An Attempt To Listen To God


References and Significances to the Death, Blood, Body, Cross and Tree

Study to shew thyself approved unto God . . . 2 Timothy 2:15


The sacrificial offering of our Lord is foreshadowed in a multitude of ways in both the Old and New Testaments. Like the five offerings, these five stand out predominately like a lamp sending a five fold beam of light on a dark and foreboding night.  Against the dark hopelessness of human weakness, sin and guilt, the five fold beams of light and hope are:

1) The Death of our Lord
2) The Cross of our Lord
3) The Tree of our Lord
4) The Body of our Lord
5) The Blood of our Lord

 The following table gives an understanding thought from each of these.  The concepts are not meant to be:

1) A mere series of data, but a springboard for meditation and expansion.
2) A mere intellectual data to be studied as to the reason “why, when or where” of the truths, but for the meditation on the perfections of the Lord as to when, why and where He said them, and the preciseness of the Holy Spirit when these terms are used.

The following are as a divine series of tree trunks with various branches and truths associated with each “trunk”.  They are only the ones directly related to the Lord and His cross, not as in Matt. 16:24. 

Trunk Word


No. of Occurrences


The Death

Of His Son
Of His Cross
Of the Testator
Of His death


Rom. 5:10
Phil. 2:8
Heb. 9:16
Jn. 11:13; Rom. 6:3, 6; Phil. 3:10

The Cross


Of Christ
Of Jesus
Of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Cross
His Cross


1 Cor. 1:17; Gal. 6:12; Phil. 3:18
Jn. 19:25
Gal. 6:14
Matt. 27:40, 42; Mk. 15:30, 32; Lk. 23:26; Jn.19:19, 25, 31; 1 Cor. 1:18; Gal. 5:11; Eph. 2:16; Phil. 2:8;  3:18; Heb. 12:2
Matt. 27:32; Mk. 15:21; Jn. 19:17; Col. 1:20; 2:14.

The Tree

Took Him down from the tree
Bare our sins in His own
                     body on the tree
A tree



Acts 13:29
1 Pet. 2:24

Acts 5:30; 10:39; Gal. 3:13

The Body


The Body
His Body
Body of Christ
Lord’s Body
His own body
Body of Jesus Christ
Body of the Lord Jesus
The Body of His flesh


Matt. 27:58, 59; Mk. 15:43, 45; Lk. 23:52; Jn. 19:38, 40; 20:12
Lk. 23:55; 24:23;  Jn. 2:21
Rom. 7:4
1 Cor. 11:29
1 Pet. 2:24
Heb. 10:10
Lk. 24:3
Col. 1:22

The Blood

Of the Lord
Of this just Person
Sprinkling of the Blood of
                           Jesus Christ
Of Jesus
Of  Christ
Precious Blood
His Blood
Of Jesus Christ His Son
His own Blood
Of His cross
Of the Lamb
Of the everlasting covenant
Of sprinkling
Of the covenant



1 Cor. 11:27
Matt. 27:24
1 Pet. 1:2

Heb. 10:19
1 Cor. 10:16; Eph. 2:13; Heb. 9:14
1 Pet. 1:19
Matt. 27:25; Jn. 6:53
1 Jn. 1:7
Acts 20:28; Heb. 9:12
Col. 1:20
Rev. 7:14; 12:11
Heb. 13:20
Heb. 12:24
Heb. 10:29

Additional Notes On The Above

It is an acknowledged fact that the work of our Lord is too big for any single biblical picture prophecy. Furthermore, its truths are too vast for any combined descriptive wording in any language, or indeed, for all languages of every nation in every clime of every age.  The following is a listing of the pictures of the sufferings of Christ for sin, that I am aware of, in the scriptures. 

The expression: “the body of His flesh” also occurs in Eph. 5:30, but it seems to me that it is an indicator of the singularity of the union between Christ and the Church. 

These titles and references do not indicate that these are the only ones, however, these are all the ones I have been shown. 





