The Blood of Jesus Christ
There appears to be differences of opinion concerning the Blood of Jesus, questions that arise from certain groups within Christianity.
Questions such as:
Who’s blood was running through the veins of Jesus?
Was Jesus blood special blood?
Was Jesus blood eternal?
Is Jesus blood preserved in Heaven?
Is it necessary to continue pleading the blood for future cleansing of sins?
All of these are valid questions but what does the Bible say?
For Jesus to be a perfect Saviour, He had to be pure and spotless, He could not have been born from Adam who had a sinful nature. Only a spotless lamb of God could take away the sins of the world.
Had Jesus been born naturally by a man and a woman, He would have had the same blood as everyone else that has ever been born, a gene from his father and a gene from his mother.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Everyone has an ABO blood type (A, B, AB, or O) and a Rh factor (positive or negative). Just like eye or hair colour, our blood type is inherited from our parents. Each biological parent donates one of two ABO genes to their child. The A and B genes are dominant and the O gene is recessive.
From the moment the egg is fertilized the process begins. The embryo develops its own blood supply based on genes inherited. The embryo has neither the blood of the father nor the mother but has its own blood, developed from the inherited genes.
In his book “The Chemistry of the Blood”, doctor De Haan (a surgeon), in his chapter on Testimony of Science, page 31 & 32, he gives an explanation for the process of the development of the foetal blood.
He quotes from “Williams practice of Obsterics” Third Edition page 133.
The foetal blood in the vessels of the chorionic villae, at no time gains access to the maternal blood in the intervillous spaces, being separated from one another by a double layer of chorionic epithelium.
Also, quoting from “Howell’s textbook of Physiology”
second edition page 885 & 886 it reads: For the purpose of understanding its general functions, it is sufficient to recall that the placenta consists essentially of vascular chorionic papillae from the foetus ( the unborn child bathed in the large blood spaces of the decidual membrane of the mother. The foetal and maternal blood DO NOT COME INTO ACTUAL CONTACT. THEY ARE SEPARATED FROM EACH OTHER by walls of the foetal blood vessels and the epithelial layers of the chorionic villae.
Now, I am not a doctor but it seems that what this is saying, is that the mother and developing child do not share the same blood.
In the beginning when Adam was created, he was simply an inanimate piece of clay made from the dust of the earth. As he lay there, God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and Adam became a living being.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
His body became alive by God breathing into his lungs and oxygen began to circulate his inanimate frame and his blood began to flow through his veins giving him life.
In Leviticus 17:11 God tells us: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood . . ."The only life that flesh has, is the life it gets from the blood.
When God breathed life into Adam, he was perfect and sinless. If Adam had not sinned, he would have lived eternally and death or sickness could not have harmed him.
However, we know from the scripture that Adam disobeyed God and chose to eat of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil by his own free will. Whatever the fruit of this tree was, which we are not told in scripture, it had an effect on Adam and Eve and from that day things became different.
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam would not only die physically but also spiritually.
The day he ate the fruit, Adam lost what he had been given by God, he lost his eternal life and became separated from God by that sin.
The breath of life that God had breathed into his lungs, the same breath that gave life to his blood, was removed. Death entered the world through sin, his blood was tainted by sin and his body began to die.
Adam would live physically for 930 years and then he would die physically but he died spiritually the very day he disobeyed God. “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
To be reunited with God there would now have to be a sacrifice for sin.
A pure sacrifice, a shedding of pure innocent blood.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
The promised Saviour was to come from the line of Eve.
Genesis 3:15, speaking to Satan. God said “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The ultimate seed of the woman would be Jesus Himself. Therefore, we have in Gen 3:15, the first promise of a Redeemer. It is the beginning of a long line of prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. The Promised One would be from the woman's seed an indication of the eventual virgin birth of Christ.
God made a way for this to happen. A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (which means, God with us)
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
God caused Mary, a virgin to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Mary at her time of the month ovulated and God fertilized that egg by the Holy Ghost and Mary was impregnated.
No human male was involved. The body and flesh of Jesus came via his mother Mary, His blood was untainted and sinless and the life of God the Father gave life to His blood.
Medical science reveals that when an egg is fertilized by sperm, a process begins. The embryo begins to develop its own blood, based on a gene from the mother and a gene from the father. The embryo is kept separate from the mother by the placenta, the embryo is fed by the mother but the mother’s blood never mixes with the blood of the new formed baby.
Jesus had his mothers DNA but had His own sinless, untainted blood.
