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This is a time of year when we intentionally remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. We should be conscious of Christ’s finished work every day, but it is great to celebrate what He has done for us and take a special day to remember.
There is power in the blood of Jesus. We have heard this before, but maybe we have not fully grasped or experienced the power of the blood. Below is a brief list of some of the benefits that the blood of Jesus has accomplished for those who believe. I encourage you to lay hold of these truths and declare them over your life and family.
By the Blood of Jesus…
1. We are redeemed
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
By the blood of Jesus we have been redeemed. We have been bought back—purchased by the blood of the Lamb.
No longer are we to be under the control of the evil one. We belong to him no longer. When we placed our faith in Jesus, we were delivered out of the dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of light (see Colossians 1:14).
2. We are forgiven
Notice the connection between the blood of Jesus and forgiveness in Ephesians 1:7 quoted above. The Bible says that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (see Hebrews 9:22). Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world.
If we belong to Jesus, we can have complete confidence that our sins are forgiven. There is power in the blood of Jesus to remove all guilt and condemnation.
3. We are made righteous
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9).
By the blood of Jesus we are justified; which is a fancy way of saying that we are declared righteous. Because of the blood of Christ, God looks at us and calls us righteous. This gives us confidence to approach the Father without a guilty conscience. In fact, Hebrews 9:14 says that the blood of Jesus cleanses our conscience so that we may serve the living God.
4. We are sanctified
“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:12).
To be sanctified is to be made holy. Justification is our position before God—He sees us as righteous. Sanctification is growing in holiness in our daily living.
It is by the power of the blood of Jesus that we can live a holy life. It is not by our own self-effort but by His grace. There is cleansing power in the blood of Christ. As we apply His finished work to our lives by faith, we will grow in holiness from the inside out.
Apply the Blood
There is much more that could be said about the power of the blood of Jesus. But no matter how much power is in the blood, if it is not applied to your life it does not have the effect it is meant to have. Just like the blood of the first Passover lamb had to be applied to the doorposts, the blood of Jesus should be applied to our hearts and lives.
One of the ways that we can apply the blood is by believing and declaring what it has done for us. I encourage you to make proclamations about the blood of Jesus. Make it personal:
By the blood of Jesus I have been redeemed
By the blood of Jesus I have been forgiven
By the blood of Jesus I have been justified
By the blood of Jesus I am cleansed and sanctified
May God continue to give us revelation of the power of the blood of Jesus!
Questions: Is the blood of Jesus a topic that you hear teaching about? What are some other things that the Bible says about the blood of Jesus?