One of God’s glorious doctrines found in His Word the Bible has to do with blood, but more especially the blood of Jesus Christ. Why can it be said that God’s saints overcome the devil’s accusations through the blood of the Lamb, as stated in Revelation chapter twelve?
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:9-11
The answer can be found in the book of Hebrews starting in Hebrews chapter seven and extending through to Hebrews chapter ten. Within this long passage is the well-reasoned contrast between the priesthood of the Old Testament and Christ as Priest of the New Covenant. Paul, by the power of the Holy Spirit, wrote this exhortation to Hebrew believers so they could see the supremacy of the New Covenant, with Christ as Priest of the better things to come, and then abide in faith in Jesus Christ, not returning to the inferiority of the Old Covenant and thereby breaking fellowship with their fellow believers in Christ. A major passage that links the New Covenant to the Old Covenant is given in Hebrews chapter nine.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” 21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. Hebrews 9:19-23
Notice that according to the law almost all things are purified with blood. Jesus Christ, Who is the Mediator of a better Covenant, as our High Priest who continues forever because He always lives to make intercession for us, had to offer a gift, as our High Priest, when He ascended on high, entering into the true tabernacle erected by the Lord. Within the larger passage from Hebrews chapter seven to Hebrews chapter ten is the doctrine regarding the blood of Christ which He offered for us, found within a smaller passage that starts at chapter 8 and extends into chapter 9. Please be sure to notice that He brought His blood into the Most Holy Place on high for our cleansing and redemption.
1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer….11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 8:1-3 and 9:11-15
The reason that we as believers overcome the work of the enemy against ourselves is Jesus Christ, God’s spotless Lamb, took His blood into the Most Holy Place for the cleansing of our sins. The accusations of the accuser of the brethren before the throne of God are rendered powerless as Jesus Christ reminds His Father and ours, that His blood was shed so that we are cleansed from all of our sin. We bear witness to the cleansing efficacy of Christ’s blood through our verbal witness to the truth and our daily living for His glory, willing to die for the truth of the gospel.
My beloved brethren, the enemy of our souls hates this glorious truth about Christ’s blood cleansing us from all sin (1 John 1:7) and he has given one of his ministers of righteousness the task of attacking this most precious doctrine. John MacArthur, in a number of places in his study Bible, deprecates God’s holy doctrine on Christ’s Holy blood. Here are the quotes from his study bible where Dr. MacArthur takes aim at and attacks Christ’s precious blood that was shed for the remission of our sins.
These notes accompany the following passages in the 2006 edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, the NASB, Thomas Nelson Publishers: Romans 5:9, Colossians 1:14, and our introductory passage, Revelation 12:11.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9
“by His blood. Through His violent, substitutionary death. References to the blood of the Savior include the reality that He bled in His death (a necessity to fulfill the OT imagery of sacrifice), but are not limited to the fluid itself. NT writers also use the term “blood” as a graphic way to describe violent death…References to the Savior’s blood are not simply pointing to the fluid, but at His death and entire atoning work”. (page 1668)
NKJV: 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
NASB: 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
“….Some later manuscripts follow “redemption” with “through His blood.” Cf> v. 20, a reference not limited to the fluid as if the blood had saving properties in its chemistry, but an expression pointing to the totality of Christ’s atoning work as a sacrifice for sin. This is a frequently used metonym in the NT.” (page 1802)
11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11
“12:11 blood of the Lamb. No accusation can stand against those whose sins have been forgiven because of Christ’s sacrificial death.” (page 1979)
John MacArthur is an evil worker who attacks one of our most precious doctrines regarding Christ’s High Priestly work for us, His blood taken into the Most Holy Place which avails for the cleansing of our sins, because of His death, since the enemy hates this doctrine because it is His blood that silences the accusations of the enemy of our souls. I fear and tremble for the eternal welfare of Dr. MacArthur given the seriousness of his assault upon the truth of the Scriptures. This is what God’s Word says about those who despise the blood of Jesus Christ.
28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” Hebrews 10:28-29
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Our dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank You so much for Your blood that speaks of better things than the blood of Abel, for Your blood that cleanses us from all sin. Thank You Lord Jesus that you have left us the truth, the Bible, so that we can be assured of those things in which we have believed, and can stand on godly doctrine. May we contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Amen!