The Deleting Power of Christ's Blood
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
-Ephesians 1:7, emphasis added
Because I want you to really understand how wonderfully Jesus' blood has met our deepest need, today we will study the theology of the blood of Christ. Consider again just what it is that He has done for us: "I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" (Hebrews 8:12).
Christ's blood has the power to purchase us: [Overseers], shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28 emphasis added). In Greek, that word "purchased" is peripoieo, which means "obtained for himself." Jesus bought us for himself and has taken care of our past lives-defective, defiled, and stained as they were. He bought us just like we were. That is incredible love and mercy!
Christ's blood has the power to remove God's wrath from us: God set forth [Jesus] as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed (Romans 3:25). "Propitiation is all that the Old Testament expiation [covering and putting away of sin] was, and very importantly, ‘The Pacifying of the Wrath of God Thereby.' It is the quenching of God's wrath against us by obliterating our sins from His Holy sight." In the Old Testament, God passed over all the endless sacrifices that never took away sins because He knew that Jesus would one day pay the ultimate price with His blood.
Christ's blood has the power to justify us: Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him (Romans 5:9). In justification, a sinner stands before God as the accused and is declared free (Romans 8:33). It is like standing accused at a tribunal before the judge of the universe and being declared not guilty. We are guilty; we committed those sins, but Jesus steps up and says, "Not guilty! I took the penalty." God the Father then imputes His Son's righteousness to the sinner's account (Romans 4:11b).
Justification is an outside or external event that changes our standing before God: Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). Justification does not make us personally righteous; sanctification does that (Romans 3:28). The end result of justification is that we have eternal peace with God and endless life with Him that can never be taken away from or lost by us.
Christ's blood has the power to scrub our minds clean: How much more shall the blood of Christ . . . cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14). He will cleanse us of memories of sins that we have committed, pictures of things we should not have seen, feelings that we should not have felt, and all those things that were leading us to death and drying up the vitality of our lives. In other words, God has the power to scrub our consciences clean so that we do not persist in a self-defeating guilt life in which so many Christians live (also see Hebrews 10:22).
Every time Satan comes with his two-edged sword of doubt and discouragement, and you feel helpless and guilty (thinking you've done something one too many times and God is not going to forgive you), you can resist Satan by reciting these truths: Jesus has already died for my sins; they are paid for; I am forgiven; God has forever accepted me in Christ-and my earthly life is daily catching up, bit by bit, to that eternally settled reality! (See Galatians 2:20.)
Jesus has removed guilt-the curse and sting of sin. However, when we sin and offend God, He wants us to acknowledge that sin so He can cleanse us. We are to confess it to God, and not try to "work it off" by flailing ourselves with guilt. According to 1 John 1:9, it is as simple as saying: "I confess; I agree with You that I committed that sin, and thank You that Your blood cleanses me."
God wants to clean out everything that fuels defeat in your life. For sin to defeat you, you have to keep feeding those memories by remembering them. It is not that the memories will be totally forgotten, but that through Christ's blood their power to disable, discourage, and defeat you will be broken. If you are struggling with guilt feelings, I exhort you to ask God to scrub your mind clean!
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