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Is it Scriptural to ‘plead the blood of Jesus’ over you, your family and possessions, or do believers use “the blood like a talisman to ward off evil”?
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At Passover in Egypt, the Old Hebrews had to physically apply the blood of a sacrificial lamb to their doorposts. True believers in Christ live under the Full Sacrificial Atonement, or Blood Covenant of Christ, which the blood in Egypt represented.
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· Sprinkling and pleading “the blood”
· What is the blood of Jesus really?
· Does God promise us Protection through the Blood Covenant of Christ?
· The New Covenant in Christ versus the Sprinkling of blood in the Old Temple
· The Old Testament is an Example to us, as it was a ‘Shadow’ of what was to come
· Scriptures Referring to the Blood Atonement of Jesus
Challenged by someone that there is not a single verse in the Bible that confirms we can stand on the blood of Jesus in spiritual warfare, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Rev. 12:10-11, “[The devil] was cast down [when Jesus triumphed over him at the cross, (Col. 2:8-15.) Therefore, we have been fully redeemed and] “have [already completely] overcome [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony, [confessing Jesus atonement over us,] and we [will not] love our lives even unto death,” (Gal. 2:20.)
SPRINKLING OR “PLEADING THE BLOOD”
On the subject of “pleading the blood of Jesus for protection,” I found the following interesting explanation why some people reject this phrase as unbiblical. I think it’s not that its supposedly so ‘unbiblical,’ just because it seems there is no direct verse that echoes this phrase, but that these people are interpreting Scripture word-by-word (or legalistically,) and so, they lost the true contextual truth about Jesus’ blood, which was shed in our place on Golgotha.
Betty Miller wrote, “Protection is another benefit of the blood. This does not mean that if we chant “the blood of Jesus” repeatedly we will not be harmed. Some people have made a fetish of Jesus’ blood by pleading the blood over themselves, over their houses, and [supposedly] sprinkling the blood here and there. [And also sprinkling wine as a ‘substitute’ for the blood of Jesus.] It is not the chanting of “the blood of Jesus” that brings protection, but rather faith in what the blood of Jesus has done for us. Expressions such as “the devil cannot cross the blood line” are futile unless one’s faith is in the protection, which was secured by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. [We cannot draw physical lines for the devil. We stand and live in, and under the entire blood Covenant of Christ.] It is what is behind the blood, not the mere speaking of the blood that brings protection. Of course, we can voice our faith in Jesus’ blood, [as is done through the entire New Testament Covenant,] and as we do so there is power in those words and “in the blood.” We should, however, understand that mere speaking is not sufficient unless our words are backed by real faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A beautiful type of this is found in Exodus 12:13: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
Now if this Old Covenant promise does not have a direct bearing on the New blood Covenant of Christ, I do not know what has! Through “the blood,” Jesus is our Great Shepherd, just as described in Ps. 23. In fact, Heb. 13:20 states, “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the [spiritual] dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant…”
Because Jesus redeemed, (or delivered us from the devil, sin, judgment, etc.,) we can also say, “Surely, He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler, the perilous pestilence. He shall cover me under His wings… where I will take refuge. His truth is my shield and my fortress, I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor the destruction that lays waste as noonday. A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but is shall not come near me… No evil shall befall me… for He shall give His angels charge over me, to keep me in all His ways…” (Psalm 91.)
WHAT IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS REALLY?
People who confuse believers by teaching that it is nowhere in Scripture that ‘the blood of Jesus’ protects us, our loved ones or possessions, therefore believers use ‘the blood of Jesus’ as a ‘talisman to ward off evil,’ should educate themselves concerning the difference between the occult and the truth of Scripture. Talismans are 'lucky charms' with demons attached and used in witchcraft. The blood of Jesus can never be compared to the blood of occult sacrifices to Satan or 'lucky charms.' However, some people might not really understand what “the blood of Jesus” really means in terms of New Covenant salvation, redemption, (freedom, which includes protection and everything else we need,) and blessing. It is true that there is no direct verse that states, we can protect anything by ‘pleading the blood of Jesus.’ Nearly all “blood of Jesus” verses pertain to salvation and redemption, (Eph. 1:7, etc.)
However, His 'blood' was shed to cut His New Testament Covenant for all sincere believers, who desire His Truth. He Himself is Truth, as the full context of His Word is Truth. If it were not true that we were redeemed, or set free from dangers, etc., as well as saved and blessed through the blood atonement of Jesus, God lied in Psalms 91 & 23, and throughout Scripture, where He promises to protect us against dangers on all levels of life, because the Old Testament Covenant was written as examples for us, in how God deals with sin, our enemies, dangers, sorrows, disobedience, etc. (1 Cor. 10:11.)
