POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
In light of Jesus Christ’s own words, in Mat 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”, one cannot talk about the power of the blood of Jesus Christ without visiting the old testament to understand the use and instructions concerning blood.
1 References from the Old Testament concerning blood.
In the Bible the first reference to blood is mentioned in the book of Genesis, concerning the account between Cain and Abel. Gen 4:4 states that Abel brought an offering-fat portions from some of the first born of his flock and the Lord looked with favor on Abel. This is the first reference in the bible in which we see that a blood sacrifice received the favor of God. Cain and his offering did not receive favor of the Lord. Hence Cain’s countenance fell. But God in response said “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Instead of bringing the right sacrifice Cain kills Abel. “And God said, what hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground”.
Many centuries go by, and we read the account of Noah. After the flood when Noah and his family came out of the Ark, he builds an alter and offer burnt sacrifices unto the Lord. Gen 8:20 states that “And Noah build an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”
Then we read the account of Abraham, his calling and how he was asked to sacrifice his only son on an alter as a sacrifice. Abraham by faith believed that God would provide a substitute in place of his son. Gen 22:8 we read that “And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering”
And after many centuries Abraham’s seed, his decedents become a great people in Egypt and to deliver them from the land of suffering God chooses Moses. Concerning the exodus of Israelites, specific instructions were given and in Ex 12:1-14 we see God’s instructions specifying to take a year-old unblemished lamb (or goat) and to slaughter it and take some of the blood and put it on the side and tops of the door frames of the houses where they are to eat the lamb. The promise is that when the Lord brings judgment on all the gods of Egypt, the blood will be a sign for the Israelites and God would pass over them and no destructive plague will touch them. And God did keep his promise. And it was Gods instruction to commemorate that day each year from generation to generation. And to celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time. (Ex 12:14). To Moses God gave the law so that he could teach the people to obey them and God also instructed to bring sacrifices to him as an atonement for the sins of the people. Le 1:3a God instructs that if the offering is a burnt offering from the heard he is to offer a male without defect. And that God would accept it as atonement for his sins. One of the most important revelations about blood is found in Leviticus 17:11 which states “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
Even the priest offering the sacrifice must first offer a sacrifice for his own sins and the sins of his household before he could come into the presence of the Lord to offer sacrifices on behalf of others. Le 16:6 “And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself, and for his house.” (See also Le. 16:11, 16:13).
Offering sacrifices was a serious business. As it is even now among the Israelites. Extreme care is taken in offering sacrifices and every detailed instruction is observed. Le. “‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy”
The next most important thing we see is the establishment of the covenant, that is when Moses tells the people all the Lord’s words and his laws, people responded with one voice saying that they will obey. (Ex 24:3) So Moses makes an Alter at the foot of the mountain and offers burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings. Half of the blood was sprinkled on the alter. Then Moses reads book of the covenant to the people. And they responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said we will obey”.
And then the other half of the blood was sprinkled on the people. And he said Ex 24:8 …”This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you concerning all these words.” Immediately after making of the covenant God instruct Moses “Have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them.
2 Revelations given by others about Jesus Christ.
During the inter testament times two valuable revelations were received about our Lord Jesus Christ. One was from John the Baptist and the Other from Simon a devout man.
a) Revelation about Jesus Christ according to John the Baptist. As recorded in Jn 1:29 One day John the Baptist saw Jesus Christ coming towards him and he said “…. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” He further said, “the reason I come baptizing with water is that he might be revealed to Israel” On another occasion as Jesus Christ was passing by John the Baptist pointed him out as the Lamb of God. (Jn 1:36) and John testified that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Jn 1:33-34
b) Simon, a righteous and a devout man who was waiting for the consolation of Israel said as recorded in Luke 2:30-32 “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
3 What Jesus Christ himself taught about his blood?
His teaching on his blood is very straight forward. He did not use parables to explain about his blood. Jews of that time new their sins must be atoned by making the sacrifices as instructed by Moses. Yet when Jesus Christ said as stated in Jn 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day” they could not understand that God has already promised to make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah (Jer 31:31). On hearing his teaching many who followed him were offended and they said among themselves this is a hard teaching who can accept it?
Mt. 26:28 records “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. “Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you
Jn 6:53 -57 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood; you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me
4 Holy Spirit inspired apostolic teachings about the Blood of Jesus Christ
Le 17:11 helps us to understand that souls stained by sin need an atonement. And God made a way for that atonement. In the old testament he Instructed people to bring sacrifices and made them understand, it is the blood that maketh an atonement for their the souls. “In the new testament inspired by the holy spirit Apostle Paul states that the blood of Jesus Christ is the atonement given to us for the atonement of our sins, as stated in Rom 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
We see the same revelation repeated in Rom 3:25 which states “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished. BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HAS POWER TO CHANGE OUR LIVES.
a) Blood of Jesus Christ bring us forgiveness of sins.
Jesus Christ said that his blood is the blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Mt. 26:28) There is nothing we can do to make God forgive us our sins, and there is nothing more to be done by God to forgive the sins of the people. We receive forgiveness for our sins by simply believing that Jesus Christ’s blood is the blood of the new covenant that is shed to take away our sins. There is no other way to take away our sins. In Eph 1:7 Paul reminds us that we have forgiveness of sins according to the riches of God’s grace. (See also Col. 1:14, 1 Jn 1:9)
b) Blood of Jesus Christ make us righteous.
The blood of Jesus Christ put us back into right standing with God. (Is. 59:2) and every time we confess our sins, he cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1Jn 1:9 Apostle Paul reminds us that by law came the knowledge of sin but righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the prophets. Even the righteousness of God which is by Faith of. Jesus Christ is available unto all and upon all that believe in Jesus Christ (Rom 3:20-22)
c) We are justified by the blood of Jesus Christ.
