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The Blood

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INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

Unfortunately, the majority of the body of Jesus Christ lacks a true understanding of the great power and unsurpassed blessings of the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Yet, every child of God must have a deep rooted faith in the Lord Jesus and His precious and powerful blood, or they can never endure until the end.

Yes, Satan of course welcomes such ignorance on the part of the children of the Lord God. The devil delights when the church lacks in teaching and training in the blood of God’s Son. If there is any subject that radiates fear in the enemy, it is this matter of the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Satan will do all he can to prevent the disciple of Christ Jesus from having a practical and experiential knowledge of the power and effects of the “blood”. Why? Because, if there is anyone who knows from personal experience, just how powerful the blood of Jesus is, it is the devil himself!

It was the blood of God’s Son, willingly shed from the wounds He endured at the whipping post and upon the Cross, that totally destroyed the devil; and to this very day, continues to crush every foul work and evil spirit of the enemy’s corrupt empire!

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However, if the Body of Christ can remain ignorant regarding the power of the Lord Jesus’ blood- this will allow the devil to continue with his foul assaults upon these unknowing believers of the Lord Jesus.

The Blood of Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit, destroys the plans of Satan- to kill, to steal, and to destroy. God, through His holy Son, Jesus Christ, by the Spirit of God brings forth life and that more abundantly! He, by His glorious power and precious blood of the Lamb of God, brings life where there is death; He brings light where there is darkness; and He brings healing where there is sickness.

*THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL IS THE PIERCED HEART OF JESUS CHRIST, FROM WHICH FLOWS HIS PRECIOUS AND HOLY BLOOD!

The Body of Christ must come to know that the life of God Himself is found in His precious blood! Jesus Christ, through the willful obedient shedding of His own blood- gave every believer His life. There was no other way, and there is no other way for us today! Victory is ours, only because of Jesus’ victory. What was His victory? He lovingly exchanged His life, for ours. He gave us through His blood, eternal life with Himself!

There are so many believers that long to access the glory of the Lord God, in their lives. To access the glorious presence of the Holy Spirit, one must first be “born again”, or in other words- “Born From Above”.
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This is only accomplished by the miraculous washing of the precious and powerful blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! It is a faith in the name of the Holy One; who gave His blood as a propitiation for our sins. By the Holy Spirit, the blood of Jesus supernaturally makes one clean and free of the penalty of their sin.

Only Jesus’ holy blood could do such a supernatural and miraculous working. The fact that must be apprehended in the hearts of every one who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, is that God’s Kingdom is a supernatural kingdom. Accessing His limitless and glorious kingdom, can only be by the work of the Holy Spirit, through the precious blood of God’s Son!

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth and glorious mystery of the Blood of Jesus; that the truth of the power and glory of the blood of the Lamb of God be known to the hearts of all believers.

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(Read Genesis 3:21) “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins and clothed them.”

God’s promised redemption was revealed that day, in this act of the Lord God. The Lord was reconciling them both with the covering of their bodies with the animal skins, from which blood flowed!
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The Lord slew these animals, as His first sacrifice; in order that sinful man’s sins be covered. God was doing so, pointing to His slaying of His last sacrifice to cover man’s sins- Jesus Christ, once and for all!

We must understand why the shedding of the blood was a necessity. Sin entered into the heart of man, through the deceptive work of Satan. This sin brought forth death spiritually and eventually, physically. This sin resulted in broken fellowship between the Creator and the created.

Man and woman were created by God, for God’s pleasure. Man and woman were created that they might have a unique fellowship with God, not made available to any other creature on earth! God created man for Himself. But, because of their sin, man and woman hid themselves from their God.

They covered themselves, as they discovered their need to do so. However, the Lord God made coats (coverings) for them. Why would a holy God do such a thing?
• God is a covenant making God. Even though man and woman rejected God, He came back to them.
• God made coats of skin and clothed them Himself. By doing so, He was making a promise to redeem them.
• Though man and woman tried to over themselves- their efforts were not acceptable to a holy God. Only a holy God could cover them in such a way that would be acceptable to Himself.
• Through the covering of them with coats of skins, God was covering them with blood.
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*FROM THAT MOMENT ON, THE ONLY WAY TO RESTORING FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, WAS AND STILL REMAINS SO TODAY- BY THE WAY OF THE BLOOD OF GOD!

