By the Blood of the Lamb

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!

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12 Responses to By the Blood of the Lamb

  1. Kristi Ann says:

    Amen Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Eliza!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom,

    Kristi Ann

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  2. Sherry says:

    Hmmm…If JM were right then we would read that the OT priests put the sacrificed animals to a violent death. No need to pour out the blood so long as it was a bloody, violent death. Praise be to God! JM is wrong!

    I just don’t get it, though, how he can come to such a conclusion seeing that much is said in Scriptures about the life being in the blood, the sin nature is inherited through the blood (that is why Christ Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit so that He would not inherit the sin nature and thus have tainted blood-no amount of violence in His death would ever overcome tainted blood!), and that the shedding of the blood brings remission of sins…Why do we not read: Without the violent death of Christ, we have no remission of sins. Its like he has a blindness on him. 😕

    Deceivers deceiving being deceived.

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    • Eliza says:

      Amen! You said it well deceivers deceiving and being deceived. Praise God His truth given to us in the Bible is applied to our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit so that we can praise and thank Him for His Wonderful salvation through the death of His Son Who shed His blood on our behalf for the cleansing of our sins. Amen!

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  3. gracealone1 says:

    Good article, Eliza.

    For any man (in this case, John MacArthur) to be so well liked, respected, and even the “go-to-guy” for many people and still to be so biblically ignorant does not speak well for himself or those who blindly follow him and defend him. Yet he is the head of his own college and seminary, has taught for over forty years in the same “church”, has traveled the world speaking his own ‘gospel’ and all he has done has been in the “name of Jesus” (which “Jesus” is a legitimate question). He has equated the blood of Christ as a mere euphemism of His death. He has said in no uncertain terms that the fluid (the blood) of Jesus is not what saves us, and on & on go his statements that have no basis in Biblical fact. He goes on to try to negate the necessity of Christ shedding His own blood and power of the blood of Christ by simply referring to it as a form of ‘violent death’. To him, only a violent death was required to make atonement, spilled blood was a consequence of that ‘violent death’. But a ‘violent death’ can occur without any blood shed, drowning, drug OD, long term cancer ending in long term pain, etc. Was it simply a “violent death” that satisfied the wrath of His Father against sin? If so, why did Christ bring His own blood into the Most Holy Place? According to JM this was not necessary——-as you so aptly showed us above, Eliza———-but to God it was imperative.

    Then we come to Leviticus 17, specifically verse 10: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOUL” Not a ‘violent death’*********THE BLOOD. Refer to JM’s “study bible” to see further evidence of this man’s totally convoluted and compromised mind as he again diminishes and MOCKS the absolute necessity of Christ shedding His own blood. To replace the word “blood” with “death” as JM has done is like calling the Lord a liar when He said: “Without shedding of blood there is no remission.” JM’s version would read: “Without a violent death there would be no remission”. JM can’t understand that all the ceremonies of the Levites were done as a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Christ AND HIs shed blood. And this from a man who has “taught” (lied about Scripture and the Lord) for over forty years.

    The real tragedy here is not JM’s heretical mouth and unrepentant heart. The real tragedy is that millions believe all of his lies and call it ‘truth’.

    Darrel

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    • Eliza says:

      Amen, Darrel. He is a deceitful worker spreading the slanders of Satan who hates this godly doctrine, the Blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin, because it is His shed blood that remits our sins and does away with the enemy’s accusations against us. Praise God for His glorious truth. Amen.

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  4. unworthy1 says:

    “Many of those who are paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the Truth of God are now the very ones who are engaged in sowing the seeds of unbelief and destroying the faith of those to whom they minister.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

    lyn

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    • Eliza says:

      So very sad but true. We, for God’s glory and love of the brethren, long that God would send His servants to minister to His sheep for our edification and progress in the faith. Amen!

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  5. lyn says:

    I thought of this post as I read this morning devotional from Favell Lee Mortimer….

    “Yes, even we may entreat God to choose holy men, and to make them his ministers. Human creatures may build churches, but they cannot place in them holy ministers, unless God prepare men for the ministry. And what is a church without a man of God in it! False teachers ruin men’s souls; they are not the ministers of Christ. Let us pray that God may send us pastors after his own heart to feed us with good knowledge, and understanding, and that he may send his shepherds forth to the ends of the earth to bring in his lost sheep into his fold.
    These twelve apostles were not to become ministers immediately. If you refer to Mark 3:14, you will find that Jesus ordained them that they should first be with him, and then go forth and preach. All who teach others must be with Jesus to be taught by him.
    Who were the men whom Jesus chose to be his apostles or messengers? (for apostle means “person sent forth.”)
    Some were fishermen; Matthew was a tax-collector; and probably none were great in this world.
    James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were called Boanerges, or sons of thunder; and it is supposed that they afterwards preached with great power, for though John is famous for writing about love, he wrote terrible warnings to sinners, and no doubt uttered them also, even as Jesus his gentle master did.
    The last mentioned is Judas Iscariot, or the man of Carioth, the traitor! And why did Jesus choose such a man, when from the beginning he knew he would betray him, and once said, “Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Why then did he choose him? No doubt one reason was to fulfill the prophecy in Ps. 41—”My own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” Might he not also have intended to teach us a solemn lesson by the example of Judas? It is possible to be with Jesus, to hear him night and day; it is possible to appear religious and to preach holy doctrines, and yet to perish everlastingly. There are too many instances of people who have appeared to have been born of God, who have died in sin.
    Baxter relates that in his youthful days he had a friend who seemed more earnest than himself, who prayed with him and exhorted him, and who finally fell away, and made shipwreck of his faith. Can we hear of such instances without lifting up our hearts to God to keep us from falling?”

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      • lyn says:

        I really liked this, “All who teach others must be with Jesus to be taught by him.” It doesn’t say they must attend a seminary, or the ‘Master’s college’, they MUST be with Jesus!!! It also doesn’t say they must attach an honorable title to their name, like ‘Dr.’ or ‘Reverend’, etc. How far off course we are in the churches in this nation as to how we vote in pastors, or use other methods of men to pick our undershepherd. Many make salaries that are of astronomical proportions, and NO ONE questions that! They do not work with their hands, as the Apostle Paul did. That would be ok IF their preaching were truly empowered by God, and IF they had been truly called by God. Instead, we have lazy men who use the title elder/pastor etc as a means of fleecing – not working, and expecting others to support them in a nice fashion. What a racket! I recall a well known evangelist, Tony Miano, always begging for money. Yet, he spends oodles of time in Starbucks displaying his outward religion, posting excessively pics of himself with his laptop opened to a book in the bible. He is verbally abusive to the lost { I watched some of his videos and was horrified by what I saw – the videos have since been removed, imagine that}, yet he expects financial support from Christians. He states he is ‘retired’ from law enforcement, yet I found proof that he quit his full time position {source – http://www.police-writers.com/miano.html} after thirteen years of service then stayed on another seven on a voluntary basis. He is also a member of JM’s church, his belligerent style of ‘evangelism’ and his dishonesty fits right in with that bunch.

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        • Eliza says:

          Amen! This is so sad, because so many are duped by these apostates and among those who are deceived are God’s beloved children. Lord Jesus deliver your Beloved from the wiles of the enemy. Amen!

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