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White as Snow

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The words “white as snow” occur in three connections in the Word of God, namely, in association with sin, the Saviour, and salvation.

1. Sin.

Leprosy is a pronounced type of sin. There are three persons who were stricken with leprosy, “white as snow,” and these were-Moses, for his hesitation (Exodus 4:6); Miriam, for her opposition (Numbers 12:10); and Gehazi, for his covetousness (2 Kings 5:27).

2. Saviour.

When Christ was transfigured, His raiment was “exceeding white as snow” (Mark 9:3); and when John saw Him, “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow” (Revelation 1:14). White is here emblematic of Christ’s personal holiness and His righteous action.

3. Salvation.

“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). The one effectual cause that brings about this transformation is the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:14).