to bear testimony to the blood of the Lamb.
They overcame by their heroism. Their intense devotion to the cause secured the victory. Their lives to them were as
nothing when compared with the honor of their Lord. Brethren, if we are to win great victories we must have greater
courage. Some of you hardly dare speak about the blood of Christ in any but the most godly company. And scarcely
there. You are very retiring. You love yourselves too much to get into trouble through your religion. Surely you cannot
be of that noble band that love not their own lives unto the death!

Many dare not hold the old doctrine nowadays because they would be thought narrow and bigoted and this would
be too galling. They call us old fools. It is very likely we are. But we are not ashamed to be fools for Christ’s sake and the
Truth’s sake. We believe in the blood of the Lamb, despite the discoveries of science. We shall never give up the doctrine
of atoning sacrifice to please modern culture. What little reputation we have is as dear to us as another man’s character is
to him. But we will cheerfully let it go in this struggle for the central Truth of Revelation. It will be sweet to be forgotten
and lost sight of, or to be vilified and abused, if the old faith in the substitutionary sacrifice can be kept alive.

This much we are resolved on, we will be true to our convictions concerning the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. For if we
give up this, what is there left? God will not do anything by us if we are false to the Cross. He uses the men who spare not
their reputations when these are called for in defense of the Truth of God. Oh to be at a white heat! Oh to flame with zeal
for Jesus! O my Brothers and Sisters, hold to the old faith and say, “As for the respect of men, I can readily forfeit it. But
as for the Truth of God, that I can never give up.” This is the day for men to be men. For, alas, the most are soft creatures.
Now we need backbones as well as heads. To believe the Truth concerning the Lamb of God and truly to believe
it—this is the essential of an overcoming life. Oh for courage, constancy, fixedness, self-denial, willingness to be made
nothing for Christ! God give us to be faithful witnesses to the blood of the Lamb in the midst of this ungodly world!
As for those of you who are not saved, does not this subject give you a hint?

Your hope lies in the blood of the

“Come, guilty souls and flee away,
Like doves, to Jesus’ wounds.”

The Atoning Sacrifice, which is our Glory, is your Salvation. Trust in Him whom God has set forth to be the propitiation
for sin. Begin with this and you are saved. Every good and holy thing which goes with salvation will follow after. But
now, this morning, I pray you accept a present salvation through the blood of the Lamb. “He that believes in Him has
everlasting life.”

“But we preach Christ crucified.”
(1 Corinthians 1:23)

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be
sin for us, that we might become The Righteousness
of God in HIm.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon
And By His Stripes we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5)

All we like sheep have gone astray,
We have turned everyone his own way;
And The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity
of us all.

(Isaiah 53:6)

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is
So He opened not His mouth.
(Isaiah 53:7)

Yet it pleased The Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief,
When You make His soul an offering for
He shall seed, He shall prolong His
And the pleasure of The Lord shall prosper
in His hand."
(Isaiah 53:10)

Because He poured out His soul unto
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the
(Isaiah 53:12)

And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said,
“Behold, The Lamb of God!”
(John 1:36)

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?
(Romans 8:33)

So satan answered The Lord and said, "Does
Job fear God for nothing?

Have You not made a hedge around him?…..
(Job 1:10)

kreativekate kreativekate 96 posts

I’m a great fan of the sermons of C. H. SPURGEON. I’m so thankful for the blood of Jesus! They overcame him by “The Blood of the Lamb.”

Matty B. Duran Matty B. Duran 728 posts

Kreativekate, thank-you for commenting. I found this and felt it would be a blessing.
It was a blessing to me, being reminded that we overcome all things, by The Blood of The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
To always keep The Atonement that is Jesus Christ, and only Jesus Christ. It is because He was crushed for our iniquities, for
our sins, that we are Redeemed and called The Righteousness of God in Christ. Men and women must be reminded about the condition
of man without The Atonement of Jesus Christ. Without The Lamb of God, there is no forgiveness of sins, no peace, no love, no joy, no hope, certainly no Heaven, and no eternal life. Because Jesus Christ was crucified, and gave His Life for ours all of this is possible. We belong to God, only because Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be crushed for The Glory of God. We could not save ourselves, have no entrance to heaven, as all of the other false religions preach. Nothing we ever do will ever atone for the evil and the sin we have committed against Almighty God! JESUS CHRIST WHO IS THE LAMB OF GOD IS WORTHY OF GLORY! HONOR! AND PRAISE!

Matty B. Duran Matty B. Duran 728 posts

He is The Propiation, that satisfied the requirement of The Law. No one could ever keep The Law, only one, Jesus Christ, The Son of God.
The devil will always attack us, but we have The Greatest Weapon, We have The Blood of Jesus. This shuts the enemy up everytime. Jesus Christ paid the sin debt. If we are In Jesus Christ, we are not condemned. Without Jesus Christ, without His Sacrifice, there is condemnation. Regardless of anything we may or may not do, the only Thing That Pleases God is The Lamb of God, The Substitionary Sacrifice, The Atonement, The Cross, The Blood of Jesus. All else is sinking and worthless sand.~

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