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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 symbolized.
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· “Pleading “the blood” and using it in “spiritual warfare” - is that in Scripture?
· What is the blood of Jesus really?
· Does God promise us Protection through the Blood Covenant of Christ?
· Can we use “the blood” in “spiritual warfare?”
“PLEADING THE BLOOD” AND USING IT IN “SPIRITUAL WARFARE” - IS THAT IN SCRIPTURE?
Challenged by someone who stated there is not a single verse in the Bible that confirms we can stand on the blood of Jesus in ‘spiritual warfare,’ I was a loss for words for a while. Then, by His grace, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Rev. 12:10-11 — and it says it all.
Ž Rev. 12:11, “...The devil has been cast down [because at the cross his power over believing humanity was completely destroyed, Jn. 12:31.] And they overcame him [past tense — and they did not “conquer” him, but overcame his schemes Jn. 5:18-19] by the [full atoning] blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, [that Jesus totally triumphed over him at the cross, Col. 2:9-15,] and they did not love their lives to the death, [as God remained their highest priority and they were willing to endure anything to glorify His Name.]”
It is important to understand what “the blood of Jesus” really means in terms of New Covenant redemption - “deliverance” or spiritual and emotional freedom, which includes provision and protection for everything we need, (Gal. 3:10-14.) It is true that there is no direct verse that states, ‘We can protect everything by pleading the blood of Jesus over it.’ But let us look at what this phrase actually means before we come to the conclusion that it is ‘wrong.’
People confuse believers by teaching 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,” they allege. I think people should educate themselves concerning the difference between the occult and the truth of Scripture. Talismans are 'lucky charms' that are used in witchcraft with demons attached to them.
Let us set the record straight. The blood of Jesus can never be compared to the blood of occult sacrifices to Satan, or to magic objects such as ‘talismans’ or ‘lucky charms.’ Jesus is God Himself and Satan might be strong, but he is merely a fallen creature of Jesus the Creator, (Heb. 1:1-14; Cor. 2:9-10.) Of course, believers must sincerely believe in Jesus and His full atonement in their place when evil come against them and they use phrases like, “The blood of Jesus…” or “The power of the blood…” It is really not a ‘mantra’ or rhyme one can say as if the words by themselves have the power to overcome the devil and his demons. The “power of the blood” lies not in the blood itself as if it is some hyper-anointed object or ‘weapon’ we can apply to remedy evil. “The blood” is the power of Almighty God Who became the Man Jesus to save fallen humanity, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
Ž Rev. 12:11 makes it absolutely clear that we “overcame” [past tense] the devil by the blood of the Lamb,” because nearly all “blood-of-Jesus” verses pertain to redemption. Being redeemed, delivered or spiritually set free, means evil has no hold on true believers. To be fully redeemed or delivered means to be completely taken out of darkness and thus saved and blessed, (Gal. 3:10-14; Col. 1:13-14.) Eph. 1:7, “In Him we have [present tense] redemption through His blood, [which is found through] the forgiveness of sins…” Heb. 9:12, “Not with the blood of [animals as in the Old Testament] but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption [for all true believers from sin, bondage, cursedness, the devil, and darkness.]”
Ž Because Jesus is the Eternal High Priest of all His spiritual priests, (His true believers, 1 Pt. 2:9-10,) He can save those who come to God through Him to the uttermost because He always lives to make intercession [or standing between God and evil] for them,” (Heb. 7:24-27; 1 Tim. 5:5-7.)
Col. 2:9-15 paraphrased, “In Jesus dwells [present tense] the fullness of the Godhead of Father and Holy Spirit bodily. And we are spiritually complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power. Buried with Him in the [water baptism of disciples, Mt. 28:19-20,] you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses without Him, was made alive together with Him. Having forgiven you all trespasses, He wiped out the [requirements of the Law that we transgressed, Mt. 5:17,] and has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, [by fulfilling the entire Law in our place, Gal. 2:21,) He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
“The blood of Jesus” is the nucleus of the immense work Jesus did in our place to deliver, and thus to save and bless all truly believing disciples “to the uttermost,” (Jn. 3:16; Heb. 7:25; Deut. 28; Gal. 3:10-14.) To “nail our [transgressions of the Law] to the cross,” He had to completely fulfil the Old Testament ceremonial or temple laws, (which were symbols of His New Testament atonement,) as well as all the requirements of the Moral Law in our place, (Mt. 5:17.) He did that continually throughout His human life on earth — and especially at His water baptism as an example to all His disciples, in the wilderness, in the garden of Gethsemane, during His all-night trial before the Hebrew Sanhedrin, His public trial before Pontius Pilate, and at the cross. Only when our entire punishment was imputed, assigned or ascribed to Him, He declared with His dying breath, “It is finished!” (Isa. 53:3-6.) Only at that moment, His incredible task was accomplished for all who would sincerely believe in Him, and fully accept that He Himself became the final and ultimate sacrifice in their place to win the war on evil, (Jn. 1:29; Gal. 2:20.)
