By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Cleansing of the body spiritually is a process that takes place upon conversion; as well as afterward, that one's fellowship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ be not hindered.
When one senses sin in their life it needs to be confessed before God, who will forgive and cleanse one's life of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9). (Comment)
We live in a sin-ridden society in which many have become indoctrinated into acceptance rather than rejection. Sin has been sugar-coated towards one's conscience being seared (1 Timothy 4:1-2) through daily consumption.
The electronic world has enhanced sin that extends far beyond the boundaries of yesteryear when it was not afforded such a broad range of coverage. Satan has planted the seed of deception into the minds of those who control such an outlet; to enhance the promulgation of the man's vilest nature.
Cleansing of the body is to render one clean; free from filth, pollution, and guilt associated with the infectious traits of sin. One can "soil their feet" rather than move in the right direction, in accordance with God's Word; moving Heavenward, Godward, and Christward; rather than clinging to the things of this world that would pollute rather than enhance a godly walk.
When one becomes sanctified they are separated from the world and consecrate their lives to God. There is a progressive transformation that takes place into the image of Christ, through His redemptive work, and the indwelling of God's Spirit.
Scripture reveals that one is the present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
The cleansing of the body takes place spiritually; where before, the body had been an instrument of sin it is now presented to God as a channel through which the righteousness of God is manifested. Such an individual resists being poured into the mold of present day thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world.
Jesus was in the process of washing His disciples feet, when Peter refused to allow Him to do so, in saying: You shall never wash my feet, but Jesus in answering said: If I wash you not, you have no part with me (John 13:8).
Jesus comment to Peter gave him an attitude adjustment, for he said: Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head (John 13:9). Peter evidently understood Jesus' comment towards a spiritual cleansing; wanting to be cleansed all other.
A Bible commentary noted: Peter, and the others, would have already have had the cleansing of the body (having been bathed), in preparation for the Passover celebration, and needed only to wash their feet from the dust on them after walking to the site of the Passover meal.
Jesus said to Peter: He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean everywhere (or completely): and you are clean, but not all (John 13:10).
Jesus was inferring that Peter, and the other disciples, needed only their feet to be cleansed, that the cleansing of the body was not necessary because they had already been cleansed (or saved). But that there was one among them who was not of such a status; later identified as Judas.
In Ezekiel's day there was a need for the cleansing of the body (God's people) from evil influences. God in speaking to His people, through the prophet Ezekiel, said: I will take you from the heathen, and gather you of all countries, and will bring into your own land (Ezekiel 36:24).
The land of the heathen nations had become a snare to God's people being influenced by pagan worship. Many once godly nations are experiencing such; consuming the ungodliness being presented by Satan, upon the platter of acceptability.
The previously unacceptable has been given a new paint job, to make it more appealing, and less of a reproach. New titles, and names, are being applied to enhance acceptance!
A Sunday school commentary noted: All around us are the signs that modern man refuses to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right.
This was merely a beginning of identifying problems in the land; for indulgence of such practices has gone far beyond the scope of the imagination, creating a much needed cleansing of the body as in Ezekiel's day!
The Lord, in speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, said: Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you (Ezekiel 36:25)
The people's feet had become soiled by where they had allowed them to walk. It happened in the heathen nations that they were residing in; allowing the idol worship of those nations to influence and draw them away from the commandments of God.
It took the Lord relocating them into the promised land; before cleansing could take place. He had to get them away from the influence of the heathen; to a land set aside for them that they might be cleansed from all ungodliness.
God did not only removed them from the heathen nations, sprinkled clean water on them, a spiritual cleansing of the body to wash away the filth that had been allowed to accumulate, but informed them, through the prophet Ezekiel:
I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them. You shall be my people, and I will be your God (Ezekiel 36:27-28).
Let the cleansing of the body; spiritually speaking, begin today! Let once godly nations that had the blessings of the Lord bestowed in abundance, feel the need for the sanctifying truth of God to come alive! That God's Spirit would come to fullness (as in Ezekiel's day) towards the obedience of God's Word, and God blessings be freely received again!
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