CONSECRATED BY THE BLOOD

Heb. 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Peter called us a royal priesthood. Every Christian is a kingly priest, I wish the full impact of what that means would settle in on us. In the Old Testament, the priests came from the tribe of Levi. These priests were called by God to a higher level of consecration than the rest of the nation of Israel. Their duties involved work in the temple near the very Shekinah Presence of the Lord. Consecration was essential. As Christians our whole life is to be lived in the proximity of the Shekinah. After all, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to exaggerate the importance of that. If this is true, we have to value the blood of Jesus, it is through the blood that we offer ourselves in consecration as a living offering to the Lord. Andrew Murray had a powerful understanding of the precious blood of Jesus, check out his thoughts.

“His own blood. I know of no word in the Bible or in human speech that contains such mysteries! In it are concentrated the mysteries of the incarnation, in which our God took flesh and blood; of the obedience unto death, in which the blood was shed; of the love that passeth knowledge, that purchased us with His own blood; of the victory over every enemy, and the everlasting redemption; of the resurrection and the entrance into heaven; of the atonement and the reconciliation and the justification that came through it; of the cleansing and perfecting of the conscience, of the sprinkling of the heart and the sanctifying the people. Through that blood Christ entered once for all into heaven; through that blood we enter too, and have our home in the Holiest of All. As the Holy Spirit from heaven, dwelling in us, imparts to us the boldness the blood gives, and the love into which it opens the way, our whole inner being will be brought under its power, and the cleansing of the blood in its full extent be our experience.”

We have a new home now. Just as the levitical priests made their home near the temple courts, we have made our home in the Holiest of all. We have access, not just in special times, but as a new way of life. Consecrate yourself to the Lord, draw near, there is a new and living way available to us.

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