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Do we need to plead Christ’s blood by which we’re freed?

Blood of JesusWhen Jesus’ physical blood was physically shed for us 2,000 years ago, it had powerful spiritual results for believers. As believers, it is easy to get caught up in religious traditions and catch-phrases, especially when prominent Christian leaders use them. One such popular phrase is “plead[ing] the blood of Jesus.” It is often used like a magic phrase to call on God to rebuke ungodly actions or spiritual forces.

Is it Biblical? To determine that, we must consider what scripture says about Jesus’ blood–

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26


53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6


28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20


24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God… Romans 3


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5


16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10


19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, 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. Colossians 1


14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament… Hebrews 9


19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh… Hebrews 10


Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot… 1 Peter 1


But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1


Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood… Revelation 1


And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation… Revelation 5


10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12

The Bible says God knows those who are his. So he is already aware who is washed in the blood of Jesus. Pleading is an action that is done when someone lacks what they’re pleading for. If we already have the boldness to enter heaven’s holy of holies by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10 above), then why would we have to plead his blood which never leaves us? And since Jesus taught against using vain repetitions (Matt. 6:7), wouldn’t it be more accurate to just pray for the salvation of unbelievers and to dedicate inanimate objects for God’s glory without this catch-phrase?

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2 thoughts on “Do we need to plead Christ’s blood by which we’re freed?

  1. If God has the power to end all suffering yet does not, can he really be considered to be benevolent? And if God doesn’t stop the suffering because he doesn’t have the power, can he really be considered to be almighty?

    Should we not re-evaluate our perception of God

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