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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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Blood Work is both theologically rich and devotional. Anthony Carter presents a refreshing pastoral reminder of what the believer has been given through the finished work of Christ Jesus. This is a must read for the new believer, as well as for those who are well into the spiritual journey. --Dr. Robert H. Orner Dean of Students, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

Christians tend to speak of the blood of Christ either flippantly or not at all. However in Blood Work, Anthony Carter helps us see that neither of these options is appropriate. The blood of Christ is a central Biblical theme that deserves to be pondered deeply. Carter forces us to consider Christ's atoning sacrifice and its many implications. In the end, we are left with a glorious, cross-centered, Christ-centered gospel that gets to the heart of our great need and God's great provision. We are indeed purchased, redeemed, brought near, cleansed, sanctified, and freed by the blood of Christ. In a day awash with self-help books, it is refreshing to be reminded that we indeed cannot help ourselves, but God, through the blood of Christ, has done more than help us; He has saved us. Thank God for the blood! --Voddie Baucham Jr. Pastor of Preaching, Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, TX

Blood. It is considered unpleasant to discuss. We are tempted to mark any talk of it from our manuscripts before we approach the pulpit. We purpose ourselves to talk around it when reaching out to unbelieving friends. Yet, it is the blood of Christ that cries out adopted, forgiven, free, empowered, entrusted, and kept to our broken souls. With this work, my brother Anthony Carter reminds us, though we may attempt to camouflage its role in every aspect of life in Christ, that the blood will never lose its power. If we try to diminish it, we will certainly lose sight of the power it possesses to fundamentally alter our lives, and the lives of those we wish to reach. --Leonce B. Crump II Founding Pastor, Renovation Church, Atlanta, GA

Christians tend to speak of the blood of Christ either flippantly or not at all. However, in Blood Work, Anthony Carter helps us see that neither of these options is appropriate. The blood of Christ is a central biblical theme that deserves to be pondered deeply. Carter forces us to consider Christ s atoning sacrifice and its many implications. In the end, we are left with a glorious, cross-centered, Christ-centered gospel that gets to the heart of our great need and God s great provision. We are indeed purchased, redeemed, brought near, cleansed, sanctified, and freed by the blood of Christ. In a day awash with self-help books, it is refreshing to be reminded that we indeed cannot help ourselves, but God, through the blood of Christ, has done more than help us; He has saved us. Thank God for the blood! --Voddie Baucham Jr. Pastor of Preaching, Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, TX

Blood. It is considered unpleasant to discuss. We are tempted to mark any talk of it from our manuscripts before we approach the pulpit. We purpose ourselves to talk around it when reaching out to unbelieving friends. Yet, it is the blood of Christ that cries out Adopted, forgiven, free, empowered, entrusted, and kept to our broken souls. With this work, my brother Anthony Carter reminds us, though we may attempt to camouflage its role in every aspect of life in Christ, that the blood will never lose its power. If we try to diminish it, we will certainly lose sight of the power it possesses to fundamentally alter our lives, and the lives of those we wish to reach. --Leonce B. Crump II Founding Pastor, Renovation Church, Atlanta, GA

Christians tend to speak of the blood of Christ either flippantly or not at all. However, in Blood Work, Anthony Carter helps us see that neither of these options is appropriate. The blood of Christ is a central biblical theme that deserves to be pondered deeply. Carter forces us to consider Christ s atoning sacrifice and its many implications. In the end, we are left with a glorious, cross-centered, Christ-centered gospel that gets to the heart of our great need and God s great provision. We are indeed purchased, redeemed, brought near, cleansed, sanctified, and freed by the blood of Christ. In a day awash with self-help books, it is refreshing to be reminded that we indeed cannot help ourselves, but God, through the blood of Christ, has done more than help us; He has saved us. Thank God for the blood! --Voddie Baucham Jr. Pastor of Preaching, Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, TX

Blood. It is considered unpleasant to discuss. We are tempted to mark any talk of it from our manuscripts before we approach the pulpit. We purpose ourselves to talk around it when reaching out to unbelieving friends. Yet, it is the blood of Christ that cries out Adopted, forgiven, free, empowered, entrusted, and kept to our broken souls. With this work, my brother Anthony Carter reminds us, though we may attempt to camouflage its role in every aspect of life in Christ, that the blood will never lose its power. If we try to diminish it, we will certainly lose sight of the power it possesses to fundamentally alter our lives, and the lives of those we wish to reach. --Leonce B. Crump II Founding Pastor, Renovation Church, Atlanta, GA

About the Author

Anthony J. Carter is lead pastor of East Point Church in East Point, Georgia, and a member of the council of the Gospel Coalition. A graduate of Atlanta Christian College and Reformed Theological Seminary, he is the author or editor of several books, including Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity. Anthony and his wife, Adriane, have five children.

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  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; 1 edition (March 19, 2013)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Work February 22, 2013
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood work - essential for the body April 20, 2013
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in every believer's library April 7, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich and Powerful August 29, 2013
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars blood work
ok. only skimmed thru
Published 8 days ago by Judy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Young and Mature Believers
This book is good for young and mature believers. For the Young believer, this teaches much about the blood of Christ. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David J Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget. Always remember the blood of Christ.
This book teaches, reminds, explains, emphasizes, and gives application to and for the most valuable commodity Christians have on this earth: Nothing but the blood of Jesus! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Betty C Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Study on the Blood
Mighty fine study on the work of Christ on the cross. I agree with some who said they expected a bit more depth, but if that just means lots of footnotes to show his interaction... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D.A.Beirne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Exposition
Well done. Exposition of the importance and power of the blood of Christ. The writing was clearly and plainly put forth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully persuasive
This is a concise and clear elucidation of the purchasing power of the blood of Christ. To quote the author, "We must remember that heaven does not deal in dollars, pounds,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dennis L. Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
Anthony Carter looks at a subject that it seems so much of modern Christianity wants to avoid, the shed blood of Christ. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Work of Christ
I have an aversion to blood. A recent trip to the hospital to pray with a friend before surgery was a vivid reminder of my problem. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. David Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars astounding!
This is a book that needs to be read and re read. We can only begin to fathom what the blood of Christ did for us, but this book helps tremendously.
Published 14 months ago by Suzanne Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars good book on salvation from a Reformed African American
I got this book at the Desiring God conference last fall. It contains 13 chapters, each focusing on a verse that speaks about the blood of Christ. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. T. Kleven
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More About the Author

A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and Point University of East Point, GA, Tony is lead pastor of East Point Church, East Point, GA. He is author of several books including "On Being Black and Reformed"; and "What is the Gospel: Life's Most Important Question". He is co-author and editor of "Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church"; and "Glory Road: The Journeys of Ten African Americans into Reformed Christianity." Pastor Tony live in East Point GA with his wife and five children.

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