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The Power of the Blood

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 12, 2009


I was asked the question, “Is it within our power to ‘plead the Blood of Jesus’?”  Since I know that many people practice this, in the spirit of truth, I wanted to tackle it; therefore, here is the answer I believe the Bible gives.

The blood of Jesus has one expressed Biblical purpose – to bring you life through salvation by bringing you near to God.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7,8)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (John 6:53)

There is a concluding thought to this in Revelation where the saints, that’s us, overcome the enemy by two things – the blood of the Lamb and word of our testimony.  (Revelation 12:11)

The power of this is two-fold.  First, the Blood of Jesus set up the ability for anyone to overcome the hold that death and Satan has on them.  That is, salvation is available to them because of the shed blood of Jesus.

For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness from sin (Hebrews 9:22)

Second, the testimony is your confession of Christ, which is your part in the salvation experience.  When you confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you are expressing the testimony or witness that Jesus is your Lord.  That’s why confession is so important.  Just as a side note: Many people pray “sinners prayers” when they get saved.  This is not necessary and again is not in the Bible.  You need to “confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Romans 10:9 and 10).  That is your testimonial expression that will overcome the enemy in the end.

The Blood Jesus shed is extremely powerful; it redeems you from the seed of sin that you were born with, but that is really where the power ends.  There are other means, other gifts, powers and responsibilities given to the believer to deal with other things in your and other’s lives.  But to the extent that you “plead the blood of Jesus over someone’s life” or “plead the blood of Jesus over a situation“, that is a misuse of the authority, and not as effective as simply praying in earnest for that person or situation.

We’ll look a little deeper into the power you do and don’t have in another post.

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4 Responses to “The Power of the Blood”

  1. Laurie A Downing said

    Amen Jeff. Good post.

  2. Hello,

    I happened upon your post from a Google Alert I set on the phrase, “Plead the blood”. Many of the readers of my blog come there from searches on that topic. I thought you might be interested in what God showed me about pleading the blood. I wrote about it in January 2006 and you can find it at: http://roadrevelations.org/?m=200601, scroll down near the bottom.
    Be blessed!

    Bill

    • undergroundchurch said

      Bill,
      I read your post; thanks for the comments. I understand the desire to want to apply such a powerful spiritual weapon such as the Blood of Jesus to many areas of our lives such as protection, healing, etc., but biblically, it wasn’t intended for that use. I know it seems like splitting hairs, but when things are pretty clear in Scripture, I just have a hard time bending the original purpose to fit my desires.
      There are many prayer tools in our arsenal, but using the Blood of Jesus as a prayer of protection is like using a wrench to nail in a nail. It may seem to work, it’s just not very effective because it wasn’t intended for that purpose.
      I am going to do some more posting on those things that are potent weapons, but we just need to make sure we use the right tools for the job.

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