Summary: Our salvation is in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The Life of the Flesh Is In the Blood
Throughout the word of God there is a tread of red that is so very vital to the Christian experience. When we are accused of having a gospel of blood, we proudly plead guilty to the charge. For the only thing that gives power to our teaching of the Word, is the shed blood of Jesus Christ, FOR THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD.
This Gospel is alive and imparts life to those who will believe it. In the book of Hebrews chapter four and verse twelve the writer stated, “For the Word of God is quick, powerful and sharper than any two edged sword.” The word QUICK in that verse means a living thing, it is alive, and it’s an action word with power. Paul stated that he was “Not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.”
From the book of Genesis to Revelation we see the stream of blood which imparts the life of God to those who believe it. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul” Leviticus 17:11
When the High Priest would go into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, it was with the blood of sacrifice which would atone for his sins and for the sins of the people. Yet it did not remove their sins, it only rolled them ahead until the next sacrifice. But when Jesus took his blood offering in to the heavenly place, it was to bring in a new covenant that would affect all men.
Here are some facts that will shed light on the value of the blood in the body of man and also the church body.
In the human body there are many different kinds of tissues. We define them as muscle, nerve, fat, gland, bone and connective tissues. All of these have one thing in common; they are fixed cells, very small and have a special and limited function. But the blood is fluid and mobile, that is, it is not limited to one part of the body but flows throughout the entire body, remember the life of the flesh is in the blood.
In the normal human body there are about five quarts of this fluid, and this blood pumped by the heart circulates through the system every twenty-three seconds, the blood is in communication with every cell in the body, to supply food and cleanse the body.
The blood is the most mysterious of all tissues, being composed of scores of elements and compounds and strange chemical bodies, whose function is not yet fully understood, but all of which has to do with the mystery of life.
The pressure of blood in the body is so very important; it should be kept at a certain level in order for the body to function at its peak. As you know either high or low pressure can cause problems.
Now all that has been said about the physical body is true, and when we talk about the blood of the LAMB, it points us to a greater, deeper spiritual truth. The church that Jesus died for is called the body, and we are members of that body, Jesus is the Head and we are all related because of His blood. All believers who have trusted the finished work of Calvary are brothers and sisters, members of one family whether they be Jews or Gentiles, white or black they are all one through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill preaching to them about the unknown God whom they worshipped ignorantly, he told them that God made the world and all things therein, and had made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth.
And since God hath made of one blood all nations, and because Adams sinned, the human race has a sin nature and will die, yet because of the blood of Christ all can be made alive.
So you see, all men have a common origin in Adam, and all men carry the sentence of death because of the sin that Adam committed. Before the fall Adam was in fellowship with the Father living in the Garden of Eden with his wife Eve. Now we do not know the nature of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We do know that the eating of the tree caused blood poisoning and for this reason all men die a common death, with no exceptions.