The Power in the Blood
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, ~Hebrews 10:19
The blood atonement of Christ for our salvation is an essential aspect of the doctrine of salvation. Since the time Adam and Eve sinned, God has required the blood sacrifice and death of an innocent victim for sin. In the beginning, it was one lamb for every man. Then, it was one lamb for every household. Then, it became one lamb for the entire nation. However, the Lord Jesus Christ became the one Lamb for the entire world. The shed blood of Jesus Christ satisfied God’s righteous demands for the sins of every sinner who places his faith in Him as personal Savior. However, the shed blood of Christ also opened a pathway for us so that we have direct access to God in prayer. This morning, let us see the power of the blood of Christ and prayer.
We see the prohibited.
Under the Old Covenant, only the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies to sprinkle the blood of the victim on the mercy seat. The people were not allowed into that most holy area. A veil separated the tabernacle and the most holy place. The people could pray outside the most holy place, but not inside of it. They were prohibited from entering in.
We see the privilege.
Jesus’ shed blood and death made direct access to God possible for every believer. The veil of the temple was supernaturally torn in half after Jesus died. Jesus made one offering for sin through His sacrificial death and cleared the way for every believer to enter into the holiest by His blood. Jesus became our Great High Priest for us and made an eternal means for us to have access into the presence of God.
We see the permission.
We have boldness to enter into the holiest by Jesus' blood. This means we do not have to fear immediate death as the Old Testament Jews did if they tried entering into the Holy of Holies on their own. We can boldly enter into God’s presence through prayer. God gives us His permission through the blood of Jesus. No child of God is restricted or denied access in prayer. No child of God is subject to a time limit in prayer. No child of God is ever turned away whenever he prays. We can boldly come without fear of refusal or rejection. We have the blessing of His permission through the blood of Christ.
We see the priority.
Through the blood of Christ, we are to draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having been sprinkled by His blood. Through the blood, we must hold fast the profession of our faith. We are to consider one another to provoke unto love and good works. We are to make the assembling of ourselves together for corporate worship a priority in exhorting one another. We have a priority in having a close relationship with our Lord and, because of this, to be an encouragement to each of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We see the power.
The blood of Christ has the power to help us overcome Satan. Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” We can boldly approach God in prayer and ask for great and mighty things. The merit by which we can boldly pray for things that only God can do is only possible because of the blood of Christ. Yes, there is power in the blood. The blood of Christ gives us access, we ask in Jesus' name, and we can find grace to help in time of need. We come through the blood in order to boldly come into God’s presence. Be thankful for this wonderful access, and come uninhibited to the God's holy throne for God to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
Have a prayer-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 14-16