Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash
his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For
he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all
clean. JOH 13:10-11.
To have "part with" our Lord and Savior, we must take part in
that continual progressive sanctification spoken of in EPH 5:25b-
27: "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
word, 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."
See the evidence we have in the Word of God that Peter was not
a stranger to God's grace. In MAT 16:15-17 we read, "He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter
answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon
Barjona. For flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but
my Father which is in heaven."
Simon means obedient. Barjona means the son
of Jonah. Jonah means dove, symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
So his name means "obedience as the fruit of being born of the
Spirit." Can you say that Peter was not regenerated? Can we even
question that Peter was washed? The Lord Jesus Christ is telling
him he was born of the Spirit. This however, did not mean that
Peter did not still have need of some washing of water by the
MAT 16:20-23 says, "Then charged he his disciples that they
should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. From that time
forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go
unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third
day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it
far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned,
and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an
offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of
God, but those that be of men."
After having commended Peter for his true saving faith, the
Saviour rebukes him for his human reasoning. He did not
understand the atonement. He did not understand that Jesus must
suffer, bleed, die and rise again. Peter needed to grow in grace.
Now this is not to question whether he was born of the Spirit. He
had a new heart; he had a new desire; he was a child of God, but
we are talking about growth in grace. These same weaknesses of
overreaction were still apparent in Peter as Jesus came to wash
The believer does not need to be washed daily from head to foot
in the blood. In HEB 10:14 we read, "For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are sanctified." To the believer Jesus
says, "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet."
Believers have been purged from the guilt of sin, but they have
constant need to have their character reformed into that blessed
image of Christ.
Look at COL 1:12. "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath
made us meet [fit in character] to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints in light," and that process, making His bride fit in
character, takes place throughout the betrothal. Throughout the
entire time from the time of the regeneration work of the Holy
Spirit to the time of the great wedding feast, it is one constant
working of purification, one constant work of making us fit in
character. It is a constant coming to the knowledge of the blessed
image of Christ.
Things that I used to think and things that I used to do, that I saw absolutely no harm in years ago, today I see as being so vile that I would not dare to come before anyone in the world and tell them what was in my heart.