Last Sunday we began a new series entitled, “The Blood Works.” It is a series of messages designed to examine those verses that mention the blood of Christ in the context of what His death accomplishes for our salvation. We began looking at Acts 20:28 and looked at the blood that purchases His church. Then we looked at Romans 3:23-26 and examined the blood as it propitiates us.
I began the series by trying to correct a couple of errors that are sometimes made, primarily among Independent Baptists. The first error is thinking that Christ did not have human blood but had Divine blood. This error tries to explain the sinlessness of Jesus. The proponents of this view, following M.R. Dehaan’s book “The Chemistry of the Blood”, believe that only the Father supplies the blood for the child and that it is never mixed with the mother. The problems with this view are numerous and we will tackle them all in the succeeding posts. But let me list them for you here.
The first is that there is absolutely no Scriptural evidence for this view. Nowhere does Scripture teach this view nor does it even imply it.That should be enough for us to abandon any defense of it. But alas, it is not enough because we have heard it all our lives. I only bring science into the discussion because they do.
Secondly, God is Spirit and does not have blood to pass on.
Thirdly, while original sin is passed on to all men, we have no idea and are not told how this transmission takes place. Any attempt is an assumption. The Bible tells us the heart is desperately wicked not our blood. It is silly to think that a spiritual element such as sin has to be passed on through physical means.
Fourthly, genetically the father and mother contribute equally to every part of the child. Each the father and the mother contribute 23 chromosomes to the child. These chromosomes will form every cell in the infants body. The only exception is that the father adds one extra chromosome (Y) to the male determining his sex. It is why through simple blood DNA, the father AND mother can be identified with an almost 100% certainty. How can the mother be identified if she is absent from the blood?
Fifthly, only the mother can add the chromosome that causes the blood to clot. An absence of or defect in this gene causes the child to have hemophilia or an inability to stop bleeding. Since we know that Jesus was circumcised and did not bleed to death, we can safely assume that he had this chromosome, from his mother, in his blood.
Sixthly, this idea is a form of gnosticism that believes that the material body is evil. If the blood has to be divine, then the blood has to be evil and polluting. Again, there is no Biblical nor is there Scientific evidence for this belief.
Seven, blood is made by the BODY. Blood is a product of bone marrow which produces both red and white blood cells. The liver, spleen, intestines, and kidneys are all part of the process of providing plasma and filtering of the blood. Scientifically, the life of the red blood cells is 120 days at which time they simply vanish. So the BODY is constantly replacing the blood in the human body. The same BODY that these same advocates claim is corrupt because it comes from Mary.
Eight, Even Zondervan, the publishers of “The Chemistry of the Blood” recognize the errors of the 1943 publication. References to sin being transmitted by the blood and that blood only comes from the father have been removed. They now refuse to give an unqualified endorsement of the book. Of course, this has not affected the preachers who continue to teach this error because it makes such good preaching.
Nine, Jesus told his disciples at the last supper that as often as they ate of the bread and drank the wine, they do show forth His DEATH until he comes. Jesus here connects his shedding of blood to His death. The wages of sin is DEATH, not just bleeding. This is what Scripture means by shedding of blood. It is dying a violent death. And the blood is the symbol of life poured out unto death. God, himself, required this kind of sacrifice. Old Testament sacrifices had to meet this requirement. For Jesus to fulfill the requirements of God, His blood must be shed. His life must be completely poured out.
Ten, it is simply a misunderstanding of the truth of the hypostatic union of Christ. Jesus was fully human and fully God at the same time in the same person. Any denial of ether is heretical. In fact the Bible says a denial of the flesh of Christ is Antichrist. For his death to be a substitutionary sacrifice for us he had to be 100% man and 100% God. To declare His blood non-human is to deny his humanity. BOTH his complete deity and his complete humanity must be upheld.
Michael Patton may better explain it, “Orthodox Christianity (not Eastern Orthodox) holds to the “Hypostatic Union” of Christ. This means that we believe that Christ is fully God and fully man. This was most acutely defined at the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Important for our conversation is that Christ had to be fully man to fully redeem us. Christ could not be a mixture of God and man, or he could only represent other mixtures of God and man. He is/was one person with two complete natures. These natures do not intermingle (they are “without confusion”). In other words, his human nature does not infect or corrupt his divine nature. And his divine nature does not infect or corrupt his human nature. This is called the communicatio idiomatum (communication of properties or attributes). The attributes of one nature cannot communicate (transfer/share) with another nature. Christ’s humanity did not become divinitized. It remained complete and perfect humanity (with all its limitations). The natures can communicate with the Person, but not with each other.”
It is disappointing that tradition guides some and not scripture. It is further disappointing when our song books hold more sway than the inspired Word of God. When the Bible says be prepared to give a reason for what we believe, we should be ready to give a Scriptural reason and not a reason based on what we have heard, what we sing or some unwarranted assumptions. It is Christ, our Savior, who shed his blood on the cross and died for our salvation. And without that we have no hope.