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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
Death is "separation". Physical death is separation of the spirit
and soul from the body. Marital death is separation of husband
from wife. 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!
Understanding the Blood
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. (This is emphasized in law suits for paternal support of a
child whose mother was unwed.) 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 atoning and redeeming or remitting.
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!
Understanding the Body and Blood in the 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.
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 thereto.
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.
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
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
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
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
unleavened bread. Unleavened 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 covenant.
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 earth. He is the
risen Lord of Glory! He is sat down in His Father's throne.
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!