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THE BLOOD OF JESUS

March 1, 2014

In Exodus when God was about to execute the last plague on the Egyptians which entailed a visitation on every household in Egypt killing the firstborn child, He also said when He saw the sprinkled blood on the doorpost of the Israelis’ homes, He would pass over them (Exodus 12:12-13, 23). The blood of a lamb protected them from death.

It was after Israel’s departure from Egypt and during their wandering in the wilderness that God gave Moses the laws by which Israel was to govern themselves. This began the Dispensation of the Law. A Dispensation is defined as a period of time in which God interacts with humanity in respect to sin and man’s responsibility. There are seven Dispensations: Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Grace, and Kingdom. From the first until the present man was given a responsibility which he failed and his failure yielded a judgment from God.

In the Dispensation of the Law, God gave specific statues and commandments to Moses for which the Israelis were to adhere. When a violation occurred, they were to offer by the priest a blood sacrifice from an animal to make atonement for their sins. These sacrifices were carried out by the priest daily and yearly according to God’s instruction. With the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus (our sacrificial lamb) a new covenant was established. This one time sacrifice of Jesus’s life fulfilled once and for all the blood sacrifice requirements. As believers, we no longer need to bring an animal to be slain for our sins. JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD.

The shedding of His blood was so great it provided us with more than just protection in spiritual warfare (Revelation 12:11). The scriptures reveal many benefits of the shed blood of Jesus and here are a few:
1. Remission of sins (Matt. 26:28).
2. Propitiation through faith in His blood (Rom. 3:25).
3. Justification (Rom. 5:9).
4. Redemption (Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 5:9
5. Forgiveness (Col. 1:14).
6. Peace and reconciliation to God (Col. 1:20).
7. Cleanses and purges (Heb. 9:14; 1 John 1:7).
8. Sanctifies (Heb. 13:12).
9. Grants access (Heb. 10:19).
10. Overcomer (Rev. 12:11).
11. Washes (Rev. 1:5; 7:14).
12. Deliverance (Heb. 2:14; Col. 1:13)

While you are reading this list, I suggest you take a moment and thank God for all of these benefits and continue to thank Him in the days to come.

Finally, in our churches, the expression “plead the blood” is often used. For believers to plead is a legal term and means to stand on the rights that are ours “legally” through the shed blood of Jesus. Since we are born in sin, we are all guilty, and our plea is the blood that covers us. When we “plead the blood” we are appropriating, applying, declaring, proclaiming, and placing our confidence in the finish work of Jesus. “Pleading the blood” provides total coverage for every need: protection, healing (physical, emotional, mental), financial, relationships, deliverance, etc. Since Jesus paid the price to provide us this great benefit that in the past you may have neglected to use; change your habit and begin to utilize it from today forward.

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