September 2021, Vol. 39, No. 9

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Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

posted on September 7, 2021

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Robert Lowry composed both the words and music of the beautiful hymn, “Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.” In the hymn we are asked, “What can wash away my sins?” and “What can make me whole again?” Each time we respond, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” In Lowry’s hymn we sing of how His blood is the source of our cleansing. The chorus rings out, “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

His blood redeems us! Paul wrote, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). Peter wrote, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). John wrote of the heavenly new song which declares of Christ: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

L. E. Jones’ hymn reminds us, “There is Power in the Blood.” How true! We are justified by His blood (Romans 5:9), made nigh by His blood (Ephesians 2:13), purged by His blood (Hebrews 9:14), sanctified by His blood (Hebrews 13:12), and cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:7). Revelation speaks of how we can wash our robes (7:17) and overcome Satan (12:11) by the blood of the Lamb.

Why should we become members of the church of Christ? Because it was “purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). Why should we be faithful? Because His blood continues to cleanse us (1 John 1:7). What do Christians have to rejoice about? We can rejoice in the fact that He “loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priest to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:5-6a).

What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! There is power in the blood! “…to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6b).

Dwight Fuqua
Findlay church of Christ
Sparta, TN

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