Leviticus 17:11 (KJB) For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
The newest devotional installment in our “Spiritually Fit Heart Series.” We will explore the invaluable and numerous arteries, veins, and capillaries at work in our tent of flesh with the purpose of circulating the valuable life-giving blood. Without having critical blood flow moving through our body for sustaining our heart beat, transporting important nutrients along with oxygen and blood cells, fighting disease, maintaining temperature, blood pressure, and homeostasis; living in this tent flesh would not be possible.
Systemic circulation of our body involves the autonomic pumping muscly mechanism of our heart. The heart is divided into four chambers comprised of an atrial and ventricle chamber on each side of our heart with each side working independently, but dependent on each other, for sustaining life. A trap door, or valve, operates on each of the “doorways” between the four chambers to prevent backflow of blood as it circulates through the heart. The blood flows continually in our bodies upon two separate pathways; the systemic route and the pulmonary route with one leading out to the body and the other through the pulmonary system to the lungs for oxygenation. The blood is returned to the heart from the two of the largest veins in the body. The Superior Vena Cava carries blood from regions above the heart and the blood is brought from lower regions via the Inferior Vena Cava.
As you can imagine, God both delicately and divinely created our circulatory system to perform the lifegiving work of circulating our blood throughout our body.
We are going to take a look into God’s divinely fashioned “spiritual Circulation” designed according to the will of God. We will take some time to ponder upon the presence, power, and purpose of Jesus Christ’s precious blood which was shed for both you and I on the cross at Calvary.
Without Jesus Christ’s shed blood, there would be no remission of sin (Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22, and Rev. 1:5). If Jesus Christ did not follow the will of His Father, we would be sinners doomed forever to the horror of Hell. Praise God Jesus Christ did not choose to stop there! Jesus Christ chose to shed all His precious blood upon the cross at Calvary, every drop so that all mankind can come through faith in God to live forever in eternity.
Yes, Jesus Christ’s shed blood gave all mankind the same opportunity for possessing precious spiritual life, now and for all eternity.
Yes, the blood flowing inside our body sustains our physical life and without blood, there would not be any human life.
Speaking both physically and spiritually, life is found in the blood.
You see, the question is not if a man or woman will face eternity, for all will. The question is what will his or her final eternal address be? Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross at Calvary so that man could have the opportunity to be spiritually alive in the eternal realm to enjoy fellowship with God forever.
However, mankind, through freewill can make the choice to exist on this earth in opposition to God. He then will definitely be found alive, but in angst amid the fires of Hell forever upon his physical death. He will never have another opportunity for possessing a personal relationship with God ever again.
So, you can see just how important the flow of blood is both humanly speaking and spiritually speaking.
Blood circulates and removes toxins in our body both physically and spiritually. In cases of extreme physical illness or injury, a person will face a risk of life-threatening shock. A person can bleed out (inwardly or outwardly) exsanguinating, bringing a sufficient loss of blood and the onset of shock and ultimately his or her physical death.
Spiritual exsanguination has eternal cleansing properties.
Did you realize that Jesus Christ physically bled out as He hung upon the cross? He faced shock and total blood loss from the numerous debilitating injuries He received upon His flesh. The Bible says Jesus Christ was beaten, wounded, beat upon His backside and was covered with severe hematomas from the whips that repeatedly met against His scared flesh. His hands and feet were barbarically penetrated with nails as He was placed upon the cross to die at Calvary. He faced physical death from these wounds to his flesh bringing the precious flow of His blood dripping down onto the rugged wooden cross and eventually falling to the ground as He bled out.
Yes! Jesus Christ chose to face these unimaginable grave repercussions following the will of His Father, thereby atoning for the sin of the entire world. Yes, Jesus Christ was wounded for your transgressions and mine. Yes! Jesus Christ willingly faced death for the sins of every man, woman, and child to ever exist upon this earth. He atoned for all sin: the past, present, and future.
The Bible tells us that His blood is the only acceptable cleansing agent for sin. It is God’s “spiritual cleansing process.” One which mankind cannot ever do for himself. It was spiritually necessary for Jesus Christ to shed His precious blood to atone for sin. The shed blood of animals in the Old Testament was offered as a sacrifice for sin but animal blood was not able to remove sin and forever wash away the sin problem naturally replicated inside the heart of mankind.
God’s Word says:
Titus 3:5 (KJB) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
1 John 1:7 (KJB) 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.
Not only does His blood wash away sin, thereby giving the spiritually regenerated man a positional standing in Christ but His precious blood continually eradicates debris left behind by sin. Just like your blood works constantly as a filter to carry away toxins, chemicals, drugs and waste products resulting from cellular metabolism inside your body, the process of salvation and ongoing admission of and cleansing of sin (1st John 1:9) employs on a continual basis the personal renouncing of sin and a godly elimination process of sin from your life.
Jesus Christ’s blood brightens and whitens and “spiritually bleaches” miraculously removing away the stain of sin. His blood can completely rid the regenerated man’s heart of the detriment and damage left behind by the effects of sin.
Did you know that eternally mankind’s regenerated heart can be thoroughly cleaned and softened? Beyond that, because God’s supernatural power clears away all marks of sin, mankind does not have any available excuse for continuing to choose to live in sin and maintaining an offensive spiritual condition which highlights and promotes sin instead of mirroring the goodness and godliness found in an active personal relationship with God.
Once man’s heart has been thoroughly cleansed and disinfected from sin his “spiritual circulation process” shines with the life and light of God. Proper circulation is vital to both an eternally robust spiritual life and a physically fit life on this earth!
The next devotion in this series will feature an in-depth study of the seriousness of cancer which literally “eats away” at the health of mankind, both of a physical and spiritual nature.
I hope you take the time to read these other devotions found in our “spiritually Fit Series.”
Here are the links to other devotions already published in this series: