Jesus Cleanses through His truth and His Spirit
Lesson 7 of 13
God uses both truth and Spirit to sanctify faith: “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). God uses truth to cleanse like soap and also uses the Spirit to cleanse as water. We use both soap and water to wash our hands and God uses both truth and Spirit for the continual cleansing, washing, and purging of the soul. Jesus established an apostolic order for this to take place. The Holy Spirit sanctifies our faith when truth proceeds from the headship of Christ through the apostle’s office, that our faith might be made rich in the fellowship of God in the fullness of Christ.
When the Holy Spirit sanctifies your faith you are walking in righteousness, daily enjoying the fullness of the blessing of Christ. However, when severed from the headship of Christ and His sanctification, Christianity becomes a struggle with the conscience on account of the lack of power in one’s faith. This struggle is seen in how believers try to simulate the gifts of the Spirit apart from His power and emulate great men of God without the calling. These also operate in the supernatural realm and spiritual realm by imitation.
Doctrinal cleansing: Removing leaven from truth
To sanctify your faith by truth and Spirit it is first necessary for believers to go through doctrinal cleansing. Jesus is now cleansing His house. That means He is cleansing the church from unclean knowledge. Jesus made mention of this when teaching His apostles about the “leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” The “leaven” was their (false) doctrine.
6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
11How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Apostles remove leaven from Christ’s truth by laying the original (unleavened) foundation of truth within the heart of each believer, truth that is not mixed (leavened) with error. Truth is the unleavened bread of Christ.
Spiritual cleansing: Removing the fruits of iniquity from the soul
As apostles wash and cleanse the church, removing from faith knowledge (leaven) that defiled faith and reset the original foundation of truth in the heart, the Spirit of God then begins His one-on-one spiritual cleansing, and tutorship in the heart of each believer for fellowship and growth. This is the “washing of regeneration” (God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation) and renewing (of the mind) by the Holy Ghost.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5).
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
This “washing” by the Holy Spirit is for the healing of the soul. While in the kingdom of darkness the soul gained much experience with sin that was harmful to the soul. Apostle Paul identified these fruits of iniquity as: “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like” (Galatians 5:19-21). The Spirit of God works to heal the soul from this bruising by removing the soul from the knowledge, tools, and power of the kingdom of darkness and forming the virtues of Christ within by the knowledge, tools, and power of God’s kingdom. For each believer to daily partake of this transformative experience they must be separated, doctrinally cleansed, and prepared to serve God in righteousness.