The Holy Bible contains teachings about the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ
that I never learned in church. (The reason for this is because I was taught
Dispensationalist view of Scripture, which I have since
discovered is not biblical.) I think it is likely that
other Christians also have not heard about these wondrous truths that are plainly set forth in the Word of God.
Let us first focus on what is most commonly preached about the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that he willingly shed
for the sins of the world on Calvary approximately 2,000 years ago:
"And from 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" Rev. 1:5
Jesus' blood washed those who believe in him from their sins and
continues to cleanse us from our sins as we walk in the light:
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" 1 John 1:7
All true Christians know about the cleansing or washing from sin through faith in the blood of Jesus. What is less commonly known is
another function of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ: Its sanctifying power. The blood of Christ sanctifies those who are cleansed by it. Sanctify means to separate, set apart or appoint to a holy
or sacred use. Sanctify also means "to cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy be detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God." (Webster's 1828 Unabridged Dictionary)
The Sanctifying Power of the Blood of Jesus
Let us look at some
verses that teach about the sanctifying power of the blood of Jesus Christ:
"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
"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 well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Heb.13:20,21
Look carefully at
Hebrews 13:20. The blood of the everlasting covenant brings about something specific in the life of the one who is a partaker of this new covenant, which is mediated by the Lord Jesus Christ. [See Heb. 12:24] The blood of the new covenant sanctifies and makes the believer "perfect in every good work to do His will." The blood of the new covenant works in the Christian that which is well-pleasing in the sight of God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, the blood of Christ is not only applicable in the judicial sense but is powerfully
at work in the daily life of the Christian as well. This brings us back to the words Jesus spoke to Paul as recorded in Acts 26:18:
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
Only the blood of Christ can deliver a person from the power of Satan.
Because the scripture teaches that whoever you obey is your master, it is
all the more imperative that we realize that the blood of Jesus enables all
who are cleansed by it to do his will. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin and delivers
those thus cleansed from the "power of darkness."
Salvation Includes Being Delivered From the
Power of Satan
Let us examine the message the Lord Jesus Christ delivered to Paul, the apostle. Salvation
- 1. The spiritual opening of one's eyes
Being turned from darkness to light,
Being turned from the power of Satan unto God,
so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and the inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.
The content of teaching concerning the Christian walk after his initial decision to believe in Jesus Christ is vastly different today. The
watered down, falling-away sermons do not include the fact that
saving faith has a sanctifying effect in the lives of those who possess it. Modern preaching commonly does not
warn the saints that the inheritance (heaven) is only assured if the
believers' lives are sanctified as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ.
becoming increasingly unaware that being saved includes being delivered from
the power, the pleasure and the pursuit of sin. They
mainly hear preaching about the end of our faith—
heaven. They are under the false impression that salvation is about only escaping hell and gaining heaven
and miss the truth that this "so great salvation" is
also about gaining freedom from the power of Satan in this present world so that we can serve God acceptably and with godly fear:
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:28
The censored gospel has resulted in churches filled with ungodly, unregenerate professors of Christ who are not "disciples indeed" because they have not continued in Christ's word nor do they
do as he commands.
Trampling the Blood of Jesus Makes You God's Adversary
Since the truth about the sanctifying
power of the blood of Jesus Christ is being censored from the pulpit, his blood is being trodden under foot
by those who live as though they consider the blood of the New Covenant to be an unholy thing:
"For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."-Hebrews 10:26,27
God considers those who sin willfully after they have received the knowledge of the truth to be
his adversaries which he will judge with fiery indignation. His warning in Hebrews 10 is not being directed toward unbelievers, and I will demonstrate why this is so. Read verse 29:
"Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite the Spirit of grace?"
I placed "wherewith he was sanctified" in bold letters to point out
that this scripture is directed to believers. Believers in Jesus Christ are the ones who have "received the knowledge of the truth" and have been sanctified by the blood of the covenant. The blood of the covenant sanctifies
believers, not unbelievers. Christians who sin willfully are heaping
contempt on the Spirit of grace, and are troddening under foot the Son of God.
The Lord judges willful sinning to be the same thing as counting the blood of the
covenant to be an unholy thing. God will take vengeance upon this person:
Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30,31
The censorship of what the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ
is ordained by God to accomplish in the Christian's life is having spiritually catastrophic results. Believers who continue in willful
sin and are blinded to the reality of how God views the blood of the new covenant will
receive vengeance from the hand of God.
Please be sensitive and obedient to the Spirit of grace, who is the Holy
Spirit. He convicts you and me of sin for the purpose of bringing us into agreement with him. Please repent
of all known sin that he reveals by his still small voice in conjunction
with his Holy Word, and walk in the light so the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you from all sin. (See 1 John 1:7)
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