Jesus blood covers all your sin! Everyone sins. After you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, then all the sin that you commit is “covered”.
That is a concept taught in many Christian circles, but is it true?
Many would be shocked to realize that nowhere in the scriptures does it say that Jesus’ blood covers your sin!
In fact, the phrase “blood covers your sin” is no where found in the scriptures – yet this is taught in so many churches today!
Are we using this teaching as an excuse to justify our sin?
Are we using this teaching to cover our defeatism regarding our battle with sin?
Have we concocted this concept just to make room for sin that we cannot overcome?
Or do the scriptures really teach that [Jesus] blood covers our sin?
It is of utmost importance that every believer fully understand the purpose and the power of the blood!
Does Jesus’ Blood Really Cover Your Sin?
Before Christ, the Book of Leviticus clearly stated that it was the blood of the sacrificial animals that made atonement for the soul concerning sin. The word “atonement” here is the Hebrew word “kaphar“, which can be translated “to cover”, or “to purge”.
But the Book of Leviticus speaks of the blood of goats and bulls. What about the blood of God’s own Son?
There is no better book that adequately describes the difference between the Old Testament blood covenant, and New Testament [Jesus’] blood covenant than the book of Hebrews.
But Christ came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – Hbr 9:11-14 NKJV
Adam and Eve
This concept is taught is various circles around the body of Christ. It is the teaching that the first blood covenant, resembling the sacrifice of Jesus, happened with Adam and Eve.
The teaching goes like this:
After Adam and Eve sinned, God made clothes for them from animal skins. An animal had to be sacrificed, and blood had to be shed in order to get the skin. Therefore, this was the first sacrifice made, where blood was shed, which is symbolic of the blood of Jesus.
There are a number of problems with this view:
- Nowhere does it state that the animals used were part of a blood covenant with God. The word “covenant” or “testament” is nowhere to be found in this context.
- There is no mention of sacrifice for sins.
- Adam and Eve still paid for their sins in full. They were not forgiven. There is no evidence that they were even partially forgiven. They were driven out of Eden, and lived the rest of their lives paying for the sin they committed.
Considering the aforementioned points, we must come to the conclusion that the animal that was used for the skins was only used for the sole purpose of “covering the body”, not covering sins in any way.
Adam and Eve’s clothing does not imply the forgiveness of sin. God made clothing of animal skins to cover their nakedness – not their sin!
It makes no sense that God made a sacrifice for them for the purpose of forgiving their sin just so that He can hold them responsible for their sin and make them pay by death!
Therefore, we cannot use this story to make any reference to blood covenant – nor the blood of Jesus. Doing so would be just too far fetched – reading too much into the story.
Hebrews, Chapter 10
Hebrews 10:1 NKJV – For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
Hebrews 10:2 NKJV – For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
Clearly, the Old Testament is not the “ultimate” Testament, seeing that it does not make the worshipers perfect. This obviously implies that the New Testament in Jesus’ blood is the ultimate sacrifice that does make those who approach perfect.
Hebrews 10:3 NKJV – But in those [sacrifices there is] a reminder of sins every year.
Hebrews 10:4 NKJV – For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Here we touch on a new concept that is only possible through the power of the blood of Christ: to take away sins. It is of utmost importance to know the difference between “taking away”, and “covering”. They are not one and the same.
For example, if have a dirty mess on the floor you can cover it with a rug. Or you can clean it up! Cleansing the mess effectively involves permanent removal. This is key!
John echoes this truth in his letter, saying “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7 NKJV
Hebrews 10:5 NKJV – Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.
Hebrews 10:6 NKJV – In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin You had no pleasure.
Hebrews 10:7 NKJV – Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come–In the volume of the book it is written of Me–To do Your will, O God.’ ”
Hebrews 10:8 NKJV – Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and [offerings] for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure [in them]” (which are offered according to the law),
Hebrews 10:9 NKJV – then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
Hebrews 10:10 NKJV – By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].
In this passage we are building on the concept of “taking away sin”. We are talking about sanctification. Sanctification is the removal of the root of sin: the lusts and desires of the sinful nature. Paul said it this way: “And those [who are] Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – Galatians 5:24 NKJV
And again “”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 NKJV
Hebrews 10:11 NKJV – And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Hebrews 10:12 NKJV – But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
Hebrews 10:13 NKJV – from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
Once again it is repeated: the importance of taking away sins. Not covering them up!