(Read Hebrews 11:4-5)
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts…”

(Read Genesis 4:1-2)

In these Scriptures we find:

• Abel- Offered a sin offering, and by doing so- he was acknowledging his own sinfulness and need for God’s mercy.
• Cain- Offered and offering of the fruit of the ground, ignoring his sinfulness and personal need for God’s mercy.
• Abel- He was justified by faith, in Christ’s blood, as a “type”.
*GOD ACCEPTED ABEL’S SACRIFICE, BECAUSE IT CAME BY THE WAY OF THE BLOOD! ABEL HONORED COVENANT.

Let us go back and examine Cain’s offering in greater depth. Cain brought forth an offering of the “fruit of the ground”. But, if we review Genesis 3:17, the Lord God declares “cursed is the ground for thy sake.”

Cain brought forth fruit from the ground that was cursed! Therefore the offering was accursed, before the eyes of the Lord God.
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But, what did Abel do? He brought forth the “firstlings of his flock”. He brought forth the first born of his sheep and the “fat” thereof. By Able doing this, he was a picture of faith in Jesus Christ-the only hope of redemption!

God Himself testified of Abel’s offering- it was accredited as righteousness because of the Blood! But, God had no respect for Cain’s offering/sacrifice. Why? Because it was void of faith and void of the blood!

*NO MAN CAN APPROACH GOD WITHOUT THE BLOOD!

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD, THERE IS NO BLESSING OF GOD!

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD, THERE IS NO COMMUNION WITH GOD!

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD, THERE IS NO PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD!

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD, THERE IS NO ACCESS TO GOD!

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD, ONE CANNOT BE A CHILD OF GOD; WITHOUT FAITH IN AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S SON’S BLOOD!

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Unless one is washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ, that person shall forever remain unclean and without the “garment” of Jesus’ righteousness.

*ONLY THOSE WHO ARE FOUND DRESSED IN THE WEDDING GARMENTS, WASHED WHITE, AND MADE CLEAN BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, CAN ENTER INTO AND BE SEATED AT THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB!

Now it is understandable why Satan loves a “Cain” offering- and despises and “Abel” offering. Every demon in hell, every stronghold of evil is broken by the “blood of the Lamb of God”!

There is life in no other. Life is found only in the blood of God. It is the Holy Spirit that works and moves through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Because of that reality, there is power- wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb!

Sadly, man all too often chooses to “cover” themselves. As long as he does this, he will never have access to God. Such a man will never know the One True God and Jesus Christ whom He sent.

He will never see, nor be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. He will never be able to enter into Christ Himself! It is impossible to abide in the presence of God, lest one is covered by the blood of God.

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(Read Genesis 7:1-2)
You will find that God instructed Noah, to take into the ark, of every “clean” beast, take by seven.

Of every “unclean” beast, take by twos.

Clean animals by seven and unclean by twos. Why? Because the “clean” animals were the animals that were set apart by God and sanctified for offerings unto Himself. Unclean animals are not sanctified, and therefore not acceptable by God as an offering unto Himself.

(Read Genesis 8:20) “And Noah built and altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast…and offered offerings upon the altar.”

*IN ESSENCE, WHAT NOAH DID WAS TO BAPTIZE THE EARTH WITH BLOOD-WITH BLOOD UPON THE ALTAR!

In the beginning, God covered the Garden of Eden with blood. After the Flood, Noah baptized the earth likewise, with blood. The very first act of Noah was to build and altar unto God- and cover it with Blood- with the blood of a “clean” sacrifice! A PICTURE OF THE JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS!

*THE BLOOD HAD STOPPED THE CURSE THAT WAS UPON THE EARTH!
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(Read Genesis 12:7)
You will realize the significance of the blood in Abraham’s life.
Abraham arrives at the Promised Land, and what does he do?
“And the Lord appeared unto Abram and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land; and there builded he an altar unto the Lord….”

The Scriptures declare, “unto the Lord, who appeared to him..”

Abram had reached the Promised Land given to him by God. The very first thing Abram did was to build and altar and offer a “blood” sacrifice. Why? Because of the blood, God appeared to Abram. This offering of the blood gave Abram access to God. Without the blood offering, God would not have appeared to him.