We are not simply protected under the Jesus' blood atonement in the New Testament Covenant. These people overlook the glorious fact that “salvation,” “redemption,” as well as “blessing” is a position personally born again believers occupy in the spiritual Kingdom of Christ, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Gal. 3:10-14.) In this state, place or position in Jesus, we are absolutely “covered” by His blood Covenant, and therefore, we also enjoy His full protection over us and over everyone and everything that pertain to our lives.
Personally born again believers were taken spiritually taken “out of darkness” and brought [completely] “into His marvellous light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Eph. 1:7, "In Him we [already] have the [full] redemption [freedom from Satan's deception, harassment, dangers, etc.,] through His blood, [which, as everything else, is seated in] the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His grace.” Without forgiveness, there cannot be redemption, blessing – or healing, provision, protection… One cannot loosen the one from the other. If you are not fully protected under the Blood Covenant of Christ, you were not saved and redeemed. If you were not saved and redeemed, you have no part in Him. Everything is through His blood!
Jesus' full atonement through His blood on all levels of life was even prophesied in the Old Testament or Covenant, which governed Jesus’ Old covenant nation, the Hebrews. Isa. 53-4-6, He was rejected by men [so we could be accepted by God,] He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows [so we can live normal emotional lives.] He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him. [Our peace is inward reconciliation with God through Christ, as well as peace from troubles, sorrows, sickness, attacks from the enemy, etc – all through His blood.] And by His stripes we were healed [spiritually, emotionally, and physically.]" To say that God does not protect us through our position of salvation, redemption and blessedness (Gal. 3:10-14,) in the spiritual Kingdom of God, bought by the blood-atonement of Christ in our place, is ridiculous. To 'plead the blood of Jesus’ might not be Scriptural word-by-word, but surely we received everything through the blood, which He shed for us, and because His body was broken in our place.
DOES GOD PROMISE US PROTECTION THROUGH THE BLOOD COVENANT OF CHRIST?
We are not only fully saved, redeemed and blessed. We actually belong to “a better Covenant” than the Old Testament Covenant, “inasmuch as He is Mediator of His better Covenant, established on better promises [than those on which the Old Covenant was established,]” (Heb. 8:6.) If God promised in Ps. 91, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow [or wings] of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, My God, in Him I will trust… For He shall give His angels charge over me, [and sent them] to keep me in all my ways. In their hands they shall bear me up..." this definitely pertains to New Testament, Covenant believers, who were bought by the blood of Jesus, (Gal. 3:13-15.)
Old Israel only had 'signs' or symbols of Jesus' blood through animal sacrifices in the old physical temple. Nevertheless, they were completely under God's protection just because they belonged to Him as His physical nation. New Testament believers are under His complete protection because they belong to Jesus through His full blood atonement in their place. So, to call upon the blood atonement of Christ in our place in prayer and when standing against the enemy, is our great privilege in Christ. To 'plead the blood of Jesus' therefore refers to the Blood Covenant of Christ. To understand the blood of Jesus any other way, is just silly, to say the least. However, if it 'offends' some people because they believe we use the blood like ‘a lucky charm,’ perhaps we should say, "We come to You, Father, under the blood Covenant of Your Son Jesus." And: "We stand against you, Satan, under the blood Covenant of Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer, and Blessor." Hallelujah!
THE NEW TESTAMENT BLOOD COVENANT OF JESUS, VERSUS THE ‘SPRINKLING OF BLOOD’ IN OLD TESTAMENT BLOOD SACRIFICES
If we miss the vital truth that Jesus is Mediator of the New Testament Covenant, we can never really understand Jesus’ full atonement in our place. The two Testaments of the Bible are two completely different Covenants. The Old Covenant and all its ceremonial laws that pertained to the Old Hebrew nation, was fully fulfilled by Jesus and completely “done away with” at the cross. Then, Jesus forever established His New Testament Covenant for all His sincere believers globally, (Mt. 5:17; Heb. 8:13; 9:13-15.)
Everything that referred to the physical old temple of the Old Testament Covenant, (like the sprinkling of the blood of animal sacrifices,) were mere ‘symbols or ‘shadows’ that pointed toward the New Testament Covenant in Christ, (Heb. 7:11; 1 Pt. 2:9-10, 1 Cor. 6:19-20.)
