The blood that Jesus shed for believers on Calvary may often be viewed for only its saving power and redemptive atonement for the sins of the world. We can receive forgiveness of sins, past, current and future by accepting Jesus as our personal Savior. But, are there other benefits that may be neglected when we fail to embrace and receive the life given through the blood?
So what is the meaning of blood-bought? Being blood-bought = Bought or obtained at the expense of life or by the shedding of blood, as in the crucifixion of Christ. What did Jesus’ death do for our health? It offers us wholeness for our mind, body and soul. Sickness and disease may come to our body but we do not have to allow it to stay, for by His stripes we were healed (Isaiah 53:5). Fear, depression, affliction and worry may try to confuse and distress our mind, but how can they when God has given us a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Emotions such as anger, envy, jealousy and strife may try to lead us to act in the flesh, but as new creatures, we are to demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22).
The slogan “Membership has its privileges” is a popular American Express slogan. I believe the American Express slogan should be adopted by the Body of Christ to become the battle cry for what Jesus’ death affords for Believers. Jesus’ death provided more than the forgiveness of sin and the assurance of eternal life. His death provided membership to the best health and fitness program that this world has to offer. This health and fitness program does not carry the name Gold’s Gym or LA Fitness. The name of this health and fitness program is ABUNDANT LIFE.
So, the next time you have sickness or disease in your body, or if stress or mental illness are trying to attack your mind and/or heart ache or heart break attempt to send your emotions into a tail spin, remember you have membership in the greatest health and fitness program. Remember, you have membership in Kingdom Living. Therefore, do not hesitate to pull out your membership manual. You may call it the Bible or you may call it the Word of God. It does not matter what you call it as long as you seek to learn about and apply the blood-bought privileges Jesus’ death provides for your health and wellness so you can be made whole!