The Death of Our Lord   a)      It is the measurement of His love and obedience
b)      It is the only way to true service
c)      It is the epitome of the devotion of the Lord in self humiliation
d)      It was the pathway to glory
e)      It is set in contrast to His glory
f)       It is the sentence of God in death to the old man in us
g)      It utterly condemns anyone who presents another way for salvation
h)      It alone has the unifying power to make Jew and Gentile one
i)        It is the degree of the world’s hatred of the Son of God
Heb. 12:1-2 
Matt. 10:38
Phil. 2:7-8; 1 Cor. 13:4
Heb. 2:7-9
Acts 2:23-24
Rom. 6:5-7
Gal. 2:20
Eph. 2:16
Jn. 15:18, 24, 25; Isa. 49:7


Pictures of His Death

a)      Ram skins Dyed Red
b)      Badger skin
c)      Goats’ hair
d)      Corn of Wheat
e)      The rent Veil
f)       The Brazen Serpent
g)      The Smitten Rock
h)      The tree that was cast into the waters
i)        The Mercy seat
j)        Adam’s sleep
k)      The broken Bread
l)        The poured out drink-offering
m)    The wafer
n)      The worm
o)      The she goat
p)      Sacrifice

Ex. 25:5
Ex. 25:5
Ex. 26:7
Jn. 12:24
Matt. 27:51; Heb.10:20
Num. 21:9; Jn. 3:14
Ex. 17:6
Ex. 15:25
Ex. 25:17
Gen. 2:21
1 Cor. 10:16
Gen. 35:14
Lev. 2:5-6
Psa. 22:6
Gen. 15:9
Eph. 5:2


Descriptive Clauses

a)      Fire into my bones
b)      Forsaken
c)      The Owl of the desert
d)      The Pelican of the desert
e)      The Sparrow alone

Lam. 1:13
Psa. 22:1
Psa. 102:6
Psa. 102:6
Psa. 102:7



a)      Abel
b)      Isaac
c)      Jonah
d)      Joseph
e)      Boaz

Gen. 4:8
Gen. 22:2, 6, 9
Jon. 2:1-6
Gen. chs. 37-41
Ruth ch. 3





The Cross of Our Lord a)  There can be no service to the Lord without it
It is set in contrast to the glory of the Lord in Heaven
c)  It is God’s sentence of the old man in us
d)  It is God’s sentence of all that is carnal in the church
e)  It was the verdict of the religious leaders of Jerusalem
f)  It is the foundation of the place He occupies, which man coveted
g)  It is the only method for justification
h)  It is the foundation for uniting Jew and Gentile
i)  The measurement of the devotion of  Christ to God
j)  It is the criteria for measuring that which God puts on that which He reconciles
k)  It is the foundation for the removal of the handwriting which was against us
l)  It was the ultimate of endurance and shame
m)  It declares the value of the world’s population on the work of Christ.
Matt. 26:24; Mk. 8:34
Acts 2:23-24
Rom. 6:5-7
1 Cor. 1:1-15
Matt. 23:34
Acts 4:10-12
Gal. 3:1
Eph. 2:16
Phil. 2:8
Col. 1:20
Col. 2:14
Heb. 12:2
Rev. 11:8
The Significance of The Cross of The Lord For God

a)      The cross is the supreme evidence of the love of God for the world and the love of Christ for God,

i)        But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

b)      The cross is the greatest evidence of the righteousness of God.

i)        At the cross, the Judge of this world did not spare His only Son 

ii)      It was  made clear that God’s patience in time past was not a tempering of His holiness when He did not judge sin immediately.

iii)    All the patience of God in the past, at present, and in the future; was made possible because of the cross. 

iv)    All forgiveness, past, present, and future, is made to be given righteously because of the cross.

c)      The cross is the marvellous increase of the riches of God.

i)        “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” 

ii)      “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”  

iii)    “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” 

iv)    The church and every redeemed individual is for the praise of His glory.  The church is displaying the manifold wisdom of God.

Rom. 5:8

Rom. 8:32
Rom. 3:25 

Rom. 3:25 

Rom. 3:26 

Rev. 5:9

1 Pet. 2:9

Titus 2:14

Eph. 3:10-11

The Significance of The Cross of The Lord For Christ


a)      It is the highest acknowledgement of the authority of God

i)        “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” 

ii)      “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

 b)    It is the highest perfection of faith in God.

i)        “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”

 c)      It is the highest fragrance of that which is a good pleasure to God

i)        “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

 d)      It is the ground for the eternal continuance of the love of God for the son.

i)        “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.”

 e)      It is the foundation for the possession of the church.

i)        Only by passing through death could the corn of wheat become the Leader of salvation.

ii)      It is the basis for the joy that lay before Him

 f)       It is the basis for His glorification:

i)        “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

ii)      “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”

 g)      It is the greatest demonstration of the love of the Son for us.

i)        “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

 h)      Satan's apparently greatest victory became his greatest defeat.

