The Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ.

What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?  Here is just a sampling of the hymns and songs that have been written throughout the ages about the blood of Christ:

  • Nothing But the Blood
  • Are You Washed in the Blood?
  • Oh, the Blood of Jesus
  • Power In the Blood

Here are six things from the Bible that help us to see why the blood of Jesus holds such a special place in the hearts of believers:

1. We gain bold access to God in worship and prayer

The Bible is clear that every person is alienated and separated from God because of our sin (Colossians 1:21).  That means even the best of us are actually unable to approach God to offer worship or prayer.  Because of our sins, we remain at a distance from Him.

But the Bible tells Christians to come boldly into God’s presence, “We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19). If you are a Christian today, you can have boldness and confidence as you approach God with your prayers and your worship, because you are no longer far away from God, “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ(Ephesians 2:13).

It is because of the blood of Jesus Christ that we have the great privilege of pouring our hearts out to God (Psalm 62:8) casting our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and praying any time and any place in the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).  Does your prayer life reflect the kind of relationship you have with God through the blood of His Son?

2. Forgiveness of sin

In addition to being able to enter into God’s presence through the blood of Christ, we are also forgiven of our sins.  Ephesians 1:7 says that, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”  Because of Christ’s shed blood, God is able to forgive us for our sins and give the punishment that we deserved to Christ.

Christ had a special way of explaining this to his disciples during the Last Supper, which also was the Passover meal celebration.

He said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).  He was telling His disciples that just as the blood of the lamb delivered the Hebrews from the night of terrors in Egypt, so Christ’s own blood would deliver the people who were covered by it from the judgment of God on the last day.

This truth is expressed beautifully in the hymn, “Nothing But the Blood”

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! Precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus…

Take joy, Christian, that Christ has cleansed you from your sin with his blood!

3. Consciences cleansed

Through the blood of Christ, Christians receive the cleansing of their consciences.  Hebrews 9:14 says, “…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

This is an amazing promise! Christ cleansing our consciences from acts that lead to death! How does He do it? By the blood of Christ, because on the cross He offered Himself unblemished to God! He offered Himself—His unblemished, perfect life—as a sacrifice to God for us on account of our sins. Therefore, He alone is able to cleanse our consciences through His blood.

Even though all of our minds have been corrupted by sin and seared as with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2), Christ can cleanse our consciences.  We are able to live right lives and think right thoughts once again in Christ.  This is great news for those who are burdened by a sinful past and corrupted consciences.

4. We are progressively cleansed from more and more sin

Not only are we forgiven from sin, but we are also sanctified through the blood of Christ.  Hebrews 13:12 tells us that “Jesus also suffered…in order to sanctify the people through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12).  God is calling his people be holy as He is, which is one of the reasons Jesus suffered.  Without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

After we are forgiven of our sins and able to enter into a new relationship with God, it makes sense that God wants us to be in a new relationship with the sin that previously condemned us as well.  That is why he gives us the power, through the blood of His Son, to be cleansed from our sinful behaviors.

5. We are able to conquer the accuser of the brethren

Because of Christ’s sacrifice and the pouring out of His blood on our behalf, we can trust in the righteousness of Christ and not our own righteousness when we are accused by our enemy.  Revelation 12:11 says, “And they have conquered him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”  As believers, we know that we cannot stand on our own merit or because of our own deeds.  We know that our good deeds are as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6) and that the Christ’s righteousness attributed to us is how we are able to stand up against accusations.

Charles Spurgeon spoke these comforting words:

I know what the devil will say to you.  He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified.  He will tell you of the greatness of your sin.  Tell him of the greatness of Christ’s righteousness.  He will tell you of all your mishaps and your backslidings, of your offences and your wanderings.  Tell him, and tell your own conscience, that you know all that, but that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and that, although your sin be great, Christ is quite able to put it all away.

6. Rescued out of a sinful way of life

…you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Being ransomed from futile ways is another benefit Christians have through the blood of Jesus.  We are rescued from a life lived devoid of meaning and are brought into a relationship with God and the ability to live in his will and with purpose.

Compared to the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the most valuable things of this earth (like silver and gold) are reduced to meaningless, perishable things.  That is because the blood of Jesus gives Christians salvation of their souls, forgiveness from sins, access to God, victory over the enemy, and the power to live with a clear conscience, something that the gold and silver items in the Old Testament temple could never do.


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Kevin Halloran is a Christian, blogger, and coffee aficionado. He serves with Leadership Resources International, training pastors to preach God’s Word with God’s heart. Follow Kevin on Twitter or visit his blog.

Date Posted: Mar 12th, 2012

  • David

    just awesome !!! Thank You

  • tom owes

    I plead the blood of christ over my life! Thank you!

  • layooo

    His blood is my shield against satan and his human agents

  • Steven Perkins

    This was absolutely awesome! Thank you very much!

    • ed nave

      the power of the blood is almost unfathomable!

  • George

    Awesome power in the blood ,thank you Jesus for your blood

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  • peace

    His blood is the last card for man; nothing else can save but the blood of Jesus

  • OB

    The blood of Jesus the Christ gave humanity the liberation from the grips of the devil. it will never lose its power.

  • bells

    His Blood is sufficient for everything I ever have to face

  • RIghtly Divided

    Can you help me understand exactly what it means to “plead the blood of Jesus’
    How do you plead the blood?
    What does pleading the blood do?
    Where is “pleading the blood” found in the Bible?
    How often do you plead the blood (how long does it last).
    what results do you see to know the blood has been successfully pleaded?

