The Power of the Blood of Christ – 1 Peter 1

The Power of the Blood of Christ

 

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
      To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:”  1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV (emphasis mine)

1 Peter talks about the sanctifying work of the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and the sprinkling by His blood. This is a curious verse and I have read that throughout the Old Testament, there are only three incidents of blood being sprinkled on the people. These three incidents show what the significance of the power of the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ is.

1. The blood of Jesus represents a covenant agreement between man and God.

The sprinkling of the blood was used to establish a covenant agreement between God and the people.

5 Then he sent some of the young Israelite men to present burnt offerings and to sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. 6 Moses drained half the blood from these animals into basins. The other half he splattered against the altar.

 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded. We will obey.”

 8 Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the Lord has made with you in giving you these instructions.”

Exodus 24:5-8 NLT (emphasis mine)

2. The blood of Jesus Christ is used for sanctification of His people and ordination to the priesthood.

The sprinkling of the blood was used for the ordination of Aaron and his sons for priesthood.

21 Then take some of the blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his sons and on their garments.

In this way, they and their garments will be set apart as holy.”Exodus 29:21 NLT (emphasis mine)

Sanctification means to be “set apart for a sacred purpose or religious use.” The first time in the scriptures that blood was sprinkled on God’s people was to confirm an agreement they had made with God, and to sanctify them (or separate them) for God’s service.

The blood of Jesus is for sanctification for His people too.

The blood of Jesus also ordains His people to become a royal priesthood to Him. It is because of the blood of Jesus that I am ordained to serve Him.

3. The blood of Jesus Christ is used for purification from sin.

The sprinkling of the blood was used for the purification ceremony for the cleansed leper in Leviticus 4.

“6 He will take the live bird, the cedar stick, the scarlet yarn, and the hyssop branch, and dip them into the blood of the bird that was slaughtered over the fresh water. 7 The priest will then sprinkle the blood of the dead bird seven times on the person being purified of the skin disease.When the priest has purified the person, he will release the live bird in the open field to fly away.”Leviticus 4:6-7 NLT (emphasis mine)

It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses me not from leprosy, but from sin. Throughout the scriptures, leprosy is a symbol or representation of sin. It is the blood of Jesus that washes me clean, not from sores, but from the stain that sin leaves in my life.

It’s Your blood Lord Jesus, that cleanses, purifies, and sanctifies me for service unto You. It is by Your blood that I know the covenant is complete. Thank You Jesus for shedding Your blood for me. Amen.

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