I Still Know It Was the Blood

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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(CONTINUATION OF POST:  I KNOW IT WAS THE BLOOD).  PLEASE SEE THAT POST FOR PAGE 1)

The Blood of Jesus Reconciles Us Back to God

Central to Christianity is the notion that through the sin of Adam and Eve disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, mankind was eternally separated from God. God cannot tolerate sin and unholiness.  He just can’t. There has to be a mediator of some sort, something to buffer the sin.   As such, God still was merciful and still preserved mankind despite our sins throughout the ages. What was one way he did it?  Before Jesus came, God set up a system in ancient Israel where the sacrifices of animals were required payment for the atonement of sins and a gesture of worship towards Him . Leviticus 17:11 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] maketh an atonement for the soul.  Depending on the sin and the type of offering you were giving, certain animals including bulls, goats and lambs, often  pure and without defect of the animal were the only acceptable sacrifices based on the Lord’s specifications.   Imagine the thousands of animals sacrificed and the gallons of blood shed in those years!  Why? Because no different from those of us living today, those ancient folks always sinned, so they always had to be offering sacrifices day and night.    Keeping it real with God like I do, my question would be, “Lord did it really take all of that?” Never the less, this is how it was.  The blood of those specifically chosen animals, “paid for” if you will and covered the sins of the people of Israel so that they could have a relationship with God and not be destroyed by his wrath.  Instead of seeing their sin and destroying the people, God saw the pure blood of those sacrifices and granted the sinner pardon.  The blood of those animals served as the buffer between Israel and the judgement and wrath of God. That sacrificial system was the foreshadowing of what Jesus would ultimately do on the cross.   Jesus came as God in the form of man, living a sinless life, pure and without defect.  He served as the perfect sacrifice who gave His life by the shedding of His blood, that we would have the opportunity to be once and for all reconciled back to God.  No more bulls or lambs needed.  He was the guiltless Lamb of God. You must only acknowledge that your are sinner, genuinely repent of those sins, submit your life to God and acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Doesn’t mean you will never sin–but when you fall, those sins are forgotten by God, once you ask for forgiveness, through the atoning power of the blood of Jesus.  Instead of your sins, God sees the blood payment of His beloved Son. Please note the correction.  I initially said in he original post that the blood of Jesus covers all sins.  Pardon my miswriting.  As pointed out, I want to be sure to clarify and emphasize that  the blood of Jesus, unlike the blood sacrifices of animals takes away our sins. John said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who TAKES AWAY the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) and Hebrews 9:26 further states “Now once at the consummation of the ages He has manifested to PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself.”   Where the blood sacrifice of animals could only cover our sins and require a continued sacrificing of the blood to be in right relationship with God, the blood of Jesus did what thousand of sacrifices could never do–it completely erased our sins.   Not limited to sins we have committed in the past, but for every offense we would ever commit in our lives, Jesus paid the price with His life and His blood.    (Thanks so much to my friend Cory Quarterman for pointing out the need for correction, the importance of clarification and the supporting verses). This if nothing else is the central point in our having victory over Satan and the forces of darkness. You cannot defeat him  and have eternal life in heaven without first having reconciliation and relationship with God.

The Blood of Jesus Establishes The Blood Covenant With God— A Covenant of Blessings, Benefits and Breakthroughs

Now I will be the first to admit I really didn’t know all of the ramifications of what this meant.  I’ve heard about the blood covenant here and there, but after researching for this blog post and getting greater understanding I must say I am encouraged, empowered and excited! The idea of a blood covenant is not exclusive to Christianity.  Apparently it is  a concept that has been seen in most cultures throughout the world from the beginning of human history.  Wayne Nelson, in the article Understanding the Blood Covenant  (http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=4089)  states that a blood covenant simply means  that two covenant individuals share such a close relationship with each other that all they have or possess in this life is available to each upon demand.  Now that’s pretty deep!  So how does that apply to us as Christians and children of God who have a blood covenant with Him through the blood of Jesus Christ.   It means all that God has, by the binding agreement of the covenant relationship  is available to us and all that we have by the binding of the covenant relationship is available to God.  Doesn’t this line up with the biblical scriptures:  “…if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,…. (Romans 8:17, NIV) and “…Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8, NKJV). Gleaning from the example Mr. Nelson gives us in the article, if God for instance wants you to preach His holy word, under the blood covenant your answer would be to submit to God’s will.  God on His part then, on your asking should answer by  providing  what you need, for example the words,  stamina,  power and anointing to convey His announcements to His people.  So what does the blood covenant bring?

                                      The Blood Covenant Brings: 

a) Deliverance

He(Jesus)  too shared in their humanity so that by his death he (Jesus)  might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)

b) Victory

Having disarmed principalities and powers (i.e. satanic forces) He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

3) Cleansing and Purification from Sin

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, NKJV)

All that God has, all that we need–love, joy, peace, strength, rest, renewal, healing, restoration, the list goes on, is ours through the blood of Jesus!

