LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 1: The Forgiven
1 The Forgiven
We who are in Christ Jesus are forgiven of our sins and washed clean by His Blood from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
1.1 Washed by the blood
We have forgiveness for our sins by the washing of the blood of
Jesus. We have to willfully receive the blood of Jesus and accept
Him as our Lord and Savior.
... Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins
in his own blood,
... And he said to me, These are they which came
out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the
In whom we have redemption through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
1.2 The Blood - Why It Works
To gain an understanding of why the blood of Jesus works, we need to define some terms. First, what is "death"?
But your iniquities have separated between you
and your God, and your sins have hid his face
from you, that he will not hear.
2 Thes 1:8-9 (NAS)
dealing out retribution to those who do not know
God and to those who do not obey the gospel of
our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty
of eternal destruction, away from the presence of
the Lord and from the glory of His power....
Death is "separation". Physical death is separation of the spirit
and soul from the body. Marital death is separation of husband
from wife1. Spiritual death is separation of man's spirit from
When Adam sinned, God's Spirit could not continue to dwell with Adam,
in man's original state of intimate fellowship, unless the glory of God
consume him. Hebrews 12:29
says, "For our God is a consuming fire." And Isaiah 4:4 calls the
Spirit of God "the spirit of judgment" and "the spirit of
burning". Sin in the direct presence of God's glory would
literally be burned up.
That is why God instructed for bells to be made in the high priest's
garments. If the priest did not cover his own sins before
entering the Holy of Holies, where the glory of God dwelled over the
mercy seat, or if the priest touched the mercy seat, he died!
Remember the priest was supposed to "sprinkle" the blood on the mercy
seat, not touch it.
The same effect would happen to an unbeliever today if he touched the
physical glory of God. But praise God we, the saints of God, have
been washed clean from all sin and are the righteousness of God in
Christ Jesus! We have nothing to fear, but can come boldly to the
throne of God! Hallelujah!
According to the scriptures, the life of the flesh is in the
blood. Your flesh and bone body cannot continue to exist
eternally without the power of God, which comes from fellowship thru
His Spirit. Adam was created eternal, but death and sickness
entered in and reigned because of sin.
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.
The blood is the only physical component in your body to flow to all
parts or cells of your body, carrying life. Now there appears to
be a spiritual essence associated with the blood. You could say
that Adam, before the fall, had spiritually living blood. That
is, he had intimate fellowship with God, spirit to Spirit, and was able
to continue eternally because of the dunamis power of God flowing thru
his blood, regenerating his body. After he had sinned, he had
spiritually dead blood. That is, Adam was separated from God, and
from the regenerating power.
Today, we know that the blood type of a child comes from the seed of
the father.2 If the remitting sacrifice for sin required
spiritually living blood, then Adam and all of mankind after him, who
came from his seed, could not produce the sacrifice needed, since they
all had spiritually dead blood.
Therefore God sent His Seed, born of a virgin, into mankind, to provide
the spiritually living blood for the redeeming sacrifice. Note
that the difference between atoning3 and redeeming or remitting4.
Jesus' blood did not atone; it remitted.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the
ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth 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?
And almost all things are by the law purged with
blood; and without shedding of blood is no
The "zoe" life of God in the blood of Jesus meet the
moral standards of God, for the penalty for sin, and paid the redeeming
price forever. That "zoe" life in the blood is what prevents
Satan and his forces from crossing it, when you plead it over yourself
and your family. Satan dares not touch the blood lest it consume
him! Praise God forever more!
1.3 The Body and Blood in Covenant
It is extremely important to have a thorough
understanding of covenants. We are in covenant relationship with
God, through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Here are some covenant basics:
1. Covenants are like contracts, except contracts are based
upon distrust, and covenants are based upon trust and/or love.
2. Covenant terms, ability to call upon them, and responsibility
to provide them, are irrevocable. The only penalty for
breaking covenant is death!
3. There were two basic parts of a covenant, the body and
the blood, symbolized by the bread and wine.
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be
confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth
A covenant was typically like this:
There would be two nations, tribes, or families,
which had different resources or talents, and a desire to join
together. The desire being based not only on need, but on love or
desire to provide for the other.
The covenant included not only the ability to access
the strengths and assets of your covenant partner, but also
responsibilities for their weaknesses and liabilities. This is
best seen in a marriage relationship today, which is a covenant between
husband and wife, and is a divine image of the covenant relationship
between Jesus and His Church.
Another example is a covenant made between a warrior
nation and a farming nation. The warrior nation pledges: "I will
stand in the gap between you and your enemies, to protect you, even to
the shedding of my blood", that is, physical death. The farming
nation pledges: "I will provide your physical necessities (house, food,
clothing...), to the giving up of my body", that is, physical
death. Each covenant partner volunteered and was thereafter
obligated to lay down his very life to meet the basic needs of his
When Jesus became our covenant partner, He took our
liabilities and weakness, our sins and unrighteousness, and gave us His
righteous and power and authority.
II Cor 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.
I Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body
on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed.
Lets see how the warrior and farmer example applies to our relationship with Jesus:
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and
blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the
disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it
to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which
is shed for many for the remission of sins.
I Cor 11:23-26
For I have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same
night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and
said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is
broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when
he had supped, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye
drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this
cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Jesus stood in the gap between us and our enemies,
Satan, sin, and death, to the shedding of his blood to protect us and
to save our lifes5.
He gave His body to be broken for us, that we might
have all our physical needs meet. This is very graphic in the
Jewish Passover supper. In the supper, there are three individual
pieces of unleaven bread. Unleaven bread looks like a large
cracker with holes and stripes, symbolizing Jesus being pierced and
scourged. According to 1 Peter 2:24, we are healed by the stripes
The three pieces are placed into a bag with three
individual compartments, representing the Trinity being
three-in-one. Then the father of the house takes the middle piece
out, raps it in fine white linen, and hides it in the house
somewhere. This represents the middle part of the Trinity, Jesus,
leaving His divine place and being buried after the crucifixion.
At the end of the supper, the buried piece is resurrected.
The father holds the piece flat on the palm of one
hand and smites it with the fist of the other hand. The piece is
literally shattered. Then the family eats of the shattered piece
with the third cup of wine. The piece being smitten represents
God, our Father, smiting Jesus, that we can partake of His body for
every physical need. The third cup is the last cup and is when
Jesus stated at the last supper that this is His blood of the new
Jesus gave up His riches, His glory, and His divine
health to come to earth to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.
II Cor 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes
he became poor, that ye through his poverty
might be rich.
Praise God! Not only did Jesus meet our need,
but God has raised Him from the dead, healed every wound on Jesus, and
given Him all power, authority, and dominion in heaven and heart.
He is the risen Lord of Glory! He is sat down in His Father's
We are seated in heavenly places with Him, even in
His throne. We have been given His power, authority, and
dominion. And we are now manifested sons of God, sharing in the
inheritance, as equal heirs with Christ Jesus!
God seeks to bless you. He desires to meet
your every need. Call on Him today! Whatever it is that you
have need of, He is faithful. He cannot lie nor deny
Himself. If He spoke it, if He promised it in His word, which is
the covenant, then He will perform it. Put yourself in
remembrance today of your Heavenly Father and call upon Him. For
He loves you!
1. which are one flesh
2. This is emphasized in law suits for paternal support of a child whose mother was unwed.
3. covering over, but not doing away with
4. paying the price totally and thereby doing away with forever
5. redeem us from death/separation, and back to fellowship with God