ANSWER: The phrase "blood of Christ" occurs exactly six times in the King James Bible. It represents his life he was willing to shed for the sins of the world. Perhaps its two most important references are made by Peter and Paul. Peter tells us that it is Jesus' sacrifice that redeems us from a life of sin and futility. Paul reminds us that believers are brought together as one when they partake of the symbol of his sacrifice.
18. Knowing that you were not redeemed by corruptible things, by silver or gold, from your futile way of living, inherited by tradition from your forefathers; 19. But by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; (1Peter 1:18 - 19, HBFV throughout)
16. The cup of blessing that we bless (the partaking of wine during the annual Christian Passover service), is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ? (1Corinthians 10:16, see also Luke 22:14 - 18, 1Corithians 11:25)
Salvation is a process that begins with a calling from God. If that calling is answered and the person repents of their sins, they will be baptized in what the Bible refers to as a watery grave (Romans 6:4). When they are lifted up from that water (grave) to walk in 'newness of life,' his sacrifice causes them to be justified (made right) with God.
|8. But God commends His own love to us because, when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9. Much more, therefore, having been justified now by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:9)|
How is a believer SAVED from God’s wrath once he has been justified?
|10. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His own Son, much more then, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10)|
We are saved from wrath because Jesus LIVES! He is our constant Advocate (1John 2:1) and High Priest with the Father. His shed blood acts like a covering over all our sins so that God sees us with the righteousness of Jesus and because He lives, we shall be saved (fully) in the resurrection.
Jesus' sacrifice for our sins is the primary focal point of the New Testament. The apostle Paul even stated that his ministry centered not on his own works but on what our Savior willingly did for us (Galatians 6:14). In the end, we can be thankful that God promises to save and cleanse us of all faults, failings, shortcomings, sins, weakness and alike through the eternal sacrifice of His Son.
7. However, if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His own Son, cleanses us from all sin (1John 1:7, see also Hebrews 9:14)