The Blood of Jesus Protects

-Now this is a topic up for debate.  Not so much that there is a question of whether the blood of Jesus brings protection.  Most Christians believe it to be true and don’t question in.  If the Lord used the blood of an ordinary lamb on the doorpost of His people, the Israelites,  to prevent destruction from coming upon  them during the Passover as seen in the scripture:  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt (Exodus 12:13, NKJV) surely we can infer that the royal blood of Jesus protects us more completely. But the debate is over whether people need to declare or  as they say in church lingo “plead the blood of Jesus” for protection against Satanic attack. People for example will plead the blood of Jesus over their home to protect against disaster,  over their minds to keep their thoughts holy and prevent influence by evil thoughts and plead the blood over themselves and their loved ones for safety and protection.   This is honestly something I had some question about, because I hear and see many great spiritual leaders who I admire and who I would consider mentors, pray and speak this way regularly and I actually feel very comfortable doing it.  But truthfully, I never saw it written in the scriptures and I always questioned where that practice came from. So here stands the 2 sides of the argument: some argue that pleading the blood of Jesus is not biblical. That the work of the blood is already done and we are already under the protection of the blood. We don’t need to go around chanting it over every thing in our lives as if it is some magic phrase to call down the protection of God.  On the other hand, those who support using the phrase really believe the utterance of the phrase, works in the spiritual realm to disarm and dismantle demonic forces and demonic attacks because of the power the blood carries.  My take—I see both sides.  I have been around people who plead the blood of Jesus almost mechanically over everything, going as far as to even say “blood them up, blood them up” when pleading the blood for protection  of loved ones, those who don’t know Christ and against their enemies as they get into a frenzy.  That magic potion way of using the phrase, I don’t agree with.  But I have heard stories where people plead the blood over property and everything surrounding that property is destroyed while the property is spared and I myself must confess several times when I am held in my sleep by whatever force holding me, my cry of the blood of Jesus allows me to wake up and break from the hold.  The best explanation that resonated with me was given by Dr. Pat of Lunch Date With Jesus Prayer Line, that explained that when we say the blood of Jesus against demonic spirits, although they already know the power of the blood, it is like a reminder to them that they don’t have the right or the power to touch that thing or person covered in the blood.  So my opinion, done responsibly and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, it can benefit us and there is no harm in doing it.  But either way whether you say it or not, we know the power of the blood is already working. The work of Christ is done and we can easily ask specifically for what we need.  I leave it up to you to let the Holy Spirit guide you on this notion.

In those 3 beloved people I saw the power of God on display first hand. Joel lost his battle to cancer and went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Although the Lord did not heal Joel in this life, I have the peace of God that He is present with the Lord and healed on the other side of heaven in eternity.  My dear friend Kerri-Ann had brain surgery where it was discovered that the bleeding was due to an unknown aneurysm in the brain.  The aneurysm was treated and her recovery has been miraculous.  She never lost consciousness, never had any neurological deficits–she’s been talking, walking, singing, praying for others and praising this whole time.  Don’t tell me my God ain’t awesome!  Daddy had to be helicoptered immediately for emergency surgery to the nearest qualifying hospital for repair of the aortic dissection. He was within minutes of death’s door. After 5 hour open heart surgery, he is at home recovering discharged home 4 days ago.  His healing has been astounding as well.  Nothing but the sovereign hand of God could do this!  Nothing but the divine majesty of our Lord in all 3 lives!  All possible by nothing but the Blood of Jesus!…and yet still I Rise

With peace and blessing may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

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  1. Glory be to God! Powerful powerful testimony! “Won’t” He do it!?! I believe “pleading the blood” activates our faith, and our faith is what moves the Hand of God.

    It is important to understand the major difference between the old covenant sacrificial animal blood covering over our sins, & the new covenant’s obliteration of sin.

    Animal blood was used to cover our sins, but Jesus’ offering of Himself was truly a better sacrifice…

    Remember the scene when Jesus showed up at the Jordan River where John the Baptist was baptizing? John said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who TAKES AWAY the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

    Jesus came to do something different than the previous priests had done — He didnt just hide/cover our sin — He took them away!

    Note what Hebrews 9:26 says:
    “Now once at the consummation of the ages He has manifested to PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself.” <—He completely destroyed sin. 🙂

    The writer of Hebrews makes this point unmistakably clear in Chpt. 10:11-12,14 ~

    "Every [old covenant] priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never TAKE AWAY sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for all time, sat down at the right hand of God…For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified…"

    That's why the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:1 ~
    "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
    What sin? They've all been taken away! This includes sins of omission & commission! Glory be to God! Now thats some powerful blood! Thank you Jesus!

