His Blood Covers Them All


“Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Rom. 4.7)

     INTRO.:  A song which helps us to understand how our sins are covered is “His Blood Covers Them All.”   The text was written and the tune was composed both by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1987).  Teddlie was probably one of the most prolific and best-known songwriters among churches of Christ during the twentieth century.  “His Blood Covers Them All” was copyrighted in 1948.  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 edited by Teddlie; the original edition of the 1971 Songs of the Church edited by Alton H. Howard (but replaced in subsequent editions); and the 1978 Hymns of Praise edited by Reuel Lemmons.  Today it may be found in the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

The song emphasizes what the Lord has done to make it possible for our sins to be covered by His blood.

I. Stanza 1 mentions the fact that He came from heaven

“From heaven there came a sinless

One To rescue me from the fall;

My many sins He came to cleanse:

His blood covers them all.”

  1. Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth: Phil. 2.5-8
  2. His purpose in so doing was to rescue us from the fall: Rom. 5.12-19
  3. The result is that we can have cleansing from sin: Eph. 5.26

II. Stanza 2 mentions the fact that He called us with tender words

“The Lord invites with tender words;

I heard His glorious call.

He took my sins upon Himself:

His blood covers them all.”

  1. Jesus extended His invitation for all to come to Him: Matt. 11.28-30
  2. We can hear His call in the gospel: 2 Thess. 2.13-14
  3. The gospel reminds us that He took our sins upon Himself: 1 Pet. 2.24

III. Stanza 3 mentions the fact that He redeemed us from our sin

“Some day I’ll stand before the throne

Among the great and small,

Redeemed from every curse of sin:

His blood covers them all.”

  1. Someday all of us will stand before the throne of judgment: Rom. 14.10
  2. Both the great and the small will be there: Rev. 20.11-12
  3. Those who have believed in Christ and responded to His call will be able to say that they have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb: Rev. 5.8-9

CONCL.:  The chorus reminds us that it is the blood of Christ that makes these wonderful blessings possible for us.

“His blood flows as a healing stream

From Calvary, Calvary;

It’s power cleanses my sin and shame:

His blood covers them all.”

Surely God’s people need to hear sermons, and sing hymns, which relate to our daily lives as Christians, our responsibilities in this world, and other such practical subjects.  But may we never tire of listing to preaching, and teaching one another in song, which proclaims that Christ can save us from our sins because “His Blood Covers Them All.”

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