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What Is On Your Door Post?

Man appying lamb's blood to door post. For a long time after I received Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I would seek to do good works to sort of “guarantee” my salvation.  But after getting more acquainted with the scriptures, I soon found out that I had the wrong motive for my good works.

One good thing about the scriptures is that it gives numerous pictures of salvation.  I think one of the best pictures of salvation is given in the book of Exodus.  Forgive my loose paraphrase, but this is roughly what happened.  It was during the time of Moses when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt under a cruel Pharaoh.  God choose to use Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.  After Moses performed signs to Pharaoh proving that he was speaking for God and that God wanted Pharaoh to let his people go, Pharaoh refused.

Then God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that since he refuses to let his people go, he was going to send plagues upon Egypt so that Pharaoh would know that “I am the Lord”.  After nine different plagues, Pharaoh still refused to let the people go.  Then God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that about midnight, God was going to go through Egypt and every firstborn son in Egypt would die, including the firstborn of Pharaoh, the firstborn of slaves and even the firstborn of the cattle.  The loud wailing would be so great that this would surely cause Pharaoh to let the people go.  But Pharaoh still refused.

In order to protect the Israelites, God told Moses to have the blood of an unblemished lamb put on the sides and tops of the door posts of all the Israelites.  When God came through Egypt that night, he looked on the door posts.  When he saw the blood of the lamb, He passed over that house and the firstborn inside that house was saved.  If he did not see the blood on the door posts, the first born in that house died.  The loud wailing was indeed great and Pharaoh finally let the people go.

You notice that God was not looking to see who had done some good works.  He was only looking for the blood.  This is a perfect picture of salvation.  When it comes time for the judgment, God will look to see if the blood of His Lamb, His Son Christ Jesus, has been applied to our sins.  If he sees the blood, he will pass over us and we will be spared from His judgment and will enjoy eternal life with Him forever.  But if He doesn’t see the blood of His Son, those people will experience the fullness of His wrath and will be separated from Him forever.

This showed me that by trying to “guarantee” my salvation with good works, I was in effect putting the blood and good works on my door posts.  By putting the good works on my door post I was saying to God that the blood of JChrist esus is not enough to save me.  I now know that God only wants to see the blood of His Son Jesus applied to our hearts and our sins.  Good works are a good thing.  But we do good works because we are saved and we want to please the one who saved us; not because we want to be saved.  This is where faith comes in.  We must believe that the blood of Christ Jesus alone is sufficient for our salvation.  Good works will not save us.

So what’s on your door post?  Is it the blood of the Lamb of God or is it your good works?  Share with us if you have had a similar experience.

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4 comments to What Is On Your Door Posts?

  1. douglas
    January 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    While salvation is granted through the blood of Jesus, there’s a more elementary message in the Passover account. The angel (melech) of God passed by the homes where the Word of God had been OBEYED. The reality is that YHVH could just as well commanded the Israelites to smear mud or frosting on their doorposts with the same outcome. His choice of lamb’s blood was brilliant and stunning prophecy of the future Jewish Messiah of Israel, but obedience, not the blood itself, saved the Israelites. The pagans of Egypt appeased their gods with blood and rituals, but the living God of Israel is all about a relationship of love, trust, and respect for His words/ commandments. The God of Israel tells us He is not appeased nor does He forgive us by offering Him blood alone (be it the lamb or Jesus), prayers, or acts of worship. Rather, He very clearly states that He forgives and honors these actions ONLY IF they are accompanied by our obedience to Him. He is describing a LOVE relationship with Him, NOT a religous perscription for “salvation” (Isaiah 1:10-19). Jesus taught salvation is granted only to those with a heart that desires to DO the Father’s will (His commandments), and warned that he himself will cast law-breakers (anomia) out of Heaven (Matt 7:21-23). The message of Jesus is the same message as the Passover.

    Angels (melech, or “messenger” of the Lord) are sent to represent the Lord’s will. The Father’s will is that we actually DID what He tells us to do. In the case of the Passover, God’s will was that He would save those who smear whatever (blood) on their doorposts. In the case of the Jewish Messiah of Israel, it is God’s will that we submit to His appointed King (Messiah) as our King and High Priest.

    The lesson of the Passover is not merely about blood. It is about the love, mercy, and grace of our Heavenly Father who keeps His promises to anyone willing to hear and obey Him (repent). This is also the gospel message of Jesus.

  2. mwilson
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    good message

  3. Michelle C.
    April 16th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    There is nothing to substitute the blood of the Lamb, simply because Mud or Frosting doesn’t contain the DNA that binds us all to Christ….It wasn’t brilliance, it was planned from the beginning of time. For example When Abraham was commanded to sacrifice Isaac (obedience) was a prophetic look at what was to come but also to test the heart of man and if man loves God enough to sacrifice that which he holds dear.
    True it is obedience, but also the blood of the Lamb over our doors (hearts) is what saves us today, and I agree that merely doing the act of worship are just empty attempts void of substance, for obedience is that which keeps the vessel clean…

  4. admin
    April 16th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Well said Michelle!

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