*THE BLOOD MADE WAY FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD!

(Read Genesis 26:24-25)
Here you will find that Isaac built an altar, once again a blood offering was made.

*IT IS THE PRACTICE AND FAITH IN THE BLOOD COVENANT REALIZED, BETWEEN MAN AND GOD FOR ALL GENERATIONS!
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(Read Genesis 33:18-20) relating to Jacob.

Jacob comes from his uncle Laban’s house, after 21 years of service. He reaches the land that God had promised him. The first thing is does, is to erect an altar. There upon that altar a blood offering was made.

*WHAT GOD DID FOR ABRAM, FOR ABEL, FOR NOAH, FOR ISAAC AND JACOB- HE WILL DO FOR ALL HIS SAINTS!

Sadly, as the nation of Israel became enslaved to the bondage of Egypt, they forsook their covenant with God. They did this during their 430 years of captivity; they had cast away God’s “Blood” covenant. The children of God had forgotten the blood!

As a result, they remained as slaves until they once again, by obedient faith, applied the blood of the spotless lamb sacrifice. But, how did this come about, how did the blood covenant come unto their remembrance once again?

God sent Moses. Yet, before Moses goes, he asks of God what His name is. Why did Moses do this? Because Moses did not know God! God replied, “ I am that I am.”

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Moses obeys God and does as he commanded for him to do. Yet, when Moses came unto the peoples of Israel, they did not listen to Moses. Then finally, they obey Moses, and do as the Lord God commands through his life.

Each house takes a spotless lamb. They are told to kill the lamb and to apply its blood upon the lentil and frame of the door to their homes. God sends His wrath upon all the homes of Egypt.

But, for each home that entered into covenant with God, by applying the blood on the outside of their homes, all the inhabitants with these homes were saved! They were under the blood!

When God saw the blood, His mercy flowed to all under the blood. Tens of thousands of lambs were slain that day, all as a sacrifice unto God. The blood was for God’s eyes. He saw the blood, and all who were under the blood were delivered from death.

Yet, this was not done automatically. Each man of the house had to faithfully obey God and apply the blood to the outside of their homes. If they did so, salvation came to them. If not, death was there only lot.

But, why was this so important to the Lord God? It was a sign of the Cross, which looked forward to Calvary! The Egyptians were not saved, because they

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did not have knowledge or belief in the blood of God. The tragic result was that all the first born of their houses were killed that day!

*TODAY, IF THE DEVIL SEES THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS, HE CANNOT ACCESS YOUR HOMES AND LIVES-PROVIDED THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS IS APPLIED BY FAITH!

The devil, nor his evil legions, can never cross the “Blood Line of the Lamb of God”!

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When the blood of Jesus Christ is not applied by faith, the devil has access to continue forward with his evil plan; which is to steal, kill, and destroy the life of man. But, where the blood of Jesus IS honored and applied by faith, evil cannot dwell.

Does not the Word of God declare, “As wax melts before the fire, so evil must flee from the presence of God.” There is life, power, unsurpassed blessings, and total safety under the blood of Jesus. This requires that the man or woman abides in the shelter of the Most High God and under His blood.

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The blood of Jesus protects, keeps one alive, and does not allow the demonic to touch them. Know this with certainty, when God sees the blood of His Son Jesus upon a person’s life, the devil cannot touch that man or woman.

When the nation of Israel left their slavery and bondage to Egypt, the Egyptians were burying their dead. Not the Israelites though, for they were celebrating in the morning-free from the bondage of 430 years of slavery. They celebrated with the riches of the prior captives in their very hands!

*THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE COMING RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.

(Read Exodus 24:1-8)
You will find Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Alihu and 70 others going up the mountain; but, remaining afar from God’s presence. Only Moses could come near the Lord God.

Upon his return from the presence of the Lord God, Moses came back with the Words of God. Then he built an altar and sprinkled blood of the sacrifice upon the altar. The Words of God were honored with the blood. The two, the blood and Word bear witness.

Now, Moses proceeds to sprinkle the blood on the people. Imagine, Moses applied the blood of the sacrifice upon an entire nation of over 2,000,000 *
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After Moses had sprinkled the blood upon the people, he then read the Word of God over them. The people were cleansed, and made holy that they could receive the holy Word of God.

