How Does The Blood of Christ Work in Our Lives?

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Hi M____,

Thank you for your question. What exactly is “the blood of Christ in our lives”?

The very fact that “the blood of Christ… speaks…” is a powerful hint as to what this “blood of Christ” is.

It always helps to know the Biblical definition of the word or phrase under discussion, and in this instance we have the blood of Christ, which works so powerfully in our lives, defined for us by none other than Christ Himself. Once we come to know what ‘the blood of Christ” is, then we will be able to understand how His blood works in our lives to cleanse, sanctify, atone and reconcile us to God.

Here is what Christ defines as His blood which was shed for all of us:

Luk 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

There it is in plain language which anyone can understand. The blood of Christ which works so powerfully in our lives is “the New Testament in my blood”.

Your question gives us the opportunity to come to understand the meaning of the word ‘blood’ in all of these verses, and how the “blood” of Christ is demonstrated by Christ to be in complete contrast to the “blood of Abel”.

To clarify that contrast I will add just a few scriptures which I hope will answer your three questions:

Your first question is:

“Abel to Zecharias” are the words which our Lord used to express the things of the Old Testament dispensation. For example:

Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

So the “things… of Abel” are the things of the Old Testament and the law of Moses, which we are plainly told “[are] not for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…”

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
1Ti 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

So, there it is, “according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God… My blood in the New Testament… speaks better things than of Abel, [because] the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…”

We are told that those commandments were “carnal commandments” for a carnal nation:

Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Those verses are just a couple of the “better things than of Abel”. In Matthew chapters 5-7 every “You have heard it said by them of old… but I say unto you…” is Christ’s blood in the New Testament speaking better things than of Abel.

It is the blood of Christ which He Himself tells us “is My blood in the New Testament”, which Christ is contrasting with “the blood of Abel [and the] things… of Abel” in the Old Testament and in the law of Moses which were “carnal commandment[s]” for a carnal nation.

That should answer your first question, “How it is better than of Abel.”

Your second question was:

A ‘purged conscience’ is a ‘clear conscience’. We say, “My conscience is clear” only when we know that we are not guilty of the things of which we are accused by our accusers. Our chief accuser is “the adversary”:

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

When we quit glorifying ourselves and the adversary and we start believing “the New Testament in My blood”, the Truth of the scriptures, then our conscience is ‘purged’ because we will then accept the truth of these words of scripture:

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

Your third question was:

This, too, is a powerful work of the spirit, which ‘spirit’ is also defined as “the word”:

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

When the words of Christ, “[His] blood in the New Testament”, dwell within us, they burn out and purge from within our hearts and minds all the “wood, hay, and stubble” that is there to burn, and in doing so those words, His blood, wash our robes white and cleanse us of our sins:

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The ‘burning’ and the ‘washing’ are one and the same thing in the scriptures because:

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

There it is. It is the fiery word of God, which is the blood of Christ, which works in us to purge us of our sins “by [His chastening] grace through faith”.

If the blood of Christ is understood by the things that are made, then we need to note that it is the blood which nourishes every cell in the body.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Your brother and fellow servant,


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