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Preaching Through The Hymns: Are You Washed In The Blood?

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Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
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,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

“Are you washed in the blood”  — Church of Christ folk tend to think that any song with the word “wash” in it is about baptism but that isn’t really what the author had in mind here.  He is talking about being forgiven of sins by trusting in God’s grace.  Although washing is used of baptism in the experiential sense (I plan to write about experiential baptism soon), it isn’t used that way here.

“Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?”  — Should I be?  Song says “yes”, Bible says “yes”, preacher says “no”.  The preacher says that our works have something to do with it and that we can’t simply trust His grace.

“Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?”  — I didn’t know that I could until I learned it for myself.  We can rest in our trust in the Father, but the church of Christ preacher doesn’t think so.  They rest in their “correct” doctrine and practices and in the idea that they are not a denomination.  I would rather rest in Christ.

“When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?”  — The church of Christ preacher says that you can’t know the answer to this but you actually can.  My “robes are white” because Christ made me clean.  I don’t have to worry about this.  The song is speaking of an unbeliever’s robes not being white before conversion.  After conversion, this is no longer a question.

“fountain”  — This is also not specifically about baptism, it is a reference to Christ’s blood which saves.

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Written by freeinchrist

June 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

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