O Precious Is the Flow, That Makes Me White as Snow by Ken Trivette

O Precious Is the Flow, That Makes Me White as Snow
Ken Trivette
I Peter 1:18-19

A) The Work of Redemption
B) The Way of Redemption
A) A Sacrificial Picture
B) A Saving Price
A) What was Given for Us
B) What was Gained by Us

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. told the story of standing by the side of an old preacher in Alabama that was dying. He had preached the gospel for more than 50 years. His son was also a preacher. His son knelt down by his dying fathers bed, "Father, let your mantle fall on me." With a feeble voice the father replied, "Son, get the mantle of the Lord." The son then said, "But father, you have preached more than 50 years and have done more good than any man I know." The father replied, "Don't tell me about that son. Tell me about the blood of Jesus. Nothing but the blood will do for a dying man."

Let me say, nothing but the blood will do for a dying man, a living man, a lost man, or a saved man. Because nothing but the blood will do, as Christians we sing:

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

O precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow,
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

In the familiar text before us Peter speaks of the blood as something precious to the Christian. Let me point out 3 things from the passage about the blood of the Lord Jesus.

First, notice with me:


In verse 18 Peter speaks of being redeemed. He explains that the matter of being "redeemed" is intrinsically connected to the blood. There is a redemptive nature about the blood of the Lord Jesus. We see this redemptive nature as we consider:

A) The Work of Redemption

The word "redeemed" means "to set free by the payment of a ransom." This implies three things. First, we were slaves and in bondage. We were held captives by Satan and were in bondage to our sin. Secondly, it implied that there was a time when we were delivered and set free from our bondage. And thirdly, it implies that we were set free because someone paid a ransom.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:7, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." The person who paid the ransom was the Lord Jesus and the ransom He paid was His blood. That's what Calvary was all about. The Lord Jesus died on Calvary's cross, shedding His blood that He might redeem us.

I love the story that A.J. Gordon told. Gordon pastored the Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston in the mid to late 1800's. One Saturday, when he was tired and eyes ached from studying, he went for a walk toward Boston Common. He met a boy about 12 years old. The boy was carrying a cage full of field birds. He asked the boy, "Son, where did you get those birds?" The boy rep ...

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