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The blood of Christ speaks and washes

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In the Old Testament law we see a shadow of greater things to come in the bringing in of a New Testament and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ; by which blood we are also washed. But some may not understand how this washing process truly takes place, just as some may not fully understand how that same blood of Christ also speaks to us. The blood of Christ is represented as the new wine as in Jesus parable, and new wine must be put into new wine skins in order that it may not only be received but also retained and preserved. This new wine is the New Living Testament written on our hearts and minds by the Spirit of Christ also purging, cleansing, and sanctifying our hearts and minds.

 

It is written in Hebrews 12:24; “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.” As it is also written in Hebrews 9:17; “For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives.”

 

So thus it was necessary for Jesus to be crucified and his blood shed in order to bring into force the strength of the New Testament. Also keep in mind when Jesus was on the cross a soldier pierced his side and water and blood came out giving us insight into this mystery. Now pay attention to this in 1 John 5:6 “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”

 

God’s Word is Spirit and is Truth, just as His Spirit dwelling in us also bears witness to our hearts and minds. Also we know by Jesus own words we are washed and sanctified by the words of God…..

John 17:17-20 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;”

So God anointed and sanctified His Word so that we might also be sanctified by His Living Word of Truth dwelling in us as well.

 

And here again we see the washing and cleansing…..

Ephesians 5:26-27 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

 

So the words of God washes our hearts like Living waters in us, but so does the blood by testifying to our conscience through the Spirit bearing witness of his words and guiding us into all Truth. This is what was prophesied to come concerning the New and Everlasting Covenant. Jesus also symbolized this testament in the wine, or blood of the vine (He is the Vine, we are the branches). Matthew 26:27-28 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

 

Here is the blood in action via the Spirit purging our hearts and minds….

Hebrews 9:14 “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?” And again we read in Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Purge means to cleanse, make clean, as to purify your conscience. This proves there is an active manifestation of the blood of Christ (testimony) at work in the elect via the Holy Spirit actually making the heart and mind pure and holy.

 

Also in the law we saw the blood being sprinkled to cleanse and sanctify, which is also shown in Hebrews chapter 9…..19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, (testimony) and all the people,” (the saints)

This is the shadow that was to be fulfilled as we saw in Jesus words above when He said in John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself,(the testimony of Jesus Christ) that they also might be sanctified through the truth. ( God’s words are truth)

 

And again we see this blood of Jesus Christ is to cleanse the insides by the Spirit of His Testimony (blood) bearing witness to our hearts and minds, as it pertains to the conscience…

7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:8 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: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;”

 

Being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ is not just some catchy church saying, it is an active manifestation of the testimony of Jesus Christ cleansing your heart and mind by writing His words upon your heart by way of the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”

 

So take hold of these words and believe in the power of the blood of the Lamb of God!

Hebrews 10:14-19 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

 

Revelation 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

The grape juice the “Orthodoxy”camp gives out is a bit overrated in my opinion; drink the good stuff that leads to eternal life. John 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Peace and God bless, Mark

 

 

 

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The grape juice the “Orthodoxy”camp gives out is a bit overrated in my opinion; drink the good stuff that leads to eternal life. John 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Peace and God bless, Mark

 

 

 

Are you hinting at transubstantiation? Christ didn't mean we're to literally eat his flesh and drink his blood.

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Are you hinting at transubstantiation? Christ didn't mean we're to literally eat his flesh and drink his blood.

 

I thought my thread was pretty clear that the body and blood of Christ symbolizes greater spiritual things. Peace

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