The Bloodless Savior

by Creflo Dollar | 17 Apr 2019

Summary

To rightly divide and correctly analyze the Word of truth, we must understand the contrast between the old and the new covenants. In the Old Testament, animal blood was the sacrifice for sin, whereas in the New Testament, Jesus’ blood was the sacrifice. In this respect, there is no comparison between the two agreements. Everything under the old covenant was a shadow of the new covenant; when we read the Bible, we will not understand the Old Testament until we study it through the lens of New Testament grace. One of the major changes from the old to the new is that we now have the opportunity to receive new natures and be led by the Holy Spirit, who comes to live in born-again believers. Now, instead of having to rely on what we must do to be in right-standing with God, we only need to believe in what Jesus already did. Knowing the difference between old and new transforms and frees us.

  1. Christ shed His blood to bring us out from under the law and free us from self-effort.
    1. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28).
      1. Jesus’ blood was required for God to create the New Testament. This distinguishes the New Testament from the Old Testament, which required animal blood.
      2. The Old Testament was a promise to the Jewish people, sealed by the blood of animals. The New Testament is a promise to everyone, sealed by the blood of Jesus.
    2. Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (2 Corinthians 3:6).
      1. We who are born again are products of the New Testament. We are all able ministers of this testament.
      2. No one had the opportunity to be born again under the old covenant; Christians did not exist before the new covenant.
      3. “The letter” is defined as performance-based religion that requires us to work to get God to show us favor or to bless us. This type of effort equates to dead works.
      4. 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? (Hebrews 9:14).
    3. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you (Luke 22:20).
      1. The New Testament comes to us by the blood Jesus shed for our sakes.
  1. Jesus’ blood is infinitely better than animal blood when we need forgiveness for sin.
    1. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).
      1. Animal blood only covered sin for one year; Jesus’ blood completely removed it forever.
      2. Under the old covenant, we are taught to try daily to get rid of our sins. This brings sin-consciousness, but Jesus’ blood did not fail. Our sins have been dealt with.
    2. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh (Hebrews 10:19, 20).
      1. Boldness in Jesus equates to liberty and freedom.
      2. There is no reason to get stuck living according to the old way when the new and living way is now available to us.
    3. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins (Hebrews 10:4).
      1. Under the old covenant, the only way to God was through the blood of animals, which was only temporary; animal sacrifices were required annually.
  1. Believers have gone from being God’s servants to being His sons and daughters.
    1. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name (Deuteronomy 6:13).
      1. In the Old Testament, the people were taught to be afraid of God. “Fear the Lord” in this context is different from the New-Testament context, which emphasizes reverence and respect.
      2. Under the Old Testament, death was the punishment for breaking the law; therefore, the people lived in fear of death. This kind of fear brings bondage.
    2. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
      1. In the New Testament, we do not fear God; we instead love Him. The new and living way makes us bold and frees us from fear. We are not receiving judgment and punishment, but mercy and grace.
    3. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15).
      1. We now have the boldness to call God our Father. There has been a shift from the servant-master relationship to the children-father relationship.
      2. We cannot mix the old and new covenants; we will not see results if we do (Matthew 9:17).
      3. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16).
      4. Mixing grace with the law puts us back in bondage to the fear that God will not do what He promised if our behavior is not perfect.
    4. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15, NLT).
      1. Being born again under the new covenant gives us new spirits. We became God’s children.
  1. We do not have to be afraid of God like the people in the Old Testament were.
    1. Jesus canceled the law by shedding His blood on the cross. This established the new and living way.
      1. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14, NLT).
      2. Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross (Colossians 2:14, AMPC).
    2. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
      1. When fear enters in, it comes as a result of not believing that what God promised will happen. All of our other fears boil down to this. This fear moves us back into self-effort.
    3. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5).
      1. God, not fear, directs us into His love.
      2. To wait for Christ is to go to Him before seeking any human aid.
      3. We can embrace the love God has for us; every time fear shows up, we can choose to embrace love, instead.
      4. Faith works by our belief in how much God loves us.
  1. The new covenant allows us to have the same glorified bodies that Jesus has in heaven.
    1. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1 John 4:15).
      1. If we are born again, then we, just like Jesus, are sons of God.
    2. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have (Luke 24:39).
      1. This happened after Jesus’ resurrection; it gives us a glimpse of what our heavenly bodies will be like. There will be no blood.
    3. We are flesh and blood; before His resurrection, Jesus also had flesh and blood like us. When we get to heaven, we will have flesh and bone bodies with no blood, like Jesus has.
      1. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
      2. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:50).
    4. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them (Luke 24:36-43).
      1. By God’s grace, this is the same kind of body He has reserved for us; bloodless bodies with no boundaries. With these bodies, we will be able to walk through solid matter.
  1. When we get to heaven, our glorified bodies will be our immortal heavenly temples.
    1. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:49-53).
      1. As soon as we leave our physical bodies, simultaneously we will be in our glorified bodies in heaven.
      2. Immortality awaits us; there will be no more death.
    2. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off (Leviticus 17:14).
      1. God packaged human life in blood.
      2. Man is a spirit being possessing a soul and living in a physical body. When we leave our earthly bodies, we will immediately receive heavenly bodies, with no blood.
    3. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5:1).
      1. Our earthly house, or tabernacle, is our physical body. When we leave it, a tabernacle made by God awaits us.
    4. Just as He packaged man’s life in blood, God’s life is packaged in light. We must have light to get into heaven.
      1. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
      2. In him was life; and the life was the light of men…He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:4, 8, 9).
  1. We need the light of God to get into heaven. Being born again restores that light to us.
    1. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).
      1. Every baby that is born has the light of God in them. When they reach the age of accountability, they can decide whether they want to make Jesus their Lord and Savior. If they do not get born again, the light in them goes out.
      2. Every unbeliever is in darkness; when they choose to believe in Jesus, they become light in the Lord.
    2. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them (John 12:36).
      1. When we get born again, the life of God packaged in light comes into us.
    3. Jesus is the Son of light, yet He had blood to give Him life in His physical body. He poured His blood out on the mercy seat. No one gets into heaven without light, and the only way to get light is to get born again. When the light is in us, darkness cannot enter in.
      1. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
      2. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
      3. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 13:43).