As stated in Rom 3:24:25 and Rom5:9-10. We are justified by his blood and we are saved from wrath of God. Apostle Paul tells that we were yet sinners when God demonstrated his love to us and were reconciled to God through the death of Jesus Christ and much more having been reconciled, we shall be by his life.
d) We are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit constantly reminded the early Christians that they are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. To redeem means to be purchased from slavery or imprisonment or ownership of another. In Act 20:29 we are reminded that Christ purchased the church with his own blood. 1Peter 1:18-19 further explains that we are redeemed not with corruptible things such as silver or gold but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Our bodies too have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
In 1 COR 6:19 Christians are reminded again that they are bought at a price. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit it is where he dwells, and we are not our own.
e) Blood of Jesus Christ gives us a clean conscience.
Apostle Paul reminds in Heb 9:14 that the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to purge our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. The dead works that are referred here are religious works that always fall short of Gods standards and bring only condemnation to us (Is 64:6) If we need to be cleansed from theses righteous deeds how much more do we need cleansing from our wrong thoughts. Blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us from thing that torments our conscience.
f) Blood of Jesus Christ enable us to fellowship with God.
Jh 1:7 John is instructing Christians to walk in the light as he is in the light Jn 1:5 God is light and there is no darkness at all in him. That is if we confess our sins, and bring to light our sins, we have fellowship with God and the blood of Jesus Christ has to power to cleanse us from all sin.
g) Blood of Jesus Christ has the power to sanctify us. (Make us Holy)
Holiness has two meanings first it means “set apart for God” The blood of Jesus Christ when applied to our lives make us set apart or belong to God and save us from destruction. Remember in the Old Testament blood was given as a sign and they were instructed to apply blood on the door post, and as God promised he did pass over and the plague did not come over the Israelites when God struck the land of Egypt. Jesus Christ is our Passover lamb (1Cor 5:7) the second meaning to holiness means to be pure and without sin the blood of Jesus Christ washes, cleanses us and works practical holiness into our lives in a continuing basis (1Jn 1:7) Neither observing the law or good works can bring that holiness into our lives. Only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to do it. Blood of Jesus Christ has the power to transform our lives from darkness to light.
1 COR 1:30, Heb 10:10 and Heb 10:14
h) Blood of Jesus Christ deliver us from powers of darkness and from captivity.
In 2 COR 1:10 we are reminded that God has delivered us from such a terrible death and will continue to deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that he will deliver us again. We are rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Col 1:13)
Blood of Jesus Christ and our testimony are our means to overcome powers of darkness. (Rev 12:11) When we testify to what the blood of Jesus Christ does in our lives the enemy is defeated by our testimony. Our testimony should be about the cross and blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 2:1-5)
i) Blood of Jesus Christ reconciles us to God.
Once we were alienated and hostile in our minds because of our evil works but blood of Jesus Christ has given us peace and has reconciled us to God. (Col 1:20-21) In Eph 2:13 we read that “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
j) By the blood of Jesus Christ, we receive boldness.
By the precious blood of Jesus Christ, we receive boldness in Heb 10:19 “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
k) Blood of Jesus Christ gives us life.
In Jn 6:53 we see Christ promising life if we partake in His body and blood.
His words clearly declare that we have do not have life unless we eat the flesh of the Son of God and drink his blood.
l) We receive eternal life because of the blood of Jesus Christ
Further in Jn 6:54 we are given a wonderful promise, that He will raise us up at the last day. We are assured of our resurrection if we take part of His body and blood.
m) We continue to remain (or abide) in him because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
In Jn 6:56 we see another promise given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ that we will remain or abide in him and He in us. He is assuring us his dwelling with us on a continuing basis.
o) Blood of Jesus Christ brings unity among believers.
Rev. 5:9-10 shows us that blood of Jesus Christ is the basis for unity among the believers. Out of many tribes, tongues and nations people are redeemed by the blood of the lamb and have made them kings and priests to God. Destroying walls of culture and separation. (Eph 2:13-14)
When God created Adam, he created him without any fault or without any defect. But because he disobeyed God, sin entered the world. After the first human blood shed as recorded in Gen 4:9 10.11 the ground was cursed. And our blood too needed cleansing. Jesus Christ bore every curse on the cross of Calvary.
The blood of Jesus Christ is so precious and powerful because it is the blood of the Son of God and it never ever had a human connection. Our heavenly father took many centuries to give his Son to us. Jesus Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:35) And was bone of a virgin named Mary. The body of the woman is created in such a way that the mother’s and baby’s blood does not mix or circulated together. The placenta keeps the baby isolated from the mother and separates maternal blood from the fetal blood. One could ask how God can have blood because God is a spirit. Remember Jn 1:1 state “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and Word was God”. And in Jn 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”. That is why the blood of Jesus Christ is as precious as stated in 1 Peter 1:19 “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” and Le 17:11 “Life of flesh is in its blood”. Jesus Christ poured out his blood, his life for us.
In Lu 22:19 and 1 COR 11:24-25 we read that, “This is my body which is for you, do this in remembrance of me” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me”
In the Old Testament God commanded the Israelites to keep the Passover every year? In the same way Jesus Christ has commanded us that we take his body and blood in remembrance of him. Let us not take lightly the blood of Jesus Christ that has redeemed us from such great peril. And ask our heavenly father for greater revelation and understanding of the blood of Jesus Christ. And not take his blood in an unworthy manner as requested in 1 Cor 11:27 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” May we ever be grateful to the Lord for the precious blood he shed for us for our redemption?