A-Z: General definitions: Blood


Important word in the Bible which can have several meanings: a symbol of life; death (through the shedding of blood); guilt - having blood on one's hands (Matthew 27:24-25); or sacrifice - as a way of bringing about forgiveness for sin (Leviticus 17:11). In the New Testament the blood of Jesus is seen as the final 'payment' for sin, and therefore ' washes' Christian believers clean (Hebrews 9:14). In Holy Communion, the wine symbolises Jesus' blood (1 Corinthians 11:25).

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