Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Redeeming Blood


For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11


As I was reading last night, there was a page of verses in one of my devotionals that was completely dedicated to scripture about redeeming blood. I really felt the need to do a cross reference study off of those verses and see what else I could find to add to the list. The exercise ended up being good for me because even though none of the verses I found were new to me, it did help to see them together to gain a greater perspective of God's plan to redeem this lost and fallen world.

As you read through these scriptures, take the time to absorb what they are really saying and also realize the place in the history of the scriptures each were recorded. I pray the Holy Spirit may speak to your heart through these scriptures not only in showing you how precious you are to Him, but also of the plan He set in motion before you even were, of the future He has already seen that the redeeming power of Jesus has brought about, and of the freedom you have the ability to live in each day as you are freed from your past and your sinful nature. For me they were good reminders of all those things and more.

Without the blood of Jesus we would be lost in our sins.  And for those who think they can just do better or live a good life and all will turn out well, they are greatly deceived.  Through Jesus alone and His perfect sacrifice we are healed, redeemed, and given life!

Enjoy!

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

[Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!'” Revelation 5:9,10,12

...you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct 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

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, 'This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.'Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” Hebrews 9:12-22

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