Ž Before He went to the cross, Jesus declared, “Now is the judgment of this world [for the fall in the Garden.] Now, [through My full atonement for what humanity did there,] the ruler of this world will be cast out [of all true believers from the moment they accept Me and My atonement in their place, because then they will be totally redeemed or delivered from his grasp to be the holy temple of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them,]” (Jn. 12:31; 1:11-14; 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)
Jesus was declaring that at the cross, He would “cast out the ruler of this world” because, as a complete human, He would take the full brunt of God’s judgment for humanity’s devastating sin at the fall. Thus, “paying the debt He did not owe,” He would obliterate Satan’s bondage and take back what the thief stole from Him in the Garden! (Gen. 3:15.) How powerful is that! At the cross, Jesus absolutely and eternally delivered all true believers from the kingdom of darkness, it’s master the devil, and his evil forces!
Ž It was at the cross where Jesus wrote the New Testament Covenant in His all-important, forever cleansing, redeeming blood, (Gal. 3:10-14.) 1 Jn. 1:7-10, “...If we confess our sins, [and let us destroy all doubt and confess them sincerely by name and in true repentance, Jam. 5:16,] He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [through the redeeming blood of Jesus.]”
Cleansed and thus delivered this way — where is the demon that can stand against us when we are “covered by the blood of Jesus” and remain humbly at our Savior’s feet; striving to obey His New Covenant Truth? (1 Jn. 2:1-6.)
The entire New Testament Covenant was established on the fact that the blood of Jesus or His full atonement for believing humanity completely conquered the devil and his demons at the cross.
Ž Jesus already fully won the war on evil. Hence, all true believers, through His victory, have already been fully delivered [past tense] from the power of the devil. Thus, all true believers are [present tense,] “more than conquerors” because they already “overcame” all evil through Jesus Christ and His full atonement in their place, (Rom. 8:37.)
So, what “spiritual war in the heavenlies” can believers fight to be supposedly ‘delivered’ from evil?
Ž No one could fight Jesus’ war on evil that He won nearly 2,000 years ago! The ongoing battle believers have with Satan is to understand this Truth and to keep on “standing” or living in Jesus’ conclusive redemption, deliverance, or freedom! (2 Cor. 10:3-6: Eph. 6:10-13.) Where Jesus taught us to pray to be delivered from evil before the cross, can now after the cross only apply to our protection against the deceptions and other onslaughts of the evil one and his disciples.
So, the guy that challenged me to prove that Jesus’ blood protects us, is also wrong about ‘spiritual warfare.’ Jesus’ disciples cannot ‘make war’ against the already totally defeated devil.
Ž Believers can only battle against the defeated devil's deception, attacks, etcetera — and this ongoing battle is not for their salvation, redemption, blessing or anything else that Jesus already won in the war against Satan, (Isa. 53:3-6.) Believers battle against the schemes of the evil one and his demons to cast down (not cast out) the strongholds or fortresses of lies and deceptions that hold captive the thoughts of believers and unbelievers. The purpose for this battle is for them to understand and thus accept the Truth about Jesus and His full atonement in their place. After that, they must live a lifestyle of repentance from sin to obey the Truth of Scripture, in order to remain redeemed from darkness, (2 Cor. 10:4-5; 1 Jn. 5:18-19.)
Deliverance ministries turned this basic, unchangeable truth about Golgotha, Jesus, and His full atonement in the place of all true believers upside down. Before the cross and Pentecost under the Old Testament covenant, Jesus cast out demons from the Old Hebrews. After the cross and Pentecost under the New Testament Covenant, we find only two accounts where Jesus’ disciples cast out demons from unbelievers! All the so-called ‘proof’ that believers can have demons, is misinterpreted because the context of the verses was ignored or changed. Since the cross and Pentecost, until Jesus’ return and then forevermore, the indwelling Holy Spirit will never share His utterly holy, blood-cleansed temple with demons! (1 Cor. 6:15-20!)
Ž Demons can attack His blood-cleansed human temple and oppress His temple from the outside, especially through demon-controlled people, but as long as believers remain true to Jesus and the truth of His Word, they remain fully “possessed” and thus protected by the indwelling Holy Spirit! Col. 1:7; 13-14, “[Through the blood of Jesus,] He is the Guarantee of the redemption of the purchased possession to the praise of His glory!”
So, on the subject of “pleading the blood of Jesus for protection in calamities and in spiritual battles,” the following Old Covenant promise in Ex. 12:13, has a direct bearing on His New Testament Covenant believers. “[On your exit from Egypt,] the [physical smearing of the blood on the doorposts] shall be a sign [or symbol] for you… And when I see the blood, I will pas over you, and the plague shall not be on you…”
Through “the blood,” Jesus is our Great Protector Shepherd, just as described in Ps. 23. In fact, Heb. 13:20 states, “Now the God of peace, who brought you up from the [spiritual] dead, [is] that great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal [New Testament] covenant…”
Because Jesus redeemed, (or delivered us from the devil, sin, judgment, etcetera,) 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… [not literal wings but His protective presence] 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 stalks 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.)