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My proposition, or thesis, is an argument in opposition with the practice of “pleading” the blood of Jesus the Christ. I have reason to believe, and I shall prove in this document that it is an unscriptural and dangerous doctrine.
The term blood is used 101 times in 93 verses in the Authorized King James Version of the New Testament. Of those 101 times, it refers to the Blood of Jesus 35 times. In the following scriptures, the term blood is used 9 of those 35 times. The context of these scriptures is the partaking of the communion of the symbolic blood of Christ,its purpose is the remembrance by the Church of God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.
1. Matthew 26:26-28
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Remission of sins of many – whole world- )
2. Mark 14:23-24
And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
(New Testament established )
3. Luke 22:19-20
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
(Sealing of the New Testament )
4. John 6:53-58
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
(Believers true life in Christ)
5. 1Corinthians 10:15-16
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
(Celebration of fellowship of partakers )
6. 1Corinthians 11:25-29
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
(New Testament established )
The following 22 New Testament mentions of the Blood of Christ are provided here so the reader might more easily avail themselves of the Holy Scriptures that describe in detail the purpose of that blood and the sole proprietor of it. A summation of the in text declared purpose of the blood is included as a parenthetical entry after each scripture.
God’s purpose for the blood:
1. John 19:33-35
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
(Eye witness account of the shedding of Jesus’ blood by the Apostle John)
2. Acts 20:26-28
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
(The purchase of The Church)
3. Romans 3:23-27
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
(Justified, righteousness, redemption by the blood, remission of sin for those who believe by faith)
4. Romans 5:8-10
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
(Justified, saved from God’s wrath, reconciled to God, saved from God’s wrath)
5. Ephesians 1:6-8
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
(Accepted, redeemed, forgiveness of sins)
6. Ephesians 2:13-16
But now in Christ Jesus the blood of Christ makes you who sometimes were far off nigh. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
(Brought close to God, reconciled)
7. Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
(Brought into the inheritance of the saints, delivered, redeemed)
8. Colossians 1:20-22
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
(Reconciled onto Christ, made holy, no longer enemies)
9. Hebrews 9:11-14
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
(Eternal redemption, sanctified, purged our conscience)
10. Hebrews 10:12-20
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
(Perfected, sanctified, remission of sin and iniquities)
11. Hebrews 10:28-29
He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
12. Hebrews 12:23-25
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
(Made perfect, sprinkled with the Blood)
13. Hebrews 13:9-12
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
14. Hebrews 13:20-21
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(Perfected to do His will)
15. 1Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
(Sanctification of the Spirit)
16. 1Peter 1:18-20
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
(Redeemed from sins by the blood of Christ)
17. 1John 1:6-8
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. An example of this If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
(Cleansed from all sin)
18. 1John 5:5-8
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
(Six witnesses that Jesus overcame the world)
19. Revelation 1:4-5
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood
(Washed from our own sins)
20. Revelation 5:6-9
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
(Saints redeemed to God)
21. Revelation 7:13-14
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Believer’s robes washed white)
22. Revelation 12:10-11
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(Overcoming the accuser)
The works that the shed blood of Jesus accomplished toward mankind are cited in the above listed scriptures. These scriptures teach us that the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God come in the flesh and that He died for our sins is:
Cleansed Forgiven Inheritance Justified Overcomes Purchased Purged Reconciled Redeemed Remission Righteousness
Sanctified Saved Washed
Only in two scriptures does the blood of Christ refer to Jesus Himself. Luke 22:43-44
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
(In fervent agonizing prayer)
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
(Jesus wearing His own blood)
It is indisputable from scripture itself that one that would endeavor to plead the blood of Jesus the Christ for protection is operating in doctrinal error. If protection from danger or evil is obtained through the blood, why then did all the 12 original Apostles, save John, suffer martyrdom? Did eleven of the twelve commit blasphemy or some other unforgivable sin that excluded them from the “blood” covering? Were these Apostles ignorant of the purpose of the shed blood of Christ? Even John suffered in prison.
James the son of Zebedee was run through with a lance while he knelt in prayer in 44 AD. Phillip was martyred in 54 AD by scourging and crucifixion. Andrew was crucified in Greece in 60 AD. Matthew was killed by the sword in Parthia in 60 AD. James the brother of Jesus was dragged to the top of the temple by an angry mob and thrown off. He lived through the fall so they beat him to death with clubs in 62 AD.
