By M. Paul Mitchell
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen 2:7)
One of the meanings of life in Webster’s New World Dictionary is defined as the existence of the soul. We clearly see in the above verse that man did not become a living soul until he was given the breath of life by God. When Adam and Eve sinned, man’s soul became at risk. Man became an endangered species. Man was now unprotected and cut off from his Creator, God. We must know that Jesus is the Way to God. He tells us in John 14:6.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
Jesus says clearly here that He is the Life. To reach God, we must go through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to achieve eternal life. It is so important to realize that Jesus is our Lifeline. Jesus paid the ultimate price by dying on the cross and reconciling us back to God. It is through His blood that the lifeline was open, and our life depends on the lifeline staying open. We have to understand that satan and his demons will do anything to destroy that connection. When God appointed Jesus as our Public Defender, He won the case on our behalf. Jesus closed the case and rewarded us with a huge settlement (eternal life). We are very fortunate to receive a pardon for our crimes (sin) and to have the slate wiped clean. We are no longer in prison, so let’s stay free. The Holy Spirit will help us stay connected to God.
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Eph 2:13 & 18)
Jesus is our Lifeblood, the blood necessary for new life. He was provided as an atonement (amends) by God. In order to be forgiven of our sins, blood had to be shed. It is the blood that saves us, and without the blood of Jesus, there could be no remission. We see that in the Scriptures below.
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 maketh an atonement for the soul. (Lev 17:11)
For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt 26:28)
Please understand that although Jesus provided Himself as an offering and sacrifice because He loved us (Eph 5:2), it was only because God allowed it. God allowed Jesus to be our Deliverer.
See now that I, even, I am He and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand. For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. (Deut 32:39 &40)
As God did in the very beginning, He is once again giving life to man. We see in John 1:1, that Jesus was in the very beginning with God and that the life God gave man was Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning-with God. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1,2 &4)
We know in John 1:14, that Jesus is the Word.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His-glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
We see in John 1:4, that Jesus is the light of man and the perfect example to follow. By having a light, we are able to see where we are going. By having a light, we are able to see what is in our paths. Without a light, we are in darkness and will stumble into everything in our way. If we want a clear path to walk, then we need the light. We can only have a clean path if we apply the blood of Jesus to any obstacle that comes in our way.
How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God. (Heb 9:14)
Before we go any further, let’s define four words: blood, purge, conscience, and waste.
♦ Blood: The red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals, carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body.
♦ Purge: Pure; purify; to cleanse; to rid of impurities, foreign matter, or undesirable elements; to cleanse of guilt, sin, or ceremonial defilement; free from anything that taints; unmixed; undefiled.
♦ Conscience: The inner judge of moral issues or internal knowledge or judgment of right and wrong; the moral sense; mind, related soul.
♦ Waste: To destroy, devastate, ruin, to wear away; consume gradually use up, to make weak, feeble, wear away strength; uncultivated or uninhibited place; wilderness – uninhabited path or trail that makes it difficult to find one’s way. (Sin)
Blood is the fluid that circulates in the arteries, veins, and capillaries of man. Blood is essential to life and plays a role in every major body activity. Blood travels in a continuous cycle through the body, forced through the blood vessels by the pumping action of the heart. In addition to providing oxygen and removing waste, blood has many other important functions. It distributes food materials, vitamins, enzymes, and carries hormones through various tissues and organs in the body. Some blood cells attack and destroy invading foreign bodies, such as bacteria, and other foreign materials, neutralizing their harmful effects. An important note is that blood is being continuously destroyed and replaced in the body, but the blood volume remains constant. The blood cells are constantly being renewed in the body.
Every believer symbolically has the blood of Jesus Christ circulating in their arteries, veins and capillaries. The blood of Jesus is essential to us in the Body of Christ. It is the blood of Jesus that rid waste (sin) out of our lives. The blood cleans us from impurities, dirt, and keeps us free from contamination.
The blood of Jesus is sprinkled over our doors. We are now sheltered from the rain and living under God’s roof. When we were growing up in our parents’ house, we would often hear one of them say, “As long as you live under my roof, you will do the things I say.” As we obeyed our earthly parents, we obey our Heavenly Parent, Father God (Heb 12:9). Jesus Christ lives by God’s rules and we have to live by Christ’s rules, which are God’s rules.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from Heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever. (John 6:53-58)
Jesus’ blood not only supplies spiritual food, but gives us our own security system as it did in Moses’ day. Mankind is no longer on the endangered species list after being born again. We (Christians) are now marked with a special identification tag. We are now on the protected species list. God sees the blood of Jesus in our lives. As in Exodus 12:5&13, eternal death will pass over those who are marked by the blood and alive in Christ forever more.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood. I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (Ex 12:5,7&13)
In accordance with the ABO system (a system that identifies the different blood groups), every individual can be placed into one of four major blood groups. Those blood groups are A, B, AB and O. It is important to know because certain blood groups cannot be mixed (purged) with another. This can lead to a very serious reaction and often cause death when someone gets the wrong blood in their body. The right blood can save a life and the wrong blood is deadly. This is an important fact to know when someone is in need of a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions from one person to another serve to supply various materials that the other lacks. It is used to restore something that is lost (blood), given so a person can maintain a certain balance in their blood system, and help provide important elements needed that some do not have in the blood (i.e. element for clotting).