    • Christina

      When we fall short of God’s purpose/sin in any thing we are to just remember, believe, and trust that Christ’s shedding His blood and subsequently ascending to the Father to sprinkle it on the mercy seat in heaven is sufficient enough at all times to cleanse of those things. Especially when the accuser, the devil wants to bring things back up in your mind and bring in guilt and say that you have not repented. Our response is a plea, our legal defense so to speak. That phrase “pleading the blood” seems to be misused and taken as some “magical” power. His blood was applied as a covenant to us which is applicable and sufficient forever. The only result is assurance of Him having done the work,that He is still sitting there interceding for you when you mess up, and that He will never forsake us in it. It is an eternal work that will never fail us.

      1 John 1:9, 2:1-2a If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (lawyer) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins…

    • FMI

      Pleading the blood is a phrase used to express justification in a legal way. A lawyer pleads the case of his client. In the same way only the blood of Jesus is worthy , sinless and acceptable. No fault has been found against Jesus so His blood has enter into heaven. So when things go wrong and you pray you appeal and plead your case like the book of Isaiah said let us plead together.

  • Kingsley

    The Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is the greatest mystry that the Devil and his cohorts cannot and will never understand. I am Redeemed by His Blood. Praise God!

  • Moses

    am pastor Moses l like ur comments on the blood of Jesus Christ , the Blood is also able to help us fight against our enemies in life and also protect us from the weapons of darkness, its renew our mind and give us the mind of Jesus Christ, its also cleans our body from all kind of sickness and give us healthy body both spiritually and physically,, pastor Moses,,,,,,


    His blood is awesome,an effective purifier

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  • Morris Kenneth Williams

    Besides the the above power of the blood of Christ, can we personalized it and plead it over things for protection and deliverance?

    • HisSon

      Yes! Jesus is there for us and for everything that concerns us. U can plead the blood of Jesus over things for protection and deliverance.

      • Preacher

        Can you surport that with Scripture. in the Old Testament it can. But the old has been replaced with the New.So What Does the Word of TRUTH says about it. Not what you think, or what I think. THE WORD OF TRUTH SPEAKS FOR IT SELF.

        • Delene

          The OT hasn’t been replaced, Jesus came to fulfill it ,otherwise it would be obsolete and of no significance to us . We are not under the law any more but under Grace….

    • Mcmoth Milton Manano

      Well, I dont really think we can plead the blood of Jesus over things for protection or for whatever purpose. It was spelt and sprinkled once and for all sinners. As believers I think all we have to do is claim anything in Jesus name, Seek for protection and so on but in the name Jesus. Gods working power is in Jesus, Our righteousness is in Jesus, Our healing in Jesus and everything else desirable before both God and Man is in Jesus. In Jesus is contained all these, splitting them would be as though you know better than God himself what works/applies for you. I think ours is to see Jesus as our everything and God’s is to avail all Jesus attributes as he wills to our favor. Otherwise thanks for the above contribution/

      • Ademola

        we can apply the blood of Jesus to any

        thing and on any situation. the blood of Jesus and the name of jesus is the most powerful weapon in all of creation.countless testimonies abound to what the blood of Jesus has done in deliverance healing protection prosperity salvation and so on. Get the book “The Power Of The Blood” by Mary Baxter. You will have better understanding

      • harvey nichols

        i agree jesus says i am the way and the truth no other way

      • Ojo

        Remember this,… and they overcome him by the
        blood of the lamb and through the words of their testimonies. Mcmoth?? Relate this to ur so – called facts

  • Angella Campbell

    I am so happy that Jesus’ blood is the remedy for all the ills I will experience; it is the price paid for my deliverance. Thanks be to God

  • adeosun theophilus yinks

    I’m really blessed. Thanks be to God who offered Christ for remission of our sins. When I accept myself that I was a sinner then the blood of JESUS spoke for me and I overcame all my fears.

  • harvey nichols

    blood simply represents the life of the flesh jesus was rich he became poor (took on the flesh and blood of man to live a perfect life that he might offer for attoinment for our sins tojust say blood in the contech that it is all in all is error he obeyed to the death of the cross that we might obtain the mark of the high calling through him that is obedience to his life that he lived he learned obedience bythe things that he suffered left an example that we should follow obedience all obedience

  • Jim Bob

    Where does the bible say “Spilled Blood” in reference to Jesus? To spill denotes an accident. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan in the shedding of His blood, the pouring out of his blood. To make it sound accidental is to say God did not plan on the “spilling” of Jesus blood. Show me in the original language where “spill or spilling ” is used and I will stand corrected.

  • Isaiah

    In the old animals were killed every time sacrifices have to take place, in the NT Christ was sacrifice once so we do not have to keep repeating the killing but just to apply. So we can always apply because the killing and the dying has been done.

  • Prophetess

    Yes, we can personalize the Blood and plead it over our minds, souls, bodies and especially over our children as they leave for school each day. Every morning I ask God to saturate my mind with the Blood of Christ so I may think power thoughts that are creative and which edify people. I ask Him to saturate my children and grandchildren with the Blood of Christ so no harm will come to them throughout the day. I also ask God to sweep through my house and outside through my property with the Blood of Christ day and night so we may enjoy His peace and grace.

  • Joe Mazzoni

    I have to commend you Kevin! This article you wrote is beautiful and to the point I am very thankful for what Jesus did on the cross and now I’m finally not living a lukewarm Christianity I am fully immersed in my walk with God I am in my secret room I am fasting I am worshipping and the Lord speaks to me in ways I could never imagine visions revelations Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me I want to thank you Kevin for getting this information out it was explained very well and and in great detail thank you again and I pray God blesses your life to the fullest my friend take care.. Joe Mazzoni