Jesus did not have a human father, He was the Son of God. Jesus did not, as some say, have the Blood of God. God does not have blood, God is spirit.
Jesus had His own blood, blood that was spotless; blood that was untarnished by sin, His blood was perfect.
He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh but without sin.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Jesus life was in His blood. It was the life of God the Father, it was Eternal Life. The same eternal life that Adam had before he sinned.
1John 5:7 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
Q1. Who’s blood was running through the veins of Jesus?
Was it Adam’s. Was it Mary’s. Was it the Holy Spirit’s or was it God’s?
The answer is none of these. It was Jesus own blood.
Hebrews 9:11-15 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.
Hebrews 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
Revelation 7:14-17 I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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.
1 John 1:6-9 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, 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, 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.
Was it Adam’s blood? No, because Jesus did not have an earthly father. He did not have a gene from an earthly father.
Was it Eve’s blood? No, whilst the embryo receives a gene from the mother, the blood of the embryo develops separately from the mother.
Was it the Holy Spirits blood? No, the Holy Spirit is Spirit not Flesh and blood.
Was it God’s blood? No, God is a Spirit and those who worship Him, Worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus had His own blood.
Q2. Was Jesus blood special blood, with special properties, was the blood itself something special? Was Jesus blood divine blood?
Some use the term “God’s blood”
The verse used for support of this is Acts 20:28. They say that the blood of Christ was not human blood, but that the blood of Christ was the blood of God.
Acts 20:28 "The church of God”, which He...they say refers to God...”purchased with His own blood."
In fact the “He” refers to Jesus Christ and not to God the Father Himself.
Christ was God in the flesh, this verse shows the deity of Jesus Christ.
God did not shed His blood at Calvary, God did not die on the cross, it was Jesus who shed His blood, it was Jesus that laid down His own life.
Jesus blood was indeed precious: Peter 1:18 "Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ."
It was indeed Christ’s own blood.
It was the life that was in the blood that was special, for it was the life of God, Eternal Life.
The very same life that was present in the blood of Adam prior to the fall.
Christ’s blood was human blood, human blood into which God breathed eternal life.
Christ shed His literal blood. By one man came death and by one man came life from the dead.
1 Cor 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
The death of Christ was a one off death, never to be repeated.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
3. Is it eternal blood, As some would say? That it is still being poured out eternally for sin?
This is what some teach, that all the blood spilled by Jesus is in Heaven and is being poured out constantly.
This is not found in scripture but what is found is this.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The death of Christ was once for all. All those that believe on Him are covered by the blood of Christ and are partakers of Eternal life.
Jesus had eternal life. No one could take His life. Jesus could not be killed. He laid down His life Himself.
John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Once we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ.
4. Is it necessary to continue pleading the blood for future cleansing of sins?
Many people do not understand how blood can take away sins. Briefly stated: Since death is the just penalty for sin, the only way God can preserve His righteousness when He forgives sin is if someone else, who is without sin, bears this punishment in the place of the one forgiven.
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25 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, through the forbearance of God;
Thus God’s grace is granted through the blood of Christ.
(Ephesians 1:7). “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
(Revelation 5:9). “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’”
(Revelation 7:13, 14). “Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’ And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’
How do we understand full redemption, or to put it another way complete redemption?
The term “we have redemption” is an ongoing thing. We are saved, we are being saved and we will be saved.
Now we can better understand John’s statement:
(1 John 1:7). “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
According to this verse, by the blood of Jesus all my sins are remitted. God has no memory of them. He wants me to accept the new me. I am forgiven, and I believe it!”
The word cleanses is in the continuing present tense in the Greek. It means that the blood of Jesus is continually cleansing you. You may have failed to do the right thing again yesterday.
Ask for forgiveness again and believe you are cleansed.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We are not to sacrifice Christ over and over again like the Roman Catholic does in the Mass, offering Jesus up as a perpetual sacrifice.
When Jesus died on the cross, He said “It is Finished”, a once and for all sacrifice for sin.
Jesus blood covered my “sins”, my past sin, my present sin and my future sin.
JESUS IS THE ETERNAL, ONCE FOR ALL SACRIFICE.
Whilst we know this as a fact, we should never leave confession and repentance out of our message.
Forgiveness comes through confession of sin, repentance from sin and forgiveness from God, through the grace of God.
No confession, no repentance = no forgiveness.
Forgiveness through the blood of Christ should never be a licence to sin.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Heb 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.