The Blood of Christ (2)

Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3) and his death was not just one due to what we would call natural causes, but He was “put to death” (1 Peter 3:18). His death necessarily involved blood shedding, for “without blood-shedding there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). The blood is necessary in order that the value of Christ’s death may be made available and applied to others (John 6:53; 1 John 1:7). This we shall demonstrate.

In the Old Testament we find that when the children of Israel were in Egypt, and just prior to their leaving it, they had to kill the Passover lamb and sprinkle its blood on the door posts and lintel of their houses. In order for this to be done the lamb’s blood had to be shed. Had the Israelites simply killed the lamb but not sprinkled its blood, as required, they would not have been protected from the destroying angel. However, if they had not killed the lamb they would have had no blood to sprinkle ! Both were necessary; the killing and the sprinkling (Exodus 12:1-36; Hebrews 11:28).

If we go further and look at the offerings under the tabernacle system we find it said: “almost all things are purified with blood” (Hebrews 9:22). The blood had to be applied to both persons and things (Hebrews 9:19-21). Such passages as Leviticus 8:23/24 where the priests were consecrated, and Leviticus 14:5-7 where the leper was cleansed, would confirm this. Then there was the day of atonement when blood was sprinkled on and before the mercy-seat (Leviticus 16:14/15). In all these cases blood, the witness of death, was applied to the persons concerned and in the last case to the mercy-seat.

In the New Testament the situation is different inasmuch as there is no application of physical blood required anywhere. The application of the blood is a spiritual matter; thus we have “sprinkled as to our hearts from a wicked conscience” (Hebrews 10:22; see also chapter 12 verse 24). No physical blood could possibly be applied to what is an internal faculty. Some have had the thought that Christ presented his blood to God when He went to heaven and base this on Hebrews 9:23-26. However, this is clearly confusing a spiritual conception with a material one. Christ’s blood is mentioned many times in the New Testament, but it is the value of Christ’s death that is pointed to, rather than Christ’s physical blood. Peter speaks of