All Bible verses are taken from the HCSB.
Hebrews 11:1-3 is helpful in giving an answer to 5 questions asked of me this week which makes the subject more interesting. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.”
These questions concern the blood of Christ:
- Should we have faith in the blood or the death of Christ for salvation? I know both are important but in verses like 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 , where Paul seems to summarize the Gospel or give the essentials of the faith, the blood of Christ is not mentioned.
Answer: It is very, very important for us as Believers to understand the context of Scripture when we are reading and studying it. Paul’s letters were written as a single message which must be read in their entirety. The blood of Christ is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 11:25 the Apostle writes concerning the “Lord’s Supper,” “In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Most likely Paul did not find it necessary to mention Jesus’ blood when he speaks of His death in chapter 15. He felt that the reader would have understood. Therefore, as we read the New Testament we must consider what has already been written and when the death of Christ is mentioned by anyone of the NT writers, unless otherwise mentioned, Jesus’ blood and death, in most instances’ can be interchanged.
- So does the blood only emphasize Christ’s death? and yet there are verses such as Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Matthew 26:28 show the meaning of the blood.
Answer: Please take a close look at Romans 5:6-11 which briefly explains why Jesus’ death, blood, and life (resurrection) are important, “For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! 9 Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.”
- Obviously, a sinner must know that Christ’s death was for our sins when placing their trust in Jesus.
Answer: Knowledge of the facts of salvation is really not necessary for salvation comes by grace through faith.
4. But is knowing the meaning of the blood a prerequisite to salvation? is knowing the meaning of his death enough (and resurrection of course)?
Answer: The answer to both questions is ‘No.’ The only necessity in becoming saved is faith which effectively released God’s gift of grace. “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
5. Are both blood and death interchangeable?
Answer: “Yes” and “No.” Yes, in that His death caused the shedding of His blood, and we must believe that Jesus died for our sin, and ‘No’ because it is His blood that effects the cleansing of our sin, not His death alone.
The foundation of these questions rests upon the proclamation of the Gospel Message which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For in this alone we have the wisdom of God calling us to salvation by His grace through faith in His Son, “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:21-25 HCSB.
Jesus is Lord