Blood Topical Study

<p><span class="body-copy">Those same connections between life and blood and the shedding of blood with death explain the atoning function of the sacrificial system. As &quot;the wages of sin is death&quot; (<a href="">Romans&nbsp;6:23</a>), blood becomes redemption&#39;s natural currency: &quot;[W]ithout the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness&quot; (<a href="">Heb. 9:22</a>). Hence blood has the sacred weight to seal covenants (<a href="">Exodus 24:8</a>, <a href="">Matthew&nbsp;26:28</a>) and must be sacrificially splattered, smeared, sprinkled, and poured throughout the book of Leviticus. In the New Testament, the sacramental, covenantal, and sacrificial meanings of blood converge in the life of God flowing through the veins of the Messiah. For &quot;through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross&quot; (<a href="">Colossians&nbsp;1:20</a>; c.f. <a href="">Ephesians&nbsp;2:13</a>, <a href="">Romans&nbsp;3:23 - 25</a>, <a href="">Romans&nbsp;5:9</a>).</span></p>