Praise the Lord that I can say I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. Are you able to share in my joy? Do the words of this song strike a chord deep in your soul? Are you moved to tears as you listen, reminded of your sinful nature and the redemption brought by Christ Jesus?
Let’s talk a little about what it means to be washed in the blood and why we need to be cleansed in the first place.
Isa 64 : 6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Rom 3 : 23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So, a simple look at the above verses tells us that all men are sinners, but what now? Is there any way to be cleansed from our sin?
Heb 9 : 22
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
So, we know in the old testament there were elaborate ritual sacrifices where animals had to be slaughtered for man’s sins. While, it is difficult to understand from our human perspective why God required a blood sacrifice, we know that He did. We know that He is holy and that He is just. Therefore, sacrifice had to be made for sins.
For those who chose not to be saved, there had to be a punishment, so without getting to deep into a study on Hell. Let’s show a verse or two that shows that Hell is a reality, not just a separation from God, but an actual place. It wasn’t initially prepared for us. It was prepared for the devil and his angels.
Matt 25 : 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Isa 5 : 14
Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
And if it was separation from God, then King David wouldn’t have said this:
Ps 139 : 8
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
There are many other verses about Hell, but we won’t belabor the point. The important thing to remember about Hell is that it does exist, and God doesn’t send you there. You make a choice whether to accept salvation or not. If you go to Hell, it will be by your choice, not by His. He is not willing that any should perish.
2 Pet 3 : 9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Loving and long-suffering as He is, He made a way for us escape damnation and to be forgiven forever, without the need for continual sacrifices. He sent His only begotten Son, so that the world through Him, might be saved.
John 1 : 14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 3 : 16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John the Baptist knew who Jesus was and why He came, when John first saw Him, he recognized him as the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.
John 1 : 29
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
So, now, we have a choice. We can choose to try to atone for our sins ourselves, an impossible task that we are certainly not up for. Or we can simply accept the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that He made when He laid down His life for us.
John 10 : 17-18
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
He sacrificed His life for our sins, so that we might be forgiven, should we choose to accept the gift. The gift is free to us, but came at a high cost to Him.
1 Cor 6 : 20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I made my choice. I was bought with a price, and I am now part of his purchased possession. I have been redeemed. Praise the Lord.
Eph 1 : 14
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Eph 1 : 7
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
No amount of good works can ever accomplish the task that Christ Jesus our Lord accomplished that day on the cross when He said “It is finished.”
Eph 2 : 8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 19 : 30
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
I thank God that it is finished. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. If we trust in anything, but the finished work of Christ Jesus, then we are trusting ourselves our works instead of our God.
If you haven’t already, I ask you to seriously study the gospel message as delivered to the apostle Paul and shared with us through his epistles found in Romans through Philemon.
1 Cor 15 : 3-4
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I am sealed by the Holy Spirit and I am saved from eternal death.
1 Cor 1 : 18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
2 Cor 1 : 22
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Eph 1 : 13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Share your thoughts on the gospel message and the song “Are You Washed in the Blood? in the comments.
(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)
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Elle E. Kay relates the gospel message delivered by Paul to the song “Are You Washed in the Blood?”