The Power of the Blood

The blood of Jesus Christ is revealed to us from Genesis to Revelation.  Remember
that the Old Testament is a shadow of things to come; and in Leviticus 17:11 it says
“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 makes an atonement for
the soul”. Blood stands for the life principle that is from God.  Because of its
association with life, blood takes on a special significance regarding sacrifices.  On
the day of Atonement, the blood of a bull and of a goat were sprinkled upon the altar
as a “covering” of the people’s sin.  Life was poured out in death.  Animal life was
given up on behalf of the life of the people.  Judgment and atonement were carried
out through a transfer of the sin of the people to the animal sacrifice.

Now, because life is connected with blood, blood becomes the supreme offering to
God.  In the ratification of the covenant (Exodus 24), Moses poured half the
sacrificial blood on the altar.  After reading the covenant to the people and receiving
their affirmative response, he sprinkled the rest of the blood on them and said, “this
blood confirms the covenant the Lord Yahweh has made with you in giving you these
laws”, verse 24:8.  sprinkling blood on both the altar and the people bound God and
the Israelites together in covenant relationship.  In the sacrifices of Israel, blood
stood for death and depending on the context, might also stand for judgment,
sacrifice, substitution, or redemption.  Life with God was made possible by blood.

Just as the life of the flesh is in the blood, so the life of Christianity is in the
redeeming life giving blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The primary reference is to the
blood of Christ, an allusion to the Old Testament.  The Gospels show that at the Last
Supper Jesus spoke of His blood with reference to a new covenant (Matthew 26:28;
Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20).  The language surrounding these sayings reveals a
sacrificial theme.  Jesus was speaking of His death and its redemptive significance.

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by
Me” (John 14:6).  He is the life of God, made living in the believer.  Paul says “Christ
lives in me” (Galatians 2:20) and “for in Him we live, and move, and have our being;
as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring” (Acts 17:
28).  Christ lives in every born again believer because the believer, by faith, is a
partaker of the life giving blood of Jesus.  We are children of God by the blood.  
Therefore we are blood relatives of God through the living blood of Jesus the Son of
God, who is God the Son.

The believer is said to participate by faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord (I
Corinthians 10:16) “the cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of
the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body
of Christ”?

Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22) “and
according to the law, almost all things are purified with blood, and without the
shedding of blood there is no remission”.  This is one of God’s imperatives, without
the redeeming blood of the Lord Jesus there is no remission of past, present, or
future sins.  Without His blood there is no remission of sins of action or neglect, nor
is there remission of sins committed in ignorance, nor is there remission for the sin of
doing the right thing in the wrong way.  All sinners must be cleansed from sin by the
blood of God the Son.

Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus, there is no justification.  To be justified is
to be declared judicially righteous because you have been washed and made white
in the blood of the Lamb (Romans 3:24-26) “being justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Whom God has set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission
of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.  To declare, I say, at this time
His righteousness; that He might be just; and the justifier of him which believes in
Jesus”.  Again in Revelation 1:5, it says “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, and the First Begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  
To Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood”.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no redemption.  To redeem is to buy back.  
God’s only begotten Son shed His blood to redeem (buy back) sinful man
(Ephesians 1:3-7)”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.  According as He
has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
with out blame before Him in love.  Having predestinated us to the adoption of
children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.  To the
praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved.  In
whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of His grace”.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness ( Colossians 1:12-14) “giving
thanks to the Father, which has made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints in light.  Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has
translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.  In whom we have redemption
through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no cleaning.  The blood of Jesus continues to
cleanse us from sin day after day (I John 1:7) “but if we walk in the light, as He is in
the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin”.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no atonement.  For it is the blood that makes
atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11).  Paul had in mind the sacrifice of the Day of
Atonement when he said that God purposed that Christ be an atoning sacrifice by
His blood (Romans 3:25).

Without the shedding of blood, there is no sanctification.  To sanctify means to set
apart for God’s use.  The blood of Jesus sets every cleaned believer apart for
salvation and service (Hebrews 13:12) “wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify
the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate”.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no victory.  The saints (all true believers) will
overcome satan, sin, and. all powers of darkness by the blood of Jesus Christ the
Lamb (Revelation 12:1l) “and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by
the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death”.  No wonder
Peter calls it “the precious blood of Christ”; Peter described Christian as having been
sprinkled with the blood of Christ (I Peter 1:2); he reminded his readers that they had
been redeemed by that blood (I Peter 18-19) “forasmuch as you know that you were
not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers.  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a
lamb without blemish, and without spot”.

The writer of Hebrews, refers to the Old Testament system of sacrifices found its
ultimate fulfillment in the blood of Christ, that is, in His sacrificial death (Hebrews 9:7-
9; 13-14; 26-28) “but into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not
with out blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people.  The
Holy Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made
manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.  Which was a figure for the
time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not
make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience.  For if the
blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh.  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God?  For then must He often have suffered
since the foundation of the world, but now once in the end of the world has He
appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  And as it is appointed to men
once to die, but after this the judgment.  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins
of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to
salvation”.

The New Testament references to the blood of Christ point to the overall redemption
achieved by God in the death of His Son (Hebrews 10:18-24) “now where remission
of sin is, there is no more offering for sin.  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to
enter into the holies by the blood of Jesus.  By a new and living way, which He has
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.  And having a high
priest over the house of God.  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed
with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He
is faithful that promised.  And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to
good works”.  The blood of Christ is therefore called the “once for all” means of
redemption (Hebrews 9:26).

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 29, 2010
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