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Clean Because Of The Word 

John 15: 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

Jesus said this to the disciples on his last night with them. What does Jesus mean by saying we are clean because of his word? Is he implying that everyone who hears his word is clean. Let us look at the feet washing incident that occurred earlier that evening.

John 13: 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.

Jesus is saying that Judas is not clean even though Jesus had just washed the disciples’ feet. Did Judas hear Jesus’s word? Of course, he did. Judas was one of the apostles who had the honour of hearing Jesus’ teaching and ample opportunities to listen and ask questions, a privilege not everyone enjoy. Yet, he remains unclean.

Matthew 23: 25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Jesus was urging the Pharisees and teachers of the law to prioritize inner beauty over external appearances. In other words, be “beautiful from the inside out”. These individuals were knowledgeable in the Scriptures and devout observers of the Mosaic law and Jesus challenged them to scrutinize and purify their inner selves rather than focusing solely on outward appearances.

Despite being in the company of Jesus and the other apostles, what Judas heard and witnessed did not transform his inner character. Like what Jesus said, “the inside is full of greed and self-indulgence”. This sentiment is echoed in the account of the woman who anointed Jesus's feet with perfume.

John 12: 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

The apostle Paul wrote about the mystery of Jesus and His bride, the church, that is, you and I.

Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 

Jesus will return for a radiant, flawless bride—pure and without imperfection. The Scriptures were given to us by the Lord to facilitate our growth into maturity as we heed and follow what is written. His Word has the power to purify us from within through the revelations imparted by the Holy Spirit. After all, the Scriptures are authored by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 

Just as we use a knife in the natural to cut and separate different parts of meat, vegetables, or other items, the Word serves as the sword of the Spirit, cutting and dividing between the soulish realm and the spiritual realm. It reveals what is in our mind and will and emotions and how to align them to the spirit realm. It steers us away from a life of deception and defeat to a life of freedom and abundance. There are no secrets hidden within us that the Spirit cannot discern, and it is up to us how we respond to these revelations. Ultimately, we need to give an account for the choices we made.

Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 

James 1: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 

Each day, as you open your Bible to read, invite the Holy Spirit to help you understand and empower you to act upon his teachings. Let the Word work within you, transforming you from the inside out, so you may radiate the beauty of Christ as part of His Church. May you find joy and experience the transformative power of His Word as the Holy Spirit reveals its truths to you. 




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