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The Blood Of Christ


But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Hebrews 9:11-15

Jesus came to fulfil and not destroy the Law (Matthew 5:17). And according to the Law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).

This Law does not originate with Moses at Mount Sinai - the Mosaic Law. It goes all the way to the perfect Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, God made garments of skin for both of them and clothed them (Gen 3:21). Some innocent animals were sacrificed and killed. Precious blood of life was shed for their sins.

Sin is a deadly thing. It caused mankind heaven. If there was no sin in the Garden, it would be heaven from Day One! Someone told me that "we are already in heaven when we received Jesus, even when we sin again and again because Jesus is full of grace and very forgiving." This is stretching His grace beyond lawful limits. Too much grace is disgrace, full of distaste. It is devaluing the precious blood of Jesus and despising His death. The opposite of grace is disgrace (no law). The opposite of law is lawlessness (no grace).

The issue at hand is not about "whether we have sins" but "whether we continue to sin or not to sin".

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. (Romans 6:1-12)

The same precious Blood of Jesus, which cleansed us from our sins, has the power to keep us away from our sins. The journey will be finished at the end of the race. Paul said at the end of his spiritual journey on earth, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Tim 4:7-8).

Let us not claim completion till we have finished running the race of life. Let us not claim heaven when we are still struggling with hell - when we continue sinning!

If sin is not deadly, Jesus would not have to come. There will not be a need for another Garden – the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus would not have to agonize in praying "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." (Matthew 26:42)

To die for the sins of the world is alright with our Lord Jesus. BUT to carry and put on all the sins of the world on Himself, clothed with our sins, is excruciating pain! How can the pure Son of God put on sin? And how dare we who are clean desire to touch it again?

God is coming for a holy Bride without blemish (Eph 5:27-28), and not saints stained with sins. The tabernacle of Moses is a place full of blood of the animal sacrifices. Throughout ages, the sins of man require blood sacrifices. Without which, there is no remission.

Each time we sin, Jesus had to pay (atone) for it.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6)

A person can never understand how precious and priceless the blood of Jesus is until he has a full realization of his sin and the death it brings. We need true conviction. Without this sense of guilt, we will continually play with sin as our constant playmate. And this playmate is deadly, more deadly than Sars. If we do not want to have Sars, we should do likewise not wanting to have Sin.

When we are declared Sars-free, we don't want to have it anymore. Likewise, when the Lord has declared us Sin-free, let's don't touch it again! We must make a constant choice not to sin. But at times when we do sin out of ignorance or otherwise, the Holy Spirit will prompt us and we need to seek His forgiveness again. This is not a license to sin - it is indeed true grace in motion.

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 2:18-22

The blood of Jesus Christ is also called "the blood of the covenant." The Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).

"knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever..." 1 Peter 1:18-24

Our God is eternal and timeless. Before the creation of man, God desires to have fellowship with His creation. Therefore God created man. Man was called His sons, being made in His image, having His likeness and His attributes. We can then have sweet fellowship and communion with God Himself.

God cannot make a lesser man, having no holiness and no purity, constantly struggling in sin and not overcoming them. Without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb 12:14).

The Cross made the Way, gave us the Truth so that we can live the Life. Through the Cross, we can again be restored back to Him, like the first Adam in the Garden - sinless. Now, we need to make the choice – to sin or not to sin.

The Holy Spirit was sent to seal us with His Holiness and His Holy power so that we are empowered and enabled to be overcomers over sin!

His Holy Word is to be hidden in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him! (Psalm 119:11)