CHRIST'S COMMAND: GO AND WASH!, #601
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (JOH 9:7).
Before we can rightly understand the priceless lesson our Saviour chose to teach in this case, we must carefully examine the circumstances at the time. We need to keep the verses of Scripture in context.
Throughout Chapter 8 the Lord Jesus has repeatedly brought before scribes and Pharisees the truth of the Word, the fact that He was the One sent of the Father. In verses 4 and 5 Christ said: "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
He was sent to be the light of the world. Now the command is for the blind man he has anointed with clay and spittle to go wash in the pool of Siloam, which means Sent. The Lord Jesus Christ is going to leave a witness of Himself that He was sent by the Father. By the sending of the Father, He commanded this man to go and wash, and he therefore went and washed and came back seeing and received the light of life.
As Jesus hid Himself from those spiritually blind leaders of the blind, He saw this blind beggar who was the object of His mercy. Those Pharisees were gathered about Him with stones in their hands to kill Him for those gracious words that proceeded out of His mouth as we see in V: 4-5. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Under the most severe circumstances, the Lord works the wonders of His grace. In these circumstances, as He had told the Jews, "Before Abraham was I AM," (JOH 8:58) and they took up stones to throw at Him. And as He went in amongst them and passed by, hiding Himself from them, He saw this object of mercy.
Another beautiful illustration of what man is outside of the grace of God is found when Jesus came into the country of the Gadarenes. Outside of the grace of God we see what we see in the Pharisees, in this Jewish nation, who were so wise in their own eyes. They were such doctors of the law. They were such theologians in their own sight. Now, look at MAR 5:2-5 and see how beautifully this illustrates the condition of man spiritually by nature. "And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs [out of the things of death] a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs [among the things of death]; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones." This is the condition of man by nature. This was the condition of the scribes and Pharisees. The Word of God would not bind them because they were unregenerate. They had an unclean spirit like this man in the country of the Gadarenes
This illustrates the condition of man by nature. Have you ever tried with your own children to bind them with the Word of God and to see that by nature they break it asunder? They will not be bound. By nature we are all in this state before salvation. We cannot be bound. We have a hard heart or an unclean spirit, and we are dwelling among the things of death.
Scripture offers only one solution for this spiritual condition under which we are all bound by nature. We see this in MAR 5:6: "But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him." His eyes were opened to see Jesus. There is healing balm in the blood of Christ when you and I come to a point where Christ is set before our eyes of faith. In that view of Christ, when our eyes are opened to see Christ, to see that One sent of the Father, then the powers of Satan and sin are broken. This is what we see with that maniac from the Gadarenes. When his eyes were opened to see Jesus, he ran and worshipped Him because His eyes were taken off from the things of this life.
See what Jesus told this multitude of self-righteous Jews who were gathered about Him with their hands full of stones to cast at Him in JOH 8:34. "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." He was telling them the truth, and what were they saying? We were born free. We are bound to no man. They never understood. They were not bound by this word from Christ. The Word of Christ was shoved off, and they were broken asunder.
He also told them wherein they could find freedom from this bondage. In JOH 8:36: "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." When the eye of faith is opened to see Christ, then the power and the bond of this sin and of Satan are broken. Then we are set free.
What is the first step toward this freedom? The Lord gives us to see in the circumstances the nature of an unclean spirit that was in these scribes and Pharisees and other Jews. Our eyes must be anointed with the blessed eye salve of Jesus to see our need of Jesus Christ. Until our eyes are opened to see who we are by nature, until we have learned to see the malady of sin, theres no beauty in Christ. Until a person has learned and knows that he has cancer, he has no attraction to a doctor who can cure cancer. So it is with the leprosy of sin. Until you have come to realize that you are infected with the malady of sin that will destroy your soul, you see no beauty in Christ. Therefore, the first step is that anointing eye with the eye salve to see our need of Christ.
Look at JOH 9:6: "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay." The first step was anointing the eyes with the clay to see the need of washing. Our eyes must be anointed to see that we have a need of a Saviour.
How little did Jesus' disciples understand this need? Even those whom the Lord has chosen to bring forth His gospel, until they have come to the Word of God, and until the Lord has anointed their eyes to see and to understand the truth, they are as blind as the multitude. They never understood God's sovereign purposes.
