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WONDER WORKING POWER!

John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace, " reportedly said that when we get to heaven, there will be three wonders: #1, who is there; #2, who is not there; and #3, the fact that I'm there! Regarding wonders in Heaven, in Revelation 7:9 the apostle John beheld a truly wondrous scene: "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands." In contrast to what we see played out on Earth, Heaven is a place where diverse kinds of people will dwell in harmony with each other and with God! As wondrous as the diversity of the multitude itself is the uniformity of their appearance-they were all clothed in white robes! There is a dress code in Heavenwhite robes are required! A few verses later in Revelation 7:14 John is told the means whereby the multitude made their robes white and clean: "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Of the fifteen times the word "white" occurs in Revelation, no less than eight times it refers to white robes or garments or clothing worn by followers of the Lamb, whether in Heaven or on Earth. The "white" in Revelation is not referring to skin color or bodily clothing but to the clothing of the soul.

Americans are concerned about the prevalence of dirt here on earth. We fear germs and bacteria so much we spend billions every year on cleansers, disinfectants, and antiseptics. We scrub, clean, sanitize, sterilize, and deodorize because we know dirt can be dangerous and even deadly to physical life. But germs and bacteria are not the only kind of dirt around. Sin, in all its many manifestations, has dirtied and diminished our world. Sin is not sanitary. It dirties the soul. But, thank God, a cleanser is available. "If we walk in the light as He is in the light .... the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from al I sin (I John 1:7). If you don't wash your hands, you threaten your body's health, and maybe the health of others. The same is true of your soul. We apply the cleansing power of Jesus' blood when we respond to His call to "Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). In 1899 Lewis E. Jones said in song what John saw in Heaven: "There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb; in the precious blood of the Lamb. " Two thousand years after Jesus went to the cross, His blood is still working wonders. Have you washed your soul in the blood of the Lamb?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