(Dr. Dennis Spackman, M.D., graduated from Open Bible College International in the 1980s. He lived in New Zealand where he practiced medicine for many years. He and his wife, Rowan, as well as his brother, Neil, who handles all his books, study materials, including over 6000 taped Bible studies, became our dear friends. Sue and I visited, were guests in their home, and preached several times in the church Dr. Spackman started in NZ. Dr. Spackman went to be with the Lord in 2007. We will place the entire study on the Blood of Jesus Christ on this site in several installments. Since the study is transcribed from taped sessions, I have taken the liberty to omit some comments related to local events. Dr. Spackman gave me permission to edit and use any and all of his materials.–DR )
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: (that is a sweeping statement – “for the life of the flesh is in the blood”) and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11) “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:…” (Leviticus 17:14)
The point that we make here is that the life of the flesh is in the blood. It is the life of all flesh. Now if you think about life for a moment, do you know what is life? That mysterious something that science so far, has never been able to define or fathom out, is said by God, in these two verses, to be in the blood of the flesh. There can be no life without blood. We are talking about human beings, we are not talking about amoeba and paramecia and those organisms, and we are talking about humans and animals.
There can be no life without the blood. While this is certainly true of all flesh, we are immensely interested in human blood. We are not interested in rabbit blood, we are interested in human blood, and particularly in the blood of one Person, Christ Jesus. In His blood was not only life as we think of it physically, but also in His blood there was eternal life as well.
One of the things which you probably seldom think about is human blood. What is it? Medical doctors deal a lot with human blood. Well, it is fluid, it is mobile and it is not just in your big toe or your liver, it is over the whole part of your body. It is free to move, blood corpuscles can go over your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toe.
Blood touches every cell in your body and supplies it with nourishment and it takes away waste products. Quite an incredible tissue, we call it a tissue, in medicine. How much have you got? If you are nice and fit, you have about eleven pints, if you are an adult, you will be interested to know that it takes twenty three seconds for it to go right through the body and come back to square one again.
In surgery doctors put a particular anesthetic into a vein in a man’s arm and it takes about seven seconds for that to reach his brain. Now here is a good question: how does my blood differ from that of an Eskimo, or a Red Indian or a Zulu? The answer is – it doesn’t differ at all!
Turn with me to Acts chapter 17. And it is very important to get this. You see, if I am in a car accident and I am up in Alaska and I have to have a blood transfusion, I can have a blood transfusion from an Eskimo.
Look at verse 24, and I again I remind you that this is a very important verse, and note that it is Paul speaking: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; (25) Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things: now look at verse 26 (this is the important one) (26) And hath made of one blood (who?) all nations of men (put a ring around “all”) for to dwell on all (put a ring around the second “all”) the face of the earth and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
God has set boundaries in the world for different races and different nations. No doubt about that! But in verse 26 – “He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” So there is no such thing as “Irish Blood,” no such thing as “Jewish Blood,” no such thing as “Blue Blood.”
By our being born a human being by natural birth we are born into the one human race, there is only one single race on the earth and that is “the human race,” which is distributed of course among peoples and nations and tribes and tongues and colors and religions and so on.
One race, the human race – one blood. Turn to Romans chapter 3, and here is a verse you may know by heart. Romans 3 verse 22: “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference…” and in the next verse – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Put a ring around all the “alls.”
You see there is no difference between the Eskimo and a New Zealander, or a Zulu and an American. Then how did all this start? One human race, one blood – no difference – all have sinned! How did it start? Turn to Romans chapter 5 verse 12: “Wherefore, as by one man (we know who that man was – it was Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
You remember we learned that God, because of His great love for mankind, purposed and determined that it would be possible for man to be saved, and look at the contrast in verse 12 to verse 19! What a wonderful verse is 19. Romans 5 verse 19: “For as by one man’s disobedience (that was Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (and you know who that is, that is the Lord Jesus Christ) shall many be made righteous. (20) Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
You see it says here “the obedience of one” – we had the sin of “one” which was Adam and it became a hereditary thing, so that your blood and my blood and everybody else’s blood came from Adam. We are of a sinful race! But as a result of Christ’s obedience there is another race, a second humanity. This was part of Christ’s work on earth, to begin another race – the New Man. We have the first race which is the fallen human race, and the second race, you can call it the “redeemed race” of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All men, and this is just the interruption, by their first natural birth, were born from a woman’s womb. You were born from a woman, so was I, and it goes right back to Eve if you like, natural birth belonged to the one fallen human race of Adam. Whereas it is only by the second birth, of course, that we can become members of the “redeemed race” – God’s children.
And as God’s children, we are going to see this in a moment – we are brought in by Jesus Christ’s Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ that makes the new birth as a child of God possible. Before we look at the Blood of Christ, let us learn something about blood itself.… (To be continued)