But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NKJV
Have you heard about “claiming the blood of Christ” in your prayers? Some churches teach it as a way of obtaining power over what you struggle with. I wanted to know where this saying came from, so I became searching the Bible for it.
When I searched for “claim the blood”, there were no results. I searched for “claim”, but only found 8 references and all of them were not focused on the blood of Christ. I searched again, this time for “blood of Jesus Christ”, “blood of Christ”, or “blood of Jesus”. All together, there were 20 references found in the New Testament.
What is so significant about blood, and specifically about Jesus’ blood? To understand blood’s importance you must travel back to the Old Testament. Leviticus 17:11 NKJV says this about blood, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’” In Old Testament times, God gave the people a method of covering their sins, called atonement. This practice of offering a blood sacrifice was repeated every year, because the blood of animals could never remove man’s sin. It was atonement for sin.
From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary, here’s what it says about “Blood”:To blood is ascribed in Scripture the mysterious sacredness which belongs to life, and God reserved it to himself when allowing man the dominion over and the use of the lower animals for food. Thus reserved, it acquires a double power: (1) that of sacrificial atonement; and (2) that of becoming a curse when wantonly shed, unless duly expiated. (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; 17:11-13) From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary, there was a lengthy explanation about Atonement Day. If you’re interested in reading more about that, use this link: BibleGateway.com Dictionaries: ATONEMENT, THE DAY OF.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Therefore, Jesus’ blood is most precious because only HIS blood forgives sins once and for all. The shedding of His blood occurred once, never to be repeated. Look at what Ephesians 1:7 NKJV says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.
What do we conclude from this study? While the Bible never uses the words “claiming the blood of Christ”, in a sense that’s what we do when we put our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
Are you, not necessarily with words, claiming the blood of Christ in your life? Today’s verse explains how. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
Father God above, you know our weakness and provide a way for us to be cleansed from all unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you for shedding your Son’s blood that we may be forgiven and have fellowship with you. Enable us to claim victory over sin through faith in Jesus Christ. In His precious name, Amen.
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