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Blood of Atonement

written by Asher Intrater
September 21, 2012

When Yeshua died on the cross, His side was pierced and blood came out (John 19:34). His blood is the fulfillment of all the blood sacrifices of ancient Israel, including the Day of Atonement. The Bible does not emphasize the physical aspects of this blood, but rather the spiritual meaning.

Hebrews 9:14
The blood of Messiah, who offered Himself to God through the eternal Spirit without blemish, will cleanse your conscience from dead works…

All of us have sinned. All sin causes damage. Therefore we are all damaged. The ultimate damage is death and damnation. However there is also internal spiritual and psychological damage. The blood of Yeshua provides atonement – it pays the price for death and damnation. Yet it also heals the internal psychological damage.

In the spirit, the blood of Yeshua is eternal – it has powerful spiritual effectiveness at all times, even right now. An essential part of the human spirit (Greek: pneuma) and soul (psyche) is the conscience. The conscience was created by God to show us the difference between right and wrong (Romans 2:15). The conscience (suneidesis) was designed to give us “moral consciousness together” with God.

The conscience of men was distorted and made dirty by sin. It is like a compass with a twisted pointer. This is dangerous because the conscience is the primary vehicle through which we perceive the influence of the Holy Spirit (Romans 9:1).

Without the blood of Yeshua a human conscience will seek desperately to drive out the guilt that entered because of sin. Those misguided efforts will lead to religious ritual, moral relativism, self-indulgence, self-righteousness, self-condemnation or endless psychological counseling.

However the blood of Yeshua can cleanse our consciences of all those “dead works” and set us free to a healthy and holy life. A clean conscience makes for a happy (Romans 14:22) and confident (I John 3:21) lifestyle. On this Yom Kippur let the spiritual power of Yeshua’s blood touch and heal your heart and soul.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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