Step 3: Covering

 

 

redeem

Scripture

 

Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

 

1 John 1:7 (NKJV)

7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

Important Word to Consider

 

cleanses-

KJV Dictionary Definition:

cleanse- verb

To purify; to make clean; to remove filth, or foul matter of any kind, or by any process whatever, as by washing, rubbing, scouring, scraping, purging, ventilation, &c.; as, to cleanse the hands or face to cleanse a garment; to cleanse the bowels; to cleanse a ship; to cleanse an infected house.

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It is important to note that the blood of Jesus is much better than any man-made primer.

Man-made primer will only cover old mistakes.

The all-powerful blood of Jesus will actually ERASE our past mistakes!

Once we are covered by Jesus, our old sins are no longer in existence.

Our surface does not only appear to be clean,  we literally are CLEAN down to our core!

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Let’s consider this beautiful old hymn:

 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can wash away my sin?
 Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow,
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,

 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.

 

There is truly NOTHING like the blood of Jesus!

In this lesson we are going to compare it to artist’s gesso, but just to be clear, there literally is NOTHING that has or will ever be in existence that has the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood!

The blood of Jesus t is the only gesso that can ever fully cover the canvas of our life.

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Thoughts from Leslie

 

Our life is like a canvas.

We are all born with a clean, white canvas.

Over time sin causes our canvas to become dusting and smudged, and literally covered in filth..

But, like a painter’s canvas, our lives can be wiped clean and refurbished!

It is not too late for any of us to become something new and beautiful!

Let’s reflect once again on the steps required to refurbish a used canvas.

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In this lesson let’s take note of the third key step  

Covering

In order to hold a new picture, a used canvas must first be completely covered with a primer of some sort.

Physically we must do the same.

We must be completely covered  before we can hold a new “life picture”.

There is only ONE way to cover all of our sins and become white again, and that is through the blood of Jesus!

The blood of Jesus is our primer!

Will we choose to be covered today?

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Action Plan

 

If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do so today.

Find a Christian friend or a local pastor who can lead you through the plan of salvation.

Jesus is waiting and willing to enter your heart and cover all of your sins, but you must invite Him to come in first.

 

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For those of us who already have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let’s spend time in prayer today.

Jesus is willing to cover all of our sins, but FIRST we must confess and repent each one.

Our Messiah will not grab sins out of our hands that we are not yet willing to give to Him.

Let’s spend time today releasing all of our sins to Him.

 

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Big Takeaway

 

The all-powerful blood of Jesus will actually ERASE our past mistakes!

Once we are covered by Jesus, our old sins are no longer in existence.

Our surface does not only appear to be clean,  we literally are CLEAN down to our core!

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Prayer

 

Before our sins can be covered, we need to first release them.  This is sometimes very difficult to do. Before we go further in our discussion, let’s ask our Heavenly Father to give us the strength that we need to be able to release our sins to Him.

 

Discussion Questions

 

Read this verse again slowly, questions will follow.

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can wash away my sin?
 Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow,
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,

 Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

  1.  This hymn makes a point to say that nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins.  Why  do you think this hymn states that?  What are other possible ways that people might try in an attempt to wash away their sins?
  2. In this hymn it states that nothing but the blood of Jesus can make us whole again.  What are other things that people may turn to to try to make them feel whole again? Do these things work?  Why or why not?
  3. Are there sins in our lives today that we are struggling to release to Jesus? If so, what are they? We may not be ready to confess them to others, but we can confess them to ourselves.  Remember our Messiah will not grab sins out of our hands -we must be willing to release them to Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Step 3: Covering

  1. Great reading today. That is the beauty of following Christ. No good works, no offerings, no candle burning or any religious act is going to make us whole again. Only the blood of Jesus we need To repent and walk away from our sinful nature. He will cover us and is not our righteousness but Christ righteousness that live in us.

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