Wayne S. Walker

“Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Pet. 1:18-19)

     INTRO.:  A song which emphasizes the fact that we are redeemed by the blood of Christ is “There Is Power In The Blood” (#276 in Hymns for Worship Revised, #198 in Sacred Selections for the Church).  The text was written and the tune (Power In The Blood) was composed both by Lewis Edgar Jones, who was born at Yates City, IL, on Feb. 8, 1865.  Graduating from Moody Bible Institute in the same class with well-known revival evangelist Billy Sunday, Jones became active in YMCA work which he did for the rest of his life, serving first as physical director in the YMCA at Davenport, IA, and then as general secretary in Ft. Worth, TX. 

     Jones’s most famous song, “There Is Power in the Blood,” was produced while Jones was attending a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, MD.  The manuscript was purchased by Henry Lake Gilmour (1836-1920).  It was first printed in Songs of Praise and Victory, compiled at Philadelphia, PA, in 1899 for the Pepper Publishing Co. by Gilmour and William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921).  It also appeared later that same year in another Kirkpatrick book, Gospel Praises.  Gilmour was the author of “The Haven of Rest.”  Kirkpatrick provided tunes for several well-known gospel songs, including “He Hideth My Soul” with words by Fanny Crosby.

     In 1915, Jones became YMCA general secretary in Santa Barbara, CA, where he remained until his retirement in 1925.  Hymn writing was his hobby, and in his spare time he produced quite a few songs that were published.  Another one that has appeared in many of our books is “We Shall See The King Someday.”  Cyberhymnal lists four more, but Hymnary.org lists 201.  According to his daughter, Mrs. Virgil Wayman of Santa Barbara, he used various pseudonyms such as Lewis Edgar, Edgar Lewis, Mary Slater, and others.  In 1927, the copyright on “There Is Power in the Blood” was renewed by Hope Publishing Company.  Jones’s death occurred at Santa Barbara, CA, on Sept. 1, 1936.

     Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church for use in churches of Christ, “There Is Power in the Blood” has appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) and the 1948 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 both edited by E. L. Jorgenson; the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1), the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2, and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 all edited by L. O. Sanderson;  the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Praise both edited by Reuel Lemmons; the 1963 Abiding Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch; the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater; the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 edited by Tillit S. Teddlie; the 1971 Songs of the Church, the 1990 Songs of the Church 21st C. Ed., and the 1994 Songs of Faith and Praise all edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 Church Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; the 1986 Great Songs Revised edited  by Forrest M. McCann; the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat; the 2009 Favorite Songs of the Church and the 2010 Songs for Worship and Praise both edited by Robert J. Taylor Jr.; and the 2012 Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs edited by Steve Wolfgang et. al.; in addition to Hymns for Worship and Sacred Selections.

     The hymn points out a number of benefits that are available in the blood of Jesus.

I. In stanza 1, we are told that the blood can make us free from the burden of sin.

Would you be free from your burden of sin?

There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;

Would you o’er evil a victory win?

There’s wonderful power in the blood.

 A. At one time or another, all responsible people have to deal with the burden of sin: Rom. 3:23

 B. However, God has made it possible for us to gain a victory over it: 1 Cor. 15:57

 C. The basis for this victory is that Jesus Christ has washed us from our sins in His blood: Rev. 1:5

II. In stanza 2, we are told that the blood can cleanse us from our passion and pride.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?

There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;

Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;

There’s wonderful power in the blood.

 A. Even as Christians, we still have to deal with the problem of passion and pride: Col. 3:5

 B. But God has a remedy to help us be free from these things, and it is what Christ has done for us at Calvary: Lk. 23:33

 C. As a result, Christians can be cleansed by Jesus’s blood when we confess our sins to Him: 1 Jn. 1:7-9

III. In stanza 3, we are told that the blood will make us whiter than snow.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?

There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;

Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.

There’s wonderful power in the blood.

 A. Sin is pictured as a scarlet stain that blots the soul: Isa. 1:18

 B. Therefore, we need to have them washed whiter than snow: Ps. 51:7

 C. Since the blood of Christ is the basis for our pardon, our robes are made white by it: Rev. 7:13-14

IV. In stanza 4, we are told that the blood enables us to serve our King and live for Him

Would you do service for Jesus your King?

There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;

Would you live daily His praises to sing?

There’s wonderful power in the blood.

 A. The Bible teaches that we should serve the Lord Christ: Col. 3:24

 B. The reason that we should serve Him is because He is our King: Rev. 19:16

 C. Because we have redemption through Christ’s blood, we can serve Him as part of His kingdom: Col. 1:13-14

     CONCL.:  The chorus, by simple repetition, focuses our minds on the ability of the blood of Christ to do these things:

There is power, power, wonder working power

In the blood of the Lamb;

There is power, power, wonder working power

In the precious blood of the Lamb.

One of the most important things for people who are lost in sin and even for Christians when we sin is to know that “There Is Power in the Blood.”

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