The Power of the Blood of Jesus
The Power of the Blood of Jesus
The Church needs to learn to use the great resource that the Lord granted it in order to enjoy complete protection, spiritual life and fellowship with God: the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus cannot continue to be only a doctrine and object of faith. The Church needs to learn to live this doctrine and to benefit from all the power that there is in the blood of the Lamb, thus receiving all the blessings that the Lord granted His people through the power of this blood.
It is useful to remember that the Bible teaches us that in order to receive it is necessary to ask: “ask and it will be given to you” (Luke 11:9, 10). The blessings that the Lord wants to grant His Church should be asked for in prayer so that the Lord grants them. As we ask, e exercise the faith by which we take possession of the promises of the Lord contained in the Scriptures (Heb. 11:1, 6). In the same way that the Lord Jesus taught us to ask for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), we should ask for the blessings Jesus conquered for His Church when He died for its redemption, that is, when He shed His precious blood at the Calvary.
In general, the Church knows only that the Lord Jesus shed His blood for its “salvation” or “redemption.” However, it is important to highlight that “salvation” encompasses not only new birth, but a life of sanctification. The Scriptures exhort the believers to operate their salvation with “fear and trembling”. God’s Word also shows us that the blood of Jesus was poured out so that the Church would enjoy the following blessings – which are included in salvation:
- Purification from sins (I John 1:7). The same way we should confess our sins in order to be forgiven, we should believe that the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. Hence the obstacle to our fellowship with the Lord is removed.
- Fellowship with the Lord (Heb. 10:19-22). The Word reveals that the believers should enter with boldness into the Holy of Holies – in other words, in the presence of the Lord – by the blood of the Lamb. Therefore the servants of the Lord should plead to the Lord for Him to remove obstacles to fellowship in such a way that not only the spirit but also the soul (mind, emotions) are in complete fellowship with the Lord.
- Victory over the Enemy (Rev. 12:11). The Church will conquer the Enemy “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of His testimony.” The Church must exercise the faith in this promise in moments of struggles and the Lord will manifest the power of the blood of Jesus in the life of His servants, granting the victory that they need.
- Protection against the enemy (Ex. 12:23). Victory includes this protection, similarly to what the people of Israel had in Egypt. The Destroyer could not go into the houses of the Israelites and destroy the first born, for when he saw the blood he was forced to “pass over” these houses. For this reason, when we plead in prayer for the Lord to cover us with the blood of Jesus, we are protected against attacks of the Enemy in any situation, even in the beginning of each service or meeting. Thus there is no manifestation of false gifts in our midst.
- Deliverance from customs, vices, inappropriate behavior (I Peter 1:18-19). The Word states that we are redeemed from our aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, with the blood of the Lord Jesus. So, when any believer reveals that he/she is still linked to any behavior that does not glorify the Lord, we can pray based on our faith in this Scripture that guarantees us victory in this struggle through the blood of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus is intimately connected to the operation of the Holy Spirit. The reason is simple: the Holy Spirit can only operate based upon the Work finished by the Lord Jesus at the cross of Calvary when He shed His precious blood; in other words, when He gave His life for our sins. The Lord said that if we did not drink His blood we would not have spiritual life. Further down He explained that the words He had said were spirit and life. We understood the lesson: when the Holy Spirit operates in our lives He transmits the live that is in the blood of Jesus, the eternal life that the Lord Jesus conquered for us as He poured out His blood for our salvation.
As Jesus’ blood circulated in the physical body of the Lord Jesus giving life to each cell, the Holy Spirit operates in the Church in our days, visiting each member of the Body, transmitting eternal life to each one of us, applying the Word of God to our hearts. When we pray for the Lord to grant us a certain blessing (among the ones referred to above) based upon the power that there is in the blood of Jesus, the Lord sends the Holy Spirit, who operates the blessing we need based on the blood that was shed, based upon the Work that the Lord Jesus finished at the cross of Calvary.
The blood of Jesus was poured out once at the cross of Calvary, but it is sprinkled continuously over God’s servants, who are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2). Alleluia!