The Psalmist David wrote in Psalm 14:3: “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one.” Paul quoted this verse in Romans 3:10. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Our sins alienate us from God (Isa. 59:1-2). The curse of death is pronounced upon us by reason of our sins, and we are powerless to do anything to change our condition before God. If sinful man is to be saved, it will have to be accomplished by someone or something other than ourselves. This is where Jesus came to our rescue.
Notice several scriptures that address what God and Christ have done to save us: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21). “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10). “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9). “But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). They tell us the basis upon which salvation from sins is available to us. Certainly it is not our works that save us. It is our “works” that have brought us unto condemnation. If we are saved, it will be God who saves us, through Christ Jesus our Lord!
David wrote: “Purge me. . ., and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psa. 51:7). This is the same message that is found in Revelation 7:14: “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” There is no cleansing from sin except it be by the blood of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
How do I reach the blood of Christ that cleanses us from our sins? Some think that man reaches the blood of Christ by “accepting Jesus as his personal Savior,” and by reciting the sinner’s prayer; (Neither of which is found in the Bible). It does, however, tell us how we come in contact with the blood of Christ. All of us know that Jesus shed His blood at Calvary at the hands of the Romans and the Jews almost 2,000 years ago. Hear what the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-4 had to say: “Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Denominational teachers often protest that if one has to be baptized to reach Christ’s blood, then salvation is by man’s works, and not by grace. These false teachers are not telling the truth. It is absolutely true that man is not saved by his own works, or by works of merit. Paul taught as much: “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). Baptism is not a work of man but a work of God, even as faith is a work of God (Jn 6:28,29). Note Colossians 2:12: “buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the WORKING OF GOD, who raised Him from the dead.” Baptism is effective because God makes it work! Therefore, by baptism we reach the death of Christ. We need to reach His death because that is where His blood was shed. We need His blood to cleanse us from our sins in order to inherit eternal life.
Have you been cleansed by the blood of Christ? Have you been baptized as His Word requires? If not, let me urgently ask that you obey Him while there is still time (2 Cor 6:2). Jesus had His apostles preach the gospel unto all the world and contained therein was this: “He that BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved…” (Mk 16:16). Peter preached on the day of Pentecost for all confessed believers to: “Repent and be BAPTIZED for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). As Saul was commanded, even so are we today: “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). No one shall enter into the kingdom of heaven except first their sins be removed. All repented sins are removed by the blood of Christ by the means of baptism. All sins thereafter are removed by repentance (Acts 8:22). This is a book, chapter, and verse FACT!