Earlier this month I donated blood for the first time. It’s an opportunity to save a life. It’s amazing how many things in your life, mirror things in your spiritual life What we do int he physical can be a refelction of the spiritual life.
Our Blood and the Blood of Christ
For the life of the flesh is in the blood. When you donate blood you save a life You are giving part of your life, the life that is in the blood and giving it to another person.In the physical sense you could save their life.
Our blood, cannot satisfy the second part of the verse. No amount of donated blood can save the recipient’s soul. Without the blood of Christ we spiritually cannot live.
We are human beings. We are made in the image of God.
- Genesis 1:27
Unlike God, we are not perfect.
- Romans 3:23
We have all sinned. We are not perfect, we are made in His image but we are not perfect.
We are Not Incorruptible.
- 1 Corinthians 15:53
We won’t live forever.
On our own we are incapable of living beyond the physical constraints of our bodies.
The blood that we have, and the blood in the body constrains our bodies to this world. The giving of blood is temporary and cannot save the soul.
Your body is constantly regenerating the blood cells.
The Significance of the Blood Sacrifice
Animal sacrifices which were occurring in the Old Testament, were in a spiritual sense. But, they often had to be repeated as they sinned, or yearly. There were many rules that were to be followed regarding the offering of animal sacrifices.
Atonement: to cleanse, to purge, to put away, to make reconciliation. — Strong’s Concordance
What is to be purged for the soul?
What blood can purge for the soul?
What is the blood that's offered at the altar, and what is it purging? And, what blood is being offered?
- 1 John 1:7
"...The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin." — KJV
Leviticus is very powerful foreshadowing of Christ and the cross. In that, it saves the soul. It is continual, the cleanseth… is a continual cleaning. This is why it is a better sacrifice. No further sacrifice needs to be made because Christ’s sacrifice was enough to satisfy the continual cleansing.
The animal sacrifice was not sufficient for cleansing continually, thus, they had to be repeated.
- Hebrews 10:1-4, 10-14
The blood of bulls and goats was an imperfect sacrifice. It was not good for a continual cleansing of the soul. He took away the first covenant to establish the second.
One perfect offering, the perfect sacrifice, the blood of Christ is for the cleansing of the soul.
- Hebrews 10:16-20
- Leviticus 17
The blood of Christ makes atonement for the soul. No sacrifice we we could make could make such an atonement.
“no greater love…”
We can make sacrifices for people, but there is something better than the giving of blood.
We Have a Better Gift to Give than our Physical Blood
You can save someone’s life with the donation of blood. But, we have a more important task. Christ’s blood is a universal donor. Everyone can accept the blood of Christ. We can help others come into contact with the blood of Christ.
- Matthew 28:18-19
By helping others to come to know the salvation found in Christ you can help them to save their souls. Through our teachings we can help other to obey the gospel unto the saving of souls.
It is our jobs to make that sacrifice. We are to be a living sacrifice to reach the lost and bring them to Christ.
As we end the year, why wait until the first of the year to start your resolution? Why not start this resolution to bring others to Christ?
If you have yet to obey the gospel, this should be the first thing on your mind. How can you save other’s souls if you are not saved yourself.
Christ is our Passover.
- 1 Corinthians 5:11
Are we willing to make the sacrifice and come into contact with the blood of Christ, so that when the passover happens in our own life we will stand ready.
Why not put on Christ in baptism?
Hear the word, Romans 10:17, believe, Mark 16:15-16, and be willing to back up your belief with action, repent, and turn away, confess to others about Christ, and be baptized, Acts 2:38. After obedience to the gospel comes faithfulness and continual cleansing by the blood of Christ.