234. BLOOD – WHAT GOD REQUIRES FOR YOU TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS

(The Abundant Life Series – Batch 2)

I am a sinner because my ancestors were all sinners and they passed their sin-infected blood to me. Sin therefore courses through my veins and is in my DNA. As a result, the sin that I inherited, has led me to do all sorts of wicked things in my life thus far. Sin is anything that displeases God, goes against his good, pure and holy nature and contravenes or disobeys his rules for living on earth. I am therefore guilty of committing offences against God because I was born in sin and shaped in iniquity and this has resulted in me continuing to sin from the time I was born (Psalm 51:5-6).

I know all this because I see sin at work in my body. Even when I want to do good, I find myself doing evil because sin lives in me (Romans 7:19-25).

When I read the Bible though, I finally understood why it was so easy for me and human beings in general, to lie and cheat and gossip and steal and hate on others and curse people and refuse to show mercy to those who had wronged us or to be malicious or to pretend to be what we are not. I understood why it was so easy to rob people, to commit murder, to be obsessed with getting more money at all costs, to have sex outside of marriage and even with different partners and to do everything that was contrary to God’s rules and commands.

I am not the only one infected by sin. All human beings are because of the sin that entered the first two people that God created and placed on the earth: Adam and Eve. That sin entered their lives through their disobedience and since then, they have passed it down from one generation to the next.

This means that without God’s forgiveness, we are all doomed because he is perfectly righteous and cannot turn a blind eye to sin. He demands that it be punished. Everyday therefore, that we continue with it in our veins and controlling our lives, we are sealing our fate, to one day receive the wrath of God, both in this world while we live and when he brings this world to an end and judges our souls which live on, beyond death.

Obtaining God’s forgiveness and cleansing of our sin is therefore an emergency situation. But how do we do so? What does God require? It is only what HE is prepared to accept that matters. Nothing else.

Thankfully, God in his mercy has allowed us to have a book in which he inspired men to write about their experiences with him in the past, what happened before our time, what is happening now and also what he intends to do in the future. In this book called the Bible, he tells us that we have ALL sinned and come short of his glory and that the wages for our sin is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

He doesn’t leave it there though. He goes on to tell us that if we want to be forgiven and cleansed of this sin virus, we can be but only according to what he requires.

He lets us know what he used to require for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament days and what he requires now, in your day and mine. This is so important, that we cannot afford to ignore it. We need to find out what the price for God’s forgiveness is so that we can obtain it before it is too late!

This is what the Bible explains:

PREVIOUSLY – WHAT GOD USED TO REQUIRE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT DAYS AND UNDER THE OLD COVENANT, FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

In the Old Testament days, whenever the Israelites (who were the people that God specially selected to serve him) had sinned, animals had to be killed as sacrifices and their blood offered on the altar. This was God’s standard and was a common practice for the Israelites to whom he specifically gave this law. They knew and understood fully therefore, that without that blood sacrifice from animals, God would not forgive their sins.

It had to be done all the time therefore because even when they had been forgiven, they still went back and committed some other sin and therefore needed to be cleansed with blood again.

They did not present the blood from the animal themselves. God required the Priests or the High Priest to be the ones to present the blood on their behalf but also because these Priests and the High Priest too were periodically guilty of sin, they had to also keep offering the blood of sacrificed animals on their own behalf.

To illustrate how this was done, 2 Chronicles 29:20-24 states of an incident that transpired in the past:

  • “Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the Lord. And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the Lord.
  • So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them: And the priests killed them: and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for ALL Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.”

In Leviticus 4:1-7,13-18, 20-21, it also reads:

  • “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering. And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the Lord. And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the Lord, before the veil of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the Lord, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation…
  • And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the Lord: and the bullock shall be killed before the Lord. And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, even before the veil. And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the Lord, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation…And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an ATONEMENT for them, and it shall be FORGIVEN them. And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.”

Based on God’s divine standard therefore, in order for him to turn away his wrath and punishment from the people when they had done wrong, animals had to be killed and their blood offered.