Look at JOH 9:2-3; "And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
The Lord was going to use this man who was born blind as His witness to this blind multitude, to these Jews, these scribes and Pharisees, these blind leaders of the blind. He took a man who was unlearned. He never knew how to read or write. He was physically blind from birth. In this man, the wonderful works were made manifest.
Our Saviour could have restored this man's sight as He did the two blind beggars recorded in MAT 20:34: "So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him." The Lord Jesus could have healed this man that way too, but it wouldnt bring forth the message, the gospel principle that He is teaching you and me. By His merely touching their eyes they immediately received their sight. There was a different set of circumstances there.
This set of circumstances, as He was about to be stoned for bringing forth the truth, He is going to show and open our understanding to see our need of the washing of the water of the Word. In verse 14 we read, "And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes." This healing so enraged the scribes and Pharisees because they taught a different version of keeping the Sabbath. They were the doctors of the law who had more than 630 commandments pertaining to the Sabbath. Jesus had violated their commandments of men. They were so blind to the truth. They were blinded by their own wisdom, by their own self-righteousness, and by their own instilling of the doctrines that had been taught to them from generation to generation. They were so blinded by their own prominence that they were not able to receive the Word. Do you see the first step? The first step is the anointing of the eyes to see who you really are. First, we start to realize that we are blind. The scribes and Pharisees wouldnt acknowledge that they were blind.
Look at what we read in JOH 9:40-41. "And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." The Lord Jesus is teaching in this chapter the essential element of the anointing of the eyes to see and to realize how blind we are. That means we are to take everything that we have ever been taught, that we are able to take everything that we have ever believed, and everything that we have ever known, and to lay it upon the shelf. We are to leave it there until we can see it written: "Thus saith the Lord." We may find those teachings and beliefs written in the Word of God; we may find they are the mere teachings and beliefs of men. Until we know where each one stands, leave them on the shelf.
How little did Jesus disciples understand Gods sovereign purpose and His eternal love for His own. His disciples were yet ignorant. They did not yet rightly understand the principles that Jesus was teaching.
In JOH 9:2-3 we read, "His disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." Our Saviour could have restored that man just as He did the others. He could have just immediately touched their eyes, and they would have seen, but in the case before us the circumstances were entirely different, "that the works of God should be made manifest in him." The Lord had His reason and His purpose why He chose in this instance to use this procedure.
Our Saviour used this case presented in our text to "manifest" or i.e., to reveal unmistakably how He works grace in a sinner. So what is the Spirit's first step in the way of grace? So many people are running around groping in the dark and wondering: Am I saved? Am I converted? Do I have grace? Do you know why they have that problem? They are not reading the Word of God, in its context, for exactly what it says. They are not washing with the washing of the water of the Word. They are not washing and testing what they know with the Word.
In JOH 9:6 we read, "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay." This word anointed comes from the Greek word epi (ep-ee) which means, "superimposition of order or direction." Webster says the word superimposition means "the state of being placed upon something else." The word anointed means to be "set apart."
Now, what was it that was anointed? His eyes were anointed. His eyes are going to be placed upon something else. Now this is the first order of the work of grace. When our eyes are placed upon something else, our eyes are no longer fixed on the things of time and sense. The things of earth become strangely dim, and our eyes become fixed on things of eternal value. It is precious when we start to see and understand what the Lord Jesus is saying here. He anointed the blind mans eyes, in other words, his eyes become fixed upon something else.
It is by the Holy Spirit's anointing of our eyes that we come to our selves, and our eyes are placed upon something else than the those things "among the tombs; [where] no man could bind him, no, not with chains" as we saw in MAR 5:3. When our eyes are fixed on something besides the things of death, then that is the anointing of the eyes with eye salve. Our eyes are no longer fixed upon those things that perish.
As long as our eyes are placed upon the things of earth, we will never see Jesus. Our eyes are fixed on a selfish religion as long as they are fixed on something other than Christ. Many religions have one thing in common, even those that are totally outside of the Bible. They want to escape the consequences of sin, and they want Gods favor in this life. How many religions preach the necessity of coming to a new heart, a new desire, and their eyes fixed upon the will of God? No emphasis is placed on having their eye is fixed upon knowing and doing the will or pleasure of the Father. As long as our eyes are placed on the things of this world, our eyes will never be opened to see Christ. We will be blinded to see Him.
