Spiritual washing

Leviticus 16:24: And he shall bathe his body in water in a holy place and put on his garments and come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people and make atonement for himself and for the people.

washing-404481_640The bible says that we need to be washed by the washing of water with the word (Ephesians 5:22-33). So when you hear the word of God, it is not just an audio-visual experience you are going through you are also involved in a spiritual washing experience.

Before his death, Jesus (the word [John 1:1-5]) stripped and took towel bent down to wash the feet of his disciples. He said if Peter did not allow him to wash his feet will not have part of him. It means if there is any area that we need to submit to Jesus, to the word, it is to experiencing his cleansing work in our life, cleaning us from sin (John 13:1-10).

The bible says that the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. The cleaning work of Jesus is to present to himself a glorious church. So while corruption will be increasing in the world, the glory of God will manifest in the church.

One thing Jesus does for us is to help us purity our motive. By pouring the Holy Spirit in our heart, he poured out the love of God there and that should be our driving motivation (Romans 5:5).

In the great epistle on love, John the apostle makes a case for us not to love the world not the things in the world (1John 2:15-17), so that we can have the love of the father in us. That should be our driving force.

Paul said that we should be motivated by the same thing that motivated Jesus. Jesus was motivated by the love of the father (Philippians 2:5-11).

Jesus told his disciples about his driving force, saying the son of man is not come to be served but to serve and give his life for many. His driving force was love (Matthew 20:28).

A general of the Syrian army Naaman had a problem of leprosy (2Kings 5:1-16). There was no natural remedy for him because if there were he was rich and powerful enough to get it. For solution an Israelite slave girl he had with him said he should go to Elisha a prophet in Israel. Elisha told him to go and wash in river Jordan, to be cleansed from his leprosy.

His expressed disdain at that suggestion. He presumed he could get clean on his own terms, and was expecting a show from the prophet to show how important he was as a client. He needed help but was still bound by his status, from receiving it.

Because the method was not what he was used to, he got angry. He needed help but still wanted to have his prestige recognised. He was prevailed upon by his servant to submit himself to the washing in Jordan. The result was more than he could ever imagine. His skin was restored to that of a baby.

This was similar to the ministry of John the Baptist as he called people out to be baptised in the same river Jordan in the time of Jesus, confessing their sin and receiving cleansing from it. The bible later recorded that the Pharisees rejected the will of God for them, not submitting to the baptism of John.

We cannot wash ourselves, and make ourselves clean, we need help. Just as Naaman we need help. We need to go in the direction of the word, to be cleansed from the unrighteousness, to have our minds cleansed from wrong thoughts, and our lives from wrong deeds. That is why David prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you oh God (Psalm 19:14).

When the words are cleaned up and the thoughts are cleaned up, then the man is cleaned up. A man may wear the best suit, be clean shaven, wear clean cloths, live in the best place in town but he could be as dirty in his thoughts and his practices, as any dog, in bondage to all manner of satanic habits.

Jesus said that people do not want to come to the light because then their evil works will be exposed (John 3:19-21). We should children of light not doing or condoning the works of darkness but rather exposing them, not doing carrying out shameful acts.

Paul said that for freedom Christ has set us free, but he warned that we should make that an excuse to be once again entangled in bondage (Galatians 5:1).

In the book of Hebrews we read that we should lay aside every weight and the sin that easily besets us, to run a race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1-5).

People want to run the race of life without experiencing cleansing from sin. They want to pursue objectives, leaving the primary objective of living free from sin, and when they make a little progress, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, strike the legs of the people and they fall. They do not know that if the heart is not right, the journey is risky.

Paul said I do not want to have preached to others to be a cast away, so I put my body under (1Corinthians 9:27). He recommended that we yield the members of our bodies to God, as instruments or righteousness (Romans 6).

He told Timothy: “flee youthful lusts (1Timothy 2:22), do not share in any man’s sin (1Timothy 5:22). A vessel unto honour purges itself (2Timothy 2:19-22).”

There is a no Christianity without a radical view of sin as something that we should separate from us being what Jesus came to save us from (Matthew 1:21). We are freed from sin by Jesus, and we cannot continue again in bondage to the same thing (Romans 6:1-5). If the chains are broken, we should not walk again into the prison of it.

On a daily basis we can receive the grace to walk with God (Hebrews 4:16) in his peace, joy, because the kingdom of God is righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:16). The kingdom is lived setting our eyes on the things of heaven and not on things on the earth. As we walk with God, move in his power, we are cleansed from powerlessness, and spiritual impotence, to carry the power of God to our generation.

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