Phil. 2:8 

Rom. 5:19

 Heb. 5:7-9

Eph. 5:2 


Jn. 10:17

Heb. 2:10
Heb. 12:2

Rom. 8:29

Eph. 1:22

 Gal. 2:20

Heb. 2:14

The Significance of
The Cross of The Lord For The Believer

1)      “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

2)      “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”

3)      It is the basis for this justification, the putting of his past in order legally. 

4)      For God to pronounce us justified then of necessity He must:

a)      Know the full measure of all my sins.

b)      Know the full intensity of my sinfulness.

c)      Provide a salvation that is able to satisfy the rights of justice

d)      Therefore a sacrifice on which all my sins are dealt with,

e)       A sacrifice who is all gloriously morally sufficient in every point where I am deficient.

f)       Since sin came by One act so salvation must be by one act.

g)      Since sin is the separation of man from the fellowship of God so salvation must be by a man who is separated from God.

h)      Since sin brought man into spiritual death the way of salvation is by the one who knows spiritual death.

i)        Since man was under the power of the evil one the salvation must be provided by one who is not under His power.  Thus the death of Christ becomes the means of the death of death. cp Brazen serpent (Num 21:6-8 ) and Goliath's sword (1 Sam. 17:51)

5)      The Cross of Christ is the point in which we glory

a)      It is to the unsaved a rock of offence but to the saved a rock of salvation.

b)      The Christ of the cross is:

i)        For the falling and rising of many

ii)      To the one a savour of death and to the other a savour of life

iii)    To the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness but to the saved it is the power, and the wisdom of God.

Rom. 8:29 

Eph. 1:22

 Rom. 5:9

Rom. 5:6-21                             

Lk. 2:34

2 Cor. 2:15-16

1 Cor. 1:23;1 Cor. 1:24



a)      It is not that Christ being deity was enriched personally.  There can be no increase of the deity and glory of His Godhood than He had prior to the incarnation.  However, as the Redeemer, He has a name and an exaltation that He did not have before.  (Phil 2:9-20)




The Tree of our Lord

a)      The curse on one who hung on a tree
b)      On it the Lord bore our sins

Gal. 3:13
1 Pet. 2:24





The Body of our Lord

a)      In it He bore the penalty for our sins
b)      For a memorial token
c)      Dead to the law by the Body of Christ
d)      The bread is the communion of the Body of Christ
e)      Eating unworthily  makes one guilty of the body of the Lord
f)       Reconciliation through His body
g)      By it we will be presented perfect
h)      Sanctified by His body

1 Pet. 2:24
Matt. 26:26
Rom. 7:4
1 Cor. 10:16
1 Cor. 11:27
Eph. 2:16
Col. 1:22
Heb. 10:10






The Blood of our Lord

By it:

a)      The believer is linked to the covenant
b)      There is the knowledge of eternal life
c)      Propitiation for humanity
d)      Justification is secured
e)      There is freedom from guilt
f)       The redeemed are brought near to God
g)      There is redemption and forgiveness of sins
h)      There is forever the witness on earth of the death of the   Lord and mans hatred
i)        There is the impetus and the overcoming of life itself by being a martyr for the Lord

Heb. 10:15-18
Jn. 6:32-69
Rom. 3:23; 1 Jn. 2:2
Rom. 5:9
Eph. 1:7
Eph. 2:13
Col. 1:14
1 Jn. 5:8 

Rev. 12:11


It is:

a)      The proof of the death of the Lord
b)      The purchasing price of the flock
c)      The center of the unity for saints on the earth
d)      There is deliverance from the kingdom of Satan
e)      We have grounds for securing our audience before God
f)       We have our perfecting before God
g)      The theme of  Heaven’s praise
h)      The assurance of better things to come
i)        The foundation for our sanctification
j)        The evidence for providing the fulfilling of our election
k)      The cost of our redemption
l)        The process by which we can be clean
m)    Secures our victory over Satan

Jn. 19:33
Acts 20:28
1 Cor. 10:16
Col. 1:20
Heb. 9:7-12; 10:19
Heb. 13:20-21
Rev. 5:5-14
Heb. 12:24-25
Heb. 13:12
1 Pet. 1:2
1 Pet. 1:18-21
1 Jn. 1:7
Rev. 12:10-11


May God grant us good understanding as He, by His Holy Spirit, deigns to guide us into all truth.
John 16:13

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