In this article we will look at the question and answer What Does It Mean Being Covered by the Blood of Jesus. So, grab you Bible and let’s dig in…
We hear Christians talk a lot about being covered in the blood of Jesus. We hear it in sermons, prayers, declarations, affirmations, and confessions. But have you ever wonder what it really means. Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and shed His blood for us. He was the atoning sacrifice for our sins and He willingly paid the price for us to be free. We will look at what it means to be covered by the blood of Jesus and the significance it has for us as Christians.
Covered by the Blood of Jesus
From Genesis to Revelation you see the theme throughout scripture about atonement. This could be covered in multiple articles. But for today we are going to focus on the topic of being covered in the blood of Jesus.
The Blood of Jesus in the New Covenant
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant [ratified] in My blood. – Luke 22:20
Jesus told His disciples during the last supper that the cup He was holding was for the New Covenant in His blood. Not much longer after this moment is when Jesus was crucified and His blood was poured out.
From this Scripture we see that the blood of Jesus seals the new covenant we have with God when we get saved. The blood of Jesus covers us from when we become born again because we have accepted the work He did on the cross.
Before the New Covenant, we had the Old Covenant where animals were sacrificed by the priests and their blood was used to make atonement for the sins of the Israelites. These animals became a substitute for us. A simple way of looking at it is that the animal died in place of the sinner. The animal used for the offering was slaughtered and the priests were to splash the blood against the sides of the altar (Leviticus 3:2). The sacrifice of these animals was done continually because it was never enough.
BUT GOD….He sent His son Jesus, who died on the cross for us… once for all of us.
What the Blood of Jesus Does For Us
Forgiveness of sins
Jesus is the door to our salvation!
Through the blood of Jesus, we have forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). When we accept Christ and get saved, our sins are forgiven. Our redemption is only possible by becoming born again and accepting the work Jesus did on the cross to save us.
When God forgives our sins, we will not perish because we have eternal life. John 3:16 tells us that whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. By believing in Jesus, His blood assures us an eternity with God.
Cleanses our consciences
The blood of Jesus cleanses our conscience from dead works so that we may serve the living God. The blood of goats and bulls that was offered for the atonement of sins, could only cleanse the people outwardly. But the blood of Jesus cleanses us internally and transforms our hearts and minds (Hebrews 9:13-14).
For us to have a healthy relationship with God, we need our minds purified and restored to righteousness. We can only love God with all our heart and soul when we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
Redeems us from the inheritance of our ancestors
Some of us received an evil inheritance from our ancestors and we needed to be redeemed from it. The only way we are redeemed from this inheritance is by the blood of Jesus.
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Jesus came to earth to set us free from the works of the enemy that kept us in bondage. Many of our ancestors did not worship the true God but idols and they defiled their bloodlines. They handed down this defilement to subsequent generations who continue to suffer until they are set free by the blood of Jesus.
We become children of God
God has purchased us by the blood of Jesus and has made us His children. John 1:12-13 says that for those who received Jesus, He gave them the right to become the children of God. They are children not of human blood or the will of man, but of God.
When we become God’s children, we are part of His kingdom and have access to His blessings. God is our Father and cares for our every need as any parent would. The shed blood of Jesus give us access to the kingdom of God and our rightful place as His children.
We overcome the enemy
Revelation 12:11 tells us that we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb – Jesus Christ. This means that when we get saved, we have the power and authority of Jesus to deal with the enemy who seeks to destroy us. The blood of Jesus testifies against the enemy on our behalf and we have victory over the schemes of the evil one.
The enemy of our souls prowls around seeking to devour us but we can call on the blood of Jesus to protect us.
We become righteous
The blood of Jesus cleanses us and we become righteous before God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. We become righteous through Jesus and not any good works we engage in. There is nothing we can do to become righteous other than accepting the shed blood of Jesus as the atonement for our sins.
We become close to God
Ephesians 2:13 says that in Christ Jesus, we who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Anyone in the world who wants to become close to God can only do so by accepting salvation through Jesus. The blood of Christ gives us access to God so that we can fellowship with Him daily.
We are no longer condemned
When we believe in Jesus, we are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1) because we have been redeemed and walk by the Spirit of God. When we are forgiven for our past sins, we are no longer under condemnation but the mercy of God. Our sins have been washed away and we can approach God freely without feeling any condemnation.
I hope this article has brought some clarity to you on what it means to be covered by the blood of Jesus. It states that when we accept Christ, our sins are forgiven and we are given eternal life. The blood of Jesus also cleanses our conscience, redeems us from our inheritance, and makes us children of God. We are also able to overcome the enemy by the blood of Jesus. Finally, the blood of Jesus makes us righteous before God.
The blood of Jesus covers every believer and protects them from the evil one. We can call upon the blood of Jesus when in trouble and we are assured of salvation. Hallelujah!
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…