Recently, a good friend of mine mentioned that she had observed one prayer to God “by the blood of Jesus” to ensure that fighting between two people could be put to rest. I’m aware that praying this way to pray for various reasons is a popular practice among certain individuals. This led me to consider the rationale, justification and the basis to use Jesus’ blood Jesus in this manner. This is why the goal of this essay is to investigate the validity as per the Bible in the use of this word for praying to God to ask for something What is a Blood Covenant.
Leviticus 17:11 Leviticus 17:11 teaches “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for the soul.” The blood spilled on the altar was a sign of death, and was thus atoned.
BLOOD, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
There are numerous passages that reference blood throughout the New Testament and a review of each passage will reveal that generally, whenever we see blood, it signifies death. For instance the passage in Matthew 23:30,31 Jesus said to the Pharisees and the scribes of their hypocrisy since they claimed that “if we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them that killed the prophets.”
In Matthew 26:26-28 we read that while people were eating “Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for the remission of sins.”
Pilate is said to have washed his hands and said “I am innocent of the blood of this just person,” refers on the truth that he wasn’t accountable in the murder of Christ. Then, the entire crowd were able to tell Pilate, “His blood be on us, and on our children,” refers to their willingness to accept on the responsibility of death for Christ (Matt. 27:24,25). These are only two examples of how blood is a reference to dying within the New Testament.
JESUS CHRIST’S BLOOD BOUGHT OUR REDEMPTION
If one invokes “the blood of Jesus” in prayer in support of something which they feel ought to be done the person is in fact referring to the sacrifice of our Lord to accomplish their goals. A look through the numerous references in the New Testament to blood shed by Jesus throughout the New Testament reveals that the death of Christ does not have any connection to the prayers that are made for such items. So, to what do Jesus’ blood Jesus be referring to?
First , Jesus’ blood, Jesus and His death, provided us the path to redemption from our mistakes. His blood saved or bought our salvation. Romans 3:24-25 tells us “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past.”
Ephesians 1:7 explains “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Romans 5:9 tells us that “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” I John 1:7 declares, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Check out I Peter 1:19 and Hebrews 2:14.
Paul says that we should are all believers who share the memory of Christ’s sacrifice until Christ comes to us in the form of the communion (I Cor. 11:23-25). It was Jesus Christ our Lord Christ’s blood shed by His death, which saved us from sin and granted us the gift of eternal life in His presence.
JESUS CHRIST’S BLOOD GIVES US ACCESS TO GOD
Then His blood, which refers to His dying provides us with connection to God that we never had before. Ephesians 2:12,13 teaches “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Hebrews 10:19 says, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
Prior to Christ’s death, the Gentiles were denied being able to connect with God. The Jews were able to access God but only via their priests. The priest was able to enter the holy of holy places in the temple once a year, then with his blood from animals to ensure the forgiveness of sins for him and his fellow citizens. Today, thanks to Christ’s blood Jesus or, after His death, all can be as Jews and non-Jews, will be directly connected to God.
Christ’s blood Christ has cleansed us from sin and granted our access to God. We are able to thank God for having access to Him through His blood Christ however, our prayers must be offered in His name and not through the blood of Christ (Eph. 5:20).
THE MISUSE OF GOD’S WORD
It is said that the Word of God is distorted when terms and phrases that are taken from it are misinterpreted and misused. This creates confusion among the people of God and diverts their minds from the truth. The scheme for Satan is always to alter God’s Word to alter it to mean something it doesn’t in order to lead people away towards the Truth. This is evident in the very first recorded encounter with the human race from Genesis chapter 3 to 5. In Genesis 3:1-5, we learn that Satan came to Eve. She explained to her what she had received from Adam as well as what God had told her about eating the fruits of a specific plant in the Garden. It was God’s word for Eve in the moment, and was supposed to follow as faith.
Satan did not deny outright what God said. Instead, he called to question the interpretation the Bible’s words. He warned her that she would be like gods in the knowledge of what was good and bad should she consume the fruit God had forbid. This has been the case since then that people have followed the lead of Satan and misinterpreted to misuse the Word of God for their personal goals.
In the starting point of the Scriptures, we notice the misuse and abuse of the Word of God by Satan It is fascinating that at the conclusion of the Bible we discover an explicit warning about the punishment for this kind of abuse and misuse. God has made clear His plan for the manner in which His Word is to be used in various places in the Bible. However, through His Apostle John In Revelation 22:18-19 He tells us: “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The words could be written in direct references to Book of Revelation, but their implications cannot help but be extended to the whole Word of God. In any case, they warn us to be mindful of how we utilize His Word and the way we interpret it and instruct others about it.
In Moses we learn of Jesus Christ was to be struck just once which means that He would endure suffering and death one time. The scripture is Exodus 17:6, Moses was instructed by God to strike the rock in Horeb and, as a result, life-giving water was released to all the people of Israel to consume. This rock represented a symbol of Christ in the sense that Christ had to be struck only one time. “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12). Moses committed a sin, as is recorded in Numbers 20:8-12. He refused to obey God when he struck the rock another time instead of talking to it in the manner God had instructed. In the end, Moses was denied the right to go into to the Promised Land.