The Securing Power of Christ's Blood
He is . . . able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. . . . Having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. -Hebrews 7:25; 10:21, emphasis added
What security it is to be owned by Christ! In the Levitical system, people were kept outside of God's presence, but believers can now boldly draw near to God! Because we have a High Priest who intercedes for us before the Father's throne, we are wonderfully saved "to the uttermost"-and are eternally secure through the power of Christ's blood.
Christ's blood has the power to liberate us: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Redemption could be described as "when I stood before God as a slave and He bought me from the slave market of sin." This is present power to liberate us from our sins. Have you experienced this today?
Christ's blood has the power to allow us to experience Him daily: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16). In the Greek, the word "communion" is koinonia, or fellowship. "It is the blood that unites us into perfect fellowship. In the book of Acts, this is seen by the use of the term ‘brethren' over forty times. ‘It describes those who share a common heritage, like citizens of the same country, though it carries the additional force of brethren born of the same Spirit, when applied to Christians.' [Acts 1:16; Acts 6:3; Acts 9:17 etc.] In brief, disciples must have devoted Christian friends to follow, and this can only be facilitated by being together over a period of time."
Christ's blood has the power to draw us near: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). Christ's blood has the power to let us experience intimacy with God-to know Him personally. Do you know Him so well that any lack of fellowship with Him grieves your heart? Do you know Him so well that you look forward to meeting with Him daily? People are creatures of habit: most get up early, have a cup of coffee, and read the newspaper to see what is going on in the world. But if we love Jesus, we should begin our day by reading God's Word and seeking intimate fellowship with Him-the One who so greatly loves us and wants to spend time with us!
Christ's blood has the power to give His peace: For it pleased the Father . . . by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, . . . having made peace through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:19-20). When we are still in our sin, God is at war with us. So the Father wants to reconcile us to himself by giving us peace with God (no guilt over the past) and of God (no anxiety for the future). When we accept the sacrifice of Christ, His justice is satisfied, and we become at peace with Him. The more we get to know God intimately, the more we can then experience the peace of Jesus, which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)!
As you meditate upon today's verses, Christ will open God's presence to you so that you may live in the power of His blood!
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