Overcome by the Blood

                                                               

Revelation 12:11

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ.”

For a closer look at our daily walk with Christ, our warfare with the enemy and the necessary steps for Christ to truly be Lord in our lives, we need to break this verse down.

We read here that the servants of God overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, we need to understand what significance and power we boldly have in the blood of the Lamb.

In Hebrews 9:14: “The Blood of Christ shall purge and cleanse our conscience.” Having unclean and unrighteous thoughts? Let the blood of the Lord Jesus cleanse and purify your mind so that you may firmly stand justified by the Lamb in His presence.

Hebrews 10:19: This verse tells us that we are able to enter into the most holy of holies by the blood of the Lamb. We are able to stand in God’s presence, basking in the Shekinah glory of God, boldly and unashamed, covered by His blood.

Our Lord Jesus has sanctified us. We are His children ONLY by His blood. By the blood of Jesus, God raised us up from spiritual death. The blood of Jesus is the central power of our entire redemption. There is no other saving power except the blood.

“Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,” shed in His death for our sin, can cover sin on God’s side or remove sin on ours. We find the same teaching in the writings of the Apostles. In Romans 3:22-25, Paul writes of being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus . . . “through faith in his blood” and “being now justified by his blood.” In 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Paul writes that the “cup of blessing,” referring to the Blood of Christ, is the cup of blessing which we bless, and the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks. In Galatians 6:11-18, Paul uses the word “CROSS” to convey that we should boast only in the cross of Jesus. In Colossians 1:19-20, Paul unites the two words and speaks of “The Blood of His Cross.” Paul reminds us in Ephesians 1:7 that “we have redemption through his blood” and in Ephesians 2:13-14, that we “are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Peter reminds the early believers in 1 Peter 1:18-19, that they were redeemed by “the precious blood of Christ.” John assures his little children in 1 John 1:7, that “the blood of Jesus Christ” cleanses us from all sin. First and foremost and only because of the “blood of the Lamb” we have conquered Satan. The victory is already ours in Christ Jesus!

The second reason we as believers have conquered the accuser of the faith, Satan, is because of the “word of their testimony.” In Revelation 12:11b, the believers also overcame Satan by the word of their testimony. The powerful preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is a mighty tool. When we apply it to our lives in God, we are able to pull down the enemy’s strong hold. Because of the Word, and our testimony to Jesus, the Body of Christ always has the power to be victorious.

We as believers have defeated Satan because we profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior. By our courage and patience in suffering, if we love not our own lives and flesh, but are ready and able to lay them down for Christ, we have power in the truth of our testimony,

The formula here is simple—we overcome everything by relying on the blood of Christ. Jesus is the only ground and basis of our hope—we must not blend this with anything else or water it down with any human ideology. We must then declare with our mouth the testimony of the redemptive power of Christ, working in us and through us, by proclaiming salvation to sinners through Christ crucified, and continually intercede at the throne of grace for the conversion of the lost.

In the third part of this verse, we read: “they did not love their life even when faced with death,” (Revelation 12:11) which is the third reason the Body of Christ has defeated the enemy. Some say this means the brethren were martyrs. However, it does not say they died, but that they were willing to die, if necessary. They would not renege concerning the Lordship of Christ. Instead, they resisted up to and if necessary, unto death.

The willingness to die also means to not be in love with ourselves, our flesh, our own wants or needs, we must first die, that He might be glorified. We must gladly deliver up our life and crucify our flesh in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Galatians 5:24: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

I hear people say, all the time: “I would die for my faith in Christ.” If you can really say that in your heart of hearts, then allow yourself to die and arise in Christ Jesus. Let yourself die and let God resurrect you in Christ by the blood of the Lamb. The enemy will be defeated and the world will see what He has accomplished in you by the word of your testimony in Christ Jesus. You do not have anything to testify about in and of yourself. It is only in Christ that your words have meaning and power, delivered by His blood. You will live a more fulfilling life as a believer, as you will see Satan overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.

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