When God is speaking to His obedient disciple, though the ingestion of His words, there is a continual cleansing – “with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). This is not happening unless one is truly continuing with Christ via His Word. Each and every abiding disciple of Jesus relishes, diligently devours, and lives by His words (John 8:31-32).
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
Christ makes it clear here that sanctification occurs in every abiding disciple of Jesus “through thy truth” which is His Word. In the divine economy, the truth and the Word are synonymous.
Let’s talk about the church, the people Jesus is coming for:
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ gave Himself for the church (5:25)
- Will sanctify the church (5:26)
- Will present the church (5:27)
- Nourishes the church (5:29)
- Cherishes the church (5:29)
You must “desire the sincere milk of the word” and feed your spirit the Word of God daily or you will grow weak very quickly and fall away (1 Peter 2:2). Jesus calls us to be “Nourished up in the words of eternal life” (1 Timothy 4:16).
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
If you are not in God’s Word daily friend, you are not right with Him, you are backslidden and not ready to meet Jesus. Re-turn to Him now, afresh beloved. Fresh Start with God right here beloved. He’s welcoming you in afresh…. to wash, cleanse, and bless you. He’s not mad at you. The LORD just wants you home, with Him, where you belong.
Jesus is coming. Are you living “ready”? See Luke 12:40. Is there anything you count to be more important than Jesus? Read Revelation 2:4-5.
YOU DO IT!
“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God;” 1 Chronicles 22:19
PRAYER: Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, please cultivate in my heart and mind a fervency and readiness for Your return as one of Your wise virgin saints, as You taught us dear LORD. Please unite my heart to fear Thy name in the innermost part of my being, amen. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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