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THERE’S POWER IN THE BLOOD!
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus:
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! Precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow:
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
“Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: 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
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” – John 1:29.
With the New Year 2019 upon us it is important that we enter into it in the rightful position of authority given to us as Christians. This authority derives from three very important positions given to us by Jesus Christ from the shedding of His blood on the Cross at Calvary.
#1 - ACCEPTANCE BY GOD
The first position is that of absolute acceptance of us by God the Father. God cannot even look upon sin; but because of what Jesus has done for us by the shedding His blood and taking away our sins, God Almighty can love us unconditionally. He is for us, He seeks our good, He seeks us out and wants fellowship with us, and He will and wants to bless us as His favored children. This has been gained for us by Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, who, when He died on the Cross, reversed the fall and separation from God which was caused by Adam when he disobeyed in the Garden. See the following scriptures:
- “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” – Hebrews 9:12.
- “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” – 1 Peter 1:18-19.
- “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – 1 John 1:7.
- “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” – Matthew 26:28.
- “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:6-7.
- “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” – Hebrews 9:22.
- “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” – Revelation 7:14.
To be redeemed is to be recovered by a stipulated payment it says in the dictionary; and remission means forgiveness and cleansing. All of our sins, iniquities, and transgressions, past, present, and future, have been put away and remembered no more (Isaiah 43:25 and Hebrews 10:17) and as it says in Psalm 103:12 - “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us”.
We are clean, we are pure, we are forgiven and we are free – What a way to enter into the New Year!
Now, as we enter into the New Year we can take our second position of authority given to us by the blood of the Lamb of God.
#2 – ENTERING INTO HIS PRESENCE
Because of the shedding of Jesus’ precious blood on the Cross we can come boldly with full assurance of faith into God’s presence. We don’t “plead the blood” of Jesus. We don’t “plead the blood” over our finances, over a physical disability for healing, over a relationship, or over some situation that needs help. This is absolutely unbiblical. Jesus shed his blood voluntarily for us by the grace of God. We don’t earn it and we don’t claim blessings by “pleading the blood” as a “magic wand” to be waved over our needs. And we don’t plead our way into the presence of God. There is power in the blood itself because of what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.
In the Old Testament we read in Exodus 12:7,13 that God instructed the children of Israel to apply the blood of an unblemished lamb on the lintels of their doors as He was going to bring a plague to Egypt. But when the angel of death was to see the blood on the doorposts, he would Passover those homes and spare the children of Israel from death. In a similar sense, the blood of Jesus can be “applied” to our circumstances by The Holy Spirit when we live holy humble lives. The blood cannot be pleaded but it can be spiritually applied by walking uprightly before him. The blood cannot be applied when we are sinning or walking in darkness. Let us see the below scriptures that show how we enter into the presence of God:
- “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” – Hebrews 10:19-20.
- “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16.
- “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” – Ephesians 2:13.
- “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” – Matthew 27:50-51.
- “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – 1 John 1:7.
- “….Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” – John 1:29.
The blood is applied by the Lord when we die to self as Jesus died and we walk through life as a spiritually dependent, helpless, humble, and God fearing lamb. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him” – Psalm 25:14. It was Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the whole world. As the Lamb of God He was totally dependent upon His heavenly Father. Please see the attached scriptures from the book of John that show Jesus’ dependence and need to rely upon his Father. As Jesus was dependent upon his Father, we must be dependent upon Jesus. The fall of Adam was a fall from dependence into independence. Jesus as the Second Adam reverses that and when we accept the Lord we enter into a whole new dependent relationship upon God and that’s why we can enter boldly into the Holy of Holies, the throne room of grace, because His blood has cleansed us from all sin and unrighteousness. The blood doesn’t work for those who retain their hard hearts, self-independence, pride, sin, and doing it alone on their own type of attitude.
What gives the blood its power with God for men? The blood of the Lamb! Jesus was called the Lamb of God because it was descriptive of His work – that of being a sacrifice for our sins. But the Lamb has a deeper meaning as it describes the character of Jesus. He was meek and lowly of heart the Bible says. He was gentle, unresisting, long suffering, and all the time surrendering His own will to the Father as we noted above. He also yielded to the mocking and abuse by men and when He was reviled He reviled not back against them. He didn’t stand up for His own rights, no resentment as it was not “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” as He said on the Cross – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth” – Isaiah 53:7. The shedding of blood as the Lamb of God calls forth His deep humility and self-surrender. It is this disposition that gives the blood its wonder working power! If we want this same power in the blood, let us have the same disposition as Jesus. Let us be willing to say – “Not my will, but thine be done”. Our stiff necks and hard hearts must be broken as we surrender our all as a lamb to Jesus.
