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"I WILL SPRINKLE CLEAN WATER ON YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE CLEAN"
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2016-11-23     Views : 123     Touched : 24
“I WILL SPRINKLE CLEAN WATER ON YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE CLEAN”

God gave a promised prophecy to Ezekiel, saying, “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit withing you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:24-27).

Whenever we read the Bible, there is one thing we must always remember, and that is: There is nothing that God does outside Christ. Whatever God plans to do, He accomplish it through Jesus Christ and in Him alone. The reason is because, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:4).

In the promise that God gave to Ezekiel, He told him I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your idols” (Ezekiel 36:5).

This act of God was accomplished in Jesus Christ. He came to fulfill everything in the Old Testament. He said that He did not come to destroy the law or the Prophets, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17). He also added, “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one title will by no mean pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18).

When Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in order for the sins of mankind to be laid on His head, it was the sprinkling of the “clean water” which God promised Ezekiel and His people. It was and act of God’s love through Jesus Christ.

That’s why the Scripture says, “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).

THE EVERLASTING CLEANSING OF SIN

The people of God who have been cleansed from their sin through the act of Jesus baptism, His blood and resurrection are His church. And even though they don't belong to the world, they also commit sin whiles living on this world with their flesh.

Therefore in order for God to established His everlasting cleansing of sin and the everlasting remission of sin in the heart of His people, the Bible says, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:3-5).

There is nothing that Jesus did without any spiritual connotation or meaning. When Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River, He took all our sins upon Himself in order to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).

But before the feast of the Passover, which signaled the crucifixion of Jesus, the Bible says that He “laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” This is the mystery of the salvation of the water and the Spirit which the mental prowess of man cannot comprehend because mankind’s thoughts are in darkness.

God told Ezekiel, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean.” The Word spoken to Ezekiel was metamorphosed into flesh (John 1:14), and He came by the water and the blood (I John 5:6) to wash away all the sins of mankind once and for all including Ezekiel.

We must know that when Jesus washed the disciples feet, the feet stands for the sins that they will commit in the future. He washed their feet in order to firmly establish and to concertize their faith in God’s power of love that has cleansed away even their future sins. He did this to establish the everlasting atonement of sin in their hearts.

Jesus washed their feet for them to understand the fact that the effectiveness of His baptism still holds, and He wiped their feet with the towel with which He was girded to let them know that He is going to complete everything on the Cross.

That’s why the Bible says, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst, ...so when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:28,30).

It says here “that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” Which means Jesus came to fulfill everything God told Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and the prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea etc.

All things have been accomplished in Jesus Christ, including what God told Ezekiel, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your idols” (Ezekiel 36:5).

Human beings are worshipers of money, power, fame, and various lusts. Mankind is influences by these things in one way or the other. These things have been idolized by man. But God made a promise to Ezekiel to cleanse man from all these things.

GOD’S WAYS AND THOUGHTS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS

We don’t have to read the Scriptures with fleshly mind because God’s words are spirit (John 6:63). Therefore when God says He will sprinkle clean water on us, we must not think that God is going to actually sprinkle physical drops of water on us like rain. God does things in His unsearchable wisdom and divine power.

The ways of the Most High God are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. He said that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). It means that in God’s own way, if we believe in the BAPTISM of Jesus by which He fulfilled all righteousness for us (Matthew 3:15), His BLOOD and RESURRECTION, it is His way of sprinkling clean water on us.

The Bible speaks about the blood of Jesus on the Cross as a blood of sprinkling. It says, “To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). Therefore if Jesus’ blood is a blood of sprinkling, then we must know that His water baptism is also a water of sprinkling. Both are for our salvation.

Our own human thoughts may not agree to this, and so must it be. That’s why God said our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our ways are not His ways. Therefore unless we deny ourselves and thoughts completely, we will not be able to comprehend the gospel light of the water and the Spirit. And when we fail to understand, we will live in a shadow of darkness.

We must know that Jesus Christ was sinless, and that is why the Scripture spoke about Him saying, “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26).

Therefore if Jesus says that His baptism was necessary to fulfill all righteousness, then we must know that He did not fulfilling righteousness for Himself, but for us.

Now if Jesus fulfills all righteousness for us in His baptism, is it not the same us washing us from sin?And is it not the same as cleansing us from sin?

Jesus baptism is a water of sprinkling, and His work of sprinkling was recorded in Isaiah when Isaiah prophesied, “Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations” (Isaiah 52:14).

It says here in Isaiah that Jesus Christ will sprinkle many nations. Jesus Christ accepted all the sins of the world upon Himself when John the Baptist baptized Him. He was then arrested as a criminal and brutalized. Thus His visage was marred to sprinkle us from sin.

We must not think that only His death was for sprinkling. This is because if Jesus had not been baptized by John the Baptism who is the representative of mankind to receive our sins upon Himself, then His death on the Cross and resurrection would have been all meaningless.

We must know that it is not by doing something which makes us cleanse from sin, but it is an act of God. God did all the work and that is why Isaiah confessed, “...For You have also done all our works in us” (Isaiah 26:12). Therefore the Jews asked Jesus, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God,” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:28-29).

When we believe in Jesus baptism, His blood and resurrection with all our hearts, God takes away the heart of stone out of our flesh, then He creates a new heart and He puts a new spirit within us as He told Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:26-27). He then seal us with the gift of the Holy Spirit which were all included in the prophecy He gave to Ezekiel.

Salvation is an inward change, and that’s why in God’s covenant, He said, “For this is the covenant hat I will make with the house of Israel after those days, say the LORD; I will put My laws in their mind and write them them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10,12).

Jesus Christ came to fulfill the prophecy which God gave to Ezekiel, that “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your idols” (Ezekiel 36:5). He fulfill this when He became the LAMB OF GOD who took away the sin of the world in His baptism (John 1:29), shedding His blood, and resurrecting from the death. AMEN!

 

 
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