Benefits of the Blood of Jesus
The purpose of Jesus’ incarnation was to shed His blood for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). Without the shedding of His blood there can be no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). It is through faith in His blood that the remitting of our sin is made possible (Romans 3:25). As the old hymn says, “There is power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the lamb.”
It has been brought to my attention in recent days a very disturbing, erroneous, and dangerous teaching by someone I had once respected as a great Bible teacher. He apparently has been teaching this for decades without my being aware of it. Sadly, it is John F. MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and is best known for his syndicated radio program “Grace to You.”
Since learning of his erroneous teaching on the blood of Christ I have been studying his commentary on Hebrews. There are numerous letters and articles of his dating as far back as 1976 substantiating his position. Here, however, I will limit my comments to his commentary on Hebrews 9:18-22 where he blatantly says that Jesus’ blood is merely symbolic of his death and has no inherent value in it whatsoever.
According to MacArthur, “the purpose of the blood was only to symbolize sacrifice for sin, which brought cleansing from sin. Therefore, without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Christ’s own physical blood, in itself, does not cleanse from sin… Nothing but death, symbolized by shedding of blood, can atone for sin.” He clearly states that it “is through the atoning death of Jesus Christ,” not His blood that enables us to become participants in the New Covenant.
It is not the death of Christ alone but both His death and His blood that places us in right standing with God. MacArthur’s teaching on the blood of Christ is an heretical doctrine and needs to be repented of. Romans 5:9-10 makes it clear that it is both the death of Jesus and His shed blood that saves us. “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood” (Romans 3:25).
Let’s move on to the benefits and blessing of the blood of Christ. There are many inherent benefits in Jesus’ blood. However, the benefits of the blood of Christ do little good unless we apply them to our lives. “For unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them, but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2).
The benefits of the blood can be directly correlated or compared to the blood of the Passover in Exodus 12 and the chapters that follow. The children of Israel were spared from death and delivered out of Egypt, a type of the world, by the blood applied to their doorposts. However, we see clearly in the chapters that follow in Exodus and beyond that because of fear, bitter root expectancy, and a lack of faith to appropriate the blood they failed to enter the fullness of all God desired for them.
The same can be true of us. It is possible for us to be saved, delivered out of the world and the grip of the evil one and fail to walk in all God desires for us. The Bible says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Notice it says, “from faith to faith.” There’s saving faith, which saves us from death, delivers us out of the world, of which Egypt is a type, and sets us free from the Pharaoh of this world, the devil. However, many of us fail to go on to live by faith, which takes us into God’s fullness. Going on to live by faith causes us to take full advantage of all the benefits Jesus’ blood affords us.
Benefits of the Blood of Jesus
- We are saved from wrath by His blood. Make no mistake about it, the wrath of God is forthcoming upon all who are not covered and sealed by the blood of Christ.
Romans 1:18 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 – “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.”
Matthew 25:41 – “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
It’s only by the blood of “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) that any will be spared from the wrath to come.
Romans 5:9 – “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be SAVED FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM.”
Outside of Christ’s shed blood “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
It is only those who have placed their faith in the propitiatory blood of the Lamb who will be spared the wrath to come.
Romans 3:25 – “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation THROUGH FAITH in HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”
- We are cleansed and forgiven by His blood. As we expose ourselves to God, Who is pure light, as a sinner in need of cleansing, His blood completely washes us of all our sins. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
1 John 1:7 – “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Walking in the light doesn’t mean we are walking in perfect righteousness, it’s walking in the light of His exposure, not hiding anything from God.
John 1:29 – Praise God for the cleansing power inherent in “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Micah 7:19 – “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
Psalm 103:2-3 – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.”
- We are justified by His blood. When you accept Jesus as Lord, His blood immediately cleanses you of your sins. God looks at you through Jesus’ righteous blood and sees only His righteousness. You become the rightousness of God in Jesus.
Romans 5:9 – “Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED by HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
God looks at you through Jesus’ blood and no longer sees your sin, but only Jesus’ perfect righteousness. He sees you just as if you had never sinned. You have been JUSTIFIED by HIS BLOOD!
- We are reconciled through His blood. We were at enmity with God prior to Jesus. We were God’s enemy. We were actually at war with Him. The Bible says that before Christ we “were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and WITHOUT GOD in the world (Ephesians 2:12). Thank God for the reconciliatory virtue and power of Jesus’ blood!
Colossians 1:20 – “Having made peace through THE BLOOD of HIS CROSS, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself.”
Romans 5:9-11 – “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 RECONCILIATION.”
1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
1 John 1:3 – “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – “All things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ… To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.”
Ephesians 2:13-17 – “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are MADE NIGH by THE BLOOD of CHRIST. For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”
- We are redeemed through His blood. We’ve been redeemed! Redemption means to buy back. We were sold into slavery to sin under Satan’s control. When Jesus shed His blood for our sins we were set free from the power of sin. You were purchased by the blood of Jesus. You belong to Him now.
Ephesians 1:7 – “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Colossians 1:13 – “He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
John 8:36 – “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
- We have deliverance through His blood. Redemption can also be translated as deliverance which was purchased through Jesus’ precious blood. There is delivering power in the blood of Jesus! It was the blood of a lamb that bought Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt. Plead the blood of Jesus over your situation, stand in faith, and praise Him for your deliverance until it is manifested.
Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Revelation 12:11 – “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”
Romans 11:26 – “As it is written, there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer.”
- We have abundance through His blood. When Israel left Egypt, the angel of death passed over all who applied the blood to their door posts. Not only were they delivered from death and the bondage of Pharaoh, they left Egypt with their goods and riches. Whatever you may be facing, claim the delivering power of His blood in your situation. You can also claim His abundance.
Exodus 12:35-36 – “The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for, so they plundered the Egyptians.”
John 10:10 – “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 – “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
Proverbs 13:22 – “A sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”
Isaiah 60:5 – “The wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”
Proverbs 10:22 – “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 – “It is He who gives you power to get wealth.”
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Psalm 35:27 – “Let the Lord b