The Blood of Christ – Zac Poonen

A truly anointed man of God can say more with a few paragraphs than most of today’s ear-ticklers can with entire books filled with their ‘great swelling words of vanity’ (2Peter 2:18)!

the blood of Jesus

(Taken from: Word For the Week – Christian Fellowship Church, Bangalore)

by Zac Poonen

Forgiveness of our past sins is our very first and our constant need. The guilt of our sins could not be removed by God by any other way than by the payment of the full penalty for our sins. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

We need the blood of Christ to cleanse us DAILY!

When Christ shed His blood on the cross of Calvary, it purchased the pardon of every sin ever committed by anyone. But that pardon becomes ours only when we receive it. Through Christ’s blood we now have the forgiveness of all our sins, if we sincerely turn from our sins (repent), trust in Him, and receive the forgiveness that he offers.

The blood of Christ also justifies us (Romans 5:9). This is more than just being forgiven. It is being declared righteous, just as though we had never sinned in our entire lives. God’s promise is that “He will not remember our sins any more” (Hebrews 8:12). That means that He looks at us just as if we had never sinned. That is the meaning of being justified. Such is the power of Christ’s blood. Many believers live in perpetual condemnation concerning their past lives, because Satan has hid from them the fact that God has justified them through Christ’s blood.

Through the blood of Christ we are redeemed (1 Peter 1:18). That means that we have been purchased from the slave-market of sin. The blood that Christ shed on Calvary was the ransom price that He paid to meet the demands of God’s holy Law, so that we might be free, and not slaves any longer. We are born to be free. We need not be slaves any longer to Satan or men or to condemnation or guilt or fear or sin.

Through the blood of Christ, we are also brought into God’s presence (Ephesians 2:13). God dwells in light that no man can approach. The only way to come into His presence is through the blood – till the end of our lives. However saintly we may become, our access to God’s presence will always be through the blood of Christ. Many believers tend to forget this, once they get victory over conscious sin, and end up as Pharisees.

Through the blood shed on Calvary’s cross, Christ has made peace with God (Colossians 1:20). God is not an Enemy to us now. This is a fact that needs to be established in our minds firmly. Many believers live with the feeling that God is constantly unhappy with them and is always frowning at them. This is Satan’s lie, designed to bring believers into condemnation and to hinder their spiritual growth. Through the blood of Christ, we have become friends of God. Unless we believe this, we will never make any spiritual progress.

The blood of Christ also cleanses us continually from all sin, when we walk in the light (1 John 1:7). To walk in the light is to walk in victory over all conscious sin. But even when we live in victory over conscious sin, there is still plenty of unconscious sin in all of us. That is why John goes on to say, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1:8).

It is not because we have a flesh, that we sin unconsciously, but because we have lived in conscious selfishness for many years, both prior to, and subsequent to our conversion. Jesus had the same flesh as we have. But because He never lived in selfishness at any time, He never sinned unconsciously even once. There was no sin at all in Him (1 John 3:5).

Our unconscious sins (which constitute perhaps about 90% of our total sins initially) are continually cleansed by Christ’s blood, so that we can have constant, and unbroken fellowship with the Father.

Through the blood of Christ, we also overcome Satan and his accusations (Revelation 12:11). Satan accuses us to God, to other men and to ourselves constantly. But we can overcome his accusations by confessing (“the word of our testimony”) that we have been forgiven, justified, redeemed, brought near to God, brought to peace with God and cleansed by the blood of Christ. Satan can have no power over us any longer.

We need the blood of Christ to cleanse us DAILY, for all of us sin unconsciously daily, and many believers sin consciously too.

Recommended Sermon
The Blood Of Christ – What It Does (click here)

Author: Paul Benson

My Website is at www.paulbenson.me. My blog 'Let's Get It Right!' is at pbenson.me.

5 thoughts on “The Blood of Christ – Zac Poonen”

  1. Yes Brother Paul, I’m always blessed by your posts.

    I’m so very grateful for the truth. A lifetime has been spent searching for truth. My testimony includes growing up in the church but somehow feeling (in my spirit) duped along the way. That was very confusing to a little kid. Praise God the last 4-5 years have weeded out what was not of God. When I finally sought Him, he began a brand new journey in me. I’m still learning, Praise His Holy Name, I Love Him so!

    Continue His work, there are many who need to here the truth. Time is running out.

    In Jesus Name, blessings and God be with you…
    Vicki

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  2. This teaching took me back many years ago when I became depressed because of self condemnation. At that time the only thing that gave me peace of mind was a song by Keith Green… by grace in which Im saved. This depression lingered for months until one day the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said.” Pat , you don’t have to preform to please Me because there is an incorruptible seed in you and I AM that seed. The depression lifted like a fog immediately. I/ we are the children of God, chosen not forsaken, and forgiven. The blood on the cross was what it took for the gift of eternal life, righteousness by faith.

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    1. Hi Pat;
      Dealing with all the easy-believism and falsehoods of this day it is soemtimes easy to lose sight of the fact that our righteousness is a free gift. Free to us anyway. It came with a great price to our Lord.

      It is the Blood of Jesus that makes us acceptable to God.

      Yes, repentance is necessary to align with receiving that gift, (and lingering in sin can lead to apostasy) but we must always remember that Christ’s righteousness is imputed and imparted to us by faith alone and by no personal merit we may possess.

      Great to hear from you. Blessings;
      Paul Benson

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