One evening the door bell rang and to our surprise, standing on the door step was a well dressed young man holding a suitcase. He smiled pleasantly and introduced himself as a seller of cleaning agents. There were cleaners for all kinds of stains on all kinds of surfaces. There was an agent for removing oil from the driveway, another to remove stubborn stains from carpets, another for car washing, window cleaning, and the list went on and on. It even included some potions that possibly would be helpful in hospital sterilisation. I began to wonder wherever such an array of bottles and sprays could be stored in one house? Then there was the price. It is said that good salesmen whet your appetite for the product before introducing the cost involved! It was at this stage my interest waned.
However, as I pondered this experience I thought about another cleansing which takes only one application and eradicates every stain. It is so powerful that it lasts for ever. You may ask, "What is the cost?" The amazing truth is that this remedy is free. Please read on for an explanation.
All that we have considered concerns stains that are on materials which we see all around us and are outward. A far larger and more serious problem has to do with the stain of sin that is within us. You may say, "If we cannot see these stains, how do we know they exist?" While we cannot see the stain within, we can observe the effects of it in our lives. We are sinners by birth and we are not long in this world until the evidence of indwelling sin is obvious. The Bible states, "… all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3.23. The end result of this sin is death. Once more we quote from God’s Word, "… sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death" James 1.15; and again, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Romans 5.12. These verses not only bring physical death to our attention, but they direct us to the awfulness of eternal death, which is to be under the judgment of God eternally.
How can such be cleansed and that with only one application? We cannot deal with sin ourselves, since it has its roots internally, in our nature. No surgeon can cut it out; no religion can cover it; it cannot be overcome by good works; philosophy and the like, will never take away sins. Our only valid instruction can be found in simple yet glorious words in God’s inspired Word, "the blood of Jesus Christ His [God’s] Son cleanseth us from all sin" 1John 1.7. The Bible states of another company, "These are they which … have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" Revelation 7.14. Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, came from heaven and shed His blood sacrificially on the cross of Calvary, so that God, on a righteous basis, could forgive our sins. This needs no second application. Once we have truly repented of our sin and exercised faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we become the possessors of the life of God, eternal life and we can never perish, John 10.28,29. John 3.16, says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
The old hymn says:
Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life-giving flow.
There’s wonderful power in the blood.
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