- Religion and Philosophy
Are You Seeing Red?
(I was inspired to write this after reading some of Watchman Nee's .. The Normal Christian Life.)
Ephesians 1:7 (Amp) In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,
The Blood of Jesus is applied to the life of a person who professes Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and who asks Jesus to bring newness into their lives. (Heb. 9:12) The Blood of Jesus is applied to the life that understands that only through His Blood, can a person build on a relationship with the Father. The conscience repents and the soul cries out for the Blood.
The Blood is then applied in three ways. Godward, manward and Satanward. The Blood is the only means of satisfying God toward man. The Blood of Jesus is not so much for the satisfaction of man, but the satisfaction of God towards man. God must be satisfied first and the Blood of Jesus has met the requirements and expectations of God the Father. This is the Blood applied Godward.
How does the Blood work against Satan? The Blood allows us to have God on our side. Satan is the accuser and uses sin to accuse us before God. (Rev. 12:10) When we stand before both God and Satan, we must keep our attention on and our confidence in, the Blood of Jesus. This satisfies God that we are made righteous in Him and goes on to prove Satan to be a liar. (Rom. 8:31) The Blood is enough for God.
God is able to deal with a person's sin. However, He cannot deal with a person under accusation - As this person is not trusting (believing and putting faith in) the precious Blood. We should never try to persuade Satan that we are 'good' or 'worthy' or 'righteous', no matter the works we might have accomplished for the Kingdom of God. We must never throw our works into the face of Satan. How are we to answer the accuser? We remind him of the Blood!
When Satan accuses, a person will immediately look for ways to defend themself. Satan says, "You are weak and God has turned His back on you!" The temptation is then, to look within and find some goodness with which to defend ourselves. This will eventually lead to self-righteousness, which leads to allowing Pride and Ego to be our god. Or, we are accused and we look within and admit that we are indeed weak and we do feel as if God has turned His back to us. Which leads us to despair and eventually, we turn from God and return to our former selves. Either way, we are down for the count. Satan has us looking within ourselves, when all the while, we have been told by God Himself to look to the Blood of Jesus. When we do not understand or realize our Adamic nature, we will continue to have expectation of ourselves and our abilities. So when Satan does come along to accuse (and he will!), we are taken down, either immediately or eventually.
We must make a conscious effort to recognize that only God can answer the accuser and He has already done so - In the precious Blood of Jesus. (Rev. 12:11) So when you see 'Red' this season, let it be a constant reminder of the precious Blood of Jesus and the working power of the Blood in our daily lives. And when you see white, let it remind you that the Blood only, can purify and make new! And when you see green, let it remind you that with the Blood, all things become new!