The power of the blood 1

'...his blood...makes our consciences clear...' Hebrews 9:14 CEV

God designed blood to deliver oxygen and nutrition to your cells; without it your limbs and organs die. Your blood flows around the body giving life to its different parts.

Paul says, 'A body is made up of many parts, and each...has its own use. That's how it is with us...we...are...part of the body of Christ, as well as...of one another' (Romans 12:4-5 CEV). If we are parts of the 'body of Christ', the life-giving blood belongs to Jesus. We need Jesus' blood to cleanse our sins and bring life. A doctor does a blood test to prove who a child's father is and, in the same way, the blood of Jesus proves he is our Father which makes us '...no longer slaves but God's own sons. And since we are his sons, everything he has belongs to us' (Galatians 4:7 NLT). Our number one enemy Satan hates the blood because it saves us and it '...[cleanses] our consciences from actss that lead to death...' (Hebrews 9:14 NIV).

One Christian teacher writes: 'We've toned down our teaching of the blood...We've learned about the Spirit...but failed to teach about the blood. Consequently we've produced a generation of believers who are empowered by the Spirit but don't feel forgiven...They're exercising spiritual gifts, but living in guilt...The blood must be preached. Without it we've no life.' So let's emphasise the power of the blood. Why? '...Without the...blood, there is no forgiveness...' (Hebrews 9:22 NLT).

So what now? Thank Jesus for the power of his blood in your life - you are forgiven and have been set free.

Soulfood: Ex 17:8-16, 2 Cor 1:3-7

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