#3 – CONTINUAL CLEANSING AND VICTORY
Not only are we forgiven from sin and given power to enter into His presence and claim the promises of God, we are also continually sanctified and positioned for victory through the blood of Christ. As we walk in the light in holiness before our God, He continually cleanses us and imparts power to us. God is calling his people to be holy that we might receive the blessings He has to offer. Hebrews 12:14 says – “Without holiness, no one will see the Lord” and Matthew 5:8 says – “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God”. That is why Jesus suffered and shed his blood as stated in Hebrews 13:12 – “Jesus also suffered in order to sanctify the people through his own blood”. As we keep our testimony we receive power to conquer and overcome in the name of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 says – “And they have overcome him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death”. Jesus overcame the world and therefore we are to be in good cheer (John 16:33) in the New Year. Revelation 17:14 says – “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of Lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful”.
It is the wonder working power of the blood that cleanses us from all sin, gives us power and authority because we know we are right before our God, and continually cleanses us as we confess our sins and fear God. This is our third positional authority given to us by the blood.
- “2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and heal their land”.
- “The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O fear the Lord, ye his saints; for there is no want to them that fear him. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord” – Psalm 34:7,9,11.
- “God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him” – Psalm 67:7.
- “For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” – Psalm 96:4,9.
THE DEPENDENCE OF JESUS UPON HIS FATHER
AS SHOWN IN THE BOOK OF JOHN
John 1:3 and Colossians 3:16 say that all things in heaven and earth were made and created by Jesus Christ and that He was and is before all things and by Him all things consist. And yet, the mighty Son of God was totally dependent upon His Heavenly Father. And, as the Son was dependent upon the Father, so must we be dependent upon the Son. See John 15:5 below.
John 4:34 – “Jesus said unto them, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”.
John 5:19 – “Then answered Jesus and said unto them; Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things so ever he does, these also does the Son like-wise”.
John 5:30 - “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me”.
John 6:38 – “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me”.
John 6:44 – “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day”.
John 7:16 – “Jesus answered them, and said, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me”.
John 8:28 – “Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things”.
John 8:50 – “And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeks and judges”.
John 12:44 – “Jesus cried and said, he that believes on me, believes not on me, but on him that sent me”.
John 12:49 – “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak”.
John 14:10 – “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works”.
Scriptures For Consideration
John 14:20 – “At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you”.
John 14:23 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”.
John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches; he that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing”.
John 15:8 – “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples”.
John 15:16 – “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”.
WILLIAM COWPER 1731 – 1800
William Cowper suffered from deep depression for most of his life. In 1764 he found himself within the walls of an institution for the mentally ill. There in the insane asylum, William Cowper found Jesus Christ through reading the Bible.
Despite his emotional pain, or perhaps because of it, Cowper produced literature of amazing insight. He is still renowned in literary circles as one of England’s greatest poets. Below is one of the Hymns that he wrote based on Zechariah 13:1:
THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD
THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD
DRAWN FROM EMMANUEL’S VEINS,
AND SINNERS, PLUNGED BENEATH THAT FLOOD,
LOSE ALL THEIR GUILTY STAINS;
THE DYING THIEF REJOICED TO SEE
THAT FOUNTAIN IN HIS DAY;
AND THERE MAY I, THOUGH VILE AS HE,
WASH ALL MY SINS AWAY;
E’ER SINCE, BY FAITH, I SAW THE STREAM
THY FLOWING WOUNDS SUPPLY,
REDEEMING LOVE HAS BEEN MY THEME,
AND SHALL BE TILL I DIE;
THEN IN A NOBLE, SWEETER SONG,
I’LL SING THY POWER TO SAVE,
WHEN THIS POOR LISPING, STAMMERING TONGUE
LIES SILENT IN THE GRAVE;
BLESSINGS ALWAYS – AS WE LIVE TO GLORIFY JESUS!
(The previous 3 writings can be found on the Latest Updates page.)
World Christian Outreach, Inc. (WCO) was founded in 1976 by Mr. Stanton R. Herpick to support and help Christian organizations in foreign countries in the promotion and spread of the Gospel (GOOD NEWS) of Jesus Christ the Son of God, mankind's only means of salvation from sin and reconciliation to God.
It is our belief that to help local indigenous Christian workers at the grassroots level is the best way to maximize usage of dollars spent.
Stan and Damaris Herpick