The Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ.

What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?  Here is just a sampling of the hymns and songs that have been written throughout the ages about the blood of Christ:

  • Nothing But the Blood
  • Are You Washed in the Blood?
  • Oh, the Blood of Jesus
  • Power In the Blood

Here are six things from the Bible that help us to see why the blood of Jesus holds such a special place in the hearts of believers:

1. We gain bold access to God in worship and prayer

The Bible is clear that every person is alienated and separated from God because of our sin (Colossians 1:21).  That means even the best of us are actually unable to approach God to offer worship or prayer.  Because of our sins, we remain at a distance from Him.

But the Bible tells Christians to come boldly into God’s presence, “We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19). If you are a Christian today, you can have boldness and confidence as you approach God with your prayers and your worship, because you are no longer far away from God, “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ(Ephesians 2:13).

It is because of the blood of Jesus Christ that we have the great privilege of pouring our hearts out to God (Psalm 62:8) casting our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and praying any time and any place in the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).  Does your prayer life reflect the kind of relationship you have with God through the blood of His Son?

2. Forgiveness of sin

In addition to being able to enter into God’s presence through the blood of Christ, we are also forgiven of our sins.  Ephesians 1:7 says that, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”  Because of Christ’s shed blood, God is able to forgive us for our sins and give the punishment that we deserved to Christ.

Christ had a special way of explaining this to his disciples during the Last Supper, which also was the Passover meal celebration.

He said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).  He was telling His disciples that just as the blood of the lamb delivered the Hebrews from the night of terrors in Egypt, so Christ’s own blood would deliver the people who were covered by it from the judgment of God on the last day.

This truth is expressed beautifully in the hymn, “Nothing But the Blood”

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! Precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus…

Take joy, Christian, that Christ has cleansed you from your sin with his blood!

3. Consciences cleansed

Through the blood of Christ, Christians receive the cleansing of their consciences.  Hebrews 9:14 says, “…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

This is an amazing promise! Christ cleansing our consciences from acts that lead to death! How does He do it? By the blood of Christ, because on the cross He offered Himself unblemished to God! He offered Himself—His unblemished, perfect life—as a sacrifice to God for us on account of our sins. Therefore, He alone is able to cleanse our consciences through His blood.

Even though all of our minds have been corrupted by sin and seared as with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2), Christ can cleanse our consciences.  We are able to live right lives and think right thoughts once again in Christ.  This is great news for those who are burdened by a sinful past and corrupted consciences.

4. We are progressively cleansed from more and more sin

Not only are we forgiven from sin, but we are also sanctified through the blood of Christ.  Hebrews 13:12 tells us that “Jesus also suffered…in order to sanctify the people through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12).  God is calling his people be holy as He is, which is one of the reasons Jesus suffered.  Without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

After we are forgiven of our sins and able to enter into a new relationship with God, it makes sense that God wants us to be in a new relationship with the sin that previously condemned us as well.  That is why he gives us the power, through the blood of His Son, to be cleansed from our sinful behaviors.

5. We are able to conquer the accuser of the brethren

Because of Christ’s sacrifice and the pouring out of His blood on our behalf, we can trust in the righteousness of Christ and not our own righteousness when we are accused by our enemy.  Revelation 12:11 says, “And they have conquered him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”  As believers, we know that we cannot stand on our own merit or because of our own deeds.  We know that our good deeds are as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6) and that the Christ’s righteousness attributed to us is how we are able to stand up against accusations.

Charles Spurgeon spoke these comforting words:

I know what the devil will say to you.  He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified.  He will tell you of the greatness of your sin.  Tell him of the greatness of Christ’s righteousness.  He will tell you of all your mishaps and your backslidings, of your offences and your wanderings.  Tell him, and tell your own conscience, that you know all that, but that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and that, although your sin be great, Christ is quite able to put it all away.

6. Rescued out of a sinful way of life

…you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, 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)

Being ransomed from futile ways is another benefit Christians have through the blood of Jesus.  We are rescued from a life lived devoid of meaning and are brought into a relationship with God and the ability to live in his will and with purpose.

Compared to the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the most valuable things of this earth (like silver and gold) are reduced to meaningless, perishable things.  That is because the blood of Jesus gives Christians salvation of their souls, forgiveness from sins, access to God, victory over the enemy, and the power to live with a clear conscience, something that the gold and silver items in the Old Testament temple could never do.


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Kevin Halloran is a Christian, blogger, and coffee aficionado. He serves with Leadership Resources International, training pastors to preach God’s Word with God’s heart. Follow Kevin on Twitter or visit his blog.

Date Posted: Mar 24th, 2016

  • David

    just awesome !!! Thank You

  • tom owes

    I plead the blood of christ over my life! Thank you!

