Week 4

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST

Why do you need the blood of Christ? Because, essentially, fallen man has three basic problems. Even as a Christian, you still carry around the fallen human life. So day after day, you may still be plagued with these three problems. These three problems involve three parties: God, yourself, and Satan. Toward God, you often sense separation. Within yourself, you often sense guilt. And from Satan, you often sense accusation. These three—separation from God, feelings of guilt, and accusation from Satan—can be three big problems in your Christian life. How can these be overcome? Only by the blood of Christ.

SEPARATION FROM GOD

When Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, he immediately hid from God. Before Adam sinned, he enjoyed God and was in His presence all the time. Yet after he sinned, he hid. Sin always results in separation from God.

Even as a Christian you may experience this. After committing some little sin, you sense a great gulf between you and God. Because God is righteous, He cannot tolerate sins. This is what the prophet Isaiah said: “No, Jehovah’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; / Nor is His ear so heavy that it cannot hear. / But your iniquities have become a separation / Between you and your God, / And your sins have hidden His face / From you so that He does not hear” (Isa. 59:1-2).

…What then should you do when you have sinned and feel far from God? You should simply confess that sin to God and believe that the blood of Jesus has taken that sin away. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When you confess your sins, immediately all distance between you and God is gone….Don’t worry about any feeling or lack of feeling at this point. The blood of Christ is primarily for God’s satisfaction, not for yours.

GUILT IN YOUR CONSCIENCE

Man’s second crucial problem is with himself. Within him, in his conscience, there is a heavy load of guilt. How many young people today are burdened by guilt! Guilt is a big problem to man.

What is guilt? Guilt is the stain of sins on your conscience.…Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more will the blood of Christ…purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” The blood of Christ is powerful enough to purge, or cleanse, your conscience from every guilty stain.

…Whenever you sin and sense guilt within, you may simply open to God and pray something like this: “O God, forgive me for what I did today. Thank You, Lord, on the cross You died for me and paid for this sin that I have committed. Lord, I believe that this sin has been forgiven by You. Right now I claim Your precious blood to cleanse my conscience from any stain of guilt.” Remember 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And as Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, / So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Who can say how far east is from west? In the same way, when you confess your sins, God removes them infinitely far away from you. They are not associated with you anymore. Because of this, you may have rest in your conscience.

ACCUSATION FROM SATAN

However, sometimes after you confess and apply the blood you may continue to have some bad feeling within. Does this indicate that your sin is not forgiven? Or that the blood of Christ does not work? Or that something further is needed? You must answer, “Absolutely not!”

Where, then, do these bad feelings come from after you have confessed and applied the blood? Their source is God’s enemy, Satan. Revelation 12:10 refers to him as “the accuser of our brothers,…who accuses them before our God day and night.” Satan, God’s enemy, spends most of his time day and night accusing God’s people.

…Nothing cripples a Christian spiritually more than accusation. Whenever you listen to Satan’s accusation, you are powerless. It is as if all the strength is drained from your spirit. A Christian under accusation finds it hard to fellowship with others and even harder to pray. He feels as though he cannot approach God. This is the enemy’s subtlety. He accuses you inwardly and even tricks you into thinking that his accusations are God’s speaking.

…If you confess your sin and claim the precious blood, yet some uneasiness continues to tug at you within, you should stop praying immediately. Do not confess anymore. Rather, turn to the source of the accusation and say something like this: “Satan, I have confessed my sin to God. He has forgiven my sin, and the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from it. This uneasiness that I sense right now is not from God; it is from you, and I reject it! Satan, now you must look at the blood of Christ. That blood answers every one of your accusations.” Try speaking to Satan in this way. When you use the blood in this way, Satan is defeated and he knows it. Revelation 12:10-11 says, “The accuser of our brothers has been cast down….And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.” The word of your testimony is just your declaration that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed you from every sin and that this blood has defeated Satan. When you speak boldly in this way, Satan’s accusations are overcome.

A DAILY LIFE FULL OF GOD’S PRESENCE

By the power of the precious blood of Christ, it is possible for a Christian to live moment by moment in God’s presence. Whenever any little sin would come to frustrate your fellowship with God, you may instantly confess and claim the Lord’s prevailing blood. Immediately the fellowship is restored. Why should you waste time? The blood of Christ is available moment by moment, day after day. You can never exhaust the cleansing power of the blood of Christ. His blood is not only able to cleanse every past sin, but also every sin that you could ever commit.

By the power of the precious blood of Christ, you may enjoy a conscience free from the stain of guilt. Because of this, you can come boldly to God. “Let us come forward…with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience” (Heb. 10:22). By the blood of Christ, your conscience can be free from guilt. Like a freshly washed window, it can be clear, bright, and full of light.

Finally, by the power of the precious blood of Christ, you can overcome every accusation of Satan. Though his accusations may be strong, the blood of Christ is stronger. It answers them, every one. This blood is your weapon. With this weapon you could never be defeated by Satan; rather, he will be defeated by you.

How dear and how precious is the blood of Christ! By this blood you can live in God’s presence day after day.

“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.” – 1 John 1:7

(The Precious Blood of Christ)