Monday, November 07, 2011

Are you clean?

Romans 10:9 (NLT) 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In an earlier post that I titled "He cleans us with Truth" (October 10, 2011), we studied how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples during the last supper. We studied the meaning of Jesus washing our feet. The story is recorded in John 13:3-11. In this post we will look at what the Bible means by being bathed all over.

The Bible tells us in John 13:11, "For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” He was referring to the disciple named Judas Iscariot. Judas was the only disciple that wasn't clean.

What was the difference between Judas Iscariot and the other 11 disciples? Why were the others clean and not him? The Bible says in Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." The word that is translated as "Lord" here means "supreme in authority" or "above absolutely everything". That is because Jesus is God.

Do you know that Judas Iscariot never addressed Jesus as Lord. In all four Gospels (The first four books of the New Testament are known as the Gospels), there is no record of it, not even one time. Even when Judas killed himself he said, "I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man...” (Mathew 27:4) Judas believed that Jesus was only a man. In contrast, the disciple Peter is recorded at least 45 times in the Gospels addressing Jesus as Lord.

So all we have to do is declare that Jesus is Lord and believe what the Bible tells us is true. Once we do that, we are clean. In fact according to God we are entirely clean. God wants us to know this. John 13:10 says, "Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean..." Once you declare that Jesus is Lord and accept the Bible as truth, you are bathed all over. This is what entitles you to all of the benefits of being righteous. You now have a place in heaven. Sin no longer separates you from God.

Washing your feet is learning God's word, this is what breaks unhealthy bondages in your life. Always remember that God breaks those bondages not you. He will do it in whatever order and time He chooses. Wash your feet regularly with the Word and you will see results.

Sometimes we struggle with addictive bondages and bad behavior. Don't ever think it makes you unclean. The Bible tells us in Acts 10:15, "...Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean." He declared you clean the moment you declared Him Lord. If you wash your feet with the Word of God then you are clean. Once He has made you clean and connects with you through His Word, you are clean forever.

It's knowing God personally that produces Godliness. As you learn what the Bible teaches, you will know God more personally. This truth has broken many unhealthy bondages in my life that I could never do in my own strength. The Bible tells us in John 6:29, "Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” He said so Himself. Just believe, this is the only work you have to do.

Be Blessed!

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