The Blood of Christ

Part One

The blood of Christ speaks of Jesus’ voluntary self-sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

  • (1Pe. 1:18-19) “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefothers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
  • (Joh. 1:29) “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
  • (Rev. 1:5b) “To Him who loved us, and released us from our sins by his blood.

By the price of His blood, Jesus accomplished three great works at the cross. (Rom. 3:23-25) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“, being JUSTIFIED (declared righteous) as a gift by his grace through the REDEMPTION (payment of penalty) which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a PROPITIATION (Divine satisfaction) in His blood through faith.”

The finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross is sufficient to provide salvation for all men.

  • (Rev. 5:9) “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.’
  • (Joh. 12:32) “And I, if I be lifted up (crucified) from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.

However, to receive the benefits of Jesus’ blood we must believe Him.

  • (Joh. 6:29, Joh. 6:47, Joh. 6:54) “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom he has sent… Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life…He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood (i.e.: believes in His life and death) has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’
  • (Joh. 1:12) “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

The blood of Christ continues to cleanse the believer for all sins.

  • (1Jo. 1:7) “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

It is through the blood of Christ that we can be reconciled to God and have peace with Him.

  • (Eph. 2:13) “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
  • (Col. 1:20) “Through Him (Jesus) to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of Christ.
  • (Rom. 5:1) “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The term “blood of Christ” encompasses the entire scope of spiritual sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

  • (Heb. 9:14) “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works (religion without faith) to serve the living God?

Part Two

The term “blood of Christ” as used in the new testament, is a comprehensive figure of speech which encompasses not only Jesus’ physical sufferings, but also His spiritual sacrifice. In fact, Jesus did not fear the physical pain of the crucifixion. He told His disciples not to fear such things (Mat. 10:28), and the prophet Isaiah tells us that through all the physical affliction, the Lord Jesus never uttered a whimper (Isa. 53:7). In telling of Gethsemane, Mark uses three words in chapter Mar. 14:33-34, that speak of the terrible dread that fell on Him “unto death,” or “as far as death.

Since we know that Jesus died physically of His own free will (Joh. 10:18), and told the disciples not to fear death, He must have been fearing something else. The scripture teaches that fear originates in spiritual death (Gen. 3:10, Heb. 2:14-15). What Jesus feared in the garden was sin and death (spiritual), which He was never confronted with before. He had never known fear.

On the cross, Jesus had to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. That penalty is spiritual death. (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12, Rom. 5:17, Rom. 5:21, Rom. 6:23). In order to pay our debt on the cross (Col. 2:14) Jesus “because of the suffering of death” (i.e.: of fallen men) had to “taste death for every man.” (Heb. 2:9) Each of the physical afflictions of His crucificion were actually Divinely designed to reveal the penalty which God the Father would impose on His Son spiritually.

  1. Crown of Thorns (Mat. 27:29). Pictures bearing the curse of fallen man. (Gen. 3:17-18)
  2. Scourging (Mat. 27:26). Jesus was scourged by the Father (Isa. 53:4-5), and it is this scourging by which we are healed.
  3. Pierced by Nails (Joh. 20:25, Act 2:23). His soul was pierced through with every sin of every man in history. (Isa. 53:5, Col. 2:14).

Peter tells us that “He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed.” In speaking of His bearing of our sins, Isaiah links it to “The anguish of His soul” and says that He “Poured out Himself (Lit. His soul) unto death.

These considerations do not diminish His physical sufferings, nor detract from His physical blood. In truth we see how incomprehensible was the price He was required to pay for our sins. (2Co. 5:21) “He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


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