Therefore, our text goes on to manifest the works of God in how Jesus is to be revealed unto our eye of faith and to show how we come to this knowledge. In JOH 9:7 we read, "And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." In other words, go into the sent One of the Father. You dont need to go to these scribes and Pharisees and all of their teachings. You must go to that One who was sent by the Father.
Look at JOH 8:16-17, 26, 29, 42, and in each instance the Lord Jesus is driving home how He was the one who was sent of the Father. The scribes and Pharisees denied it; they took up stones to kill Him. Now we see again in JOH 9:4, "I must work the works of him that sent me." They are not willing to accept the truth that He is the sent One of the Father. Now, what is the message? "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)" In other words, we must come into Gods ordained way. We must come unto the One who was sent by the Father. We must come and wash in the washing of the water of the Word. He is the Word, and the Word was made flesh. After his eyes had been anointed, i.e., placed upon things of spiritual value, Christ is revealed. Why?
Before we came in for the service, I was sitting, looking at a sermon written by a man who was considered one of the most prominent pastors. I was glancing through that sermon on the great Judgment Day, the great resurrection. There was not one reference to the central emphasis of that his text verse, JOH 5:29. "And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
The central theme of the message is those who have "done good" and those who have "done evil" each have a place reserved for them. His sermon was all about the wonderful place we will have in heaven and the terrible place in hell. He never once made the connection throughout that entire sermon that those who have "done good" are rewarded the resurrection of life, and those who have "done evil" unto the resurrection of damnation.
The Lord is telling us that we must wash with the washing of the water of the Word. We must come under the authority of His Word. EPH 5:26-27 says, "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." We must come into His service. Christ is revealed for the obedience of faith. That is the central theme of the gospel that must be understood.
Look at ROM 16:25-26. "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith."
The Lord Jesus Christ is made known and is revealed for the obedience of faith. Now, watch what our text is talking about. The blind man was to go to the pool Siloam, which is by interpretation, Sent, and wash and he went away seeing. He was commanded, he obeyed, and he had sight.
For the obedience of faith is the reason Christ is revealed, that we might be conformed into the blessed image of Christ. It is that we might walk in the footsteps of Christ, that we might come to the resurrection of life. They are those who have done good unto the resurrection of life.
After our Saviour anoints our eyes to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and places them on things of eternal value, we find that we become established according to the gospel, i.e. we start to see sin in its true nature. We start to hate sin. Not only the consequences of sin, but sin itself becomes hateful. Now we have a desire to be delivered from the power of sin that we might be free from that power and servitude of sin. We find that we become established according to the gospel, that is, by the washing of the water of the Word.
Now look closely at EPH 5:25-27. "Husbands, love your wives, even as 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." That is why He gave Himself for His church.
It is so important when we read the Word of God that we dont read into it what we have been taught all of our lives. We are not read into it some belief or some doctrine that somebody invented. We need to read what it says.
What did Christ come for? He came to cleanse His church and to give them a white robe that He might present it unto Himself as a glorious church, without spot and without wrinkle.
As our Saviour proceeded to anoint the eyes of this blind beggar, how did He place his eyes upon something else? Notice what the Lord did. How did He now remove the mans eyes from the things of life and put them on something else?
What does our text say? Look at JOH 9:6. "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay."
Before our eyes will ever become fixed upon Christ, we need to have something that will block our vision for everything else. What would do this better than a plaster of wet clay? He made a plaster of wet clay, and He plastered it over his eyes. Do you know what this does? It blinds our eyes to everything but Christ. He anointed his eyes, that is, He placed that mans mind in a state of being focused upon something else.
Have you ever noticed that when the Lord anoints your eyes with clay, how that the things of earth become so strangely dim? Our hearts can be so taken up with the things of our life, then we have no trust in anything of this world.
We learn to see that we need to eat day by day out of the hand of the Lord. The things of this earth then become so strangely dim. Now we can accept the fact that we eat from day to day out of the hand of the Lord. Now we start to see Christ in all of these things because we take no thought for tomorrow. Why? The Lord wants our heart. He wants us to rest steadfastly on Him. He feeds the birds of the air. They dont have any barns. They dont have any store houses, and yet He feeds every one of them. Will He not feed you, oh you of little faith?
