That’s a very interesting question … though few choose to ponder it. The answer is very clear in the Scriptures, and for good reason. It has important ramifications for each individual Saint and the Body of Christ at large!
We can begin with the following scriptures:
“…almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (of sin).” (Hebrews 9:22)
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins…” (Romans 3:24-25)
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:12-14)
So, what is it to have “faith in his blood”?
We know that Christ was crucified on the cross and “shed his blood”, for it is written that:
“…one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34)
And we know that Christ did this for the “forgiveness of sins”.
But how does THAT blood save us from our sins? It just flowed from Jesus’ fleshly body, down the cross and onto the ground. Of all the relics that some church denominations have gloried in, I’ve never heard of one claiming to have the actual hemoglobin of Christ that fell on the ground beneath the cross!
How could THAT blood be able save anybody? And how would anyone “receive” it by “faith”? You would have to have a 2,000 year old shovel!
Obviously, that blood no longer abides in the dirt in Jerusalem.
Therefore, it’s not faith in THAT blood which saves anyone. Paul said:
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:8-9,11)
Basically, an individual is “saved” when he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ and what he accomplished by shedding his blood on the cross and his subsequent resurrection. He is not saved by believing in some mystical interpretation of physical blood that was corrupted the moment it hit the ground in Jerusalem.
So, what actually happened concerning the blood of Christ? The scriptures declare that…
“No soul of you shall eat blood…, For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: …for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof:” (Leviticus 17:12,14)
“…ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.” (Dueteronomy 12:16)
Which, by the way, is an interesting statement to make considering what happened to Christ when the soldier pierced his side with a sword.
We can conclude one thing for sure:
The “LIFE” is in the blood!
However, our blood as humans in this fallen world has been corrupted by sin … there’s “death” in the blood which we pass on from generation to generation.
The blood of Christ, on the other hand, is sinless … because he was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of Mary. There’s no corruption in it! The Holy Ghost is actually the “life” in the blood of Christ!
And to make what could be a long teaching short, that’s exactly where the blood of Christ now resides:
It resides IN THE SPIRIT!
“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:” (Hebrews 9:8)
“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; 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 9:11-12)
“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?” (Hebrews 9:14)
The sinless blood of Christ now resides in the Spirit! In fact, after the resurrection when Christ appeared to Thomas in His glorified body, he said to him:
“Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and THRUST IT INTO my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)
Have you ever wondered about that? Here’s Jesus standing there with “gaping” wounds in his hands and side and apparently NO BLOOD gushing out onto the floor! That’s because the only “blood” flowing through his glorified body was the Holy Ghost! The “life” is in the blood!
If, as an individual, you are a partaker of the Spirit, then you automatically receive the blood of Christ which purges you from all sin! That’s why Jesus told Nicodemus:
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)
When you receive the Spirit of Christ into your heart, you become BORN AGAIN of the Spirit. The scriptures say that you are now a NEW CREATURE … someone who never existed before. And because you have received the same “eternal Spirit” through whom Christ offered his own spotless blood to God, you also possess the eternal life which is in Christ … because the “life” of Christ is “in the blood” and the blood of Christ is in the Spirit!
If you can grasp the simple truth contained in Hebrews 9, then you will be able to appreciate how it functions in the Body of Christ at large.
The Apostle John implored in one of his letters:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3)
The fellowship of which the Apostle speaks is not a carnal one. It is OF, IN and THROUGH the Spirit. How else could one have fellowship with the eternal Godhead?
The Apostle Paul understood this also. When the Corinthians were coming together for “communion”, they were conducting themselves in the flesh. They didn’t realize the importance of the “cup” of Christ’s shed blood (which represented the renewed “life” in the “Spirit”); nor did they understand the “bread” of his flesh which he gave to the world, which is the living Word of God by which we are begotten through faith. Instead of having REAL FELLOWSHIP with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ through the Spirit, all they were having was an ancient version of a pot-luck … and a selfish one at that!
So, Paul rebuked them, saying:
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the COMMUNION of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the COMMUNION of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all PARTAKERS of that one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10: 16-17)
“When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.” (1 Corinthians 11:20-21)
Can you for one moment visualize this Christian group? Just a bunch of disjointed, selfish people who probably didn’t spend very much time seeking God in prayer or developing any intimacy with one another in the Spirit of truth.
Now visualize a totally different group of Christians. A group of people who are so consumed in the Spirit, all they desire to do is to enter into the fellowship of the saints through the presence of the Holy Ghost:
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
See the contrast?
Here’s probably the greatest benefit of having true fellowship with the Father and the Son (which ultimately leads to having fellowship with one another):
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” (1 John 1:4-6)
“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 cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Did you catch that?
When, by the Spirit of God, we have fellowship one with another, the BLOOD of Jesus Christ (which resides in the Holy Ghost that inhabits each of us), actually cleanses us simultaneously from all sin … while we’re having fellowship! How wonderful can it get?
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for THERE the Lord commanded the blessing, even LIFE for evermore.” (Psalms 133:1-3)
That’s the true partaking of the Supper of the Lamb … which He offered without spot through the Holy Ghost unto His Father and thereby entered once into the Holy place that we might be partakers of the promises of God! As born-again believers, the blood of Christ now resides in each of us via the Holy Ghost. That’s why Paul stated:
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:9)
“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:10)
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11)
Glory be to God!
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