(Read Exodus 24:10) There you will find the Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Alihu; along with the 70 elders of Israel gathered together- THEY NOW SAW THE GOD OF ISRAEL’S GLORY. BUT ONLY MOSES COULD COME CLOSE TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD UPON THE MOUNTAIN.

*NOW MEDITATE ON WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. MOSES WENT INTO THE MOUNTAIN ALONE. HE WENT INTO THE MOUNTAIN AND A CLOUD (THE GLORY) COVERED THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN.

*THE BLOOD APPLIED GAVE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL A GLIMPSE OF GOD. THE TRUTH IS WITHOUT THE BLOOD OF GOD, YOU CANNOT SEE GOD!

Because of the blood, God gave the people His Law. The blood covenant was revealed by the Holy Spirit, to an entire nation. Now, they had a foundation upon which to live.

*ONLY BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB DO WE HAVE INTIMACY WITH GOD. ACCESS TO GOD IS BECAUSE GOD MAKES US HOLY THROUGH THE BLOOD.

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*THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD, BY THE CROSS-BY THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS!

*IT IS THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS THAT SANCTIFIES US TO KNOW GOD!

(Read Exodus 25:8)
Because of the Blood Covenant, established by God Himself, with the nation of Israel- God declared, “Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.”

Without the blood, God would not have dwelled among them.

*WITHOUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, GOD WILL NOT DWELL IN THE SANCTUARY OF MAN’S HEART.

The heart of the redeemed is now the sanctuary dwelling place of God, as well in certain places consecrated unto Him alone. Without the blood, God will not dwell in the heart of man.

*JESUS CHRIST IS OUR TABERNACLE. THE EARTHLY TABERNACLE WAS A PICTURE OF WHAT WAS TO COME, IN OUR HEAVENLY TABERNACLE.

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The fence surrounding the Tabernacle was made of linen, and the gates were of 4 colors. The priest came through the gate. Before him was the altar and laver. There was a tent, divided into the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. A veil separated the two. (Picture of Christ’s Body, which was the veil which was rent)

In the Holy of Holies was the Ark and Mercy Seat (with Cherubims).

The High Priest sprinkled blood on the veil, the Mercy Seat. (A picture of the body of Jesus being covered with His own precious and holy blood)

The blood was the only way into the Holy of Holies. In other words:
THE BLOOD IS THE WAY INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD! ANY WORSHIP OF GOD, VOID OF HONORING THE BLOOD IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO GOD.

The blood was also sprinkled upon the incense. This burning of the incense, covered with the blood, rose up to God as a most pleasing aroma. IT WAS PLEASING TO GOD BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD!

*THE CENTER OF GOD’S DWELLING PLACE WAS COVERED WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SPOTLESS LAMB.

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(Read Exodus 25:22)
“There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with you…above the mercy seat.”

*THE BLOOD IS ALWAYS THE CENTER OF THE HABITATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

For 1,500 years, this sacrifice of the High Priest continued…Then the Word became flesh, and He made an end to this shadow.

*JESUS CHRIST CAME AS THE TRUE SUBSTANCE, THE MANNA FROM HEAVEN, ONCE AND FOR ALL!

We must have firmly planted within our hearts, that the Holy Spirit could not have come unto us, until the Lord Jesus willing shed His blood and presented it to His Father in Heaven.

Jesus had to be glorified, so we may have the outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

*THE LIFE OF EVERY LIVING CREATURE IS FOUND IN ITS BLOOD.
(Read Lev. 17:11) “The life of the flesh is IN the BLOOD.” The blood is NOT the life of the flesh. The life of God dwells and works in and through the blood, by the Spirit of God.
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Man is incapable of creating life out of nothing! ONLY GOD CAN DO SUCH A MIRACULOUS WORK. JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIFE!

*THEREFORE, JESUS’ LIFE- A LIFE OF POWER, IS IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS ALONE, AND NO OTHER!

For this reason, when you apply by faith in Jesus Christ, the blood of Jesus upon your life-you are appropriating the power of Jesus Himself!

*FOR THIS REASON, NOTHING IS CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING THE BLOOD OF GOD’S ONLY SON, JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!

(End of Parts 1 and 2)