  • layooo

    His blood is my shield against satan and his human agents

  • This was absolutely awesome! Thank you very much!

    • ed nave

      the power of the blood is almost unfathomable!

  • George

    Awesome power in the blood ,thank you Jesus for your blood

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  • peace

    His blood is the last card for man; nothing else can save but the blood of Jesus

  • OB

    The blood of Jesus the Christ gave humanity the liberation from the grips of the devil. it will never lose its power.

  • His Blood is sufficient for everything I ever have to face

  • RIghtly Divided

    Can you help me understand exactly what it means to “plead the blood of Jesus’
    How do you plead the blood?
    What does pleading the blood do?
    Where is “pleading the blood” found in the Bible?
    How often do you plead the blood (how long does it last).
    what results do you see to know the blood has been successfully pleaded?

    • Christina

      When we fall short of God’s purpose/sin in any thing we are to just remember, believe, and trust that Christ’s shedding His blood and subsequently ascending to the Father to sprinkle it on the mercy seat in heaven is sufficient enough at all times to cleanse of those things. Especially when the accuser, the devil wants to bring things back up in your mind and bring in guilt and say that you have not repented. Our response is a plea, our legal defense so to speak. That phrase “pleading the blood” seems to be misused and taken as some “magical” power. His blood was applied as a covenant to us which is applicable and sufficient forever. The only result is assurance of Him having done the work,that He is still sitting there interceding for you when you mess up, and that He will never forsake us in it. It is an eternal work that will never fail us.

      1 John 1:9, 2:1-2a If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (lawyer) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins…

    • FMI

      Pleading the blood is a phrase used to express justification in a legal way. A lawyer pleads the case of his client. In the same way only the blood of Jesus is worthy , sinless and acceptable. No fault has been found against Jesus so His blood has enter into heaven. So when things go wrong and you pray you appeal and plead your case like the book of Isaiah said let us plead together.

  • Kingsley

    The Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is the greatest mystry that the Devil and his cohorts cannot and will never understand. I am Redeemed by His Blood. Praise God!

  • Moses

    am pastor Moses l like ur comments on the blood of Jesus Christ , the Blood is also able to help us fight against our enemies in life and also protect us from the weapons of darkness, its renew our mind and give us the mind of Jesus Christ, its also cleans our body from all kind of sickness and give us healthy body both spiritually and physically,, pastor Moses,,,,,,


    His blood is awesome,an effective purifier

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  • Morris Kenneth Williams

    Besides the the above power of the blood of Christ, can we personalized it and plead it over things for protection and deliverance?

    • HisSon

      Yes! Jesus is there for us and for everything that concerns us. U can plead the blood of Jesus over things for protection and deliverance.

      • Preacher

        Can you surport that with Scripture. in the Old Testament it can. But the old has been replaced with the New.So What Does the Word of TRUTH says about it. Not what you think, or what I think. THE WORD OF TRUTH SPEAKS FOR IT SELF.

        • Delene

          The OT hasn’t been replaced, Jesus came to fulfill it ,otherwise it would be obsolete and of no significance to us . We are not under the law any more but under Grace….

      • Mark Menda

        I chose to disagree. The bible or God is not an author of confusion or disorder, where is written in the bible the the Precious blood of Christ protects things or delivers thing?
        As far as protection or deliverance of things is concerned The Bible says clearly that The Angels of the Lord encamp around the rognteous to keep and to deliver him from danger, not the Precious blood of Jesus.

    • Mcmoth Milton Manano

      Well, I dont really think we can plead the blood of Jesus over things for protection or for whatever purpose. It was spelt and sprinkled once and for all sinners. As believers I think all we have to do is claim anything in Jesus name, Seek for protection and so on but in the name Jesus. Gods working power is in Jesus, Our righteousness is in Jesus, Our healing in Jesus and everything else desirable before both God and Man is in Jesus. In Jesus is contained all these, splitting them would be as though you know better than God himself what works/applies for you. I think ours is to see Jesus as our everything and God’s is to avail all Jesus attributes as he wills to our favor. Otherwise thanks for the above contribution/

      • Ademola

        we can apply the blood of Jesus to any

        thing and on any situation. the blood of Jesus and the name of jesus is the most powerful weapon in all of creation.countless testimonies abound to what the blood of Jesus has done in deliverance healing protection prosperity salvation and so on. Get the book “The Power Of The Blood” by Mary Baxter. You will have better understanding

        • Mark Menda

          You can’t prove it!! I don’t dispute the miracles however you can not prove that they done because of the blood. Popular Heresy!! No matter how popular some statement or declarations may be as long as they lack scriptural backups they fails teachings. They are just a popular heresy!!

