Bathing In The Blood

Are You Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb?

A song that is a staple in old American churches that have a traditional background is Are You Washed in The Blood. This song still moves me deeply to this day.
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

– – Elisha A. Hoffman

Are you? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

The most pending question on many devout Christians mind and tongue normally is “Am I saved”. You would think that after years of serving God, loving Jesus, feeding the hungry, helping the widows, assisting the poor and downtrodden and avoiding the sins of the flesh that someone like this would know without a doubt that they are saved, yet in church when they call new converts to recite the sinners prayer, I cannot help but to see many of the tried and true, battle-tested and card carrying elders in the front of the church mouthing the words alongside the sinners and in those moments I realize that I am also at the front mouthing the words too and it is simply because at the end of the day somewhere deep inside I still feel like I have missed the mark. Assurance in the gospel isn’t feeling like you’ve arrived at salvation it is constantly knowing that God’s grace is the only thing that saves you and the closer you get to Jesus the more inadequate and undeserving you often feel. This leads me to personally believe that those people who feel righteous and justified either really are righteous and justified or have not met the all-powerful perfect Jesus.

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew): Luke 5
27Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. 29Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.30But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?e
31Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

Jesus says I did not come to save those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent (which is to do a 180 and turn away and walk away from all sin). Jesus assures us here that He came to save those who know they need Him and when you walk alongside Jesus and grow the relationship by reading His word daily and loving the less fortunate you realize that you are inadequate. Jesus asks us to help the poor and in need and to use our entire life to do so and not because that helping will clean our souls but because that’s what our job would be even if we did not need saving. If my job was as a painter, I would come to work to paint. If the boss says, “hey I have an extra sandwich, you can have it for lunch” that would be great, but I did not come to work for the sandwich I came to work to paint and the sandwich was given freely because I happen to be at the right place at the right time. The word says…

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming: Luke 12
35“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn.d But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. 39“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. 40You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” 41Peter asked, “Lord, is that illustration just for us or for everyone?” 42And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 43If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 44I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 45But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 46The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. 47“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more, will be required.

The place is standing under the banner of the blood of Jesus, the right time is now and your job is to help others and in the process, God will give you grace and mercy and love. You’re not working for the grace and mercy and love, you’re working because it is your job, but since God has more than enough sandwiches (Forgiveness and Salvation) to go around you get an abundance of that too. You do not work for salvation, you get salvation freely because you believe Jesus is the son of God and died on the cross, BUT since you believe Jesus is the son of God and died on the cross, then that makes Him your BOSS. And your BOSS said that your job title is SERVANT and your JOB DESCRIPTION is as follows…

Servant will be responsible for loving those that hate him and being humble during the process. Giving money that servant has for himself and family to another in a more desperate situation. Servant’s hours should be flexible as servant may be called into work at inconvenient times and hours and off days including holidays and vacations not to exclude private family moments. Servant is required to lose friends and family members in pursuit of living righteous and preaching the gospel of Jesus and the cross. Servant is required to repent of any and all sins confessing them to Jehovah God and asking for forgiveness in the blood of Jesus. Be warned that any attempt by servant to save his life, free time, money or any form of pleasure will result in immediate termination. If servant wishes to save his life, he must first lose it by means of spending it serving God.

If you acknowledge and agree to these terms please, please sign below in red ink to match the color of your boss’ signature. Please disregard the fact that your boss’ signature is still wet, warm and running down the page as it will soon leave the page upon your signing and run down your face, hands, and life.

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

– Elisha A. Hoffman

www.WordToday.org

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