Wow, I cannot believe that this is the fifth post around the blood of Jesus. The more I study it, the more it amazes me on how intricate and amazing the blood is. Today, I want to dig into the white blood cells.
Another vital important part of blood is the white blood cells. They are responsible for fighting invaders in the body. White cells are the body’s primary defence against infection. They can move out of the blood stream and reach tissues quickly to fight infection. They keep our immune system going. They keep us healthy. There are many types of white blood cells: monocytes, basophils, neutrophils, eosinophils and lymphocytes, some of them fight by sacrificing themselves in the battle, some eats the germs, some will call in reinforcements, some are antibodies, some are the alarm makers, some are helpers and communicators, etc. Each have its own unique role and work together with the others to protect the body from the variety of onslaughts.
Have you also experienced when you get a small cut in your finger with a knife, how painful that small cut can be, it becomes red and is sensitive for a few days. I know the red and little swelling is from bacteria that entered through the skin to the flesh underneath. There are so many germs sitting and waiting on any surface to enter your body and cause harm. Our skin is an amazing defence meganism by itself that is keeping the unwanted out of our bodies. Bacteria sits and wait on the skin to find an opening, to find a wound, because that is the only way it can get in, In the same way I imagine the devil’s helpers, are waiting close to your spiritual heart and mind to find that hurt, that wound, because that is the only place they can enter in and cause harm. In our body, that is where our white blood cells come in. As soon as the alarm goes off that a foreign invader has entered your body, the white blood cells start with the attack. If you have Jesus’s blood flowing in you, strong with white blood cells, you will be able to resist the onslaughts you get from any woundedness.
Germs are not only waiting on the surface of your skin, they are also coming in with the life giving oxygen we breathe, with the food we eat to sustain ourselves. This reminds me of half-truths as I discussed last week, many times the enemy’s lies comes with the good stuff we take in, the enemy know we will recognize him if he comes in his pure form, that is way he mixes himself with oxygen, with the food you take in, subtly. We need to be very careful what we eat and what we breathe in. If you pick up a strange smell from the air or the food, you will move away from it, do the same spiritually, if you pick up that this thing you are presented with (something you see, hear, experience) have a bad smell, move away, don’t eat it or breathe it in. If something accidentally comes in, our body is very good at protecting us from the air we breathe, from the food we eat. The body has many white blood cells whose only purpose is to search for foreign invaders even before they can start to cause harm. In the same way the Holy Spirit can make you aware of anything you are exposed to, if you are sensitive for the Spirit, it can assist you to get rid of it or move away before it causes any harm to your emotions and your spirit.
When I cut myself, I am happy when I see the blood pouring out (I am not happy I cut myself, but I am happy to see that the blood pours out and that the germs cannot pour in). As the blood is required at every cell in your body for Life giving, so it will flow when any cell in your body is hurt, to protect. By having the blood flow out of a cut, it washes away any germs on the surface that want to come in.
Our body’s defence is our white blood cells. They attack all the foreign invaders in our system and keep us from getting an infection and getting sick. Spiritually we need to be careful of what we see, hear and touch – all the spiritual inputs, good and bad, we are exposed to. Satan sits there waiting to find any cut, anything you take in, to jump in and infect your soul. You need Jesus’s blood to pour out of any hurt, to wash away and attack all the bad germs waiting to come in. We need to filter what we put our eyes on, what we hear. If we hear or see something on towards, we need to wash it away with Jesus’s blood, to get the white blood cells to clean us. That is how the Blood of the Lamb cleanse. With the white blood cells. For long I could not understand how red blood can wash you as white as snow, but looking at how white blood cells work, I can understand it, anything dirty, on toward coming its way can be washed and cleaned, nothing is left over and all are removed.
The immune system in the human body is a very complex system with such a variety of interactions, in the same way spiritual protection and attacks are complex and there is a great variety, which these writiings cannot completely cover. Protection is the thing we need the most. There are so many things in this world that we need protection against, especially from the roaming lion that does not sleep. There are different types of physical attacks: bacteria, allergens, viruses, fungi, parasites, tumours. IN the same way one can get spiritually attacked by a variety of ways. Our physical bodies can be attacked spiritually, your identity can be attacked and the hurts from your past can be used against you, No wonder the Psalmist cries out for protection.
Ps 16:1 Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.
Ps 41:2 The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, he shall be called blessed in the land; and You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
Prov 4:6 Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you: love her, and she will guard you
Revelation 7: 14b-16
These are they who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution) and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are [new] before the [very] throne of God and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary (temple); and He Who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread his tabernacle over and shelter them with His presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat.
Isaiah 27:5 Or else, let them take hold of My Strength and make complete surrender to My protection, that they may make peace with Me! Yes, let them make peace with Me!
Ep5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church.
When I started to write this chapter, my children and I got very sick from bacteria in the water they swam in. I thought it very peculiar that we will be attacked by bacteria in the time I am writing this. First the children got sick, sore throats followed by vomiting and diarrhoea. The bacteria got so bad that they could not keep anything in, not even water. I had to take them to hospital for antibiotics and rehydration. If the antibodies in our bodies are not strong enough, the bacteria can take over, it can consume you, dehydrate you. If the blood in your body is strong and full of antibodies, you can resist the bacteria taking over, you cannot always keep it from making you sick for a while, but your body can fight it naturally, if you are not strong enough, get professional help. Spiritually, if the Blood, faith, in you is not strong enough, go seek help from a pastor, a counsellor, go seek Godly counsel.
My children responded very well to the treatment, and then I started to get sick. As a precaution, I also received antibiotics to ensure I don’t get dehydrated as well. For the first time in my life my body responded negatively to the antibiotics! I got even sicker than the children. That has taught me that any counsel is not necessary Godly counsel. Make sure you get the correct treatment for your ailment spiritually, someone else’s remedy is not necessarily yours. You are different and unique and you will need different treatment.
The Bible also links blood to protection. One of the great stories in the Bible has been the first Passover. The opening to the house was the Door (all openings are a way for the Devil to come in, openings need protection).
Ex12:3 Tell the congregation of Israel. On the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb or kid, according to [the size of] the family of which he is the father, a lamb or a kid for each house.
Ex12:7 they shall take of the blood and put it on the two side post and on the lintel [above the door space] of the houses in which they shall eat [the Passover Lamb]
Ex12:10 You shall let nothing of the meat remain until the morning, and the bones and inedible bits which remain of it until morning you shall burn with fire.
Ex 12:13 The blood shall be a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt.
Put the blood of the Lamb on the entrance of your house – make sure evil passes by.
Ex 12:26 When your children shall say to you, What do you mean by this service?
Ex12:27 You shall say, it is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshipped.
More verses around God’s protection:
Rev 12:11 And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to the life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing’.
1Peter 1:19 But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ [the Messiah], like that of a sacrificial lamb without blemish or spot.
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the firstborn of the dead. [First to be brought back to life] and the Prime [Ruler] of the kings of the earth. To Him Who ever loves us and has once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood.
1 John 1:7
But – if we (really) are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin all its forms and manifestations].
1 Joh 1: 7 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 cleanseth us from all sin.
When I use communion, I try to remember that the blood gives me live giving water, that I am set apart by His boundaries, that I am cleansed from all sin, that it gives me oxygen, breath, strength, but it also protects me from evil, it constantly fights these invaders and many times I am not even aware of it. His blood is so much more than only wine or grape juice that flowed for us on the cross.