And once again it is confirmed that Jesus came to take away sins – something that the blood of bulls and goats could never do.
It is not a matter of substitutive sacrifice. It is a matter of true identification with Jesus sacrifice. When Jesus died, your sinful nature with all of its pride, and sinful desires died! When Jesus rose, you rose with Him in newness of life as a new creation.
Elsewhere in Hebrews it says, “to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than [that of] Abel.”
How does the blood of Christ speak? How does the blood of Christ speak better things than the blood of Abel?
The blood of Abel speaks of the death of an innocent man. But the blood of Jesus speaks not only of the death of an innocent man – but also the death of sin itself in the lives and hearts of the believers.
The Apostle Paul said that Jesus “became sin”. When He died, our sin died. That is why Paul says so explictly in Romans, chapter 6:
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. … Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. – Romans 6:2-4, 6-7 KJV
Hebrews 10:14 NKJV – For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Once again confirmed that Jesus’ blood has the power to make a soul perfect… unlike the blood of animals.
Hebrews 10:15 NKJV – But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
Hebrews 10:16 NKJV – “This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
Hebrews 10:17 NKJV – [then He adds], “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10:18 NKJV – Now where there is remission of these, [there is] no longer an offering for sin.
The word “remission” here is the translated from the Greek “aphesis“, which means “to release from bondage or imprisonment.”
This resonates with with the truth: Jesus’ blood doesn’t cover your sins. The blood of Jesus breaks the bondage of sin. The blood of Jesus breaks you free from imprisonment to sin.
Those who are bound and imprisoned by habitual sin can find their freedom by faith in the power of the blood of Jesus!
The scriptures also say that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness/remission of sins. The Greek word used for forgiveness/remission is also “aphesis“. Once again this means, “to release from bondage or imprisonment.”.
The shedding of blood, in particular Jesus blood speaks of dead to sin, release from bondage and imprisonment – it does not mean to overlook sin.
Hebrews 10:19 NKJV – Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Hebrews 10:20 NKJV – by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Hebrews 10:21 NKJV – and [having] a High Priest over the house of God,
Hebrews 10:22 NKJV – let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:23 NKJV – Let us hold fast the confession of [our] hope without wavering, for He who promised [is] faithful.
Hebrews 10:24 NKJV – And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
Hebrews 10:25 NKJV – not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as [is] the manner of some, but exhorting [one another], and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
It is any wonder why the scriptures say we have boldness to enter the holy of holies?
Is it any wonder why it says we can draw near with a true heart and full assurance of faith?
Is it any wonder why it says our conscience is clear?
When we have been truly set free from the bondage of the sinful nature through the blood of Jesus the (super)natural outcome is boldness, courage, faith, and cleanliness of soul.
Jesus’ Blood Does Not Cover Willful Sin!
Hebrews 10:26 NKJV – For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
Hebrews 10:27 NKJV – but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
Yes, my friend. This is the truth. If we willfully sin, Jesus’ blood does not cover it!
Jesus shed His blood so that you can identify with Him by faith, putting an end to sin and the lust thereof. So then, if you willfully sin, you say by your actions that Jesus blood is not powerful enough to keep you from sin. You remove yourself from faith, and in unbelief you disarm His blood and presumptuously say “I am covered”.
Hebrews 10:28 NKJV – Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on [the testimony of] two or three witnesses.
Hebrews 10:29 NKJV – Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
Hebrews 10:30 NKJV – For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”
Hebrews 10:31 NKJV – It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This is one of the most fearful warnings in the scriptures.
We read of God’s great wrath in the Old Testament.
We read of God’s anger poured out without an once of mercy for those who reject the law of Moses.
How much worse punishment for those who trample the Son of God underfoot, counting His blood as a common thing, insulting the Spirit of grace?!?!
The false teaching that says, “Jesus’ blood covers your sin” is one of the worst half-truths that Satan has ever fashioned. The teaching that you can still go on and sin, and you will be covered by His blood is damnable heresy. Those who teach such things shall be held accountable before the living God for their followers who willfully sin, and trample the Holy Blood of God underfoot!