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          Lewis E Jones, in the year 1899, wrote the hymn originally titled “Power in the Blood.” He wrote, “Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood; Would you o’er evil a victory win? There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.” Would you be free from your passion and pride? There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood; Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide; There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.”

            Some feel that it is a weakness to admit to the fact that they are sinners. Paul wrote, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In order to be saved one must admit his sinfulness and need for salvation. We are told, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). It took the death of Christ on the cross to set man free from his sin. Paul stated, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

            The Israelites saw the death of Christ as a weakness. They longed for power over other nations and an earthly king to rule them. They saw the coming Messiah as that king. When He submitted to being crucified they rejected Him as the coming one. Paul wrote, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:8-14).

            The Bible describes sin as a weakness which darkens the soul and hinders man’s ability to please God. Jesus had to pay for this weakness with His life. Lewis E. Jones wrote, “Would you be whiter, much whiter that snow? There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood; Sin-stains are lost in  its life-giving flow; There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.” John wrote that Jesus came and willingly lay down His life, as the shepherd of mankind. Jesus stated, “I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and Am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father” (John 10:14-18). Jesus looked beyond the weakness of the cross to what would be accomplished through His death. In the letter to the Hebrews we are told, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”(Hebrews 12:1-2).  Paul stated, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

            Lewis E. James wrote, “Would you do service for Jesus your King? There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood; Would you live daily His praises to sing? There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.” Those who wish to benefit from the death of Christ will have to obey the gospel of Christ (Matthew 7:21). Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). Jesus stated, in the scenes at the judgment, “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me” (Matthew 25:34-36).

            The children of God are those who receive Christ, according to His terms. Jesus stated, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). Paul tells us that it was through weakness of the flesh that Jesus became the power of God to those who obey Him. He stated, “For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you” (II Corinthians 3:4).  Have you truly humbled your spirit and received the power of God? (Ephesians 6:10).

                                                                                               

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