Anthony Carter offers an examination of the blood of Christ. He makes a strong point:
The significance of the blood of Jesus also can be seen in how frequently it is mentioned. In fact, "the `blood' of Christ is mentioned in the writings of the New Testament nearly three times as often as `the cross' of Christ and five times as frequently as the `death' of Christ." (p. 6)
With all the new books I review I've seen a lot on the cross, Christ's death, and the gospel broadly but very few that zero in on the blood of Christ. Very few that target that focus as central. Anthony's book will hopefully lay ground work for more books on this topic.
First, he establishes Christianity as a "bloody religion." Blood is necessary for our salvation. He validates this claim by connecting the blood with all parts of Christ's salvific work.
Purchased by the Blood (Titus 2:14)
Propitiated by the Blood (Romans 3:25)
Justified by the Blood (Romans 5:6-9)
Redeemed by the Blood (Ephesians 1:7)
Brought Near by the Blood (Ephesians 2:12-13)
Peace by the Blood (Colossians 1:19-20)
Cleansed by the Blood (Hebrews 9:13-14)
Sanctified by the Blood (Hebrews 13:12)
Elect in the Blood (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Ransomed by the Blood (1 Peter 1:18)
Freed by the Blood (Revelations 1:5)
His Blood Avails for You (Philippians 2:8)
It's interesting a point he unfolds from the blood work of Christ.
How do we know that someone understands the blood of Christ in his life? We know it by the fact that he or she is not out for revenge, but is living out redemption.
It is disheartening to hear Christians, who claim that the blood of Christ has spoken their redemption, speak of revenge. They often feel the need to right every wrong word spoken or wrong deed done against them. Yet, the Bible clearly states in Romans 12:19, "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, `Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'" (p. 10)
In my experience, this self-vindication is a major problem today. How the blood work of Christ relates to this more fully would be well worth books, blog posts, and articles.
Each chapter poignantly explores how the blood applies with each doctrine. Each chapter is highly practical and pastoral. Anthony answers the big questions surrounding our union with Christ and faith in Christ.
Blood Work would a great resource for small groups or for counseling. And because of the skill with which Anthony unpacks this important doctrine, it's a book for all Christians. None of us will grow beyond the blood. Understanding the priceless blood of Christ will grow root to fruit.