Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Can Wash Away Our Sins

The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son Cleanseth us from all sin [1 John 1-7]

 If you notice the above verse did not say "shall cleanse" meaning sometime in the future your sins will be taken away but it says "cleanseth" meaning right now. Forgiveness of {all} sin is for now this present time. It is a privilege for today, this very hour. The very second a person who is a sinner calls out to Jesus and ask for forgiveness, putting his trust in him that person is one hundred percent forgiven and he is set free from his sins. 

It is so sad when some Christians put there salvation in other things instead of that precious Blood of God's Son. Some people and denominations will credit their salvation to the blood and works. We as Christians should have works if we proclaim Christ as our Savior, but works will not save you and it did not save me. I pass out tracts, write articles, visit the sick, go to church, do things for people who need help, and other things, but that does not save me. Only by the blood of Jesus Christ the battle has been won.

Some other denominations will tell you that you must be baptized in water to be saved. One man once told me if I was not baptized in water immediately after I was saved, I just went down to the alter a sinner and came up a sinner. How deceived he was. The blood that Jesus shed for me on that old cross cleansed me from all sin and set me free. It was the Blood of my Savior that saved my soul.

Yes there are some who believe that baptism washes away sins. This is not scriptural. The Bible says, "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev. 1:5). When one hears the Word, the Holy Spirit takes the word and convicts or sin, of righteousness, of judgment and works godly sorrow which brings repentance and faith; faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our sins are washed away in His blood and not by water.

Later I was baptized in water with other converts from the Church of God that I was attending. We went on a church bus to a pond and proclaimed our salvation as we went under. It was a beautiful day, we sang songs about our Savior, we praised His name, but it was not the water that saved any of us. It was the Blood that Jesus Christ Shed on the cross.

Even though water baptism does not save a person it is an outward showing of a finished work on the inside of us. We are showing the world that we have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. If you are a Christian saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ and there is a chance for you to be baptized in water, do it. 

Then there are other denominations that say you must be baptized in the Holy Ghost before you can be saved and go to heaven. There are other denominations that say that you must walk through a door at a certain time and they have a name for the door, which none of it is true or scriptural. Some say you must be of a certain denomination or go to a certain church to be saved. It is by the Blood that was shed by Jesus Christ on Calvary that we are saved and nothing else.  "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins."

What can wash away those sins, dear friends? Nothing but the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus? What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus? So, there is no remission outside the blood of Jesus. You cannot mix blood and water, or blood and church membership, or blood and works, or any other thing, simply through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ do we have remission of our sins. Praise God for salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ

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