Weekly Sabbath Survey
Washed by Jesus — 10-24-2015
Most Believers and Churchgoers have heard the term “Born Again” or as my Daddy called it, “Warshed in the Blood.” Some who accept this salvation, exhibit no CHANGE in their life. They say the right thing but can’t seem to DO the right thing. They may quit a few bad habits, but any real change in attitudes and lifestyle just isn’t there. They may go on this way for years. There was a blind man Jesus healed. He asked the man, “What do you see?” The man said, “I see men like trees walking.” Jesus touched his eyes again and the man said, “I see everything clearly!” We all need that second touch in our understanding.
The problem is confusing salvation (sins forgiven) with being cleansed of unrighteousness. This cleansing process is a work of the Holy Spirit. The Bible calls it being sanctified. It is a deeper cleaning than applying the blood. Human beings are part flesh, part spirit. We come to Jesus more flesh than spirit. Being sanctified changes the percentages as we get more spirit, less flesh. It makes us remarkably DIFFERENT from unsaved people. We are a new creation in Christ, through salvation AND the cleansing process. An important part of the cleansing is to read, study, and absorb God’s Word, the Bible. The Spirit is the Teacher, the Bible is our school book. The Word.
Because sanctification is a lifelong process, any of us at any time can humiliate ourselves very badly. We lose face with people and our self respect. The military calls this “behavior unbecoming.” We do things unbecoming for a true Believer. The only way to get through this horrid defeat is by going to Jesus one more time for the cleansing power, starting with the Blood that forgives the sin. We must never let any harm we do to ourselves nor any hurt done to us by others make us lose our faith in God.
The following is excepted from the writings of David Wilkerson
Many Christians today want a blood covering for sin but not a cleansing! The ritual of the Old Testament Tabernacle provides a clear example of the kind of walk with God Christians should have.
The Tabernacle had an outer court where the sacrificial animal was slain. This provided the blood covering for sin. But outside, too, was a laver where cleansing took place. No priest could enter the Holy of Holies and commune with God face to face without being cleansed.
Some Christians believe they can bypass the laver which, for us, stands for the washing by the water of the Word. They believe they can push into the holy place with sin caked all over them and sinful habits deeply imbedded in their hearts. Just walk right in and boast, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”
The perfect heart is after more than security or a covering for sin! It seeks to be in His presence to have communion! Communion is talking with the Lord, sharing sweet fellowship, seeking His face. And that is what you get in the Holy of Holies! It comes in this order: covering, cleansing, commitment, communion.
Many believers, however, want nothing more than to be covered: quick ticket to glory! No pain, no cross, no cleansing! They go about crying, “I’m under the blood! I’m safe!”
But are such ones under the blood? Are they washed? While we are called to judge fruit in people, we are not called to judge their salvation. Only God can do this. But we are also called to judge OURSELVES. And we should do this regularly, asking the Lord to show us our faults, show us any wickedness of heart.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin. Jesus said, “Now you are clean through The Word which I have spoken to you.” 1 John 1:6-7, John 15:3
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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