    • Absolutely right! Point well taken. Poor wording on my part. Thanks for emphasizing this very important point and the need to correct and clarify! Will definitely make the correction. As iron sharpens irons…. Thanks my brother. Peace and love to you:) Thanks as always for the support.

  2. The fruit of the Spirit is all over you! It shines in your humility! Keep slaying these dragons Dr. T, as you can see, I’m enjoying “every” word! Selah

    • Aww thanks CQ. That means so much to me. My prayer daily is to become more like Him, bear the fruit of the Spirit and just live a life pleasing Him. Got a long way to go but thank God I am not who I use to be. I welcome any correction or input–I’m only trying to get better. Thanks again for your love and support. So blessed to have awesome people like you walking with me. You keep dropping that knowledge my brother. Love you! Sent from my iPad

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  3. You write “Jesus came as God in the form of man” but were do you get that God would have come down in the form of a man. According to the words of the Spirit Who can not sin and as such does not tell lies, Jesus is the “beloved son” of God and not God Himself.

    • Grace and peace to you Bijbelvorser. I agree that the bible does say that Jesus is the Son of God. But in regards to your question, there are several verses in the bible that seem to indicate that Jesus is God in the form of man as well. See below:
      1) Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

      2)Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

      3) Philippians 2:5-7 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men.

      41 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

      These are just a few. So although I don’t profess to fully understand it and it may seem a little confusing,based on what I have been taught and believe about the Holy Trinity or the Tripart God–God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Spirit–Jesus is the manifestation or the variation of God in human flesh.

      • Do you believe because they shall call his name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” that Jesus should be God? So all the people (and that are many) being called Immanuel are God? Than we do have God walking in our midst in my family and in my country many persons being the divine God?

        “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” There stands clearly “will be called”. When you take it that for sure this will mean he or she is God, than Mohammed Ali was called ‘the mighty god” so he should for you also been the Mighty God? And the god Maradonna, Sean Pen, Britney Spears, Madonna and many other gods are and where the Creator of heaven and earth?

        Angels are called “God” in the following passages: (#Ge 16:7) cf. (#Ge 16:13; 22:8, 11, 15) cf. vs. (#Ge 22:16; Ex 23:20, 21). Moses is referred to as a “god” to Pharaoh. (#Ex 7:1), “god” is translated from the Heb. “elohim”). “Elohim” translated “God” can refer to the judges of Israel as in (#Ps 82:1, 6) cf. (#Jo 10:34). It is also translated “judges” in (#Ex 21:6; 22:8, 9) and “gods” (mg. “judges”) in (#Ex 22:28).

        ” Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God,” speaks about the “morphe” (the Greek word for form) has trinitarians arguing that “in the form of God” means that Christ had the nature of God before his birth, and it was this which he sacrificed in coming to the earth to live as a human.

        The form of Christ, which in other places is mentioned we should take on as well, did not make Christ God nor shall it make us to be Christ nor God, when we become like Christ. The ‘morphe’ form does not refer to “essential nature” as the trinitarian cause requires.
        “Eidos,” not “morphe” is the Greek word which conveys the idea of “essential nature”. As Liddell and Scott point out in their lexicon, “morphe” means form, shape, fine, beautiful form or shape, figure, fashion, appearance, outward form or semblance. It is opposed to “Eidos” which means “true form”.
        In the context of this passage, it is stated that Christ “took upon him the form of a servant” (#Php 2: 7). But what is the form of a servant (Grk. “doulos,” a slave)? The “essential nature” of a slave is the same as that of any other human being. The form, therefore, must refer to the semblance or demeanour of a slave as the distinguishing characteristic.

        Did Jesus tell a lie then when he said:

        “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner.” (John 5:19 ASV)

        “Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 ASV)

        And in other places?

        “Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” (John 20:17 ASV)

        “21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father. 22 Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24 ASV)

        “25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh (he that is called Christ): when he is come, he will declare unto us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].” (John 4:25-26 ASV)

        “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.” (John 4:34 ASV)

        When Jesus is God does he not do His will when he does something. When you do something do you do not your will? Often you probably shall not do your will but the will of your boss, or your wife or perhaps somebody else; But would you then say when you really do your will that you ‘do not your will’? so who’s will Jesus was doing?

      • Why did God not make it clear, and not really told the truth? Though the Scriptures themselves say God does not tell lies?!

        God Himself says people can not see Him or they would fall death, but many saw Jesus and continued to live, and one came even out of death to face Jesus.

        Would you find it honest when you drive a car, have an accident and would say ‘it is my son who drives the car’? Was God than honest when He said that Jesus was His beloved son, when it was He Himself? Was He than not what we could call a liar?

