Precious Blood of CHRIST
"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:" 1 Peter 1:18, 19
ALL BLOOD IS PRECIOUS
When Cain killed Abel God confronted him with
this charge, "…The voice of your brother’s blood cries to Me
from the ground." Genesis 4:10
After the flood God instituted the death penalty
for the shedding of man’s blood. "And surely your blood of your
lives will I require; at the hand of every beast…and…at the hand of
every man…Whoso sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed…"
To Moses God revealed this great biological and
spiritual truth: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and
I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your
souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul."
MOST PRECIOUS OF ALL IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
is the blood of the God/Man born of woman but
conceived by the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit.
is the only blood in the history of the human
race since the fall of Adam that is holy, spotless and
Is the only blood that was acceptable to
redeem lost mankind from the curse of sin and to cleanse from
the defilement from sin.
The blood of Jesus Christ is especially precious
to every believer because:
The Blood of Jesus Provides Atonement for Sin(s)
The book of Romans is the most logical and
complete book on the doctrine of salvation in the Bible. The first
three chapters are taken up with the fact that all mankind needs
salvation because they are sinners and under the curse of God’s law.
The conclusion is, "Now we know that whatever things the law says, it says to those who are under the law: that every mouth may
be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."
Since all mankind is
under the curse of sin what provision has God made to enable mankind
to be set free from that curse?
In Adam and Eve’s case it was coats of skin that
spoke of shed blood. In Genesis 3:6 Adam and Eve sin. In Genesis
3:15 God promises a Redeemer. In Genesis 3:21 God clothes Adam and
Eve with coats of skins to replace their unacceptable coats of
In Abel’s case it was faith in redemption by shed
blood that enabled him to be accepted by God (Genesis 4:3-5; Hebrews
In Israel’s case it was redemption through shed
blood. Down in Egypt God pronounced the curse of death on every
first born male. God provided for Israel to escape that curse by the
blood of a lamb. To every family that took the blood of that lamb
and placed it on the top and sides of their front door God "passed
over" them and the curse did not fall. With the giving of the Mosaic
Covenant Israel enjoyed the privilege of being set free from the
curse of sin for 1400 years by the blood of the sacrificial goat as
a sin offering on the Day of Atonement. (See Exodus 12:1-29;
Leviticus, chapters 16, and 17.)
In the whole world’s case the blood of Jesus shed
as a sacrifice for sin provided for sin to be taken away forever:
"By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands
ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can
never take away sins: But this Man, after He had offered one
sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;...For by one offering
He has perfected forever those who are being
sanctified." Hebrews 10:10-12, 14. All of this looks back to the
truth summed up in Hebrews 9:22 "…And according to
the law almost all things are purified with blood; and without shedding of blood is no
The Blood of Jesus Gives Peace With God
Surveys have been conducted in virtually every
nation of the world asking people to list things they wanted more
than anything else. One thing always mentioned -peace.
Peace among nations? Yes. Peace with fellow man? Yes. Peace of mind
and heart? Yes. But more than anything else, peace with God.
Deep within the being of every human is a
conscience. The indication is that with most people their conscience
is tossed with raging turmoil. It seems as if conscience is pointing
an accusing finger and saying, "someday you will stand in judgment
as a sinner before a Holy God." The sense of guilt has snapped the
minds of many. Others have busied their minds with other activities.
Some have spent a lifetime trying to stifle those accusations with
alcohol, drugs, and sensual activities.
The good news is that, to reconcile all things to
Himself...(Jesus) made peace through the blood of His cross."
The very best and the very worst of the lost sons
of Adam can come into a relationship of peace with God. In effect,
they come to God and say, "I accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
for my sin and, by faith, I trust Him as my Savior from the penalty
of sin" They will then experience the truth of "Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
We enter into peace with God through the blood of
III. The Blood of Jesus Gives Justification
"Justification" is a legal term which means
"declared righteous before the law."
