Jesus is, and will ever be, the only perfect man to walk on Earth. Everyone else, no matter how good, is a sinner and, therefore, has been excluded from the communion with God, who is holy. All humanity was lost because of sin. As no one can find his own way back to God, we need Him to reveal it and also grant us the means to walk on it. So, moved by a love that our minds cannot comprehend, God became man to rescue and take us back home. The name that God took for Himself, while living on this planet, was Jesus. The meaning of this name expresses His purpose: Salvation!
The Bible teaches us that in order to receive God’s blessings is necessary to ask: “ask and it will be given to you” (Luke 11:9, 10). The blessings that the Lord wants to grant His Church should be asked for in prayer so that the Lord grants them. As we ask, we exercise the faith by which we take possession of the promises of the Lord contained in the Scriptures (Heb. 11:1, 6). In the same way that the Lord Jesus taught us to ask for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), we should ask for the blessings Jesus conquered for His Church when He died for its redemption, that is, when He shed His unblemished blood at the Calvary. By the merits of Jesus alone we are justified and salved.
The blood of Jesus gives to each one of us the opportunity to have a new birth and a new life of sanctification. The Scriptures exhort the believers to operate their salvation with “fear and trembling”. The power of the blood of Jesus brings several blessings to the believer, such as:
Purification from sins (1 John 1:7). The same way we should confess our sins in order to be forgiven, we should believe that the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. Hence the obstacle to our fellowship with the Lord is removed.
Fellowship with God (Heb. 10:19-22). The Word reveals that the believers should enter with boldness into the presence of the holy God through the blood of Jesus. Therefore the servants of the Lord should plead to the Lord for Him to remove obstacles to fellowship in such a way that we are in complete fellowship with the Lord.
Victory over the Enemy (Rev. 12:11). The Church will conquer the Enemy “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of His testimony.” The Church exercises the faith in this promise in moments of struggles and the Lord manifests the power of the blood of Jesus in the life of His servants, granting the victory that they need, even in the beginning of each service or meeting. Thus there is no manifestation of false gifts in our midst.
Protection for our families (Ex. 12:23). Victory includes this protection, similarly to what the people of Israel had in Egypt. The Destroyer could not go into the houses of the Israelites and destroy the first born, for when he saw the blood he was forced to “pass over” these houses. For this reason, when we plead in prayer for the Lord to cover us with the blood of Jesus, we are protected against attacks of the Enemy in any situation.
Deliverance from vices and inappropriate behavior (1 Peter 1:18-19). The Word states that we are redeemed from our aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, with the blood of the Lord Jesus. So, when any believer reveals that he/she is still linked to any behavior that does not glorify the Lord, we can pray based on our faith in this Scripture that guarantees us victory in this struggle through the blood of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus is intimately connected to the operation of the Holy Spirit, who can only operate based upon the Work finished by the Lord Jesus at the cross of Calvary. The Lord said that if we did not drink His blood we would not have spiritual life. We understood that when the Holy Spirit works in us He transmits the eternal life that the Lord Jesus conquered for us as He poured out His blood for our salvation.
As Jesus’ blood circulated in His physical body giving life to each cell, the Holy Spirit operates in the Church in our days, visiting each member of the Body of Christ, transmitting eternal life to each one of us, applying the Word of God to our hearts. When we pray for the Lord to grant us a certain blessing we base our prayer not on our own merits, but in righteousness of the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
The blood of Jesus was poured out once at the cross of Calvary, but it is sprinkled continuously over God’s servants, who are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:2).