What is the Blood of Jesus?
You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19).
The word given to me, concerning the power of the blood of Jesus, a wider and more detailed knowledge of its meaning and representation. We end up becoming a very common evangelical phrase, saying that THE BLOOD OF JESUS HAS POWER, but after all, what is the real meaning of the blood of Jesus for us Christians? Based on the sacred scriptures, the real meaning of the power of the blood of Jesus, by diving into this deep ocean that is the Word of God, we separated 10 truths to be analyzed about the value, power and representation of the blood of Jesus into our lives.
- It was the value of the price paid for our sins; "Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood" (Acts. 20:28).
The blood of Christ was the price paid to God in sacrifice for our sins, the blood of God in the form of a man, of incalculable value, able to purchase the salvation of all. The value of the blood of Christ is priceless, it is inestimable, for it was with it that my life was bought. Have you ever stopped to think how much your life is worth?
- It represents the new covenant between God and man
"For this is my blood, the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Mt. 26.28)
The Blood of Christ shed on the cross of Calvary is now the blood of the new covenant between God and man, since the old covenant was undone by man's inability to fulfill the Divine Law (5 books of Moses), animal sacrifices were no longer pleasing to the Lord, God no longer took pleasure in these sacrifices, purification for sins had become more of a religious ceremonial, a mechanical ritual, man sinned and did not truly repent in his heart, his sacrifice was in vain, and by the law of the Lord there can only be remission of sins with the shedding of blood, and the only blood capable of fully meeting this requirement was the blood of Christ.
- The blood of Jesus justifies
"Much more therefore now, being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him" (Rom. 5.9)
The blood of Christ has the power to justify our sins, because with it we were bought, for only with the shedding of blood can there be remission of guilt, we learn that the blood of Christ justifies, because it was the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God offered in sacrifice for humanity bought me, my guilt was transferred to Him, I was justified, cleared, freed from my debt.
- The Blood of Jesus Cleanses
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7)
We learn that the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin, because Jesus was the perfect, pure, holy, righteous sacrifice, so his blood has power to purify my life and transform my sin into forgiveness, but there is a necessary condition, we have to be in the light, that is, in communion with God so that the purifying power of the blood of Christ has an effect on our lives.
- The Blood of Jesus Sanctifies (Separates)
"For this reason Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate" (Heb. 13:12).
The Blood of Jesus sanctifies, that is, He separates us, keeps us, the word sanctify means to separate, we are separated by God, the blood of Christ separates us from sin, separates us from condemnation, separates us from evil and death. The richest example on this subject, we will find in Exodus 12.23, when Moses announced the 10th plague to Pharaoh, that of the firstborn, the destroying angel sent from God came throughout Egypt to exterminate the firstborn of men and animals, but the angel did not have the authority to touch the houses that had the blood mark on the doorposts, which God ordered them to do. Blood is a sign of security, the enemy has no power over your life, because he looks at you and sees the mark of Jesus' blood, you are covered by blood, We LEARN HERE, THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS PROTECTS AND DELIVERS FROM EVIL, and that I am the EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF GOD.
- The blood of Jesus brings reconciliation and peace
"And who, having made peace through Him, through the blood of his cross, through reconcile all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (Col. 1:20).
I learn that the blood of Jesus brought about the reconciliation between God and man, restoring the lost communion, and in turn bringing peace to the hearts of men, which had already been announced by the angels when Jesus was born. This peace was only possible with the death of Christ on the cross.
- The blood of Jesus Washes and Whitens our robes
"And I said to him: Lord, you know. And he said to me: These are they who came out of Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Rev. 7.14).
The Blood of Jesus is better than any washing powder or detergent, for cleaning, because He washes and whitens our heavenly garments, which will be used on the day of the rapture, our body will be transformed and similar to that of the risen Christ, and we will use these garments for the great feast to be celebrated in Heaven, the washing and whitening represent the cleansing, purifying, and sanctifying of our souls.
- The blood of Christ brought us near to God, and gave access to the Holy of Holies.
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off, have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13).
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus" (Heb. 10:19).
Here I can understand that the blood of Jesus brings me closer to God in two progressive stages, I was far from the path of salvation and by the blood of Christ I was brought into the presence of God, by the his blood sacrifice caused the veil of the temple to tear, breaking the barrier between man and God, now we have total freedom and communion through the blood of Christ, there are no more barriers, the blood of Christ has broken all. LEARN HERE, BROTHER, THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE NEAR JESUS, IT HAS TO GO FURTHER, HAVE FULL COMMUNION, THE HOLY OF THE HOLY REPRESENTS THAT, TOTAL COMMUNION WITH GOD.
- The blood of Jesus is food for the soul (John 6:54-55)
"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day; is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed" (John 6:54-55).
Learn that the blood of Jesus is food for my soul, it nourishes my spirit and every time you partake of the body and blood of Christ, you have fellowship with Him.