As our hearts are taken off from the things of this life, we begin to realize that we are so dependent on the Lord. For you and I to clearly see Christ as the light of the world, we, as the Pharisees, need our eyes taken off all the old traditions and doctrines of men. We need to wash our insights with the washing of the water of the Word. This is the lesson that this text is teaching us. The Lord has been presenting the truth to the Pharisees in all these chapters, and they have been refusing and rejecting Him and accusing Him because He healed a man on the Sabbath day. He had violated their commandments of men.
The Lord is saying, now, go and wash. Wash your eyes in the washing of the water of the Word. Stop clinging to all these old traditions under which you have been brought up. Let them go. They will drag you to hell because they are not the Word of God.
Look at ACT 17:10-11. "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
They were washing the teaching with the washing of the water of the Word. They were hearing strange doctrines they had never heard before. Previously they had heard only the legalisms of the scribes and Pharisees. Now they were hearing a truth, and they searched the Word day and night to see if these things were so.
When you have traditions that have been instilled into you for generations, they are not easy to discard until you are able to see that they contradict the Word of God. When the Lord opened the eyes of the men of Berea, He anointed their eyes to see that they were able to let the old traditions go because they searched the Word. This is what Jesus is telling you and me. He says we must go to the pool Siloam. In other words, to the One who has been sent. Go to Christ, and wash those eyes of yours with the washing of the water of the Word. Search the Word daily to see if those things are so.
What was the effect of using the Scriptures to wash all the Apostle Pauls teachings? It was his teachings that they were questioning, but they were going to the Word to confirm the truth of his message. They returned seeing!
In ACT 17:12 we read, "Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few." They went to the Word and searched the Word with all readiness of mind to see if those things were so. Was it indeed the Word of God? When they found that it was in fact the Word of God, all of their old prejudices were removed. They came seeing. Therefore, many of them believed. What a wonderful church state responded and resulted by the washing of the water of the Word. This is the message that Jesus is teaching us in our text.
The Jews remained spiritually blind because unbelief clouded their thinking, i.e., they refused to obey Jesus clear command. They refused to let go of their traditions, and they remained blind. Look what Jesus commanded them in JOH 5:38-40, "And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not." [Do you see why that pool of Siloam was by interpretation, Sent? It was the acknowledging of Christ as the sent One of the Father.] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." Jesus is telling them is that if they dont believe what He told them, they are to search the Scriptures. Then they will testify of the truth of what He said. In other words, be as wise as the men of Berea who took the words of the Apostle Paul, searched the Scriptures and found that it was so.
If they would search the Scriptures and if they had the anointing of their eyes to see Christ in the Scriptures, then they would have come to Him that they might have life. These Jews were so obsessed with their own doctrines of men that they rejected the clear teachings of Scripture.
Read MAT 15:7-9 to see how Christ reproves them for their attitudes toward the doctrines that are clearly taught in the Scriptures. "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." The problem was that they had a heart filled will self-righteousness. Their heart never was broken. Their heart never was revealed. They had never received that anointing of their eyes that their eyes might be placed upon something else. Their eyes were still fixed upon self and their own honor.
Do you see the lesson He is teaching us with this man born blind? Go, wash in the washing of the water of the Word. Search the Scriptures and see if these things are so. Do you want to have your eyes opened to clearly see Christ? Then obey, because that is the obedience of faith. Take the Word of God prayerfully and say, Lord, what is it you want me to understand? Dont try to instill what you believe into the Word as you read it. Read what it says.
Our Saviour is hidden from those whose heart problems are not cured with the anointing clay. That anointing, that showing, reveals who we are and our need of a Saviour. The people whose eyes cannot behold the beauty there is in Christ reject Him. To them He is as we read in ISA 53:1-2: "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."
That is the condition of those who have not received the anointing of their eyes. They see no beauty in Christ, because they see no need of Him. They dont understand that washing of His blood. They dont understand that washing of the water of the Word.
The eyes of natural man are blinded to the true nature of the human heart. Therefore they see no beauty in the suffering of our Saviour. We will never see beauty in a suffering Saviour until we learn to see the love of the Father in giving His Son, the blessed gift of the Father, and how He restrained His love for His Son for the love that He had for us. We start to realize and to see and to understand the true nature of sin when we learn to see the love of the Son in giving Himself. This is the anointing we need.