Matthias was stoned then beheaded in 64 AD. Bartholomew (Nathanael) was beaten with clubs then flayed alive with a knife in 68 AD. John Mark was dragged through the city streets and left to bleed to death overnight in 68 AD. Simon Peter the water-walker, was crucified upside down by Nero in 68 AD.
The Apostle Paul was beheaded in 68 AD by Nero. Luke was crucified in 69 AD in Greece. Jude was killed by the sword in 72 AD. Barnabus a disciple of Paul, was stoned to death in Salonica in 72 AD. Timothy was clubbed to death in 97 AD. John died a natural death in Ephesus in 98 AD.
The above information was taken from Fox’s Book of Martyrs.
What of the untold ten thousands who were tortured or killed throughout the history of the Church because of their faith in Christ? Did they somehow blaspheme and lose their blood covenant rights, or is it possible that the true purpose of the Blood of Christ is not to provide protection from evil in this world, but to reconcile sinful man unto God?
Jesus told us the purpose of His shed blood in the Gospel of Matthew. He declared to us that the purpose of the “Blood” was for the payment of our sins, the propitiation for our lives. He never said it was for our protection from danger or from evil.
Matthew 26:26-28 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.“
Jesus Himself taught us that in this world we would have trouble. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
The author of Hebrews teaches us that Jesus in like manner of Moses entered one time only (Heb 9:28) into the Holy place to offer His blood as propitiation-in-full for the Church. Jesus is the one who sprinkled His blood over the tabernacle and over the vessels of the ministry. Christ offered Himself once for the remission of the sins of many. Jesus never claimed His blood being shed would perform any accomplishment but that of providing a means of sinful man to be reconciled to a Holy God.
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
When the Apostle Paul taught the Church that the just shall live by faith, he did not teach them that they shall live by pleading the blood for any reason. That fact has been proven in this work to have been accomplished by Jesus Himself once and for all in Hebrews 9:12, “Nether by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Not once in any of these scriptures has the control, dominion, jurisdiction, assignment or administration of the Blood of Christ been taken or reassigned from God the Father or from Christ the Redeemer our High Priest unto any lower office of priesthood. Christians have never been taught or ever permitted to handle or sprinkle the blood of any other person, not even Jesus’ blood. The scriptures plainly determine the purpose of the blood of Jesus the Christ as the means of reconciling sinful man to a Holy God through the redemption of sins to reconcile sinful man to a righteous God and for no other purpose. Pleading the blood is not an Apostolic teaching or doctrine, it is biblically unfounded and therefore in error.
In Kenneth E. Hagin’s mini-book, God’s Medicine, he said on page eleven, “People can be right in their hearts and wrong in their heads. I don’t mean it wrongly, but I learned a long time ago that unless people are going to give you the Word of God on a subject, you can’t listen to what they say – even preachers. Good men sometimes give you natural advice which would cause you to miss it spiritually. God said ‘Incline thine ear unto MY sayings.’ If you’re going to listen to God sometimes you have to shut out other things.”
Kenneth Hagin Jr. said in his mini-book, Faith Worketh by Love on page three, “I, too, could take several Old Testament Scriptures, add some New Testament Scriptures, and’prove’ that it is right to do just about anything. But that doesn’t make it right! I can create any doctrine I want by pulling Scriptures out of context – but I can’t prove this so-called doctrine if I take the preceding and following verses in context. Part of the love walk is being able to stand up and preach with a truth what God’s Word says, not some doctrine created from isolated Scriptures.”
Throughout the history of the Church, doctrinal errors have emerged in many forms. Though well meaning, as many were, it is evident from history itself that correction has time and again been brought into the Church by the Holy Spirit. Many doctrinal errors that were once heralded as truth are now looked on as false or heretical teachings. Truth, when the all flavoring is squeezed out, must still be truth or it was never truth to begin with. Pleading the blood has been proven to be all bullion and no beef.
The puprose of this document is to provide the reader scriptual evidence that the erronous practice of pleading the blood of Jesus is in error and therefore must be discontinued. Not only is this practice outside of scripture, it provides a means for the enemy of Christ to bring doubt to those who practice this error and to those on whom it is practiced when any calamity no matter how small may befall them.
The only expectation of this document is to offer an imploration of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 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.
We must take our Christian teaching, our sound doctrine, from the Word of God itself and not from so-and-so even if they are on TV. If we stray from the truth into fables and fabricated falsehoods, we leave the door open to the devil to take us out of the will of God.
2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
All scripture references taken from the King James Version.