          • Oxygen

            Sir, I really don’t understand the point you’re trying to make about something having scriptural backups! That there is Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ cannot be disputed. How you use the Blood for protection has more to do with your personal relationship with God The Father, The Son and Holy Spirit. The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us is much more powerful than some Bible passages because it’s a direct link to God Himself, who keeps teaching us in all things that are not even written in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is our teacher as you may know, who teaches us into all things truth from God the father. The Pharisees and Sadducee also had Problem with Jesus Christ because He was saying and doing things they did not see in the “Laws” and teachings of Moses. Jesus told them that He was saying and doing things He saw His Father in Heaven do. Our God is a living God. Jesus is alive; not only present in the Bible, but more actively so through the Holy Spirit.
            The Blood of Jesus was shed once and for all time for us. We claimed it when we believed in Him. In our daily fight against the power of darkness and against all principalities and power in higher places, we should always plead the Blood of Jesus on ourselves and on all that belong to us, and AGAINST these enemies and evil powers. That’s how to fight the spiritual Warfare.

          • Carlos Resh

            u got it write brother,i think this explanation is well put for everyone to understand that we are in a spiritual warfare against principalities and powers of darkness which are working against us on a daily basis we must remember that the devil has his own powers but we belivers by pleading the blood of Jesus christ in our lives everdae we get victory over satan because he cannot stand the blood of Jesus.

      • harvey nichols

        i agree jesus says i am the way and the truth no other way

      • Ojo

        Remember this,… and they overcome him by the
        blood of the lamb and through the words of their testimonies. Mcmoth?? Relate this to ur so – called facts

        • Mark Menda

          Dear Ojo check the scriptures and quote it correctly please! It does not say they overcome rather they overcame, it’s in the past tense. Read and interpret the scripture in it context please! Search the scripture study carefully, they overcame the power of sin through the precious blood of Christ, read from verse one you will understand that the scripture is talking about salvation, strength so on , it has nothing to do with overcoming satan in every battle of life.

  • Angella Campbell

    I am so happy that Jesus’ blood is the remedy for all the ills I will experience; it is the price paid for my deliverance. Thanks be to God

  • adeosun theophilus yinks

    I’m really blessed. Thanks be to God who offered Christ for remission of our sins. When I accept myself that I was a sinner then the blood of JESUS spoke for me and I overcame all my fears.

  • harvey nichols

    blood simply represents the life of the flesh jesus was rich he became poor (took on the flesh and blood of man to live a perfect life that he might offer for attoinment for our sins tojust say blood in the contech that it is all in all is error he obeyed to the death of the cross that we might obtain the mark of the high calling through him that is obedience to his life that he lived he learned obedience bythe things that he suffered left an example that we should follow obedience all obedience

  • Jim Bob

    Where does the bible say “Spilled Blood” in reference to Jesus? To spill denotes an accident. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan in the shedding of His blood, the pouring out of his blood. To make it sound accidental is to say God did not plan on the “spilling” of Jesus blood. Show me in the original language where “spill or spilling ” is used and I will stand corrected.

  • Isaiah

    In the old animals were killed every time sacrifices have to take place, in the NT Christ was sacrifice once so we do not have to keep repeating the killing but just to apply. So we can always apply because the killing and the dying has been done.

  • Prophetess

    Yes, we can personalize the Blood and plead it over our minds, souls, bodies and especially over our children as they leave for school each day. Every morning I ask God to saturate my mind with the Blood of Christ so I may think power thoughts that are creative and which edify people. I ask Him to saturate my children and grandchildren with the Blood of Christ so no harm will come to them throughout the day. I also ask God to sweep through my house and outside through my property with the Blood of Christ day and night so we may enjoy His peace and grace.

  • Joe Mazzoni

    I have to commend you Kevin! This article you wrote is beautiful and to the point I am very thankful for what Jesus did on the cross and now I’m finally not living a lukewarm Christianity I am fully immersed in my walk with God I am in my secret room I am fasting I am worshipping and the Lord speaks to me in ways I could never imagine visions revelations Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me I want to thank you Kevin for getting this information out it was explained very well and and in great detail thank you again and I pray God blesses your life to the fullest my friend take care.. Joe Mazzoni

  • Linda

    You can say Jesus or the blood of Jesus even if you think you don’t know how to pray well. Those words will send power from God to help you.

    • Mark Menda

      How? Can you explain father please!

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        Romans 3:25

    • Linda M Hunt

      Amen sister!

  • Point Man

    No, the blood of the Passover lamb was there to cover them, to shield and protect them from what was to come. Just as the blood of Jesus is there to both save us from our sins, but to also protect us from the evil that is all around us.

