John 15:3 – Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
I never cease to be amazed at how people can be so reasonable about natural things, and the next moment be so unreasonable about a simple truth so reasonably stated in the Word of God. I remember speaking to a young man once during a ministry foray, and hearing him say he wanted to know and follow the Lord, but he needed to change his life first; he said he needed to stop doing many sinful things. I waited for him to finish with his excuses, and I asked him a simple question. I asked, “Have you ever gone fishing?” He said he had, so I asked a follow-up question; “Did you catch any fish?” He said he had, so again I followed with a question. “Did you eat the fish?” Once again, he said he had, so I asked one more question in closing the net. I asked, “Did you clean the fishBEFORE you caught it, or AFTER you caught it?” He laughed at such a ridiculous question, and suddenly his laughter turned came to an “I’ve-been-had” look. In only moments he had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He realized just how unreasonably flawed his thinking had been.
It still amazes me how many Christians hold on to such unreasonable thinking. So many Christians seem to think that once you’re born again, you simply remain perpetually clean. So here are some questions for consideration that should bring one to a reasonable state of mind. “Have you ever bought a new suit (or a new outfit)?” The answer is likely “yes.” The next question is, “Have you worn it on more than one occasion?” And again, the answer is likely “yes.” A third question is, “Have you had it cleaned, or did you simply throw it away once you wore it?” The response is likely, “Of course I didn’t throw it away; it simply needed to be cleaned (washed).” And the question to close the net; “Then why would we throw a brother is sister away simply because they sinned? Wouldn’t a proper cleaning suffice?” Think of that.
Let’s be Biblically reasonable. You don’t buy a car and just put fuel into it one time. You are born into the world and survive on one meal for the rest of your life. You don’t bathe once in a lifetime. You don’t go to school once; part of the reason for returning, beyond gaining new knowledge, is to have past learning reinforced. To remain clean before our God, we must continue in the practice of being washed by the blood when we confess our sin, and beyond that, to daily invest time in the Word of God for its continual cleansing power, hiding that Word in our heart that we sin not against the Lord. In short, we must wash regularly in the cleansing streams of Christ’s blood and His Word.
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Luke 1:38; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Peter 1:23; Psalm 107:20; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:89; 1 John 1:9