"For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."
It was the late 1700s before brilliant minds began to discover oxygen's importance to burning or oxidizing. The discovery that oxygen is transported to every cell via blood cells followed. Oxidation is needed so that the body can burn energy that is also provided through the circulatory system. It would also be found that the needs of every cell for anything vital to life is provided by blood flow. Furthermore, the body relies on blood circulation to carry away waste products in order to prevent deadly pollution in the body. Life really is in the blood. Of course, those who knew the Torah/Pentateuch would have known this long before science proved it because it is clearly stated in the text. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." Leviticus 17:11
Blood is vital for the soul of man or woman. Is this not what is stated in the verse above? IT was the very creator of blood who breathed life into humanity that also said that there is no spiritual life except through a blood sacrifice. Just to be sure that Israel got it, GOD had Moses state it again, "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof...(Leviticus 17:14a). What would happen to a physical body were the blood drained? That is an answer that everyone seems to know--death. Now, if God stated that blood was needed for the soul's atonement, what happens to a bloodless religion? Death! Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Spiritual death, eternal separation from God follows just as assuredly as a bleeding body dies from exsanguination.
While studying the Book of Amos today, I went to investigate a term in a popular commentary. In essence, some argue that Amos was only preaching a social gospel--one where social justice and good deeds alone reign supreme. This commentary was exposing that false notion. Yet, it is a popular idea, nonetheless. If we will be good to each other, and do good to those around us, surely God will allow us access into His presence! Will HE? Morality cannot save! Moreover, a Christless morality destroys while giving the illusion of goodness because it lacks one vital, life giving component--the Blood of God's only acceptable sacrifice.
Why does the Bible say that there is no salvation outside of Jesus Christ? Because it was He alone who shed the blood required to save the soul. All sacrifices in the Old Testament attest to the need for blood to save, and they all, ALL, foreshadow the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ at Mount Calvary. There is no other salvation because no other but Jesus met the absolutely perfect requirements to be the atonement. Sin is an affront to an eternal GOD. The penalty of sin against GOD is equally eternal. It took the blood, then, of something eternal to negate and atone for sin. Jesus is just that. He is man/God in one. He is the bridge between lost humanity and holy God! Just as the blood of all physical mankind came from Adam, the blood of all spiritual mankind comes through Christ, the spiritual Adam. Salvation comes through trusting by faith in the grace God gives to humanity through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Take time to consider the ramifications of the following verses:
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" Romans 3:23-25
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
It is absolutely clear that there is no life without the blood. Your body would die as it cannot release its toxins nor receive vital nutrients. It is just as obvious that you do not have eternal life no matter how good or how religious you are unless you have the blood of Jesus Christ which alone removes the toxin of sin and and brings the life giving promises of GOD in and through Christ. If you find yourself undone before God today, call on Jesus and ask Him to allow the blessings of heaven to graciously circulate from heaven into your life. Do it quickly! Truly Jesus is Soon2Come!