Published June 23, 2009

Paul's Epistle...
"The Blood"

Normally, I don't repeat stories that have been circulating on the internet (because you've probably already seen them). But this one, whose original author is unknown, is so powerful – and, perhaps, so convicting – that I just had to share it with you:

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs and prostitution. But the change in her was evident. And, as time went by, she became a faithful member of the church.

She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the preacher's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began.

You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a minister's son. And the church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting.

As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the matter was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up concerning her past.

As she began to cry, the pastor's son, who could not bear the pain this was causing his wife-to-be, stood up to speak. "My fiancee's past is not what is on trial here," he said. "What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today, you have put the blood of Jesus on trial once more. So does it wash away sin or not?"

Church members began to weep as they realized what had been taking place. They realized they had been slandering the blood of our Lord Jesus.

Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is the very foundation in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble.

What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! End of case!

1st John 1:7, speaking of God, reminds us that the "blood of His son cleanses us from all sin." It even "cleanses the conscience" (Heb. 9:14). The shed blood of Christ justifies us (Rom. 5:9) and redeems us (Ephesians 1:7, Rev. 5:9) with the "forgiveness of sins" (Eph. 1:7).

The Perrys' current very popular radio song, "I Know It Was The Blood,"* says it this way:

There is nothing like that joy of sweet salvation
Knowing that my past has been erased
And life is just a fresh and new beginning
Made possible by just a touch of grace.

It was the blood, I know it was the blood
That cleansed me from the inside out.
Giving me a calm assurance far beyond my greatest doubt.
When I knelt down at the altar Heaven listened to my plea.
Oh, I felt a newfound glory from my head down to my feet
And I know it was the blood saving me.

If you are a Christian, you can rejoice in that truth of God's saving forgiveness today. But please don't defame the power of Christ's shed blood by questioning its efficacy in the life of someone else who has truly repented of past sins and claimed the blood and its power to wash them "whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).

- Paul

*"I Know It Was The Blood," Wayne Haun & Joel Lindsey, (c)2007 Bridge Building Music/Blacksferry Town Music/Hefton Hill Music BMI. Excerpted lyrics quoted by permission.

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