The New Covenant’s spiritual priesthood of believers has only One Eternal High Priest, Jesus, Who can “save to the uttermost [fully and for all eternity] those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” To establish all this, the New Covenant required One Perfect Sacrifice, (Jesus.) Thus, “the blood of Christ, Who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God… [was shed] once for all. [This can never compare to the Old Testament sacrifices. That is why Jesus is also the Only] Mediator of the New Covenant by means of His death [and resurrection,] for redemption [or the total deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and Old Testament ceremonial sacrifices. This was accomplished because all] the transgressions under the first covenant [of the law, came to an end at the cross. Fulfilling the entire law in our place, all true believers globally] may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance [in heaven….]” (Heb. (9:15.)
Heb. 9:16-27, “Not even the first covenant was dedicated without [the] blood [of animal sacrifices… because] this was the blood of the [old] covenant that God commanded [the Israelites to keep. And so, the priest] sprinkled with blood both the [physical] tabernacle and all the vessels of the [old temple] ministry… According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there was no remission of sin, [any redemption, protection, or blessing.] But Christ has not entered the holy place [of the physical old temple,] but… into heaven itself… (v. 24,) so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of [everyone who would personally accept and follow Him…]” (Jn. 3:16; 1:11-13.)
Jesus established the “better, most perfect Covenant” through His better, most perfect blood sacrifice with all sincere believers globally. Therefore, it is impossible for Jesus’ believers to think they can still ‘sprinkle’ His blood, or do anything else that pertained to those old, physical temple sacrifices and service. Jesus’ blood Covenant was cut in full for us. All those who sincerely accepted Him and follow Him in the truth of His New Covenant, stand or live spiritually inside His Kingdom of Light in a position of salvation, redemption, and blessing, (1 Pt. 2:99-10.) Just as the Old Hebrews, whom God, in Ex. 20:1-3, “brought out of the land of Egypt, [the symbol of the kingdom of darkness,] and out of the house of bondage, [the symbol of demonic bondage,] Jesus’ sincere believers were called “out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Through our personal rebirth through faith in, and acceptance of Jesus, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,) God changed our completely changed our spiritual position, or place, (Gal. 2:20-21.)
So, His “blood” is in all completeness in, around, and over us - and in, around and over everything we dedicate to Him in prayer, (Col. 2:9-10.) We can call, pray, stand, live, minister, or whatever we do in Christ, knowing that we are completely ‘covered,’ and protected in or under His entire New Testament, Blood Covenant.
THE OLD TESTAMENT IS AN EXAMPLE TO US, AS EVERYTHING WAS ONLY ‘SHADOWS’ OR SYMBOLS OF WHAT WAS TO COME
Because Jesus fully fulfilled both the Old Testament’s ceremonial laws and the Moral Law in our place, we can only read the Old Testament as the “example” of how God still deals with New Covenant believers according to the Moral Law of Love, (1 Cor. 10:11; Gal. 2:21; Jn. 13:34.) We must never try to keep any of the Old Testament’s outward or ritual temple laws, like sacrificing animals or paying tithes to a physical priesthood governing a physical temple ever again, (Heb. 9:12; Gal. 2:21.)
The physical tabernacle inside the Holy of Holies in the physical old temple was the “earthly sanctuary” for the Old Hebrew nation, (Heb. 9:1-28.) Under the Old Covenant, everything in this temple was a “shadow” of Jesus Himself and His spiritual, New Testament temple of Scripturally born again believers. It even had God’s “Holiest Place of all… with God’s overshadowing Mercy Seat,” (the place, where Only God’s Perfect Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus, now our Resurrected, New Covenant High Priest, can be seated, Heb. 9:1-5.) The prayers of the human Hebrew high priest, who entered the Holiest Place only once a year, “with the blood [of sacrificial animals that pointed toward the Perfect Blood Covenant of Christ,] “was symbolic of” Jesus the High Priest’s ministry to His born again, Holy Spirit indwelt temple of believers under the New Covenant, (Heb. 9:6-12.)
As the Old sacrifices were only temporal and therefore continual, we cannot go before God anymore with anything that pertained to the old temple with its’ “blood of goats and calves,” but [only] with the once-off, complete blood sacrifice of Jesus, which “obtained eternal redemption, [full freedom, or release from everything in the kingdom of darkness and the sacrifices of the old temple.] This is so because the Old Covenant was done away with to establish Jesus eternal New Covenant, (Heb. 9:15,) where all His true believers are the spiritual temple of the Holy Spirit from the moment they accept Jesus, “the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with human hands, [and which is] not of this [physical] creation,” (Heb. 9:11.)
