"Remind yourself daily that Christ did not shed His blood for nothing." —Anthony J. Carter
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.
"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!"
**—Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr.
**Pastor of preaching, Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, Texas
Sun Valley, Calif.
"Anthony Carter has brought to our senses what many Christians have taken for granted, the precious blood of Christ. His scholarship and passion are evident. We need this book."
**Christian hip-hop artist
Founder and president, ReachLife Ministries and Reach Records
"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,