3 Problems That Can Only Be Solved by the Blood of Jesus


In previous posts we discussed that as believers in Jesus Christ we can be fully assured that we’re really saved and that we can never lose our salvation—it’s eternally secure.

But since we can’t lose our salvation, some might have this question: “Does that mean it doesn’t matter how we live after we’re saved? Are we free to do whatever we want? After all, nothing can change my salvation.”

But being saved eternally doesn’t give us license to disobey God or sin freely. The sins we commit as a believer result in three huge problems. These problems involve three parties: God, ourselves, and Satan. Let’s look at these problems and the unique solution to each one—the blood of Jesus.

1. The problem: separated from God

Isaiah 59:1-2 tells us what happens when we sin:

“No, Jehovah’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”

Our sins separate us from God, who is holy and righteous. He is absolutely righteous in every detail. It doesn’t take our committing a serious crime to separate us from God. Even telling a little lie can make us lose the enjoyment of His presence.

How can we get rid of this separation? Do we give things time to somehow resolve? Do we promise to do better? Does waiting take care of the problem? No. Only the blood of Jesus can take away the sin that separates us from God.

Let’s read what 1 John 1:7-9 says:

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Because of the blood of Jesus, we can be forgiven of our sins, and the separation between us and God is removed.

But notice that for us to be forgiven, something is first required of us—we must confess our sins to God. When we confess, He is faithful to forgive us.

Sometimes after we confess, we may not feel forgiven. But how we feel doesn’t determine whether we’re actually forgiven. The fact is that if we’ve confessed to God, we are forgiven and cleansed. The blood of Jesus satisfies God. According to God’s own word, when we confess our sins to Him, we’re forgiven and have the right to come boldly into God’s presence. The separation is removed, and we can enjoy fellowship with God again.

2. The problem: guilt in ourselves

Another huge problem created by sin is that we feel guilty inside. God is satisfied with the blood of Jesus as payment for our sins, but we may be plagued by a feeling of guilt. This is because when we commit a sin, that sin leaves a stain on our conscience. On God’s side we’re forgiven, but on our side sin has left a stain. The feeling of guilt comes from our stained conscience.

The stain of sin on our conscience is serious, and no cleaner on earth is powerful enough to obliterate it. Instead, Hebrews 9:14 shows us the unique stain remover for our conscience:

“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

The same blood that allows God to forgive us also purges our conscience of the stain of sin. We’re both forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

To understand how this works, we’ll use this illustration. Let’s say we’re issued a ticket for violating a traffic law. A record of the violation goes to the court (God), and a copy goes to us (our conscience).

The court needs payment for the ticket. When we confess our sin to God, God regards the blood of Jesus as complete payment for our “ticket,” so He forgives us and removes our “ticket” from His record. We, however, may still have a lingering sense of guilt when we look at our copy of the “ticket.”

We have to remember what 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” On His side, God forgives, and on our side, we are cleansed. This cleansing removes the stain of sin from our conscience.

If a feeling of guilt remains after we confess our sins, we should simply claim, by faith, the power of the blood of Jesus. We can pray, “Thank You, Lord Jesus, by Your blood I’m forgiven and cleansed. Lord, Your Word says that Your blood even purifies my conscience!” The more we thank the Lord this way, the more we are assured that our conscience is cleansed.

3. The problem: accused by Satan

After we’ve confessed our sins, received God’s forgiveness, and had our conscience cleansed by the blood of Christ, we may encounter another problem. We find in ourselves some lingering inward accusation about our sins. This inner accusation becomes like a gigantic cloud over our heads, robbing us of all peace, and we continue to blame ourselves for what we’ve done.

What should we do? Should we confess our sin again? This time more earnestly? That doesn’t work. No matter how many times we confess the same sin to God, the accusations just won’t go away.

To be freed from these accusations, it’s important to see where they come from. Are they from God? No. We confessed and God already forgave us. Then are they from our conscience? No. The blood of Jesus purified our sin-stained conscience. These accusations come from Satan.

