The answer is: yes, beyond doubt. I John 1:7 says: “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 cleanses us from all sin.”
There is a common cultic heresy to the effect that the blood of Christ has no cleansing efficacy of itself. This contradicts the plain teaching of the Bible. The Apostle John wrote the above words long after Christ’s blood had all been spilled on the cross. But it was still miraculously cleaning sinners in His day, and is doing so in ours as well.
It is true that Christ’s blood supported His physical life. For “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). But His blood was not like the blood of other humanity. For it was “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter1:19).
The blood of Christ Jesus was uncontaminated either by genetic defects due to accumulated generations of mutations (as in all other men and women), or inherent sin. When His blood was shed, it did not simply disappear into the ground and decay into dust, any more than did His body in the tomb, for it had been an integral part of His perfect human body which was to be raised and glorified.
As our great High Priest, He somehow took His atoning blood into the holy place in the heavenly tabernacle, “having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:7-12). Some would say they don’t understand. But if we could understand all of God’s marvelous power, and all about Him, He would not be God.
In the Old Testament Scriptures we read that at the mercy seat, the ancient high priest “sprinkled with blood” both the book and the people, the tabernacle and its vessels. So in Heaven by His own “blood of sprinkling” (Hebrews 9:19-21; 12:24) have we been cleansed in God’s sight. (See also I Peter 1:2).
Thus His blood can (literally) “keep on cleansing us from all sin.” This all starts when we place our faith in him as our Savior — “He cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:7.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN, 55082 or call 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net