Three Problems That Can Only Be Solved by the Precious Blood of Christ
In previous posts we discussed how once we believe into Christ and receive Him as our Savior, we can be fully assured that we’re really saved and that we can never lose our salvation—it’s eternally secure.
But since we can’t lose our salvation, the question might come up, “Are you saying it doesn’t matter how we live after we’re saved? Are we free to do whatever we want?”
While it’s true that once we’re saved, we can never lose our salvation, it’s also true that when we sin or disobey God after we’re saved, there are consequences.
Our sin creates three huge problems between us and three parties: God, ourselves, and Satan. Today we’ll look at these problems and the unique solution for each—the precious blood of Christ.
Problem with God—separation
The Bible tells us that our iniquities become a separation between us and our God (Isa. 59:1-2). Our God is absolutely righteous in every detail. It doesn’t take our committing a serious crime to separate us from God. Even our telling a little lie can make us lose the enjoyment of His presence.
How can we get rid of this separation? Do we wait for things to somehow get better? Do we promise to do better? No. Only the blood of Jesus can take away this separation between us and God.
Let’s read what 1 John 1:7-9 says:
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin, removing the separation between us and God.
But notice that for us to be cleansed, something is required of us—we must confess our sins to God. When we confess our sins to God, He is faithful to forgive us. And in God’s dictionary, to forgive means to forget.
Sometimes after we confess, we may not feel forgiven. But whether we feel like we’re forgiven and cleansed isn’t the point. The fact is that if we’ve confessed to God, we are forgiven and cleansed. The blood of Jesus satisfies God. According to God’s own word, if we confess our sins, whether we feel forgiven or not, we can come boldly into God’s presence to enjoy fellowship with Him again.
Problem with ourselves—guilt
But we have another huge problem. Although God is satisfied with the payment of Jesus’ blood, our conscience may be plagued by guilt. This guilt comes from the stain on our conscience left by sin.
Because we may still feel guilty, we can’t seem to enjoy fellowship with the Lord that much. The stain sin leaves in our conscience is serious; no cleaner, not even a nuclear bomb could remove it. So how can we get rid of that nagging feeling of guilt from the stain of sin in our conscience?
Hebrews 9:14 tells us that the blood of Christ is the unique stain remover for our conscience:
“How much more will the blood of Christ…purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
The same blood that allows God to forgive us also purges our conscience of the stain of sin.
How does this work? Let’s say, for example, we’re issued a ticket for violating a traffic law. A record goes to the court (God), and a carbon copy goes to us (our conscience).
After we confess our sins, on God’s side the “ticket” of our sin is fully paid. God regards the blood of Christ as a complete payment and thus removes our ticket from His record. On our side, however, we may still have a lingering sense of guilt as we look at our copy of that ticket.
We have to remember that 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” On His side, God forgives, and on our side, we are cleansed. This cleansing removes even the stain of sins from our conscience.
After we confess our sins, if a feeling of guilt remains, we should simply claim by faith, not feeling, the power of the blood of Jesus. We can pray, “Thank You, Lord Jesus, by Your blood I’m forgiven and cleansed. Lord, Your Word says that Your blood even purifies my conscience from the stain of sin!”
Problem with Satan—accusation
Even after we’ve confessed our sins, received God’s forgiveness, and had our conscience cleansed by the blood of Christ, another huge problem still exists. We often find ourselves under some kind of inner accusation about our sins.
This inner accusation becomes like a gigantic cloud of condemnation over our heads, robbing us of all peace, and we continue to blame ourselves for what we’ve done.
So what should we do? Should we confess our sin again? This time more earnestly?
But that doesn’t work. No matter how many times we confess the same sin to God, the accusations just won’t go away.
To be freed from these accusations, it’s important to see where they come from. Are they from God? From our conscience? No. These accusations are from Satan.
This shouldn’t surprise us since the Bible says that Satan is “the accuser of [the] brothers” in Revelation 12:10. He spends all his time, day and night, accusing the Lord’s believers. His goal is to weaken, and even paralyze us. If we accept his accusations, we’ll eventually give up our fellowship with God and suffer great loss in our spiritual life.
But Revelation 12:11 tells us the blood of the Lamb answers the accusations from Satan:
“And they overcame him [Satan, the accuser] because of the blood of the Lamb.”
We should confess our sins to the Lord and apply Christ’s blood to our conscience. But after that, if we’re still hounded by accusations, we must take further action. We have to say “NO!” to Satan’s accusations and declare the full effectiveness of the Lord’s blood. We have to point Satan, who accuses us, to the blood of Jesus.
Don’t succumb to Satan’s accusations. When he accuses us, we can declare to him, “Satan, I reject your accusations. Look at the blood of Jesus. God is satisfied by Christ’s redeeming blood, my conscience is purified with His cleansing blood, and you’re defeated by His overcoming blood!”
Confessing, believing, and declaring
So let’s recap. Our problems of separation from God, guilt in our conscience, and accusations from Satan are solved by one thing—the blood of Christ. On our side, we confess our sins, believe we’re forgiven and cleansed, and declare the facts of our being forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
If we see that the blood of Christ solves these three problems, our whole Christian walk will be changed. We don’t have to be separated from God, burdened by guilt, or tormented by Satan’s accusations. This one mighty provision of the Lord’s blood completely solves these problems! His blood is truly precious.
This hymn written by Watchman Nee expresses how effective the Lord’s blood can be to us in our experience:
“Why should I worry, doubt and fear?
Has God not caused His Son to bear
My sins upon the tree?
The debt that Christ for me has paid,
Would God another mind have made
To claim again from me?
Redemption full the Lord has made,
And all my debts has fully paid,
From law to set me free.
I fear not for the wrath of God,
For I’ve been sprinkled with His blood,
It wholly covers me.
For me forgiveness He has gained,
And full acquittal was obtained,
All debts of sin are paid;
God would not have His claim on two,
First on His Son, my Surety true,
And then upon me laid.
So now I have full peace and rest,
My Savior Christ hath done the best
And set me wholly free;
By His all-efficacious blood
I ne’er could be condemned by God,
For He has died for me!”
What has been your experience with these three problems? Please share below anything you find helpful in this post.
This post is based on Chapter 3 of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. Bibles for America gives this book away for free; order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a PDF version here. The hymn is part of the LSM Hymn Collection. All verse references and quoted footnotes are from the New Testament Recovery Version. You can order a free New Testament on our order page.