This was the understood equation of events:

1. People sinned and therefore committed offences against God;

2. All who sinned against God were deserving of the severe punishment of death. For, sin is so ugly in God’s eyes and is such a breach against the laws of heaven, that the wages, payment or penalty for such sin is death. This cannot change because God never changes, so this means that when the people sinned, somebody or something living, had to die (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 13:8);

3. To forgive those who had sinned and therefore enable them to escape the penalty of death, whenever they sinned, God in his mercy was willing to accept the blood of an animal, killed in the place of those who had sinned, as a substitute, if this was offered. As a result of the sin therefore, which is ugliness in God’s eyes, an innocent animal had to die sacrificially and as a substitute, although that animal was not perfect;

4. Once the sacrifice had been made, the blood was to be sprinkled on the altar;

5. This then served as an atonement or pardon (forgiveness) for the sin;

6. Once the sin was pardoned, only then could there be reconciliation between God and those who had sinned;

7. The process provided temporary results though and therefore had to be done over and over again, as people forgiven on one occasion, still sinned on another occasion. For, sin being in their DNA, the blood of imperfect animals offered on one occasion was not powerful enough to completely remove all past, present and future sins from people, so as to make them perfect before God.

Hebrews 10:1-4;11 states:

  • “For the law…can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices, there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins…And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.”

TODAY – WHAT GOD REQUIRES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT DAYS AND UNDER THE NEW COVENANT (WHICH APPLIES TO US), FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

Given:

  • (1) that sin is still ugly in God’s eyes;
  • (2) that the penalty for it is still death; and
  • (3) that with the passage of time, the Israelites and the whole world were in such breach of God’s laws and had sinned so much, that it made no sense for them to continue to offer animals as a mere routine, without their hearts being changed,

God, in love, devised a new antidote and a better solution for sin. This was so as to enable us to be saved from sin, once for all and spared from the resulting punishment.

Notably, the solution that God planned was one that would be similar in pattern to that which existed before, although far better.

For, sin was still ugly and still deserving of death. Innocent blood still needed to therefore be shed, in order for there to be a pardon or atonement from heaven for that sin and reconciliation made possible between the sinner and God.

However, in order for sinners to be made perfect (which had never been achieved before), an offering that was far superior to the blood of animals needed to be made. Someone who was absolutely sinless, completely perfect and righteous with blood much more precious than that of animals, needed to die for the sins of all sinners, once, for all, so that such sinners could receive complete forgiveness, for past sins, present sins and future sins.

If such a one would be offered up as a sacrifice for the sins of the entire world, God would be satisfied to accept it and would be willing to wipe the slate of all offences that a person had ever committed or could ever commit, clean. He would be willing to look on such a person and regard him or her as perfect and righteous, for the sake of the one whose perfectly righteous blood had been shed on his or her behalf. He was therefore willing to credit to the account of the sinner or impute or place the perfect righteousness of the one who died, unto the sinner, as a covering.

Yet, WHO would qualify to serve in such a role? Who could be found among mankind that was without sin and perfectly righteous?

The Bible states in Psalm 14:2-3, that:

  • “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Isaiah 59:3-8 records the state of mankind’s sinful, filthy, vile condition as observed by God when he looked down. It states:

  • “For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquityThey hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace…”

Sadly, there was no human being who had descended from Adam and Eve, on the face of the earth, nor would there ever be, that was completely without sin. In mercy therefore, to avoid all of mankind suffering his wrath, God decided that he would be that Saviour. For, only the Godhead was absolutely perfect and without sin.

Isaiah 59:16-17 states of God, that, having observed that there was no man that was sinless and perfect upon the face of the earth and therefore no one from among them that could be offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, that God purposed in love, that he would bring mankind the salvation himself. That is, he would be the Saviour and Intercessor that mankind needed. The verses read:

  • “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that THERE WAS NO INTERCESSOR: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head…”

In Isaiah 43:11, God told the Israelites through his Prophet, “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.”

Having purposed that He would be the solution, the Godhead (consisting of three functions: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) devised a plan to bring about the reconciliation, not just for the Israelites which were God’s chosen people but in his mercy, God decided (thankfully!) to open the gate of reconciliation to the entire world, including Gentiles like you and me. Gentiles are those who were not initially God’s chosen people, so once you are not an Israelite, you are a Gentile in God’s eyes.

This plan involved Jesus (God the Son), coming down to earth out of love, to offer up his life as a substitute for the sins of the whole world, so that his blood, which was perfect, could be shed, mankind could then be perfected through Him and obtain forgiveness for all of their sins, past, present and future.