  • Mark Menda

    I’m of the opinion that you can not apply the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ on material things. it is unscriptural. No where in scripture you can find evidence to prove or to justify that belief or practice, for the precious blood was shared for covenant , for redemption, for justification, for cleansing, for victory over sin… and all these and more are all for human souls and for his relationship with God. Not to be applied on man made material staffs.
    To me it’s sacrilegious to even think of applying the precious Blood of Jesus on material things. It’s a misuse and an abuse of the precious blood of Christ to use anyhow and anywhere.
    Also I think it’s a wrong interpretation of scripture or a wrong teaching to say that the precious blood of Christ protects people from satan’s attacks. For the simple fact that the righteous shall be persecuted by satan and his demons. A righteous person is someone who is washed by the blood. Which simply means the presence of the precious blood on a person indicate that the person is righteous and automatically invite for satan attacks. However the precious blood of Christ protects the believer from the wrath of God not from demonic attacks.

    • Bright

      Wow! I think we can’t leave the blood of Jesus out in any facet of our Christian lives. I rather think we are under utilizing the blood. It is the blood of redemption that has set us free and therefore should be used to protect and safeguard our freedom. Remember he that the Son sets free is free indeed. The blood of Jesus seals our covenant with God. The blood testifies to both God and Satan that we are now God’s children. We always need to plead the blood of Jesus to remind Satan of who we are in Christ. The fact that the blood of Jesus is precious does not mean other should be used sparingly. Remember the blood is not physical so it’s great to plead the flood over any object be it your food, your life and any situation for protection. Salvation is a package that includes freedom, forgiveness, safety, prosperity, etc and these is accomplished by our Lord Jesus through His death on the cross.
      God bless you.

  • Mark Menda

    For atonement for the Aramaic Sin yes The Precious blood was shared once for all, however for the purpose of sanctification or for purification according to the book of 1John1:9 we are instructed to claim the Precious blood for our daily walk with Christ for our purification after a genuine repentance.

  • Stephen Phinney

    I have a great love and appreciation for those who continue to teach the Blood of Jesus – thanks Kevin! My only addition would be, the finished work of the cross makes it finished. From that final moment to today, we claim, or appropriate, what is already True. Our identity in Christ is based on this reality, for example; we are not to ask for forgiveness but claim it after confession. The act of Jesus shedding His blood for the body of Christ was/is to experience, mature in, and communicate effectively
    the message of finality of the Cross, which gives us identification with Christ in His death, burial,
    resurrection, and ascension. All this is accomplished by the Holy Spirit from within to bear witness only with the Truth – the indwelling Life of Jesus ( .

  • Valery Guhena

    You are saying in the comments that we cannot plead the Blood of Jesus for protection while your self you mentioned Rev 21:11 which says “And they have conquered him [Satan] by
    the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved
    not their lives even unto death.” My question is how could the Blood possibly conquer Satan if it doesn’t have the right to do so since its mission is redemption, and if it did overcame Satan in the pass (past tense) what gives you the right to believe that it will not do it when we ask do so. Why do you think that the blood cannot conquer Satan and his cohort when Christian are in need of Him? Are you saying that the power the blood had to conquer Satan is now inefficient? What makes you to believe what God did yesterday He cannot do it today?

  • Jacob

    Reading the Bible without the Revelation of the Holy Spirit is dangerous. We should let the Lord lead and reveal his Word to us! and not use our own human intellect.

    • Linda M Hunt

      I agree with you Jacob. All through the Bible the prophets received revelation from Christ & wrote it down to share with us in the form of the Bible. Even Jesus said that He only teaches us what He hears from His Father first. In 2 Timothy 3:16 God says in His Word (His love letter to us) (or BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. The Bible is not just a collection of stories, fables & myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person & plan to certain believers who wrote down God’s message for His people. (believers).(2 Peter 1:20&21.) This process is known as ” inspiration”. The writers wrote from their own personal historical & cultural contexts. Even though they used their own minds, talents, language & style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was completely in control of it’s writings. Its words are completely authoritative for our faith & lives. The Bible is God-breathed so it is profitable to apply it to our everyday lives. In our zeal for the truth of scripture, we must never forget it’s true purpose–to equip us to do good works. We should not just study God’s Word just to gain knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study scripture so we know how to apply it in our lives for good works in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good works, especially because we see Him as our King & our faithful Father who redeems us & provides us all of our needs in Christ Jesus. God says it is not profitable for us to argue doctrine. I’m sorry, but I can’t remember where He quoted that. If anyone knows where it came from in God’s Word, please let me know. We must remember that whatever doctrine we preach, it comes by revelation from God & it lines up with the Word & brings glory & honor to God. I’m not saying that I know everything because there is no man on earth that can ever measure up to God but what I have quoted, I believe is God’s inspired Word. God’s Word should breath life into each of us.

  • Otata

    Emy i love the way you put it. i will also say that if you have water in a ath tab and fail to apply in on your body will you become automatically clean ? It is true the blood was shed once but must be appropriated in our lives everytime we are faced with spiritual war.