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Blood Work [Kindle Edition]

Carter , Anthony
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Evangelical Christians often sing and preach about the blessed blood of Christ and the wonderful things it accomplishes for believers. To the uninformed ear, such language can convey the idea that Jesus’ blood had semi-magical qualities. Actually, Jesus’ blood was normal human blood, but the Bible refers to it in metaphorical terms to portray the many benefits that come to Christians because of Jesus’ death. In Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, Anthony J. Carter traces this theme through the New Testament, showing how the biblical writers used the powerful metaphor of the blood of Jesus to help Christians grasp the treasures Jesus secured for them in His death on the cross. In doing so, he provides a fresh perspective on the atonement Jesus made.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1567693148
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; 1 edition (March 19 2013)
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Thank you Mr. Carter for such an inspiring book. I have personally been affected by the blood of Jesus, but it's so refreshing to be reminded of it's great power and what it really does for us. We have wonderful freedom because of Christ's great sacrifice. You have so capably portrayed how precious that blood is. This book was easy to read and was very interesting. The only complaint that I have about it is that a line or two was missing sometimes when I moved to the next page...just didn't want to miss a word. Thanks and God bless you and your work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Work Feb. 22 2013
By Mathew Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood work - essential for the body April 20 2013
By S. Brogden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Blood work - this is a common phrase used in the medical industry. Every critical medical procedure must be based on accurate blood work - the chemistry demanded by the body relies on the right delicate balance and the blood work reveals what that chemistry mix is, so the doctors can proceed safely. The body depends on blood work.

In a recently released book, Anthony Carter documents in thirteen short but deep chapters how blood work is crucial to the health of the body of Christ. The book, Blood Work - How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes our Salvation, takes a refreshing and humbling look at the death of Christ and how His blood avails for us. The body of Christ depends on the blood work of the cross.

The Bible has more to say about the blood of Christ than the cross and the death of Christ. Though all three of these are intrinsically linked, it is the blood of Christ that is most often mentioned as being critical to our spiritual health, such as in Rev 12:11 - And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

The blood work of Jesus Christ reconciles sinners to Holy God. Our eternal safety and security depend on His blood work.

Carter tells us that our religion is a bloody one - not because of the renegades who wrongly shed the blood of men in the Crusades, the Great Inquisition, and other sinful actions by professing Christians. Christianity is a bloody religion because the perfect Lamb of God was predestined to be slain to take away the sins of people throughout the world - as many were called and believed on Christ.

In his book, Carter reminds us that we are purchased by the blood of Christ; cleansed by the blood of Christ; ransomed, justified, redeemed, sanctified - and more! - all by the blood of the Lord Jesus, who is the Christ. Rather than shrinking back from talking about the bloody cross of the Lord, we are encouraged to embrace and proclaim it! His blood avails for each of His chosen ones and without it none of us can be reconciled or brought near to God. It is foolishness to the world and all who are perishing - but the cross of Christ is the power of salvation to those who are being saved.

This book reminds us of what is essential for the body of Christ - we need good blood work. And there is none better than that of Jesus Christ. It is a bloody cross to which we cling, it is that blood spilt on Calvary that cleanses us from sin - all other blood stains us. Proclaim the blood of Christ - without His blood work none will be justified or reconciled to Holy God.

O precious is the flow
That makes us white as snow.
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in every believer's library April 7 2013
By Paul Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that deserves to be read. Rev. Carter draws from a wealth of biblical understanding to deliver a highly accessible work on one of the most important subjects in the Christian faith. The concept of Jesus shedding his blood to redeem God's people is non-intuitive to the uninitiated, yet under Carter's steady pen, this grand theme is presented in a logical, orderly and inspirational way. Carter, a pastor in the Reformed tradition, takes advantage of his platform to tie the doctrine of the blood to some classic Reformed positions (such as election), and he does so in a way that is thought provoking and non-confrontational. Unfortunately, Carter couldn't resist getting a jab in at the Pentecostal Holiness movement, offering a dig that was unnecessary and beneath the subject at hand. In at least one other work of Carter's, I've observed a tendency for him to diminish Christian communions he doesn't agree with, and this seems out of step and unbecoming for such a gifted Christian author and apologist. Despite that faux pas, however, I highly recommend Blood Work and will be re-reading it for some time to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich and Powerful Aug. 29 2013
By Tim Challies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Christianity is a bloody faith. It is a bloody faith because it is the faith of sinful people and the Bible tells us that sin requires blood. For sin to be forgiven, for sinful people to be made right with God, there must be a payment of blood. That payment was made by Jesus Christ on a blood-soaked cross and through the centuries Christians have been praising God for providing the one thing they need most that they cannot do themselves. So Christians speak of the blood of Jesus Christ, they thank God for accepting the bloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ, they sing of that blood, they praise God for it. This is an unashamedly bloody faith.

We can see the significance of blood in the pages of the Old Testament, where from the earliest verses there are bloody footprints leading away from the perfection of the Garden of Eden. The blood of millions of animals brings temporary peace between sinful people and a sinned-against God. We see the significance of blood in how frequently the New Testament mentions it--nearly three times as often as "the cross" of Christ and five times as often as the "death" of Christ. Says Richard Phillips, "At the very heart of our Christian faith is a precious red substance; the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ."

In his new book Blood Work, Anthony Carter, pastor of East Point Church in East Point, Georgia, describes how the blood of Christ accomplishes the Christian's salvation. Through 140 pages that are equally descriptive and meditative, he traces the New Testament's blood motif and finds that blood is necessary for purchasing, propitiating, justifying, redeeming, cleansing, sanctifying, electing, freeing and so much else. Almost every benefit that is ours in Christ Jesus is explicitly connected to us through this trail of blood.

The reason for all this talk of blood becomes clear in the pages of Scripture. "In Genesis 9:4 we are told that life is in the blood. If life is in the blood and the blood represents life, then the loss or shedding of blood represents death." Thus the blood of Jesus is a metaphor for the life and death of Jesus. "His precious blood signified His precious life and His precious death. Consequently, the redeemed do not receive a blood transfusion from God. We receive a life transfusion--His death for our death, His life for our life. It is all according to His precious blood, which satisfies God's righteous requirements for life and justice."

If blood is so central to our great problem and God's great solution, "It should not be surprising that as recipients of God's gracious salvation through the person and work of Christ we preach, pray, and even sing of the wonderful power of the blood, as the popular hymn by William Cowper ("There Is a Foundation Filled with Blood") demonstrates." In fact, every chapter of Blood Work is marked by Christian hymns that, in both sorrow and joy, speak of Christ's blood. "And can it be that I should gain / An interest in the Savior's blood?" "I'll wash my garments white / In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb." "Sealed my pardon with his blood / Hallelujah! What a Savior!" "Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood / Shall never lose its power."

All this talk of blood and all these bloody songs called me to ponder why the Old Testament and all its blood-soaked history had to come before the cross. All the blood of all those animals was preparing us to understand the blood of the perfect and final sacrifice. The bloody doorposts in Egypt made death pass over the homes of God's people; the bloody cross of Calvary makes death pass over the souls of God's people.

Blood Work is a powerful book that calls the reader to better understand why blood is such a integral, vile, beautiful necessity to the Christian faith. It is a book that calls the reader not only to understand, but also to marvel and to worship.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on the blood of Christ Nov. 2 2013
By J.G. Sears - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book on the blood of Jesus and what Christ has done for us. Each chapter is an exposition of key verses that describe the work of God accomplished by the shed blood of Christ. This book will cause you to worship and thank God for the precious blood of Christ. In Him we have redemption, through His BLOOD the forgiveness of sins.
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