Since the only way man's sins can be cov­ered is through the blood of Christ, how anxious we should be to find how that cleansing blood may be applied. There is a one word answer to the question, "How is the blood applied?" - OBEDIENCE.


      Somewhere, in the planning of our all-wise God, the sinner must come in contact with that blood which is adequate to cover his sin. Where? How? Some believe that the blood of Jesus is contacted the moment the sinner be­lieves in Jesus Christ. Certainly, we would not minimize faith in Christ - it is essential to salva­tion. But, where is the scripture which declares that Jesus' blood is contacted through faith alone?


      Other sincere people believe we contact the blood of Christ through repentance. We would not minimize repentance - it is a part of "being saved." But again, we ask for a scripture which shows us that we contact the blood through re­pentance.


      Others conclude that the blood of Jesus is applied through prayer. We would never want to minimize prayer, but where is the scripture which tells us that the blood is applied through prayer?


      I challenge you to show any place in DI­VINE RECORD where God declares that the sinner may contact the cleansing blood of Christ other than the place indicated in Romans 6:3, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were bap­tized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"  Where was His blood shed? Jesus' blood was shed in His death. Then how is that blood to be contacted? God says by being baptized into the death of Jesus Christ. Then how important is it that we humbly obey the divine ordinance of baptism? In the act of baptism the cleansing blood of Christ is applied!


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551 Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA