Trust in the Blood
"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
There is awesome power in the Blood of Jesus Christ. The Blood of Jesus that was shed at Calvary redeemed us and purchased us and made us His own possessions.
What are the benefits of faith in the Blood of Jesus?
1. The Blood of Propitiation -
(ROMANS 3:25; ROMANS 5:9; ROMANS 1:18)
propitiation = satisfaction of anger and wrath.
The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus at Calvary. Someone had to bear the judgement for our sins, and that is what Jesus willingly did.
This year when we went to the French Quarter for the Praise Parade the people were more rowdy, drunk and violent than I've ever seen before. Here we were locked arm in arm walking down the streets singing "Oh, the Blood of Jesus" and people were getting angry. There were "runners" from the outreach team who would run up and down the line of Christians and stand between them and the crowd. Someone was hitting one of the Christians in the parade and the "runner" went and stood between them and bore the brunt of the punches for that person. That's what Jesus did for us. He took the punishment we deserved even though He was innocent. He was judged in our place so we could go free.
Satan can no longer tell us we are being "punished" by God. The Blood of Jesus takes away judgement, so the penalty for sin was paid for by the Blood.
2. The Blood of Remission -
remission = to release from the power of.
The Blood of Jesus is more than a covering Blood, it is a cleansing Blood. When someone sins, then repents, then sins again and asks God to forgive them again, that is a form of forgiveness but not remission. Remission means I have been delivered from the power of sin. There is a law of sin and death in the world but when you are born again you get a new nature inside of you and your sins are put away. You are not under the control of sin any more.
What does this mean in our lives? We have to believe that sin has lost its grip on us. We have to have faith in the Blood of Jesus being able to release us from the power of sin.
3. The Blood of Justification -
(ROMANS 3:21-25; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21)
justification = declared righteous.
Jesus is the only human Who, by His own merit, has been righteous and without sin. There was an exchange that took place on Calvary. On Christ was placed the sins that we've committed and upon us was placed the righteousness of God.
How does this affect our daily lives? If we have been justified by the Blood of Christ, we have access to God. Our righteousness in Jesus provides an opportunity for our prayers to be answered. The Blood of Jesus declares that I am righteous and releases God's blessing on me.
4. The Blood of Reconciliation -
(ROMANS 5:6-11; EPHESIANS 2:11-22)
reconcile = to bring us from enemies of God into friendship and fellowship with God.
Christ died for the ungodly. He died for Barabas, for the AIDS victim, for the prostitute, for the homosexual and for the alcoholic.
God called Abraham His friend. That was because they had a daily relationship of fellowship and communication. The Blood of Christ brings us back to this relationship. We get up in the morning and pray because of this relationship.
5. The Blood of Redemption -
(1 PETER 1:17-19; 1 PETER 2:24; EXODUS 15:26; PSALM 103:1; ISAIAH 53:3-5; MATTHEW 8:16,17; GALATIANS 3:13-14; REVELATION 1:5,6,17-19 and HEBREWS 13:20)
Redeem = to release on the receipt of a ransom.
The Blood of Jesus breaks the power of Satan from our lives. We were sold into slavery by Adam. Satan had legal rights to us because of sin. He still has the rights to the souls of mankind before they are redeemed by the Blood of Christ. The curse of the law was poverty and sickness. The blessing of the law was abundance and health.
But the Blood has got to be applied by faith. Why are Christians sick? Because they have not heard that Jesus took their infirmities on the cross. Because they have not believed that their bodies were purchased with Blood.
The Blood brings healing. This is a blessing appropriated by faith. The price paid for our healing was the Blood of Jesus.
The Blood brings deliverance from the curse of poverty. The spirit of poverty and the curse of the law are broken by faith in the Blood of Jesus. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were wealthy men. This was because God had promised to bless Abraham and his seed if he would follow God. God blessed Abraham so that the nations would be blessed, not only for Abraham himself.
The Blood brings victory over death and hell. We are liberated from the slavery of death and hell by the Blood of Jesus.
Now that you've heard the power of the Blood that was shed for you put it to work in your life. Begin to walk daily in the victory that Christ purchased for you with His Blood. When we have faith in the Blood of Jesus to set us free from the bondage of sin and the curse of the law, we will begin to see the fulfilment of the destiny God has for our lives.
by Frank Bailey II
Frank Bailey II is the Senior Pastor of the Victory Assembly in Metairie, Louisiana
Source: “Church Growth” (Summer 1997)