When Did God See The Blood?
There has never been a time when the eternal Jehovah did not look to Christ, the Lamb slain, as the ground of all His blessings to and the salvation of His elect. As He said of that earthly people that picture His redeemed, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:13) It was not when they saw it but when He saw it! When did God “see” the blood of His Son as the justice-satisfying sacrifice for the sins of His people? “When” really doesn’t apply to God who beholds everything in all of time and eternity with one all-encompassing view. Without a doubt there is a progressive manifestation and revelation of the purpose and will of God’s grace in Christ, but the unchanging God of eternal glory views and always has viewed all His grace children in Christ. Looking to Christ crucified, He loved them, chose them, established His everlasting covenant concerning them, all with an eye to “the blood.” Looking to this Lamb slain (there being no possibility that He could fail), He could justly bless them even then with “all spiritual blessings.” Christ the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world is Christ the Lamb hanging on the cross and the Lamb John sees in the Revelation as “newly slain.” Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of His people is the “everlasting righteousness” that was brought in or made manifest when He came into the world and died the death of the cross. The great change comes when He enables us to see the blood by faith! When we see the blood, which occurs when the Spirit of God reveals it to us and in us through the gospel of Christ crucified, we change, casting off the rags of our self-righteousness and pleading the blood of Christ as the only way God has and could be just and justify us. We look to this Lamb slain just as God always has! “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:24) “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.” (Hebrews 9:12) The word “obtained” here means to find, discover, perceive. By His blood (death, sacrifice) Christ entered into the holy place of heaven and we in Him find or perceive this “eternal redemption” sure and accomplished through His blood. His blood is the blood of the everlasting covenant which is ordered in all things and sure and this is all the salvation of the people of God!