I’ve been reading/studying the book of 1st Peter for several months, and along with that the topic of Jesus’ precious blood. This comes from several verses in 1st Peter chapter 1. This post includes my study notes and some of my observations. I will potentially post more as I continue to study.
The Precious Blood of Jesus in 1st Peter
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2 ESV)
Knowing that 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 ESV)
We were ransomed with the precious blood of Jesus. May we not leave behind one drop of all His blood purchased upon the cross.
What was the Precious Blood of Christ for?
- For the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 9:7)
- For our justification from sin (Romans 5:9)
- For atonement (Romans 5:11)
- For propitiation – a just and satisfying offering in our stead (Romans 3:25)
- For peace (Colossians 1:20)
- For reconciliation unto Christ (Colossians 1:20)
- For boldness to enter in to the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God (Hebrews 10:19)
- For the purpose of enabling us to make our daily, hourly, minute-by-minute home in Christ Jesus (John 6:56)
- For the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:22)
- For the cleansing, washing from all sin (1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5, Revelation 7:14)
- For the purging of our consciences (Hebrews 9:14)
- For sanctification (Hebrews 10:29; Hebrews 13:12)
- For righteousness (Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9)
- For the purpose of saving us from the wrath that will come (Romans 5:9)
- For the destruction of the devil (Hebrews 2:14)
- For overcoming the Devil (Revelation 12:11)
- For the destruction of the flesh and the old man (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6)
- To be set free from the curse of the law (Romans 7)
- For redemption, eternal redemption – for the purchase of our very beings (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 9:12, Revelation 5:9, Acts 20:28)
- For the purpose of giving us life within, eternal life (John 6:53,54)
- For the bringing back to life (Hebrews 13:20)
- To bring us near. (Ephesians 2:13)
The Blood of Jesus is for the Forgiveness of Sins
In Him we have… through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace… (Ephesians 1:7)
Forgiveness: Aphesis G859
- Forgiveness or pardon of sins as if they had not been committed. The remission of their penalty.
The Blood of Jesus is for Justification from Sin
Since, therefore, we now have been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God. (Romans 5:9)
Justified: dikaioō G1344
- To declare or pronounce one to be just, righteous, or such as we ought to be. Which never means to make worthy, but to judge, declare, or treat as worthy.
To judge, declare or treat as he ought to be.
As I ought to be.
God judges, declares, and treats me as justified– just as I ought to be. This is what Jesus’ precious blood has purchased for me! Any lie, doubt, or condemnation of the enemy that says something different… is just a bunch of bunk.
God judges, declares, and treats me just as I ought to be– righteous. Just as if I have never sinned.
Oh, may I live in this reality every day! How can the enemy’s doubt and condemnation have any place?
The Blood of Jesus is for Atonement
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by who we have now received the atonement. (Romans 5:11)
Atonement: katallagē G2643
- Adjustment of a difference, reconciliation, restoration to favor– the restoration of the favor of God to sinners who repent and put their trust in the expiatory death fo Christ.
Restoration of the favor of God.
This was purchased for me on the cross. It’s not dependent upon my performance or my usefulness– but upon Christ’s finished work upon the cross on my behalf.
The Blood of Jesus is for Propitiation
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He passed over former sins. (Romans 3:23-25)
Propitiation: hilastērion G2435
- An expiatory sacrifice.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: expiation
- The act of atoning for a crime; the act of making satisfaction for an offense, by which the guilt is done away, and the obligation of the offended person to punish the crime is cancelled; atonement, satisfaction.
God is already fully satisfied with Christ.Elijah Robertson
…Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith…
God is already fully satisfied with Christ. He is my propitiation. My salvation is not dependent upon me being “good enough.” I’m not good enough. But Jesus is.
The Blood of Jesus is for Peace
And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)
Peace: eirēnopoieō G1517
- To make peace, establish harmony. The removal of enemy factions.
I have been given peace with God through the blood of Christ. I am no longer His enemy. He’s removed all enmity between us. Now I am to pursue peace with all men– how can I withhold from someone else what has been given to me in Christ? He died for me while I was yet His enemy.