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In this third and final part of our study concerning the blood attributes of Jesus, we will discuss the last two characteristics. Again, God does not want us ignorant of the dynamic benefits of the blood.

7. BLOOD - The Peacemaker and Arbitrator
Coagulation is one of your blood's most essential functions. The word coagulation actually means "bringing together" or "tightening up." When your blood "tightens up" outside a wound, it forms a scab on your skin. "Were it not for coagulation, you would lose your blood through that wound.

Of course if you lost too much blood, you would die, because the life of the flesh is in the blood. This aspect of blood takes on a whole new meaning in light of Colossians 1:20 which says of Christ: "…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.

The word reconcile in this scripture means basically the same thing as coagulate. Reconcile means "to bring together." We were reconciled, or "brought together" with the Father when Jesus shed His blood to remove our sins; we became joint heirs with Christ and at peace with God. We were not only made one with God in heaven, but we also have peace with people on earth.

Once after reading that scripture, I prayed, "God, if Colossians 1:20 will reconcile me with others, then I am going to experiment with it."

Have you ever experimented with the Bible? I don't think it hurts to say "God, I'm going to experiment with Your Word to see how it works." In fact, I have discovered that such experimentation pleases God!

My experiment with Colossians 1:20 centered around a woman in our church who was very upset with my husband Wally and me. As a surprise she had painted one of our church classrooms. My husband was more than surprised…he was totally shocked! He thought the color was unsightly.

When the woman heard that Wally didn't like the color, she responded angrily, "I have taken all this time and trouble to help, and you don't like the color!"

"We appreciate your help," we replied, "whether we like the color or not."

Despite our apologies, the woman remained furious…so furious that she refused to speak with us. When I tried to call her, as soon as she heard my voice on the telephone, she hung up!

I prayed, "Lord, let the blood of Jesus reconcile our relationship according to Colossians 1:20." Just a few hours later my telephone rang, and it was the same woman…but she was no longer angry.

"I have been so upset with you," she began, "and I'm sorry." Then she said, "I recently discovered that my father is sick. Would you pray with me for him?"

It was the power of the shed blood of Jesus that dissolved the wall of division and reconciled us in Christ. Never again did my husband or I mention the color of paint in that classroom. The room could have been painted red with purple stripes and I would never have said anything about it!

Since that time I have been praying Colossians 1:20 for people with marital problems and even for couples who are divorced or separated. Marriages have been reconciled…brought together by Christ shedding His blood on the Cross.

Old wounds have been healed and left behind. My experiment proved to me that the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to coagulate even the most impossible relationships.

So be sure you're taking advantage of these powerful characteristics of Jesus' precious blood!

8. BLOOD - Environmental Perfection
In our bodies, blood bathes each cell in fluid to maintain the proper environment and atmosphere for cellular functions. We also need a proper spiritual atmosphere.

In the Old Testament the sacrificial blood was spread on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies. Afterward, God's presence would rest over the mercy seat because there was the covering of shed blood.

Do you realize that you are cradled in an abiding atmosphere of the Father's presence through Jesus' shed blood? His blood covers us in God's presence so that we may call on Him at any time: "…draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith?having hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience" (Heb. 10:22).

God's presence is our eternal resting place because we're covered by the shed blood of Jesus.

Do you dwell in God's presence just when you are at church? Of course not! You can experience His presence in your car, in the kitchen, at work…anywhere! And that's exactly what He wants you to do. The shed blood brings in the Father's presence.

One Final Review
In review, the eight attributes of Jesus' shed blood are:
  1. A purifying agent from the filth of sin
  2. A central supply that endows us with Jesus' abundant and eternal life
  3. The provider of climate control to keep our hearts from growing cold
  4. A power plant that energizes and empowers us through prayer
  5. Emergency first aid to make us spiritual overcomers in crises
  6. A security patrol for protection
  7. A peacemaker and arbitrator that harmonizes our relationship with God and with others
  8. The way to keep us in the perfect, abiding environment of God's presence
As amazing as the comparison is between physical blood and Jesus' shed blood, the spiritual benefits go far beyond anything in the natural realm. The shed blood is actually the sign of God's covenant or contract with us; its importance goes all the way back to Adam and Eve!

I pray that the shed blood of Jesus is no longer a mystery to you and that you will begin enjoying all the spiritual realities it provides. Rise up and walk confidently in your covenant rights - God is on your side!

Each and every benefit of the blood belongs to you. Share with family and friends all that God has made available for you to live a victorious, abundant life. Then rejoice as you start experiencing daily the power of the blood.

Source: The Power of the Blood by Marilyn Hickey
Excerpt permission granted by Marilyn Hickey Ministries

Author Biography

Marilyn Hickey
Web site: Marilyn and Sarah
 
"Encouraging, optimistic, always upbeat and energetic" at the young age of 84, Marilyn Hickey actively ministers internationally, most recently in Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, China and Pakistan, as well as domestically in the United States through Bible Encounters and speaking engagements.
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