“This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
August 25, 2021
The tabernacle in the Old Testament was a prophecy of Jesus. When one entered the tabernacle there was a brazen altar on which blood would have been shed. Next you would come to a great basin of water called a laver. (See Exodus 30:17-21.) Those who entered the tabernacle would come first through the blood and then to the water. The blood saves from the penalty of sin; the water cleanses from the pollution of sin. Likewise, Jesus came by blood and water. It’s significant that when they put a spear in His side, out came blood and water. (See John 19:34.)
Now what does that have to do with the assurance of salvation? We wouldn’t have a hope of Heaven apart from the water and the blood, apart from the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon that cross and the cleansing that makes us pure. That’s the solid rock on which we stand.
Take time to review God’s instructions for the Tabernacle in Exodus 26–30. List the ways these instructions pointed forward to the needed Messiah.