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About Pleading the Blood
By Adams Allison
I just read a very, very long article where a beloved brother in the faith attempted to share, to the best of his ability, reasons a believer should not and cannot plead the blood of Jesus.
For the sake of time, I will summarise His arguments below and give my rebuttal afterwards.
I will begin with what I agree with in his article and advance to what I disagree with before responding to all his points.
- He says pleading the blood is a legal term.
Yes, it is a legal term. I can agree with this.
- He also says pleading the blood in prayer by believers is wrong.
He is technically correct. Emphasis on the word technically.
- He writes that only the High Priests could plead the blood both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
I totally disagree.
- He also assumed, in his article, that pleading the blood means shedding the blood
Sadly, I must say this point of his is very ignorant.
- He says those who plead the blood “add no extra kick to their prayers” …
This too is wrong.
Let me begin by saying that the reason God hears our prayers is not because of technical accuracy but because of our faith. Yes, the prayer is wrong, (that’s the only thing the writer has correct), but the writer fails to understand why people plead the blood. It is because they believe strongly in the Person of Jesus whose blood was shed for us. It is like the woman with the issue of blood who believed in Jesus so strongly that she said to herself, “if I could only touch the helm of His garment, I will be healed” and she did and was healed. There is no provision in the covenant for healing through the cloth or the helm of anyone’s clothes but this woman was healed nevertheless when she touched His clothes. Why? JESUS gave us the answer – “Woman, YOUR FAITH has made you whole“, not His clothes but her faith. Likewise, it’s not pleading the blood that saves, but the faith expressed by the person pleading the blood.
What then does it mean to Plead the Blood?
Yes, pleading the blood is a legal term. But it doesn’t mean what the writer said it means… that much I have already clarified.
So, what does it mean?
In a court of law when a person is accused of a crime, he or she will be asked, “What do you plead? Guilty or Innocent?“
When you stand before the Judgement of God, you too will be asked what you plead. If a person pleads “guilty,” they condemn themselves. If a person pleads “innocent,” they have attempted to justify themselves by their self-righteousness or by hook and by crook and we know in scripture, no one is justified by himself.
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
So we see that both pleading guilty and pleading innocent will lead to damnation. That’s where the pleading of the blood comes in.
In this regard, we alone can plead the blood and not our High Priest who is also known as our attorney/lawyer. He can only say to the Judge, “My client pleads guilty/pleads innocent/pleads the Blood.”
The Significance of Pleading the Blood
Now, this brings me back to the purpose of pleading the blood and the appropriate situation to do so – it is always used in relation to the act and consequence of sin and not for the protection of life, property and the Nigerian high ways as the Nigerian Christian often attempts to use it for.
Let’s see the purpose of the blood in scripture.
i. The blood is for the redemption from our sins
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
[Jesus] whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
ii. The blood reconciles us to God.
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
The blood reconciles us to God by making peace through His blood.
How? Our sinful actions makes us befriend the world, but at the same time makes us antagonize God. That’s what James 4:4 means by friendship with the world is enmity against God. Note: it is not God Who sees us as enemies, it is us who see Him and treat Him as an enemy by our sinful actions. What the blood does it to “wash away” our sinful actions so that we stop waring against God and rather become reconciled to Him.
iii. The blood justifies us before God.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Thank God for Justification by the blood of Jesus not by our works, because of this, we can escape the coming wrath that is meant for sinners. We are free from it not because we are any better than them but because our sins were forgiven. Hallelujah!
The Blood does not chase devils nor does it protect property, we have the anointing and angels for that. It doesn’t make the blood any less powerful. It just means that it has its jurisdiction. The same way the anointing of the Holy Spirit cannot forgive you your sins; and that doesn’t make it any less powerful than it actually is. It only means it has its own jurisdiction.
The fact that the blood is technically not meant for those other things but solely related to matters of sin – to redeem from sin, reconcile back to God, and to justify us in face of Judgement – doesn’t mean we should now look down on those who still plead the blood over their food, the high ways or their house in an attempt to seek God’s protection. God will not fault the ignorant on account of technicalities but on account of their faith or lack of it.
The Usual Suspect
Whenever I speak about this issue of pleading the blood and how it is not a demon chaser, I am often asked the question, what about Revelation 12:11?
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Well, the message in Revelation 12:11 is very similar to that seen in Romans 5:9 earlier. Just as in Romans 5, we are saved from being condemned by the wrath of God because we have been justified by His blood, in like manner, Revelations 12 reveals that we overcome the devil by the blood. How? Because the only claim the devil has over any man is ‘sin’ and once the blood has washed us from our sins, the devil has no more claims – that’s how we overcome him. Like Jesus said, “…for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” John 14:30
Sin is what attracts both the wrath of God and the claims of the devil on man. And if the Blood of Jesus has washed away our sins then we are freed from both the wrath of God and the claims of Satan over us. That is how we overcome Satan by the blood. It is not a case of the blood turning acidic on the hands of Satan…
The second question I am usually asked is, “What about the significance of the passover lamb and the blood that was put on the lintels of the house of the Israelites, isn’t that an example of ‘the blood’ acting as an offensive weapon to the forces of evil or at the very least, a form of protection on life and property?”
In scripture, ‘Blood’ is not only a symbol of redemption but also a symbol of death. The passover lamb was symbolic of Christ dying for us. And the Blood on the lintels of their houses was a token that the substitute was complete. So the blood there symbolised that everyone in that house was dead. Therefore, when the Angel of death passed by their houses it simply passed over them seeing that they were dead in its eyes.
The angel of death will not have any need to kill a household that was already dead.
Remember, the Passover is to the Old Testament what the breaking of bread (aka Holy Communion) is to the New Testament.
And just as in Exodus 12 the passover was instituted and instructed to become a memorial tradition, likewise it’s New Testament version.
Now when we read of it’s New Testament parallel, it makes us see why the Angel of passed over their houses.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
1 Cor 11:26 KJV
In like manner, when the Israelites ate the Passover that night, they were prophetically saying, our substitute has died for us, so we cannot die, not today, and not at the hand of the Angel of Death.
That is what the Passover was for the Israelites, and that’s what the Communion is for us – a proclamation of the death of our substitute, the Lamb of God, and if our substitute has died for us then the Angel of death cannot so much as touch us any longer.
Hallelujah! Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, no plague of Covid nor angel of death can touch us any longer.
That’s my humble submission.
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