Originally posted by Rex282
The blood of Jesus(more accurately Yahoshua or Yahshua which mean Yahweh salvation) is not being poured out literally on a literal alter in a literal
heaven .Just as Yahshua told the many Unless you drink my blood and eat my flesh you have NO LIFE in you...and MANY quit following him because they
though he meant literally.
This blindness continues to this day.It is a form of paganism to believe the literal blood is what he was talking of. He was talking of his
LIFE..which is Spirit (not "a" spirit).The temple of God is man..that is where God dwells.The Kingdom of God is WITHIN your midst....it doesn't
come with observation(in the physical).Yahshua said it very clearly... HIS WORDS are NOT FLESH(human language) they are spirit and LIFE.To take what
he says literally has led many down a wide path.
is Yahshua's BLOOD priceless.....definitely.The issue is knowing what his blood is.
I agree with you that when Jesus stated that his followers needed to eat his flesh and blood to gain salvation he was not being literal. But he was
referring to his death. And by shedding that human blood as a sacrifice for mankind he opened up the way for our salvation. So the blood that saves
is literal blood.
Firstly, to show that the eating and drinking of Christ's flesh and blood were not literal but figurative look at the constitution of the Memorial of
Christ's death. There after celebrating the Passover on Nisan 14, the very day he was going to die (he died the next day, but the Jewish day begins
in the evening. So by the next evening, he was dead) he dismissed the betrayer Judas and then started a new ceremony with his followers. He took a
piece of bread and passed it and told them to eat it and said it represented his body which was to be given up in their behalf, and then he took a
glass of wine and passed it around and told them to drink it for it represents his blood which was to be spilled on their behalf:
(Matthew 26:26-28) 26 As they continued eating, Jesus took a loaf and, after saying a blessing, he broke it and, giving it to the disciples, he
said: “TAKE, eat. This means my body.” 27 Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of
YOU; 28 for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.
Secondly that the blood was his literal blood that was poured out in our behalf is quite evident in the statement God inspired here:
(Hebrews 7:27) . . .He does not need daily, as those high priests do, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for those of the
people: (for this he did once for all time when he offered himself up
(Hebrews 9:28) so also the Christ was offered once for all time to bear the sins of many; and the second time that he appears it will be apart from
sin and to those earnestly looking for him for [their] salvation.
Another way to understand this is to look at the snake that Moses erected in the wilderness. All those who were bitten by the poisonous serpents by
looking to the copper serpent were able to keep alive:
(Numbers 21:9) . . .Moses at once made a serpent of copper and placed it upon the signal pole; and it did occur that if a serpent had bitten a man
and he gazed at the copper serpent, he then kept alive.
That copper serpent foreshadowed the death of Jesus Christ on a torture stake, his shedding of his blood on our behalf. Now a person who looks upon
that torture stake and the death of Jesus Christ with faith is freely forgiven his sins he has committed. So by stating that we must eat of his flesh
and blood to gain salvation, he was stating that we need to exercise faith in his death just as he stated:
(John 3:16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be
destroyed but have everlasting life.
Oh, and another important thing. The life is in the blood. So by Jesus' offering up his life for our sins, he offered up his blood for us:
(Leviticus 17:11) . . .For the soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have put it upon the altar for YOU to make atonement for YOUR
souls, because it is the blood that makes atonement by the soul [in it].