My Thoughts. . .
The expression “blood of Christ” is found six times in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 10:16; Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:2, 19; and 1 John 1:7). Three times it is expressed as “the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 1:7). In most of those passages it speaks of being cleansed or washed in Jesus’ blood when we are added to the saved.
The problem with those passages is our misunderstanding of the cleansing nature of that blood. How powerful is it? Is that power limited only to when a person enters into the body of the saved? Isn’t it powerful enough to keep one in that saved state by covering that sin so he remains a holy Temple of God?
Some read it as a temporary cleansing that is lost each time a saint sins. His sin condemns him until he emits a repentance statement to God. In other words, the faucet’s supply of forgiveness is turned off when the saint is involved in a sin and the cut off continues until he repents in prayer. Only then is it turned on again to remit that sin until the next episode. Others believe the hydrant remains open and keeps on cleansing whether that repentance follows five seconds, five minutes, or five hours later. In the Old Testament, God waited for David’s repentance for about a year without withdrawing from him. In the New Testament God did not withdraw from the Corinthian church even though they were deeply involved in disobedience. The first letter did not correct all wrongs, so a warning came in the last of the second letter. They were still in fellowship with God.
If one loses his status in the saved state with each committed sin, whether known or not, what all does he lose? Some refuse to accept the full consequences of that teaching. If he loses his salvation due to that one act of sin, what all is lost? Some believe that act of sin removes him from the saved state and returns him to the kingdom of darkness. He remains in that darkness until he repents, prays, and ends it with “Amen.” Once that “Amen” exits his lips, forgiveness is given, blood is applied, he is cleansed and returned to the sinless body or church of Christ. From the moment he sins until his “Amen” what has he lost and where has his spiritual status?
WHAT HE LOSES WHEN HE SINS AND CANNOT REGAIN UNTIL HIS “AMEN”!
- He loses his citizenship in Christ Jesus.
- He loses his membership in the body of Christ.
- He loses his salvation.
- He loses all of his spiritual blessings.
- He is no longer a “Christian.”
- He is no longer a “saint.”
- He loses his blood bought status.
- He is no longer a child of God.
- He is no longer a “a member of the church of Christ.”
- He loses his privilege of being heard IF God does not hear the prayers of sinners?
- He loses his promise of heaven.
- He loses his relationship with God the Father, Son, and Spirit.
- He loses his fellowship with the obedient.
- He loses his fellowship with the obedient faithful.
- He loses his hope.
- He loses his assurance.
- He is a child of the devil.
- He is lost in his sin.
- He is without hope.
- His citizenship is in hell.
- He is separated from God.
- He is under God’s wrath.
- He will receive God’s judgment.
- His state is worse than it was before he became a Christian and committed that sin.
- The blood of Jesus is powerless to cleanse him until he utters that final “Amen.” That cleansing blood is not available again until the next sin and wants back into the Lord’s saved body of believers.
In the other view, the person continually acknowledges he is a sinner and always needs Jesus. He remains holy, not because he is perfect, but because the blood of Jesus keeps him cleansed (1 John 1:5-10). Because of what Jesus did for him, he like other children of God, finds himself among those mentioned in Hebrews 11.
“Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in
him. But we are not of
them who draw back unto
perdition; but of them that believe
to the saving of the soul”