Protection, freedom and wealth through the blood of Jesus

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Exodus 12:7: 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.

The angel of death had ravaged the houses of the Egyptians killing their firstborns, with cries of sorrow going up to the high heavens, but no one was touched among the Israelites. Then the Egyptians forced the Israelites to leave their midst on that note, lest further destruction come upon them.

The killing of the firstborns of the Egyptians was the last of the plagues that God will send to Egypt in to cause Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go from their land and from their oppression.

God had told Israel that when they are being driven from the Egypt, they should ask for jewelries, various articles of gold and silver from the Egyptians and they will be given (Exodus 11-12). It happened as God declared it.

God made a difference in the life of the children of Israel through the application of the blood of the Passover Lambs killed all over Israel on that fateful night, as He commanded them. That gave the children of Israel protection when the angel of death came to kill the firstborns. The difference the blood made broke the hold of Egypt on Israel, their will, the will of Pharaoh was broken, albeit temporarily (he later on rallied the army after Israel to their demise).

Three things happened to them in that one night: they gained protection. And apart from that they experienced freedom and wealth. In freedom they changed their status, changed their location, in wealth they changed their allocation.

And the blood of Jesus, the ultimate Passover Lamb, makes the same provision of protection, freedom and wealth available to believers.

Protection

The death of the firstborns of the Egyptians which Israel was protected from was because of the blood. David wrote: he who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91). The cover of the blood of the lambs was the shadow of the almighty, as a shadow flows from the object, the blood that saves us flows from Jesus Christ.

We dwell under the blood of Jesus and we are protected from eternal damnation. The bible says that we were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus who is also God (Revelation 5:9). Death will not touch us because of the blood of Jesus, because we believe in him, because we have eternal life through him.

Freedom

The blood of Jesus frees us from bondage to sin. If that is not the reality in your life, you are not well connected to the blood. The book of Hebrews says that the blood of Jesus has the capacity to enter into our heart (being the blood of God the limitless one) and purge dead works from there (Hebrews 9:14).

It can enter the altar of our hearts and cause us to be free on our inside from the stain of sin.

The power of the blood gives us justification (Romans 4:22-5:1), which is freedom from our negative past. It means you are accepted by God, who because of the blood of Jesus cannot consider your negative past. This is because the blood of Jesus cleanses us so thoroughly. The only smell that God perceives from us is the smell of the Son, whom he is well pleased with. We are free from trying to earn God’s acceptance, God know he approves of us in Christ Jesus.

Also we have the freedom of righteousness through the blood. We don’t need to strive to be righteous; we have been given the righteousness of Jesus we only need to allow it to manifest through us. That is what the blood of Jesus made available to us.

Many say to themselves that they don’t want to be Christians; they don’t want to become born again because they think it is hard to live a righteousness life, not knowing that what is needed is for them to surrender to Jesus and receive his gift of righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21). Those people put the cart before the horse. You can’t give what you don’t have. If you do not receive Jesus’ capacity for righteousness as a free gift, you cannot live it out.

Paul talked about his kinsmen the Jews, that being ignorant of the righteous of Jesus they go about establishing their own righteousness, rejected the offer of righteous by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 9:1-3, 10:1-4).

Wealth

When the children of Israel were leaving the land of Israel they left with wealth. Also the bible says that Jesus who was rich, for our sakes became poor so that through his poverty we might become rich (2Corinthians 8:7-11).

Paul was using those words to encourage the church in Corinth to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to express Jesus’ kind of generousity towards a needy church.

Jesus made sacrifice so that we might become rich, and that means riches in all sense of the word, inclusive of material wealth.

On the cross he became poor in relationship to God so that we might be brought into the same relationship he has with God.

On the cross he cried: my father why have you forsaken me (Matthew 27:46)! He was forsaken because he had on him the sin of the whole world, inclusive of yours and mine. Because he bore our sins, this means sin is no longer an issue between us and God, those of us who believe in Him. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). In that sense, he became poor in relationship with God, so that we might gain relationship with God.

In his incarnation he became poor. He left his place in the heavenly places, so that we might go there, making us rich by blessing us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. He makes us rich by positioning us high in the heavenly places.

Apart from being poor in his sacrifice, being cut away from God because of our sin so that we can be joined to God, and being poor in his incarnation ([leaving his position in heaven and as an exclusively spiritual being] so that he can make us spiritual being, who are blessed with blessings in the heavenly realm and given a place there) Jesus also brings the promise of material blessing to us. He left his possession, so that we can gain it.

The bible says that godliness is profitable, having promise for this world and for the one to come (1Timothy 4:8). Because he brings us into a relationship with God as our father, he plugs us into the supply of heaven. He said that we should not worry and run after what the gentiles run after but we should seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, declaring that and all other things will be addition to us (Matthew 6:25-33).

During his time on the earth, Jesus disclosed that if we give, it shall be given to us, good measure pressed down shall men pour into our bosom. He revealed that divine truth to humanity (Luke 6:38).

That is because God is our father we should imitate him, and so get the result he gets in the resultant multiplication. When the Father gave his son Jesus, He became “poor” in a relative sense, because he had no son again (in the flesh), but now he has many sons and daughters (believers).

When we give, we are merely acting like God, when we reduce what we have to increase what others have in sacrifice we are merely acting like Jesus. For our sakes, Jesus reduces himself in power, dying on the cross In return he declared, all power in heaven and on earth is give to me (Matthew 28:18).

Conclusion

Note that the only reason Jesus came to the earth was to shed his blood as the Lamb of God. If he didn’t shed his blood, his life would not be spiritually relevant to us. He would only be remembered in history, if at all as a wise man that performed miracles. He would not be called saviour, because his means of saving us was his blood, and losing his life on the cross.

 

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6 thoughts on “Protection, freedom and wealth through the blood of Jesus

  1. Including material wealth? I’m inclined to think that is a popular myth, hence Jesus warning that is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven, Become rich in order to become a philanthropist? Sounds great, but we are not judged by what we give away, but by that which we keep for ourselves.

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    1. Sorry my comment came so late. I was actually not planning to respond because everything you said was correct and you did not fault anything I said. I believe for all truths, there may be balancing truths that may seem to be opposites.

      But I believe in extremes. For example, the extreme of the grace of God must be allowed to cover all areas of human existence. Remember that Paul said that God is able to make “all grace” abound to us so that in “all things” and at “all times” we will abound to every good thing. That means we would be able to give all the time because we are that enriched.

      Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to get to heaven, but he also balanced that truth by saying, with man it is impossible but not with God, for with God all things are possible. I believe Jesus wanted a word of caution to go out to the rich. The bible says that those who have worldly goods should be taught to distribute and not trust in uncertain riches. The issue is trust. Will you trust your wealth or Jesus? That is the challenge only the rich have to grapple with. It is not a rejection of wealth as something covered by the grace of Jesus. Thanks.

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