So, the only real connection between the two Covenants is the Moral Law of Love. That’s why all the verses and passages in the Old Testament, which teaches us about God’s Love, Righteousness, Salvation, Redemption, Blessedness, (read Deut. Chapter 28,) Protection, Victory, Comfort, Praise, Joy – and judgment and punishment because of disobedience to His Moral Law of Love, etc., remain applicable to all New Covenant believers. (I.e., Ps. 91 tells us of His protection, Ps. 23 tells us of His care, protection, and provision…) However, not one of the ritual or sacramental laws that refer to the physical old temple applies to New Covenant believers. (I.e., all New Covenant believers are spiritual priests, and Only Jesus is the Ever-living High Priest over them. They live in a Spiritual Kingdom, and must war for physical kingdoms, (Jn. 18:34, 2 Tim. 2:3-4.)
Jesus' blood was just ordinary human blood, but because He Himself is God and utterly sinless and perfect, He was the Only One worthy to pay in full, through His blood sacrifice, the entire state of humanity's lostness, cursedness, and bondage to Satan. Sacramentally, (according to the ritual Old Testament temple laws) as well as Morally, (according to God's Moral Law of Love, which governs the New Covenant in Christ, Jn. 13:34,) He thus fulfilled the Dual Law, (Moral and Ritual) in our place, (Mt. 5:17.) For this reason, we freely received, salvation, redemption [freedom from all spiritual bondage,] and blessing from the moment we chose to truly accept Jesus.
SCRIPTURES REFERRING TO THE BLOOD ATONEMENT OF JESUS
Not through the blood of animals as in the Old Testament, but through His own blood, Jesus cleansed the ‘flesh,’ [minds or thoughts’] of New Covenant believers, Hebrews 9:11-15. When “Christ appeared as [Eternal] High Priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been [ceremonially] defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh… [how much more will the eternal blood sacrifice of Jesus cleanse those who truly believe in Him and follow Him through obedience to His Moral Law, Jn. 13:34?]”
“THE BLOOD OF JESUS” IS IN FACT HIS ETERNAL NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT WITH ALL TRUE BELIEVERS. Hebrews 13:20, “Now the God of peace, who brought Him up from the dead [Hades, which is the grave,] the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant…”
JESUS WILL RETURN WITH A ROBE THAT WAS DIPPED IN HIS OWN BLOOD FOR OUR SAKE. Revelation 19:13, “He was clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God…”
HIS BLOOD SEALS HIS NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT WITH US. Mark 14:24, “And He said to them, This is My blood of the covenant…”
HE POURED OUT HIS BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT FOR THE OLD HEBREWS AND ALL NON-HEBREWS OR BELIEVING GENTILES. Mark 14:24; Matthew 26:28, “And He said to them, This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins…”
“THE CUP THAT IS POURED OUT” IS THE NEW COVENANT IN HIS BLOOD. Luke 22:20, “In the same way, He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood.”
HIS BLOOD TESTIFIES EITHER FOR OR AGAINST US. 1 John 5:6, “This is the One who came by water [Word; Jesus is the Word,] and blood, [His New Covenant,] Jesus Christ; not with the water [TRUTH OF THE WORD] only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”
PEOPLE CAN DESPISE AND TRAMPLE THE BLOOD OF JESUS’ NEW COVENANT. Hebrews 10:28-31, “Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severe punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay. And again: The Lord will judge His people.”
WE CAN BE GUILTY OF THE BLOOD. 1 Corinthians 11:27, “Whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord [the symbols of His blood and broken flesh at the Lord’s Supper,] in an unworthy manner, [not confessing our personal sin and/or discerning who is from Jesus, and who is not] will be guilty of the body and blood of Jesus.”
THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WAS POURED OUT FOR FORGIVENESS. Matthew 26:28, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
THE BLOOD CLEANSES TRUE BELIEVERS FROM ALL SIN. 1 John 1:7-9, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [towards our fellow man,] we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, [Jam 5:16,] and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
THE BLOOD CLEANSES OUR CONSCIENCES FROM DEAD RELIGIOUS WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD [IN THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.] Hebrews 9:14, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
WE HAVE REMISSION, (OR RELEASE, REDEMPTION, FREEDOM) THROUGH THE BLOOD. Hebrews 9:22, “Without the shedding of blood, [under both the Old and New Covenants] there is no remission of Sins.”
WE WERE PURCHASED BY HIS BLOOD. Acts 20:28, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Rev. 5:9-10, And they sang a new song, saying, Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”