This shouldn’t surprise us; Revelation 12:10 tells us that Satan is “the accuser of [the] brothers.” He spends all his time, day and night, accusing the Lord’s believers. His goal is to weaken and even paralyze us. He wants to cheat us of our enjoyment of God’s presence. If we accept his accusations, we’ll eventually give up our fellowship with God and suffer great loss in our spiritual life.

But Revelation 12:11 tells us what answers the accusations from Satan:

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb.”

When we sin, we need to confess our sins to the Lord to be forgiven and have our conscience cleansed from the stain of sin. But after that, if we’re hounded by accusations, we must take further action. We have to say “NO!” to Satan’s accusations and declare the full effectiveness of the blood of Jesus. We have to point Satan, who accuses us, to the blood of the Lamb.

Don’t succumb to Satan’s accusations. When he accuses us, we can declare, “Satan, I reject your accusations. Look at the blood of Jesus. God is satisfied by Christ’s redeeming blood, my conscience is purified with His cleansing blood, and you’re defeated by His overcoming blood!”

Confessing, believing, and declaring

By experiencing and believing in the blood of Jesus, our whole Christian walk will change. We don’t have to be separated from God, burdened by guilt, or tormented by Satan’s accusations. When we sin, we must confess our sins, believe we’re forgiven and cleansed, and even declare the facts of our being forgiven and cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus. The blood of Christ is truly precious!

This hymn by Watchman Nee expresses how effective Christ’s blood can be to us in our experience (you can hear the tune here):

Why should I worry, doubt and fear?
Has God not caused His Son to bear
My sins upon the tree?
The debt that Christ for me has paid,
Would God another mind have made
To claim again from me?

Redemption full the Lord has made,
And all my debts has fully paid,
From law to set me free.
I fear not for the wrath of God,
For I’ve been sprinkled with His blood,
It wholly covers me.

For me forgiveness He has gained,
And full acquittal was obtained,
All debts of sin are paid;
God would not have His claim on two,
First on His Son, my Surety true,
And then upon me laid.

So now I have full peace and rest,
My Savior Christ hath done the best
And set me wholly free;
By His all-efficacious blood
I ne’er could be condemned by God,
For He has died for me!

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20 thoughts on “3 Problems That Can Only Be Solved by the Blood of Jesus

    1. I really appreciated that we need to confess, believe and declare. In my experience I would confess some failure I had but would still dwell on it for a time after that. I felt like couldn’t have possibly been forgiven by how bad I was feeling. But I enjoyed from this post that we should believe by faith, not by feeling, that we have been forgiven. As soon as God forgives, he forgets! We just need to take the blood as our stand, and move on!


    1. Dear Leon,

      The feeling of guilt and separation from God can be almost overpowering at times. And unfortunately so many of us experience this in our Christian lives. The first step in dealing with this is knowing the fact that Christ’s blood has officially, eternally, taken care of our sins. When we confess our sins, God sees this blood and is satisfied. Our conscience is cleansed. And Satan’s accusations are answered. These are the facts. We need to believe them and declare them.

      But our feelings don’t always agree with the facts. One important thing to remember is that we have something deeper in us than even our feelings or our thoughts. This deeper thing is our human spirit, and this is where the Lord Jesus lives in us. He has gone to live deeper in us than even our feelings. He is in us and knows us completely—and He loves us just as we are. Nothing we do surprises Him.

      When Satan or even our own minds try to bother us with general feelings of guilt, or with a sin that we’ve already confessed, it can be helpful to say to Satan, even out loud, “Satan, you have already been defeated by the Lord Jesus on the cross. I have been cleansed by His blood. My debt has been paid. You have no ground to accuse me.” It can also be helpful to talk to the Lord Jesus aloud, even calling on His name like the psalmist and the early Christians did.

      Many of us have benefited from chapter three of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, which you are welcome to order free from our order page or download free from this website. The book The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee is also helpful in this area (also available free).

