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Manís Need for the Blood of Christ

In order to understand the importance and impact of the blood of Christ shed for us at His crucifixion, we must view man according to Godís intention, as he was created. Man was created with the intention of becoming a living human container who would bear the very life of God Ė man would become a living vessel suitable for Godís free expression.

For this, man was created tri-part, with a body, soul, and spirit. Godís intention was that one day God would place His very life into the created manís human spirit, thus making the created man to be reborn in spirit Ė to be born of the very life of God Himself. Godís life and nature received into the manís human spirit would become expressed via manís soul faculties of mind, emotion, and will.

This intention of God for man is first indicated in the Bible by the fact that God placed Adam and Eve before the Tree of Life Ė a figure of Christ as the bearer of the life of God to man (See John 15).

Here below we see a verse that lists these three parts of man, but in a different order than I have listed above.

1 Thes. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly (completely); and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and bodyÖ

We should note from this verse, by a hermeneutic device called ďthe law of first mentioning,Ē that the ďspiritĒ is listed first, placing it as the foremost part of manís being. God intends that the life in the spirit is to rule the faculties of the soul organ, and soul is to rule the doings of the body. Thus, when religion tells us we need to ďdo thingsĒ or ďact in a certain wayĒ in order to prove our being a Christian they miss the focus of Godís plan that Christ articulated to Paul for we Gentiles. That plan was that Godís life would indwell the human spirit of every person who receives Christís Spirit, automatically producing the fruits of that life.

This then brings us to see the physical body as the least part of manís according to Godís eternal plan. Manís body is to be the servant of manís spirit-life. It is in the members of the physical flesh body that Sin as a nature dwells (Rom 7:17-23), needing to be ruled over by Christ from within the believerís spirit. The body contains the fallen nature that Adam gained at the fall in the garden, and which came also to all mankind as being of the lineage of Adam (Rom 5:12). Rom 8:3 ÖGod sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

The Sin nature in manís flesh has contaminated the originally created man, including his soul, producing the ďacts of that Sin nature in His flesh,Ē which we call sins. Now, Romans 8:8 (AMP) Ö those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.

The created man, created to be a living vessel for Godís expression, has become a dirtied potential container of the life of God; dirtied by acts of Sin in the flesh. God planned to gain ďmany sonsĒ by placing the life-seed of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into men. Thus, if God is to bring the fallen created man into accord with His eternal plan, there is a problem that first needs to be remedied Ė manís sins.

God told Israel , via Isaiah, your sins have separated you from God. Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Paul here speaks of the former condition Gentiles who have become believers. Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Godís remedy for manís sins is the precious blood that was shed once by Christ at the cross to remit, cancel, and take away all sins of those who would only have faith in His blood.

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Romans 3:24-25 (NASB) being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faithÖ