I had to break the part before this because the length might have discouraged some. Hehe.
If you’re just joining us, please kindly refer to the last two posts to follow. Thank you.
Earlier, I shared a few scriptures that I believe relevantly address the first two questions: “Why should we want to get clean anyway?” and “Doesn’t God need us Pre-washed?” Let’s see what scripture has to say about a misconception that sometimes stars as the ‘ginger’ factor behind other expressions of disobedience to God…
But Laws and Rules Ought To Fix Our Filth…
Hebrews 7:19 = “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh unto God.”
Hebrews 10:1 = “For the law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”
Titus 1:4 = “Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
2 Peter 2:21 = “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
(The perfection we seek does not lie in observing rules and regulations or paying obeisance to any man over Christ. It lies in obedience to God’s will and instruction.)
If He’s All About ‘Obedience’, And I Keep The Ten Commandments – We Good?
Isaiah 1:11 = “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? Saith the Lord:…I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats…
Proverbs 21:27 = “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?”
1 Peter 4:17 = “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God and if first it begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
Galatians 5:4 = “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whatsoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.”
Galatians 3:1 = “Oh foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”
Matthew 22:18 = “But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?”
Luke 11:19 = “And the Lord said unto him, now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
James 4:17 = “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
(All our actions and attempts at attaining perfection and ‘cleanliness’ in our own strength are acts of disobedience that call Christ ‘useless’. Willfully ignoring God’s instruction is equivalent to sin.)
Romans 6:16 = “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
(Whomever we obey is our master. If we disobey God can we call Him master? Can we hope to please Him and meet His standards by disobeying HIm and heeding another?)
So What Gets Us To – And Keeps Us In – Clean-dom?
Romans 3: 22 = “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 = “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Peter 1:3-4 = “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
1Peter 1:22 = “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren…”
Romans 10:9 = “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
2 Peter 3:17-18 = “…be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…”
Romans 6:12 &19 = “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. // Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.”
2 Corinthians 3:17-19 = “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we…are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord….”
Isn’t It Embarrassing – Admitting To Being A Mess and Needing Someone Else To Bathe You?
Mark 3:38 = “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 = “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(The more confident and willing we are to admit that we don’t know it all and cannot save ourselves, the more beautifully we may surrender ourselves to trusting faith in Jesus Christ and the more gloriously His power and might at work in us will gleam.)
- When we try to purify or cleanse ourselves by a string of sanctimonious rituals and observances, we’re walking confidently to a bathroom with no functioning plumbing system.
- Our bathing rituals and methods won’t suffice; we have to follow God’s recommended procedure and let Him get us scrubbed squeaky.
- In Christ, we already have access to all the cleaning equipment we’ll ever need.
- The desire to be clean is first essential; afterwards come the choice to take a bath and the choice to maintain good hygiene. It’s all up to the individual.
- Those who strive for righteousness outside salvation, will remain streaked with grease and grime, stay feeling un-refreshed and sweaty, and end up frustrated and worn out at the pathetic, most miserable ending they get out of all the effort.
So to those of you who’ve been using the wrong soap, sponge, or who have no water nearby…
You can stop futilely striving now.
God’s got you covered.