“newcovenant” brought up an excellent topic and point, so I would like to share it with everyone here. The topic is of salvation and the blood of Jesus Christ.
I said in an earlier post that only the blood of Jesus Christ can save a man to which “newcovenant” responded:
“Strictly speaking, this is not correct; the blood does not save anyone. Romans 5:10 is a very important verse:” – “newcovenant”
The blood of Jesus Christ has a dual applicaiton to our salvation. The blood of the Everlasting Covenant is both physical blood and spiritual blood and without either one of them, we would not be able to have eternal life. If you had recognized the word blood with both its physical and spiritual application as I also intended it to be, then you would have known that The Holy Spirit is also included in what I meant.
I’m glad you stopped to consider this topic because I think it’s a great opportunity to show the depth of what the blood of the Lamb is and how it applies to us today under the New Covenant.
If we go back to our schoolmaster, the Old Testament, we’ll see the plan of salvation that God designed and established to give to His children from the beginning of creation with Adam. Revelation 13:8 “…the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
We know that Jesus didn’t die at the beginning of the creation, the foundation of the world. But what it is saying, is that it was predetermined by God the Father to send Jesus to the Earth to redeem fallen man; from the beginning with Adam and Eve.
Back to the blood of Jesus. First of all, according to what God has taught us, blood is tied to both life and to death. Why do we need to know about life and death? It goes back to what God told Adam about not sinning when He told him in Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
We all lost our lives through committing one sin because “the wages of sin is death” and “the soul that sinneth it shall die” just like God told Adam from the beginning.
So to save us from our disobedience which has caused our separation from God and our eternal death; the LORD designed a plan of salvation to save us so that we would have the opportunity to be reconciled to Him and have eternal life.
One of the first things God teaches us concerning blood is that “the life of the flesh is in the blood”.
“But flesh with the life thereof,
which is the blood thereof,
shall ye not eat.”
“And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 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 maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.”
“Only be sure that thou eat not the blood:
for the blood is the life;
and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.”
So under the Old Covenant God required the death of an animal which stood for “the wages of sin is death” showing that the debt of death has to be paid.
Before the animal was killed, the repentant sinner had to confess his sin. But the process of justification did not stop with just the death of the animal, next the priest would take that blood of the animal and bring it into the sanctuary where he would apply it on the horns of the altar.
Old Covenant Method – a.k.a. bondage
1. The repentant sinner confesses his sin.
2. The animal is killed (the death penalty is symbolically satisfied)
a. the blood symbolizes death because it is taken from the animal and the animal dies (another example used with people was when the LORD said, “his blood shall be upon him”, God meant that he would die for his own sin and his sin would remain – not forgiven; that means eternal damnation.)
3. The priest brings the blood into the sanctuary and applies it on the altar.
a. the blood symbolizes life because the life of the flesh is in the blood.
4. The atonement was made for the repentant sinner who confessed his sin and brought the (death/life) sacrifice and he is now justified, blameless and righteous.
(Those offerings were symbolic and pointed to their coming Messiah – the blood of animals could never erase sin, only the sinless blood of Jesus could/can erase sin.)
Under the New Covenant we have a perfect sanctuary system in heaven:
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Jesus Christ lived a perfect sinless life, was sacrificed for us (paying the death penalty that comes from committing sin) was buried, resurrected and ascended up into heaven where the Bible tells us that He entered into the holy place in the heavenly sanctuary where He offered His perfect blood upon the altar as God the Father designed it from the beginning, and as He showed Moses to follow the pattern of the heavenly sanctuary when he made the copy, the earthly sanctuary. God told us where the blood was supposed to go “and I have given it to you upon the altar” Leviticus 17 tells us and Hebrews confirms that is exactly what Jesus did.
Jesus had to do more that die to save us from the death penalty of our sins. He had to be resurrected to give us life through His ministry as our high priest who “ever liveth to make intercession for us” who is mediating the New Covenant for us in His blood by administering His Holy Spirit to us which quickens us and gives us life.
The Bible tells us Jesus had to be raised for our justification.
“Who was delivered for our offences,
and was raised again for our justification.”
“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. … …For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”
New Covenant method – a.k.a. the law of Liberty
1. The repentant sinner confesses his sin to our heavenly Father while believing:
a. in who Jesus Christ is as the sinless Son of God;
b. that He both died and was raised again for our justification;
c. that He is in heaven interceding for us as our high priest;
d. is also believing that “He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” making that repentant sinner blameless, just and righteous because of the mercy of God the Father and;
e. the free gift of the Holy Spirit is administered from the heavenly sanctuary by Jesus Christ; daily renewing the Holy Spirit as we keep His New Covenant, walking and following the leading of His Holy Spirit.
This is the New Covenant justification method by the “New and Living Way” (Hebrews 10:20) all done according to God the Father’s planned design and performed within the heavenly sanctuary according to the laws of the tabernacle and the Melchisedecian priesthood.
Back to the blood; symbols are extremely important to God. So much so that He would not allow any of His children to drink the physical blood of any animal; even under the New Covenant (Acts 15:20, 29) Can you guess why? It is because of the symbolic blood of Jesus Christ which is reserved only to Jesus Christ; because He is our life. We drink from the fountain of life, His life, His blood, His Holy Spirit.
“For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”
“And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”