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Cleansing
Jesus came to the earth, became a man through the virgin birth for one reason, to be the substitute in the punishment for our sin. He came by water, by baptism He identified with us. Water was used in the Old Testament law in ceremonies for purification and cleansing. Jesus offered the woman at the well (John 4) living water to quench thirst and provide life forever. In washing the disciples feet He said if I wash you not you have no part in me (John 13:8). In healing the blind man He told him to go wash in the pool of Slioam (John9:7). Washing with water is symbolic to cleansing and purification. We need to be cleansed daily as was the washing of feet, it cleansed the daily dirt, sins of omission and commission in thoughts and actions. He came by blood, His blood that would be shed in the scourging and on the cross of Calvary Matthew 27. From the time Adam and Eve sinned blood was shed to receive forgiveness and be restored into fellowship with God. The Israelites offered thousands and thousands of animals as sacrifices seeking forgiveness, trusting in the promise of God. Jesus the Son of God came to offer the full and final payment of sins penalty. Water is a must for cleansing and living. No one can live more than a few days without water. The Christian must have the Word of God to cleanse and live spiritually. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” Titus 2:11-12. “Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3
1st John 5:6”This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness because the Spirit is truth.”
Nothing But the Blood
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace, Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Refrain
Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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