Two solid mysteries that we find in the word of God, which are seen throughout the holy scriptures: blood and words.
By God’s word, we know that the worlds were framed;
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
- Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
The keyword in this text is that the word of God framed the worlds; the power of the spoken word brought things to life. So, the power of words is something we see first in use by God himself, the creator of the worlds. This is of course verified in Genesis chapter one verse three which says:
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”
- Genesis 1:3 NKJV
God spoke, not thought, but spoke things into being. We clearly see the power of words put into action here.
The first use of blood sacrifice is arguably in Genesis chapter three and verse twenty-one:
“The LORD God made tunics of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
- Genesis 3:21 AMP
How did the tunics come about? Animals were killed, which infers there was blood. Later on, we see Abel offering animal sacrifice unto God which was accepted, this means there was already an understanding of the power of blood to appease God. (Genesis 4:4)
These scriptures also show us the power of blood and the mystery surrounding it. The early men used it. It was a vital part of the old covenant and was as much important in the establishment of the new covenant.
The difference is that while the blood of bulls and goats could not completely appease God, the blood of His Son, Jesus, would be the perfect offering.
The words that we speak carry spiritual significance and God did not make that hidden to us. In fact, God gives us markers and constant reminders in scriptures to always remember the power our tongues wield.
The passage we are about to look at contains these two ancient mysteries that are still a vital part of God’s system and strategy for the victory of the saints. The blood and our words are never to be under-estimated. Here’s what the Revelation says in chapter twelve:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
- Revelation 12:11
The focus is on the twelfth verse, but when we read from the first verse, we get a background story of what’s happening here. A war broke out in heaven and Satan was defeated and thrown down to the earth. The aftermath is the victory of all those (believers) who would subscribe to the power in the blood of the Lamb, and the word of testimony (affirmation, conviction) from their mouths.
There is power in the blood of Jesus and believers must key into this formidable tool for their victory in these end times.
The blood of Jesus gives us victory in four important areas. Let’s see the verse below:
“But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty of sin] …”
- 1 Corinthians 1:30 AMP
By the shedding of the blood of Jesus, the believer has received; wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. All in one package!
- The bible says that the wisdom of God is as foolishness unto the world, and they cannot understand God’s wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:18-2)
We need the wisdom of God in order to defeat the devil and this world. Just as God would reveal Christ in a mystery that would confound the Devil and his cohorts, we need that level of wisdom to confound the Devil daily.
“… Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:24 NKJV
- The power of God is also revealed in the coming and death of Christ, and His blood gives us access to the righteousness of God.
“Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;”
- Romans 3:22 NKJV
There is righteousness freely given to all who believe by faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ the savior. It means we have right-standing with God, we are fully and completely accepted by God without fear of the accuser, Satan, breathing out all sorts of condemnation against us. God is not interested in punishing us, but fellowshipping with us. [Revelation 12:10]
- If we are set apart for the use of God (sanctified), then we have become sacred unto God, and His eyes are always over us in protection and love. [Hebrews 10:10]
- The redemptive sacrifice of Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, but this comes with new possibilities. It means that since we have been forgiven and our sin is no longer charged to our accounts, then we can freely come to the throne of God, where there is grace and mercy for the needy. There are also blessings and an inheritance for the saint who comes boldly. [Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 1:18]
For without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. [Hebrews 9:22]
Beyond the forgiveness of sin, there are blessings and a new hope that comes. The blood of Jesus brings all these to the believing Christian.
But we cannot believe silently. For the bible says:
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
- Romans 10:10
Hence, we must speak as well!
In the system of God, the things that we believe must find expression through our words. We must continue to speak them as we believe.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believe and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:13
It is the character of faith to speak things into being. The testimony that we believe, we must uphold by giving it life through faith-filled declarations and affirmations.
We must believe God above the things that we see happening around us. The scripture in Revelation 12:11, says they did not love their lives to the death. Just as Jesus did, and as the apostles and saints would also follow. “Who for the joy that was set before him, despised the shame of the cross, and gave his life willingly”, speaking of Jesus. Saints must maintain the same kind of faith and trust in the word and promises of God.
The victory of the saints is not only in the blood of Jesus; but we must accompany this with the faith of proclaiming that we are saved, we are free, we are whole and redeemed, and we are blessed!