Many people in the Charismatic and Pentecostal camp love to “plead the Blood of Jesus” over themselves and others and everything for that matter, turning the blood of Jesus into a magic ritual of sorts, a magic wand that will protect you from evil, cleanse you, heal or deliver you. Pleading the Blood of Jesus is not biblical. No where in the bible does Jesus tell you to plead His Blood over yourself. No where in the bible does anyone plead the Blood of Jesus over themselves or others. This teaching is taught in churches and you read in many books that you need to cover yourself with the blood of Jesus for protection 24/7 as though it’s the biblical thing to do. It’s not and here is why.
In the Old Testament the High Priest would sacrifice a Lamb and put the blood on the Altar in the Holy of Holies.
Hebrews 9:7-8: “7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Leviticas 1:5: “and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.”
Leviticas 4:6: “The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the LORD, in front of the veil of the sanctuary.”
Leviticas 4:30: “Then the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering.”
The blood was applied from the animal and it was required that the animal had to die, and give its life. The Blood represents life, the life of Jesus Christ that had to die for our sins. Jesus is the Lamb that had to die. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Passover Lamb. To have the blood applied on the altar was so that one would not receive the judgment of God as He would passover you.
Exod.12:13 “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
The animals blood was also not moved around and sprinkled all over the place or on this person or that person outside of the temple by the High Priest, it was for the Altar area alone. We can not touch His blood or apply it to anything ‘spiritually’ as we are not the High Priest. Jesus Christ is now our High Priest and He is the sacrificed Lamb. Jesus is the one who after he ascended into Heaven sprinkled His blood on the Mercy Seat of the Altar before God, not us. The blood of Jesus is applied to our lives only when we believe in faith in Jesus Christ to receive His Atonement.
Eph.1:7 “7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” and Colossians. 1:14
Pleading the Blood of Jesus is not magical
Jesus’ blood is not magic, it holds no magical power. The Blood of Jesus refers to his sacrificial death. Jesus had to die for our sins by crucifixion. And God accepted his death as His blood was spilled on the altar. Jesus said “It is Finished” (John 19:30) before He died, there was no more need to sacrifice an animal, he fulfilled the law.
Rom.5:8: “8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Heb.9:15 “15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
Rom.5:10: “10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
1 Cor.15:3: “3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
Phil 2:8: “8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Those who touched Jesus’ body and blood when they took Him off the cross did not receive holiness or any powers or healing, nor did they plead the blood over themselves for protection. However, after Jesus rose from the dead, after He came out of the tomb. He encountered Mary and he said to her “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father”
John 20:17 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
When He ascended to heaven he entered into the Holy of Holies, sprinkled His precious blood upon the Mercy Seat on the Altar before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin question, and delivered us from the curse of the law. This is clearly taught in the New testament.
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
In the Old Testament they had to make a sin offering on an ongoing basis, but Jesus came to make one sacrifice for us, one offering, and His blood was sprinkled once in the temple on the Mercy Seat in heaven.
Hebrews 9:24-26 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Today the only thing we do with Jesus’s body (bread) and blood (wine) is to have communion – it is solely a reminder, nothing more, just as it was celebrated as a feast after the original Passover in the Old Testament, we do not cover ourselves with the Blood of Jesus.
Ex.12:14. “14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
1 Cor.5:7 “7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”
In the Old Testament, the Passover blood was applied only once to the door, and in doing so God passed over them and ultimately released the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. They could not touch the blood, they had to use the hyssop plant and dip into the blood and apply it to the door. In the New Testament the Blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ is applied only once to cover and release us that believe by faith in Jesus from sin. When you are covered by the Blood of Jesus, God does not see your sin; it continually cleanses you; the Blood of Jesus washes away your sin. Rev. 1:5: “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
And it does not have to be reapplied over and over as if it somehow loses strength. Jesus blood is applied once to the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies in the temple in heaven. In the below verse the bible shows us that when we get saved, Jesus’ blood that is sprinkled in heaven sprinkles our hearts from an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:20-22) and we are redeemed “through the blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb. 13:20)
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 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
1 John 1:7-9 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Col. 1:20 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Heb. 13:20. 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
You can’t spiritually plead the blood of Jesus or cover unbelievers with the Blood of Jesus in order that they one day become saved. Jesus’ blood is a once off covering of our sin and not a repetitive act of sacrifice like they did in the Old Testament. We do not touch the blood of Jesus Christ, only Jesus can do that. It’s immediately applied by Jesus to those who receive salvation that they can now came into God’s presence and have an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. See article on: What is Entering ‘The Presence’ Really all About?
Heb.10:19-22: “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, 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.”