The visible is the expression of the invisible.
2 Corinthians 4:18 – “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
The Invisible is Made Known
By faith, we comprehend that this world was created from God’s spoken Word, forming our visible world out of the invisible.
We – the galaxies; this earth; and everything within – came into existence when God spoke. When God spoke, visible creation took new form. That which exists in the spiritual realm, including God’s nature, took on material form.
God’s Word explains that we are God’s image (Genesis 1:27; 5:1). Right there at the beginning of our formed existence, our Maker wants us to know that we were created to bear his image.
In His likeness – a reflection of the invisible. This is what you are.
And as we read through the Old Testament and into the New, the Word continues to tell us that the things in this realm — the material — point to the substance in the spiritual realm. Scriptures reveal much about what the spiritual realm looks, feels, and operates like: “The kingdom of heaven is like a field, a farmer, a treasure, a mustard seed… (fill in your favorite metaphor).
Oswald Chambers once wrote: “All that we see on this earth is symbolic reality.”
While there are mysteries surrounding many of God’s plans and ways, we are given clear indicators of His nature and His existence through our physical world. He exists in the place called heaven. And through parables and metaphors, we are told what Heaven is like.
Including His blood.
Hang with me.
The Blood Symbolizes Life
Leviticus 17:11 – “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”
The red stuff pumping through our veins is a picture of life in Heaven.
What? Blood is symbolic of Life?
Further study gives us a clue to the relationship between heavenly life and blood.
John 1:4 – “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.“
John 5:26 – “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.“
John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life.“
1 Timothy 6:19 – “So they may take hold of the life that is truly life.“
When we look at the biology of blood, we come to understand more about this life of heaven. The blood in our bodies is constantly at work, carrying oxygen and nutrients to organs, but also eliminating harmful bacteria and other bad stuff we don’t need through the liver.
Blood, it turns out, is a beautiful symbol of the need for Christ as he is Life. He delivers all that is good and removes harmful junk. He is our breath, our sustainer, and without Him, we’d be dead, spiritually and eternally.
The Perfect Life-giving Blood
Jesus shed His perfect, sinless blood so you and I could have real life – a life akin to the glorious life we will experience in Heaven. Look at this little jewel of a verse: 1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
The blood of Christ is the cleansing agent for sin, just like your blood is the cleansing agent for your body.
As a believer, you have His blood. As a born-again, living creature, His pure, virus-free life flows through your spirit-veins. Ephesians 2:13 tells us: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.“
As your physical body must have blood to live, your spirit body must have Christ to live.
Christ’s sinless and pure blood – a shadow of His life.
And His life imparts the atoning value needed for our redemption. No virus, no spike protein, no cancer cells will be find in Him.
There’s power in the blood … hmm … hmm … power in the blood. He shed His power blood to share it with you.
Receive it and let it flow!
Oh my gosh, what, what about me that needs transforming can be because I now understand the cleansing, life-giving charge that is constantly renewing me spiritually?
Deep thoughts to ponder and insightful comments welcomed.
Thank you! Laurie