In our earthly courts we are "justified" when we
are found innocent of the crime with which we are charged. What is
truly amazing about God’s justification is that our just God takes a
sinner He knows to be guilty; the sinner knows he is guilty and
everybody else knows he is guilty and God declares that guilty
sinner "righteous before the law." How can God do that? Once again,
the answer is the blood of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:9 "Much more
then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath
The shed blood of Jesus Christ has made possible
"The Great Exchange".
In the first part of The Great Exchange Jesus
Christ took full responsibility for our sins and received the full
punishment for them. In the second part of the Great Exchange we
receive Jesus Christ by faith as our Savior and He gives us His
righteousness. "For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in
2nd Corinthians 5:21 (See also 1st Peter 2:24 and 3:18). Justification
before God can be obtained by the worst of sinners because of the
shed blood of Christ.
The Blood of Jesus Gives Cleansing From the Defilement of Sin
The most shocking experience that comes to a new
believer is that even after they know they are saved they discover
they still have the sin nature in their flesh and they are capable
of sin. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us." 1st John 1:8.
Sin will not cause
a believer to lose relationship with God, but sin will cause him/her
to lose fellowship. Again, the solution is the blood of Jesus. "…the
blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin"
1st John 1:7. The believer appropriates cleansing from sin by
confessing (admitting) his/her sin to God and believing God to
cleanse his/her sin.
1:9). Every believer can experience cleansing from the defilement of
sin because of the shed blood of Christ.
The Blood of Jesus Gives The Believer Access To God’s Throne
Who does not need access to God’s throne of
grace? Who among us have no sins that need to be forgiven?…no
sicknesses that needs to be healed?…no broken hearts that need to be
mended?…no physical, emotional or material needs to be met?…no
obstacles that need to be overcome?…no battles with Satan and his
hordes that need to be won?
Surely, every mortal needs access to God’s throne
of Grace. That access has been made possible by the blood of Jesus
Christ. As His blood drained from five wounds while hanging on the
cross the time came when He knew His sacrifice for sin was complete.
He cried with a loud voice, "It is finished!" and then "Father,
into Thy hands I commend my spirit." A lightning bolt from
heaven pinpointed the veil in the Temple that served as a closed
door to the Holy of Holies. That veil was ripped from top to bottom.
Hebrews 9:8 tells us that veil signified that the way into the
Holiest of All was not yet made manifest and verse 12 goes on to
tell us "…With His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place,
once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." The thought
is picked up in Hebrews 10:19, "Therefore, brethren, having
boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new
and living way,… Let us draw near with a true heart in full
assurance of faith,…" No wonder that we read "Let us
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:16. A poet wrote,
"Why do you tarry, O
Christian, bowed down with your burden of care?
God is waiting for you in
His throne room…waiting with listening ear."
VII The Blood of Jesus Gives Sanctification
also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered
outside the gate."
"Sanctify" means "set apart." There are three
aspects of sanctification:
- The believer is set apart in position from those who are lost
and under condemnation to those who are saved and under no
condemnation. Paul could write to the carnal, divisive Christians
at Corinth that they were "sanctified in Christ Jesus" and "called
saints" . 1 Corinthians 1:2.
- Believers are encouraged to proceed on to a practical and
progressive sanctification. Their lives are to become more and
more set apart from the carnal life they lived as an unsaved
person to the godly, spiritual life of a child of God. (John
17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
- In their future glorified bodies believers will enjoy perfect
sanctification. There will be no sin in the environment. There
will be no sin nature in the flesh. There will be no temptation to
sin from Satan and demons.
How precious is the blood of Christ? That
probably varies from believer to believer on earth. However, we get
a glimpse of how precious it will be to all redeemed children of God
in heaven. It will be a constant theme of their song. "And they
sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll, and to
open its seals: For You were slain, and have redeemed us to
God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and
nation;" Revelation 5:9
The blood of Jesus is and will forever be
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quotations from NKJV unless otherwise noted.