|Mercy Street Church of Christ
Forgiven every day...
We can be justified only once; but we need to be forgiven
every day. When Jesus washed the apostles' feet, he gave
them an illustration of this. Peter asked him to wash his
hands and his head as well as his feet. But Jesus replied:
'He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his
feet, but he is clean all over.' A man invited to a dinner
party in Jerusalem would take a bath before going out. On
arrival at his friend's house, he would not be offered
another bath; but a slave would meet him at the front door
and wash his feet. So when we first come to Christ in
repentance and faith, we receive a 'bath' (which is
justification, and is outwardly symbolized in baptism). It
never needs to be repeated. But as we walk through the
dusty streets of the world, we constantly need to 'have our
feet washed' (which is daily forgiveness).
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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