The ABO system does not mention one important type. It forgot the J Group (Blood of Jesus). The J blood is pure and contains no waste (sin). The J blood was and is without blemish and without spot (1 Filter 1:19). The J blood is so perfect, it fits all groups. Jesus’ blood does not discriminate and does not care if you belong to group A, B, AB, or O. We do not have to worry about a deadly reaction with the blood of Jesus. The only reaction is a good reaction. The blood of Jesus came to restore that which was lost, came to bring us back into harmony (balance) with God, and clears the path for essential elements (fruits of the spirit). The Holy Spirit helps us bring forth the fruits.
The blood of Jesus can purge away the toughest stain. Those not led by God want to control our conscience (mind). We can take the blood of Jesus and purge our conscience and get rid of waste. We have to make the choice. Our sinful blood is tainted and full of corruption. We have to get rid of waste in our lives and keep the passage way to God free from obstruction to ensure an abundance of spiritual and natural health.
According to the American Heart Association, the “American Way” is not the best way when it comes to great health. With the abundance of alcohol, overconsumption of meat and dairy products, smoking habits, a jetson (space age) society with everything at our fingertips, this result can lead to physical disability and death. We are not very disciplined when it comes to our body. We are in charge of our bodies, and not the other way around. We have learned to say no to certain harmful things. Let’s learn to say no to self. It is time to exercise our bodies and our minds, and always protect our hearts (naturally and spiritually) from attacks.
In the natural world, a heart attack is primarily caused by the blocking of a coronary artery by a clot formed at the site of a narrowing in the artery. Since the blockage cuts off the flow of oxygen bearing blood, it causes the death of heart muscle in the region supplied by the artery. Some of us might even have a cardiac arrest -the complete failure of the heart to pump blood. After ten minutes, if blood is not getting to the brain, the results could lead to grave consequences: brain death.
Let’s define clot: An assemble of things; batch, bunch, bundle; related – collection, mess.
In the spiritual world, a heart attack is caused when we block the path of Jesus in our lives by a bunch of mess (sin). This blockage stops the flow of Jesus’ blood and prevent His blood from cleaning us of waste. We slowly drift back to our old selves. We backslide! Every second counts and if the blood of Jesus stops, it could lead to eternal death in hell. We must remember that narrow is the way to eternal Life. We cannot carry a bundle of sin on this path. We have to lighten the load. We do not have time to do things we know will block the flow of blood in our lives and end up dead (naturally and spiritually).
We need daily purging and transfer of change: bad to good, death to life, darkness to light, and so forth. We cannot just settle for a one-time block free procedure. This is an ongoing process for those willing to live a life according to God and be led by His Spirit. We have to renew our minds daily (Rom 12:1&2) and obey the Holy Spirit’s voice.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, where-by ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Eph 4:23,24 &30)
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:19)
For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21)
Once we get rid of waste, we become clean, and somewhat new again. We know when it is time to wash our dirty clothes. Sometimes it smells and sometimes we can see the dirt. This is the same way with sin. In becoming new and clean in Jesus, we cleanup by truthfully repenting and being sorry for our transgressions. From the light cycle to the heavy cycle washing (sin is sin), we get cleansed in His blood and become a new creature. It is so easy to point at the sins of others; however, we are all sinners saved by Grace. We cannot distinguish a little sin from a big sin or a pattern of sin in God’s eyes. We could say hypocritically, “that person needs the heavy cycle with all those wrongdoings, while we only need a light cycle to clean up our small sins.” We fool ourselves and continue being those who are right in their own eyes. We should strive to be right in God’s eyes. What is worldly right anyway? The definition of right changes in time. We should only hope by the time Jesus returns, that right is back to God’s definition.
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor 5:17)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23)
This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ. His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5-9)
We know when things are not right in our lives. The Holy Spirit convicts us (John 16:8). It might seem as something is missing and a way out seems impossible. There is something we can do and get back in balance. We can stand in the way for a blood transfusion. Ask for the J type. Jesus is the-Way!