- The Blood of Jesus gives victory (Rev. 12:11)
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and for the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives to the death" (Rev. 12:11)
Learn that the blood of the Lamb guarantees me victory, for it gives you protection, this is a prophecy that will still be fulfilled and we have to take possession of it, and make use of the powerful blood of Jesus to protect us and give us the final victory that is the fulfillment of our salvation, we live the first stage of salvation that is here in earth, the second which completes the completed work of Christ is to reign with Him.
What does the Bible say about Blood?
Not eating foods with blood
Do not have intimate intercourse during menstruation
According to the Bible, blood represents life.
Some movements insist with their supporters that we should not eat or transfuse blood. Some go so far as to state that parts or fractions of blood can or cannot be transfused, and also the amount that can or cannot be transfused. Such movements say that transfusing blood is the same as eating. If the Bible forbids eating blood, then we should not transfuse it either.
Well, the question at hand is whether or not a Christian can eat blood. To answer this question, we first need to see the position of the Bible on the subject. Since the Old Testament, the Scriptures attribute to blood a representative value of life (Gen. 9.4). When humanity started again after the flood, God alerted man to the issue of life. Man should be responsible for the life of his neighbor (Gen. 9:5). As for animal life, man could eat meat, however, without blood (Gen. 9.4). The Lord always remembers, in the Old Testament, respect for blood as life itself, since it needs to be spilled on the ground. When the army of Israel was at war, they were warned not to hastily eat the meat without allowing the blood to come out (1 Samuel 14:34).
The New Testament also provides guidance on the issue of blood. The gospel was expanding and there were some who taught the new Gentile Church that its members should observe the customs of Moses. The apostle Paul, from the very beginning, was very clear, instructing that through the works of the law, no one would be saved. The elders of Jerusalem and other apostles then arrived at a position: the customs and norms of the law of Moses should not be kept by Christians: "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to impose a greater burden on you than these essential things: that abstain from things sacrificed to idols, as well as from blood, from the flesh of suffocated animals, and from unlawful sexual intercourse; from these things you will do well if you keep yourselves (Acts 15:28,29). This course points to a respect for blood. Christians recognize the shed blood of Christ Jesus as atonement and remission. Through His death and resurrection we have forgiveness, justification, and eternal life. We do well not to use blood as food, and to avoid using blood as an ingredient in any recipe.
What is drinking the blood of Jesus?
Without drinking the blood of the Son of God – that is, without the fullest and most intense appropriation of Him – one cannot have eternal life.
For many, the expression: "to drink the blood of the Son of God" may sound strange, but for the Jews who listened to Jesus was even more offensive, as in addition to natural repugnance, in the law of Moses the use of blood was prohibited, under severe penalties. We may be sure that our Lord would not have used this expression if it did not represent a fundamental truth, impossible to communicate in any other way.
Therefore, drinking the blood means that there is a function of the blood that goes far beyond purification or sanctification; the blood not only does something for us, putting us into a new relationship with God, but it also does something in us, renewing us inwardly. This is what Jesus meant when he said, "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you" (John 6:53). Our Lord distinguishes here two types of life.
The Jews who were there had a natural life of body and soul. Many were devout, well-meaning men, but Jesus said they had no life in them unless they ate His flesh and drank His blood. They needed another life – a new life from above that was in Jesus and that only he could impart.
Every created living being needs to seek nourishment outside of itself. Natural life is sustained by bread and water. Heavenly life needs to be nourished by Heavenly food and drink, provided by Jesus Himself. Nothing less than the life of Jesus, the life He lived as the Son of man on earth, can nourish our lives as new creatures.
Our Lord emphasized this even more strongly in these words: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day" (John 6:54). Eternal life is the life of God. Jesus came to earth, first to reveal this eternal life, and then to communicate it to us who live in the flesh.
In Him eternal life dwelt by divine power in a body of flesh, which was then raised to heaven. According to His words, those who eat His flesh and drink His blood will also experience, in their own bodies, the power of eternal life. "I will raise him up at the last day."
The wonder is that in Christ eternal life was manifested in a human body. And it is as important to us to be partakers of that body as it is to partake of the life of its Spirit; this is what guarantees that our body, full of that life, will one day be raised from the dead.
Jesus also said: "My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink" (v. 55). The word translated true here is the same word Jesus used in the parable of the vine: "I am the true vine" (John 15:1). He was showing the difference between what is just a symbol and what is a present reality.
Natural food is not real food, as it does not convey real life. The only real food is the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, because it communicates and sustains real life, not symbolic life or a mere shadow.
To show the reality and power of this food, our The Lord added, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him" (John 6:56). The feeding of the flesh and blood of Jesus effects the most perfect union with him. That is why His flesh and blood have such power of eternal life. He declares here that those who believe in Him will not experience mere influences in their hearts, but will enter into the closest and most permanent union with him: they will abide in Jesus and Jesus in them.
The blessing of "drinking the blood of the Son of man" is to become one with Him, to partake of the divine nature. It is a union as real as the union between the Father and the Son: "As I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me will live because of me" (John 6:57). As in the divine and indivisible nature the two Persons of the Father and the Son are truly one, so man becomes one with Jesus. The eating of His flesh and drinking of His Blood refers to the partaking in the Holy Supper.