WASHED BY THE WATER OF THE WORD
Our salvation is in Christ Jesus alone; I want to focus again on the washing of the water of the Word which we have previously discussed because I believe this teaching has great significance for the Church, I believe, because it is described as Christ’s will for the Church with an end to presenting her as a holy and blameless bride.
ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH
It sometimes appears to me as if we have forgotten that it is God’s will for the Church, His temple, to be pure and holy, without blame, and that it was for this very purpose that Jesus gave Himself for us:
“Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
I fear we flirt with frightfully foolish irreverence when we do not consider what it means to be the Temple of God, to be the Lord’s Body, that we should be the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6)!
I want to let the Word speak to you:
Hebrews 10:10, 14, 29
“10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”
“12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”
“31So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” 34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.”
“3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”
The offering of Christ in no way made sin acceptable to God, rather, by His offering we who are being sanctified have been perfected; to revert back to sin again would be to trample under foot the Son of God and insult the Spirit of grace!
By what light would you see your sin and depart from it other than the true light of Christ (2 Cor. 4:6)? Indeed, except that Christ had shone brightly in our hearts we would still be groping in the darkness as in the time when we were still dead in our transgressions!
But not all who have heard Christ are cleansed! Why? Because not all hear with believing, and not all believing also obey!
Some, after hearing, are deceived again by the doctrines of demons in the saying that we have been perfected, therefore, even the sinfulness of our walking is perfect before God, or that God does not see our sin as in the day when Ezekiel the prophet prophesied, saying, “Son of man, have you see what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, “the Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land‘” (Ezk 8:12), by such lies the sacrifice of Christ is trampled and from such lies the Spirit of grace is insulted!
It is understood from the scriptures that men everywhere are set free by the Word of God by believing, and that believing produces righteousness; it is understood easily that by the Word of God we perceive the truth and see the light that illuminates The Way so that we can walk in it. But, if someone has not walked in the Way, have they believed? And if they have believed, but cease to walk in The Way, have they departed The Way and gone astray?
Such sobering thought is much needed today!
THE WASHING OF THE WATER OF THE WORD
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
As a brother in Christ speaking to Christians who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit having their minds made new in Christ, I cannot stress enough that you begin now to renew your ways before the Lord and learn the new paths of Christ.
Each one of us is born into the flesh, and as we grow from infant-hood we grow in the flesh and our ways grow more and more corrupt. Being born of God, we must now grow in His ways, to grow purer and purer in Him, laying aside the old ways we learned in the flesh, and receiving new ways by the Truth that is now in us through Christ Jesus.
“8But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,”
The Truth, which is Jesus Christ, was brought near to us as He descended upon Earth, and it was put in them, to be spoken and lived in Christ Jesus. The message of repentance and forgiveness was the word of Truth put on their lips to preach in the name of Christ and it is also the message put in us today through the Spirit of Christ.
1st Corinthians 6:11
“11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
Every one of us were once sinners- but now notice that we were washed and sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus and in the Spirit of our God.
This is a full-measure of salvation- one in which the blood of Christ became our atonement that makes ready the way of salvation and the Truth of Christ sets us free from sin.
Even from the beginning there have been many who longed for this salvation but were never willing to embrace it. The Spirit of Grace has been greatly insulted throughout all the ages, as the patience and love of God is testified to by every insult.
“5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”