More specifically, the Lord Jesus (who was and still is and will always be part of the tri-fold Godhead and God the Son), agreed to come down to earth in the form of a human being and through the passage of an imperfect human woman. He came with a mission from heaven, to die as an innocent lamb and as a sacrificial substitute for the sins committed by the entire world and that would continue to be committed by it in the future. This one sacrifice would be sufficient, as he was absolutely sinless, his blood perfect and all powerful, much more than all of the imperfect blood of bulls and goats combined and the blood of imperfect, sinful human beings in the world.

Of the uselessness of the animal sacrifices to take away sin completely and of the plan of heaven for Jesus to leave his glory and come down to earth in a bodily form as prepared for him by God the Father and to do the will of his Father, Hebrews 10:4-10 states:

  • “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
  • Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through THE OFFERING OF THE BODY of Jesus Christ ONCE for all.

True to his mission, while on earth and having lived a perfect life on it for a number of years, at heaven’s appointed time, Jesus, (although he was God the Son and had access to more power than the world’s military forces combined), allowed himself to be captured by man, who then killed him, although he was innocent and perfectly without sin. In John 10:18, prior to him allowing himself to be captured and killed, he stated of his life, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again…”

God the Father allowed Jesus to be killed, so that his blood which was perfect, could then serve as an an atonement or pardon (forgiveness), for the sins of the whole world.

Isaiah 53:4-12, stated prophetically of Jesus:

  • “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for OUR transgressions, he was bruised for OUR iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
  • All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
  • Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and MADE INTERCESSION for the transgressors.”

After his blood was shed and he died a very painful death, Jesus rose up from the grave on the third day because (1) the mission for which he had been sent to earth was finished and (2) as God the Son, death was subject to him and therefore had no hold on him. He appeared to some people for at least forty days on earth thereafter and then a few of them witnessed him ascending back to heaven.

He promised his disciples that he would return one day, not to die again for sin but to judge the world of it. Those that believe that his testimony is true, that he did in fact die and was raised back up from the dead and therefore have accepted him into their hearts by confessing that he is Lord with their mouths, will be saved from the wrath of God (Romans 10:9-10) because their sin has been covered, they have been cleansed by the perfect blood of Jesus, have received the atonement (pardon) and thereby made perfectly righteous in God’s eyes, through him. Those that do not believe and remain that way up to the point that they die or Jesus returns, will be sent to hell because they are still sin-infected and no sin-infected person will be allowed into God’s holy heaven.

Since the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus back to heaven, God has decreed that those in the world who believe that Jesus truly died and rose from the dead and confess that He Jesus is Lord (meaning that, given how great he is, they are prepared to turn away from all of their sins, surrender to his Lordship and control over their lives (which they realize they can trust) and to obey all of his New Testament commands), they will be reconciled to God the Father, have relationship with him, be adopted into his royal family and escape the wrath of God which is to come at the end of this world, on all those who have sinned but have not accepted the blood sacrifice of Jesus.

John 3:16-17 states:

  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Those who believe on the Lord Jesus’ resurrection, confess him as Lord and are reconciled to God through the blood that he shed for the sins of the world, also become partakers of an eternal inheritance in heaven and avoid hell fire, when they die.

This is wonderful news but to benefit from it, a sin-infected person must first believe that it is true that Jesus died and rose up from the grave on the third day, just like he said he would do and confess him as Lord with their mouth. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10).

Romans 5:1-2,6-10 states of those who have believed this good news by faith and have obtained forgiveness once and for all, for their past, present and future sins by confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord and asking him to come into their hearts and to take over their lives:

  • “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God…For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 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.

Hebrews 10:9-13, in speaking of what Jesus did and the sacrifice that he made for us, states:

  • “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God…”

In explaining the pattern that applied previously under the Old Covenant and what Jesus did under the New Covenant when he offered himself as a perfect sacrifice, so that his blood could be shed to save the world from God’s wrath to come, Hebrews 9:1-28 states:

  • “Then verily THE FIRST COVENANT had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary…For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;…Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone ONCE EVERY YEAR, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:…Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could NOT make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
  • 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; 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. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  • And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance…
  • Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
  • It was therefore necessary that the PATTERNS of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with BETTER sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place EVERY YEAR with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF.
  • And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

NOW THAT THE PROVISION FOR CLEANSING AND FORGIVENESS, ONCE, FOR ALL, HAS BEEN MADE THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST, HOW ABOUT YOU? DO YOU NEED A SPIRITUAL BLOOD TRANSFORMATION?

