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Understanding the Blood of Christ

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12 KJV) 

Although the blood of Christ is a household phrase in Christianity, not many believers grasp the full import of the blood of Christ and how it applies to our daily lives. We will embark on a short journey to briefly understand the blood of Christ as used in the scripture.

First, Jesus had physical blood that represented His human life. These two aspects—physical blood and human life—are like the two sides of a coin. The value of human blood, including that of Jesus, is not in the physical blood but in the life that it represents. When Heb. 9:12 tells us Jesus took His blood into heaven itself, it should be obvious  Jesus did not enter heaven with a physical container having His physical blood. Besides, when He ascended, He had no vessel in His hands containing a sample of His blood to take to the Father!

Second, in His infinite wisdom, God created us with blood to atone for our sins. He told the Jews: “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” (Leviticus 17:11 KJV). So it takes human life to deal with human sin. 

Third, human blood must be shed for it to have any effects. This shedding of blood does not mean bleeding. Jesus bled from His wounds, but that bleeding had no impact on any human being. Furthermore, neither is the shedding of Jesus’ blood merely His death. Do you think we would be saved if Jesus came, lived a long life, and died of old age? Certainly not! The shedding of His blood is not merely death, but how He died—blood is shed when a person’s life is offered, prematurely terminated, or sacrificed. So Jesus’s blood was shed when He was killed by crucifixion.

Fourth, the shed blood has spiritual effects. Once the blood is shed, the human life is released into the spirit realm and continues to create results as a spirit. The power of Jesus’s blood is in the mysterious workings of His life, as spirit, in the realm of the spirit. His blood has an impact on the Father, on us, and on the enemy. Jesus “took” His blood into heaven itself, before the Father, and forever settled the sin problem with God ( Heb. 9:12). Then His blood freed us from our sins( Rev. 1:5) in every respect. Finally, His blood is a weapon by which we defeat the enemy ( Rev. 12:1). So His blood has different results on the Father, us, and the Devil.

Fifth, though blood is blood, not all human blood is the same. The value of the shed blood depends on the person whose life is sacrificed. Jesus’ blood had a potent effect on the Father, humans, and Satan because of the person He was on earth. As a human being, His blood had the right and power to clean human sin, just as any human blood( Lev. 17:11, Num. 35:33). Furthermore, He was not just a human being but the Son of God: He was no ordinary human Man! Finally, Jesus’ blood was sinless( Heb. 9:14, 1 Pet. 2:22). So if the blood of goats could clean sin, then the sinless blood of the Son of God does nothing but wonders before God, upon us, and against the enemy!

Meditate

Please take a moment to ponder upon the truths above and reflect on what they mean to you.

Apply the Word

Remember His death. Let these truths sink deep into your heart as you meditate on them. Let His blood produce its full effects in your life as you believe what Jesus did for you. Read more on how to apply the blood.

Pray

Thank the Father for the shedding of the blood of Christ.

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