The fact that we have being arguing that pleading the blood of Jesus has no biblical support does not mean that Chrits’s blood is less significant. In fact, the role of the blood that our Lord Jesus shed on the Cross is at the very center of our faith and walk with God. According to Wayne Grudem,
The New Testament frequently connects the blood of Christ with our redemption. For example, Peter says, “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, 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).
In other words, the precious blood of Jesus is the price that was paid for the redemption our souls in order for us to access God’s salvation from our hopeless sinful state. Grudem adds that,
The blood of Christ is the clear outward evidence that his life blood was poured out when he died a sacrificial death to pay for our redemption – “the blood of Christ” means his death in its saving aspects. Although we may think that Christ’s blood (as evidence that his life had been given) will have exclusive reference to the removal of our judicial guilt before God – for this is the primary reference – the New Testament authors also attribute to it several other effects. The effects include the following:
- By the blood of Christ our consciences are cleansed –Hebrews 9:14
- By the blood of Christ gain bold access to God in worship and prayer – Hebrews 10:19
- By the blood of Jesus we are progressively cleansed from our sin – 1John 1:7; Rev. 1:5
- We able to conquer the accuser of the brethren through the blood of Christ that was shed on the Cross – Rev. 12: 10-11
- We are rescued out of a sinful way of life -1 Peter 1: 18-19.
Above are the things that the Bible tells us the blood of Christ had accomplished for genuine believers in Christ. We do not have to activate it now in order for the blood to start working; it has been working since the very day Jesus Christ died on the Cross. Scripture’s emphasis on the blood of Christ also shows the clear connection between Christ’s death and the many sacrifices in the Old Testament that involved the pouring out of life blood of the sacrificial animal. These sacrifices all pointed forward to and prefigured the death of Christ.
We can see from our discussion above that the blood of Christ works for the redemption of our souls and for our deliverance from Satan’s kingdom where sin rules and reigns. It is very worrying to hear Christian today plead the blood of Jesus on shoes, cars, and utensil to mention just a few. The role of the blood of Jesus is far deeper than that – it is the very essence of our faith. The precious blood of Christ is what gives us access to God having being ‘jailed’ by Satan through our sinful lives. As important as the blood of Jesus is, it maintains a different but not less significant position in our faith. When it comes to prayer, the Bible teaches us to pray to God in the name of Jesus. In the words of Grudem, praying in the name of Jesus speaks of his power, authority and personality (Proverbs 22:1; Eccl. 7:1). When Peter commands the lame man, “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk (Acts 3:6); he is speaking on the authority of Jesus, not on his own authority. Although the blood of Jesus is not less significant; Christians should understand that it was shed for our salvation not for praying. It is only proper as leaders of the Church to communicate proper, balanced, sound theology. The health of the Church is very important. So, the blood of Jesus is never a substitute for the name of Jesus in prayer; and the former is not a consolidation either. The name of Christ does not need any additional supplements to work – it is the most powerful name on earth!
Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), 579.