Last week I started a series of BLOGs dealing with the nature of blood, and it’s portrayal of Spiritual Truth. Blood in Scripture is the source of life: “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Blood sacrifices were used to atone for sin and in rites of purification, and finally, the blood of Christ brings everlasting life to those that believe. The three-fold nature of blood is 1) plasma (mostly water), 2) red cells (the bearers of life, oxygen) and the 3) Immune and protection system (clotting agents and immune system components). Today, I’ll deal with the part of the blood, called the Plasma.
To live our bodies need oxygen, water, sleep and food, and protection (safety). Each one has a time limit for how long we can live without it. I call this the rule of 8s and the limits are: oxygen – 8 minutes, water – 80 hours, sleep – 8 days, food – 80 days, protection – unlimited. Plasma is mostly water and makes up 55% of the blood, and it carries dissolved nutrients to the cells of the body. Our bodies are sustained by these nutrients but the source of life is the oxygen carried by the red blood cells (next week) because we would die without it no matter how much of the others we had available. The Plasma is the carrier of life, but NOT the life itself. Also, Plasma carries nutrition (water and food) and all the other components of blood to all the cells of the body. It also carries waste products to the kidneys. Every cell must have direct contact with the blood, or it will die. The source of life is oxygen carried by the red blood cells, but plasma contains nutrients to sustain life. Study Jesus on the vine and the branches.
The Holy Spirit is like Plasma since it is the carrier and sustainer of life but NOT the life itself. He is like water poured out to bring God’s message to us. His preparation is essential to prepare us to hear the Gospel. For more insight see my exposition of the raising of Lazarus on pages 7-9 in my book: Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! available at http://www.yourchristiananswers.com. He is God’s agent to accomplish God’s will, so He brings life and sustains it just like the water in the blood and also removes the toxic things that prevent us from spiritual growth. Our sanctification is His work in us as we grow in Christ! He brings us the good things we need and takes away the toxic things we need to eliminate. May God bless His work in you!
Here are some verses that will help you see these concepts. Look them up! Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-18, John 4:14, and Revelation 21:6
Revelation 22:17 and the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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