One of my favorite old hymns is the song There Is Power In The Blood by Lewis Edgar Jones. From the first line of the first verse, I am at once grateful for and overwhelmed with God’s great love and forgiveness for me. “Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood! Power in the blood.” From my earliest memories that song has been a part of my life. Now that I am older and have lived through many fiery trials of life, the power of the blood of Christ has become more meaningful and even more precious to me than when I was a boy.
When I was born again and became a new creation, that blood began a holy transfusion in my spiritual veins that continues to this day. One of the first things I began to notice about believing in the power of the blood of Christ was in the victory over sin it afforded me. That transfusion took me from victim to victor…from weakling to overcomer!
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11 NASB
When I was bound in sin in my former life, I felt a distance between God and me that I could never come close to crossing. No matter how much I tried to earn or perform for His love and acceptance, I never quite measured up in my now strength, but then the appropriation of the blood of Christ into my life bridged the gap and distance between my God and me. The slate of my heart and mind were wiped clean in that moment and I became a new creation and child of God the moment I believed in the power of the blood of Jesus!
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13 NASB
The blood of Jesus Christ has accomplished so much more than I ever imagined as a child…but, again, now that I am older, I keep discovering more and more ways in which my life has benefited from the power of that blood! Here are just a few of the benefits of the blood of Jesus off the top of my head. See if they bear witness with your spirit!
The blood of Christ brings me near to God.
The blood washes me clean of all sin.
The blood makes me the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
The blood seals my redemption from my old life.
The blood seals the covenant between me and my God.
The blood has the power to cleanse my thoughts and helps me renew my mind.
The blood paid the debt I owed for sin.
The blood gave me a transfusion of a brand new identity.
The blood of Christ gives me life.
The blood of Christ gives me instant access to the Father allowing me to come boldly before the throne of grace.
The blood of Christ makes me an overcomer!
16 "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," [He then says,] 17 "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE." 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer [any] offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since [we have] a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [clean] from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:16-22 NASB
When I was lost in sin, I felt anything but righteous and holy and clean and worth anyone’s time or thought…but the blood of Jesus Christ made me righteous - in spite of my past…in spite of my present…in spite of my future. It made me the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. There is the true power in the blood!
21 But now apart from the Law [the] righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even [the] righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation [merciful relief from and forgiveness for our sin] in His blood through faith. [This was] to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, [I say,] of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26 NASB
The blood of Christ has sealed the deal for you as a new creation in Christ. Use the truth of the power of the blood to help you renew your mind today. There truly is power in the blood!
To listen to a teaching on the blood of Christ by Dennis Jernigan, listen to The Dennis Jernigan Podcast at http://podcast.dennisjernigan.com/e/by-the-blood-1552335454/
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