- Propitiation: To Remove God’s Righteous Wrath
Jesus is the one who “God presented as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith,” according to Romans 3:25. The sins of God’s people are a significant barrier because he is a just God. He has chosen to love us out of kindness and grace, but because of his justice, he cannot ignore the fact that our transgressions are acts of cosmic treason against him. So, out of love, he comes up with a plan to appease justice and still win via mercy.
God the Son offers himself in the place of sinful people, taking on human flesh and blood to receive God’s due anger and pay our debt via his death so that we can live. Therefore, his blood appeases his rightful wrath, sustains divine justice, and unlocks the floodgates of his mercy by symbolizing the self-sacrificing giving of his life in place of those deserving of death.
- Justification: To Extend God’s Full Acceptance
Romans 5:9a says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood.” Justified is legal terminology. Following the delivery of each side’s arguments, the judge or jury renders a verdict: either the defendant is found guilty or not. The defendant or accused is either guilty or innocent and deemed justified and in good standing with the law.
Jesus’ substitutionary and atoning death is one of the reasons those who are joined to him by faith are justified. Although he had no faults to atone for, he gladly sacrificed his blood for ours. By uniting us to him through faith, the shedding of his blood to cleanse our sins made it feasible for us to share in his righteousness. Our wrongdoing would go unpunished without his blood. At the final judgment, we could not join him in receiving his Father’s verdict of “Righteous” alongside him.
- Redemption: To Purchase Our True Freedom
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,” Ephesians 1:7 declares. To redeem is to ensure someone’s freedom by purchasing their release from servitude. Because of our sins, we were all held captive spiritually and still are. We are deserving of God’s omnipotent, just wrath since we have broken his law. But in Christ, he bought our freedom from the law and from the influence of Satan via the sacrifice of his blood, which atones for our sins before God.
Unforgiven sin was the key weapon the demons used against us, but when Jesus shed his blood in our place to atone for our sins, he set us free. He freed us from Satan, our debt history, and any claims against us.
- Forgiveness: To Restore Our Best Relationship
The significance of forgiveness has previously been established in different places in the Bible. Still, Ephesians 2:13 emphasizes it: “Now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were far off are brought closer by the blood of Christ.” The reconciliation of humanity with God is the central goal of this “coming close.” On a personal level, it is the establishment in Christ of a personal relationship with and access to God that we, born into sin, could never have achieved. On a collective level, it’s restoring our intended relationship with God in Christ.
We are separated and moved away from God because of our sin and disobedience to him. 1 Peter 3:18 may serve as the best summary of all we have learned thus far about the efficacy of Jesus’ blood: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
- Pacification: To Make Peace with God Himself
Finally, the peacemaking between God and his people is a testament to the blood of Jesus’ effects’ God-centered intent. God makes peace with his people via Christ “through the blood of his crucifixion, making peace with himself” (Colossians 1:19–20). In every instance, it had been implied that he shed his blood on the Cross, but here Paul makes it explicit. “The blood of his cross” is what reconciles God and man. He reached an understanding with a tool of deliberate, horrifying torture and execution.
Jesus did not accidentally spill his blood. This death was not an accident. Despite how tragic it was, it was chosen and voluntarily done. He was wrongfully put to death, and the holy God-man and the wicked men who executed him both purposefully shed his blood at the Cross. He gave his life, which they took. In doing so, he received God’s just anger, gave us his full legal acceptance, bought our true freedom, repaired our most crucial connection, and established peace between God and us. This is how Paul acquired “the church of God, which he obtained with his blood,” as he states elsewhere (Acts 20:28).
All of us have sinned and are aware of the appropriate punishment. Only one human being—Jesus Christ—has a perfect record of sinlessness. He decided to sacrifice himself as the perfect lamb for you. His blood says it all, like a receipt marked Price Paid.
God is love. And the blood of Jesus is the clearest demonstration of His love for us. Every time we administer the blood, we experience an outpouring of this love, which fills every need that man has ever had or will ever have. Your defense against the devil’s operations has been established through love and blood.
Let’s give the blood of Jesus the same honor in our hearts as in God’s, and let the strong things the blood has won for us awaken our spirits. Everything you require to lead a life of victory has been made available to you through the power of Jesus’ blood, including Redemption, community, healing, safety, and dominion over the devil.