    2. Leon, along with the blood of Christ cleansing us from all sin and dealing with the separation, guilt and accusations we experience, sometimes there are things from our past or currently in our lives/homes that need to be cleared. The accounts of Zaccheus in Luke 19:1-10 about making restitution and the new Ephesian believers burning their evil books in Acts 19 are two examples of how things need to be dealt with and cleared in order for us to go on in a fresh way. This topic is covered in detail in the book, The Experience of Life. Sometimes after we confess our sins and are forgiven and cleansed, there are further steps to take to make things right with God and man, such as returning borrowed items, making apologies, paying debts, removing idols from our homes, etc. When we cooperate with the Lord’s speaking and light in these matters, we experience much clarity, the joy of our salvation and the Lord’s mighty victory over all the devil’s tactics. I’m praying for you and your family!

  2. I can say that i have experinced these three things. I can truthfully say, that the more i learn about our Lord and Saviour i know without a doubt that i am washed in the blood of Jesus. To God be the Glory. There’s Power in the Name of Jesus. Amen

  3. Confessing, believing, and declaring. You’ve made it so clear how to apply the blood of Christ to my everyday life. Also, I love the last verse of the hymn you included. It really sums up what our experience as believers should be.

  4. Yesterday, I took this post with me to the park to meet with 2 other Christians. We meet for fellowship each week. One of my friends has a very troubled past and at times, guilt and accusations overwhelm and defeat her. But while reading this post in the park together, there was much REJOICING, smiles and relief! The word is clear and the truth sets us free! The precious blood of Christ takes care of these three problems – separation, guilt and accusations! Hallelujah. We sang the hymn with much rejoicing, a perfect way to end our get-together.

  5. Dear Bible for America folks, I thank you for this post about the power of the blood of Christ. This post expresses what real Christianity is all about, forgiveness 24/7/lifetime. I copied and pasted this post to send it to my grandson who is inmate in Menard Correctional Center in Menard, Illinois. I have sent other posts from Bible For America to him. However, the prison Mail-staff take a lot of time to deliver the mail to him. In 8/2/13 the prison received Christian books from me to him; but as of today 8/15/13 the prison staff have not delivered the Christian books about the blood of Christ to him. I ask every Christian who reads this post to say a prayer in behalf of Ruben Junior incarcerated in Menard, Illinois prison. Thank you and God continue blessing and supporting this great ministry.

  6. I enjoyed your post on the Blood which was shed for my sins. Jesus Blood was shed for the sins of the world, “while we yet sinners Christ died for us” what a wonderful verse. We have only to remember it’s not about us, but what was done for us by Him.
    When our consciousness is full of Him, we no longer focus on our past sins.

  7. Thank you for this word. We can tackle these problems with the word of God.
    The example of the traffic ticket helps to zero in on the
    problems with ourselves and guilt.
    If we look at the “carbon copy” of the offense after we
    have confessed, we should declare that I John says that God
    is faithful to forgive because we have confessed. This
    settles the problem with ourself and shuts Satan’s mouth.
    (Perhaps we must ask forgiveness of a person or persons as well.)

  8. Thank you for this word. This has been my continual salvation in my christian life. Sin separates us from God and when it comes to me make me feel that I want to hide from God. Praise the Lord for His blood, make me come back to Him and to His word. I can pray and even do I still feel condemed for a while I remember His word and I can enjoy the fellowship with the Lord.

  9. The blood of Christ is so wonderful and powerful! Thank you Lord Jesus that we can be washed and cleansed from every sin.

  10. Bible of America you are truly a blessing! I thank God for what you do. I’m getting myself right with God and I’m working in his favor and your books are going to help me do just that. Praise God in Jesus name!

  11. I ask for more God’s wisdom and outpouring of Holy Spirit for you, your family and the ministry in His grace committed to you to continue growing till eternity…in the of JESUS CHRIST.

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