Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of March

Mar 28, 2016 by


Exo. 30:19-21 “And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet with water from it; when they go into the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water, that they may not die; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn an offering by fire to Jehovah, they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they may not die…”


The redemption of the cross deals with our problem of sin before God. This dealing is accomplished by the washing of the blood. However, according to our experience, we know that the earthly defilement still remains. We still have filthy thoughts and improper concepts in our mind, and our actions are contaminated by earthly defilements. All these require the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, which have nothing to do with redemption and are not for the purpose of dealing with the problem of sin. The washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit are for ridding us of the inward defilement…. The problem of sin is dealt with at the altar, and the problem of filthiness is dealt with at the laver. (The Meaning of the Church, chap. 13)

Before the priests entered the tabernacle or approached the altar to minister, they had to wash their hands and their feet in the laver so that they would not die (Exo. 30:19-20). This signifies that before we believers, as the New Testament priests, serve God by Christ and His cross, we must wash away the defilements that come from our contact with earthly people, things, and matters, in the Holy Spirit of God’s judgment. If we remain in these defilements, we cannot serve God, we cannot pray, and we cannot function in the meetings. We need to be washed and renewed daily by the Holy Spirit in the divine element (Titus 3:5) that we may become a new creation with the divine nature to serve God in the divine life for the accomplishment of God’s New Testament economy. (Truth Lessons, Level Three, Vol. 1, Lesson 19)

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