Just like healthy blood stored in a blood bank on earth, the blood that was shed by the Lord Jesus Christ has been stored in heaven and is still therefore available for all those who wish to obtain a spiritual blood transformation, to get rid of the sin, which courses through their veins.

However, to accept it, we must come to the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Saviour, believe on him, that he is alive, ask him to come into our heart, to wash us with his pure, perfect, precious, powerful blood and cleanse us from our sin. He has power to forgive us of our sins and his blood is available to make us whole. He is also the very one that administers the blood that transforms us, as he is the great Physician (Matthew 9:12).

Think about it: If a person needs blood for a serious medical condition, which without it, he or she would die and there is a blood bank and he or she knows where it is but chooses not to access it, then it can’t help that person. If that person accesses it however and consents to it being poured into his or her veins, then, once that blood has been applied without any reactions, he or she knows, that his or her life is no longer in jeopardy.

The same is true of your spiritual condition. Similar to a blood transfusion, to escape spiritual death (which is to be separated forever from God and your soul sent to hell when you die or when Jesus returns), the Bible states that you are in need of a spiritual blood transformation with the blood of Jesus. This has been stored in abundance in the bank of heaven and is available in limitless supply for any and every sin-infected person that comes to Jesus in faith for cleansing. For, as God stated in Leviticus 17:11 based on how he designed things to be:

  • “…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.”

Once you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, confess him with your mouth as Lord and agree to receive the spiritual blood transformation, which is you asking Jesus (who, although you can’t see him, is in heaven right now and can hear and see you), to wash you with his blood and to change and transform your life, you are delivered immediately from the PENALTY of sin which is spiritual death, meaning the condemning of your soul to spend eternity in hell.

This is because in applying his blood to your life (the Word of God tells us that Jesus washes us in his blood), you are perfected in God’s eyes through the perfection of Christ because you now carry his DNA. His perfectly clean blood now having washed you, his perfect righteousness and nature now courses through your veins, the disease of sin is done away with and so you become like a brand new person. You become ‘POSITIONALLY’ sanctified in God’s eyes and are made a part of his royal family, as he moves you spiritually from the devil’s control and places you in the ship of Jesus Christ. Jesus is now your Master. He is now your Lord. He accepts responsibility for you as one of his own because you now belong to God’s family.

2 Corinthians 5:17 declares, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

It may take some time for the blood to fully work in removing the power of sin over your life but Jesus to whom you now belong is committed to the process of getting rid of all sin. It will NOT have dominion over you anymore! For you are dead indeed to sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ your Lord (Romans 6:11).

Once you accept Jesus into your heart and life and so accept the spiritual blood transformation he offers, God begins to work in your life as any good Father desires to do with his child, for the rest of your life, to replace your carnal sin nature with HIS nature, therefore delivering you progressively from the POWER of sin. This is referred to as PROGRESSIVE sanctification. As a Christian, although you ought not to sin, you may find yourself still occasionally sinning but while you are not sinless, you will find that as the power of the blood works in your life, you will sin less and less and less.

It is because of the power of Jesus to transform a life, that the Lord can take a thief, a robber, a murderer and the worst or vile person, like Nicodemus and even Saul mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible and turn him into a Preacher or take a prostitute like Rahab, also mentioned in the Bible and turn her into something special and dignified and give her a future that brings glory to HIS name.

When we die, sin can no longer affect our souls once we have the blood covering of the Lord Jesus Christ over us. This makes us free finally from the PRESENCE of all sin and is called GLORIFICATION.

How about you? If you have accepted that much needed spiritual blood transformation which came at the expense of Jesus’ death, then glory to God! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

All who accept Jesus’ blood are said by the Bible to be part of the body of Christ, referred to as the Church. No wonder, for all that have been washed in HIS blood, now have his holy DNA coursing through their veins and his blood means life!

In John 10:10, Jesus stated, when speaking of the destructive mission of the devil and sin to humanity, when compared to his desire for mankind: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

I pray you make the right decision TODAY.

(Written on 21st September, 2018, added to thereafter)

ADDENDUM:

Check out this short YouTube clip to get a better appreciation for the Lord Jesus Christ and what he did for you when he died on the cross. Just cut and paste the following words into YouTube or look for the Video under the Video section of this Page.

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If you found the above Article to be helpful or you need more information, be sure to also read:

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