      • Hello Bijbelvorsers,
        I thank you for your comnents and your point of view. However, I do not think it will benefit either of us or anyone else getting into a theological debate on this blog. Great discussion, but we can go back and forth all day 🙂 You are certainly entitled to your opinion as you see it as the truth and I am entitled to mine. The question of the person of God and how He is manifest is something that has been debated for centuries and not something you or I are going to solve in this forum. If you do any research you can find arguments to both side and I have already told you my point of view, limited as it is, based on your initial query. I will not pretend to know all of the answers because I am not God. If you read any of my blogs I readily admit sometimes I question why God does certain things and I don’t understand some things related to God. And I certainly don’t deny that the bible says Jesus is the Son of God. But I will say this–God’s wisdom supercedes human intelligence. Revelation does not just come in black ink and reading and studying words, but it comes from additional insight from the Holy Spirit. I’m not saying questioning and critically analyzing is not important because it is imperative to know the truth for ourselves and not take someone else’s word for it. However, every single solitary truth as it relates to God or even to this world is not spelled out in ink in the bible. God gives additional insight by His spirit to whom He chooses and to who chooses to receive it via the bible and other means.

        The second point, some things we are just not going to know. The bible says “the secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deut 29:29, NIV). There are just some things we as human beings don’t know and will not know unless God chooses to reveal it to us in this life or after this life. And even what we think we know now, we may not fully understand as we think we do (1 Cor 13:12) until we reach heaven and we are fully transformed. In our current state, we just don’t have full understanding. That is my belief. But again this is where faith comes in. Faith in trusting and following a supernatural God, even when we are limited in our natural flesh and by our natural minds.

        Thirdly, we know there have been errors in translation in the Bible. The original Bible may have been written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek according to historians. That being said, words may be misused in translation. Even original ancient Greek words are different from later contemporary Greek words, much less errors that can come by translation into other languages. So it is quite possible some of the discrepancies we see are due to misuse of the words or the words being used in the wrong context. But God is so amazing, He can still speak through human error and guide us. He is still able to convey the main message He needs us to hear. I do not believe God is a liar.

        Lastly, just to address a few of your questions. I believe the Immanuel in the bible is specifically prophetically speaking about Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary and no other Immanuel. I believe once again, and this is my belief that Jesus is the human manifestation of God. The form that could dwell with human beings and they could see Him or behold Him and not die. God, the Father in His purely full or complete form as a Spirit, that is the form that we cannot in our current human state stand before and live.

        In the end, people in general including you and me are seeking the truth. I am not purposely trying to mislead anyone or force my theological beliefs on anyone. I write with a honest heart and I always ask the Holy Spirit to guide what I write. If I am doing something wrong, I leave it to the Holy Spirit to guide me and correct me as He does with any of us. So I would say, because I am just a human being like you and I don’t have the answers, instead of asking me “why does God not make it clear”, simply ask Him. He will lead you to all truth in His time. I am searching just as you are my friend and I am following the God I love in faith. I pray that God will continue to reveal Himself and His truth to us both and that we will all grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

        God bless
        stillirise323

  4. […] I Still Know It Was the Blood (andyetstillirise.wordpress.com) Before Jesus came, God set up a system in ancient Israel where the sacrifices of animals were required payment for the atonement of sins and a gesture of worship towards Him . + The blood of those specifically chosen animals, “paid for” if you will and covered the sins of the people of Israel so that they could have a relationship with God and not be destroyed by his wrath.  Instead of seeing their sin and destroying the people, God saw the pure blood of those sacrifices and granted the sinner pardon.  The blood of those animals served as the buffer between Israel and the judgement and wrath of God. That sacrificial system was the foreshadowing of what Jesus would ultimately do on the cross. […]

    • For those who believe Jesus is God, Jesus would not have flesh, blood and bones and could not die. Though in the Bible is told that the bones of the Messiah would not be broken. Jesus also tells us that it is his blood that will be shed for many. But how can he loose blood when he is God and as such Spirit? God does not tell lies, but when Jesus after his resurrection meets the people to Emmaus he tells them they can see at his wounds that he is not a spirit. Was Jesus once more than telling lies, but how can he be then God and how can he be the person who could sin but did not, because not telling the truth is in certain sense telling lies, is it not?

      Those who accept that a man really could follow the wish of his One God and that it was Jesus who really did not do his will but the Will of his Father, and really gave his life for the sins of others, are the ones who really give full notice of what Jesus has done. Others make a charade of the man Jesus who fake as if he died though God can not die. He also did as if he had to pray to his Father and even was afraid of him and asked him why He had abandoned him. How could he abandon himself (when he is God?)

  5. Thanks for your reply. Wishing you lots of success in your quest to God and trying to live according to His Will.

    God bless.

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