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Abel’s Blood, Christ’s Blood

By Justin Johnson

Abel was a prophet killed by his religious brother.

Abel’s brother, Cain, was a religious man who thought man should be accepted by birthright, works, and good intentions. God calls the works of self-righteous men evil (1 John 3:12).

Self-righteousness cannot stand God’s righteousness. Cain ignored God’s appeals and killed Abel.

Abel’s blood spoke from the ground (Gen 4:10, Heb 11:4).

“I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” – Rev 6:9-10

Abel’s blood cried for justice and retribution, judgment and vengeance, and cried “how long?” It was nearly 1600 years before God executed judgment upon that wicked world in a flood.

Abel’s blood was a testimony to the wickedness of Cain and all those who followed his way.

Blood on Their Hands

The way of Cain persisted in evil religious men. It was identified in the Pharisees and scribes who killed the Lord as Cain killed Abel (Luke 11:50-51).
The Lord said the blood of Abel would be required of those wicked men since they chose the way of Cain.

“Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” – Matt 27:25

“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you” – Acts 3:14

Abel’s blood was again testifying of the wickedness of these religious men. But for those who had ears to hear the blood of Christ spoke of better things according to Israel’s covenants (Matt 26:28; Heb 12:24).

Namely, his blood spoke of a better covenant and the sending of the Holy Ghost according to the covenant (Heb 9:17-18; Heb 10:15-16).

For all this, Israel still followed the way of Cain and resisted the Holy Ghost and resorted to murdering Stephen rather than repent of their ungodliness.

“Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers” – Acts 7:52-53

The blood of prophets since Abel has cried out against injustice and for judgment, “how long?”

How could a righteous God withhold judgment against such ungodliness any longer? How could God show mercy to sinners, and grace to the depraved?

It was not for the prophets to know these times of hidden things (Acts 1:7).

Power in the Blood

Christ first revealed these mysteries to a man who had the blood of Abel, Christ, and Stephen on his hands (Acts 8:1).

Though he resisted the power of the Holy Ghost, the Lord Jesus Christ sent Paul to preach the power of the shed blood of Christ as the gospel of salvation (1 Cor 1:17-18; Eph 2:13).

He gave to Paul a special dispensation whereby all who trust the shed blood of Jesus Christ can be saved by grace without the works (1 Cor 9:17; Eph 2-3).

God has withheld judgment for nearly two thousand years while he offers salvation freely through faith in his blood (Rom3:25).

The blood shed at the hands of men following the way of Cain, is now presented as the means for saving the same wicked world from sin.

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” – Col 1:20

What grace!

Abel’s blood and all the prophets cried out to hasten justice against ungodliness. The mystery of Christ’s blood allows God to patiently preach salvation to all for as long as God will suffer it for Christ’s sake.

The blood of Abel cries for justice, but now the blood of Christ is preached for grace and peace.

There will be a day when God will answer the cries of Abel’s innocent blood according to the prophets (Rom 12:19, Isa 26:21).

But now God is offering salvation to sinners through the preaching of the blood of Christ according to the mystery.

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Published: May 17, 2014
Last Modified: March 8, 2015
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