Q. I believe that Jesus paid the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross. But, I was told by a deacon that I have to believe Christ literally “shed his blood” and died to pay the penalty for my sin. My question is, was it both his blood and death that paid the penalty? I’m really confused because I thought I only had to accept his death as full payment.
A. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). In all the Old Testament models the shedding of blood resulted in the death of the sacrifice. So while we are saved by the blood of the Lamb, it’s implied that the shedding of blood included His death. In fact the term bloodshed is defined in the dictionary as the destruction of life.
In Colossians 1:22 Paul wrote, “But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
So while your deacon is technically correct, I think most people would consider “His shed blood” and “His death” to be equivalent terms.