In MAT 23:27-38 we see how the scribes and Pharisees are clearly revealed by Christ. He says, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Those scribes and Pharisees never saw the uncleanness of their own heart. They were void of that anointing of their eyes.
As eyes are anointed with that clay, so they are taken off from the things of self, the things of life, and of flesh. They are placed upon Christ. Then what is within is revealed. They appeared righteous unto men, but within these men were full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
When Jesus anoints the spiritual eyes with that plaster of clay, the eyes are placed upon something else. Then they are not placed upon self, but are placed upon what lies within the heart. The need of a Saviour becomes manifestly clear.
There is also a command that accompanies that anointing. In JOH 9:7 we read, "And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." The obedience of faith brings sight. What is it that we come to see as we obey this gospel command by the obedience of faith?
The Lord has His means whereby He reveals Himself to the eye of faith. Instruments of clay send the gospel to individuals. Notice 2CO 4:6-7: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels [this gift of the ministry is in earthen vessels. We are instruments of clay], that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
The men God has sent into the ministry are clay. They are subject to like passions even as you are. They make mistakes. The Apostle Peter cursed and swore and denied that He ever knew His Lord. Moses did not sanctify the Lord at the waters of Meribah and was not even allowed to enter the Promised Land. David fell into murder and adultery. The Apostle Paul persecuted the church. We are not to look at an instrument of clay as though it was by that means that we receive the gospel. No, the Lord only uses these vessels of clay as His instruments. Why? It shows the excellency of the power is of God and not of us. That is why the Lord allows even His sent servants to fall and reveal their sinful nature. Doing things that we see are so foolish causes great grief. Nothing causes more humility in the heart of Gods servants than to realize that they are but instruments of clay.
Now we need to be careful. When the Lord uses spittle and clay to open the eyes of one who has born blind that we dont try to make something of that. We cannot bow down and worship that person. No, the excellency of the power must be of God, not of man. The wonder of the gospel is that He uses instruments of clay to bring forth His precious message.
It is by these earthen vessels that God sends "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" when the Holy Spirit accompanies the Word. ROM 10:13-14 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"
The Lord could have healed that man by merely touching his eyes, but the Lord chose to use means. The Lord chooses to use the foolishness of preaching. The Lord uses His ordained means. I have had many a time in my life that I would struggle, laying before the Lord through the week. I would be praying about it. I would take, search, and meditate on His Holy Word all week long. I came on His day, in His house, and all was made plain. Why? It was the Lords ordained way. He had ordained that by the foolishness of preaching He will save some. The Lord uses an instrument of clay for His own glory by His own means.
Those God-sent preachers are not sent to teach what they believe. They are not sent to teach what they want you to believe. They are sent to preach the Word of God. If they are not preaching, "Thus saith the Lord," we have to ask the big question. Are they sent? Did the Lord send them?
ROM 10:15-17 says, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
As persuasion comes by the Word of God, so it is by the washing of the water of the Word that Christ becomes manifest unto our own soul. It is after you hear that Word of truth that you will trust in the Lord. In EPH 1:13-14 we read, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." EPH 1:13-14. The Lord has His order. He has His ordained way. He wants that Word spoken.
I want you to see why it is so important that the Word of God is spoken. It is by the Word of God that you are healed. It is by the Word of God that you are able to trust.
A man at Waco, Texas, had everyone convinced that he was Christ. He perished with his followers in the flames. Now, we know that there was much wrong done there, yet God controls it all. He and his followers perished. Why? He was perverting the Word of God.
It is so important that you and I understand that we do not try to instill our thinking into what the Word of God says, but that we unfold, "Thus saith the Lord." There is no prophecy of the Scriptures that is of any private interpretation. We may not add private interpretations to the Word of God.
This is what constrained David to exclaim in PSA 119:97, "O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day." He meditated on the Word of God all the day long. Why? The washing of the water of the Word washes all things.
It is by the washing of the water of the Word that the eyes of our understanding are enlightened, which is what the Apostle Paul prayed for in EPH 1:15-20. I want you to see how the Apostle Paul prayed for the enlightening of the understanding. The eyes of your understanding are being opened by the washing of the water of the Word. "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." EPH 1:15-20.
What great wisdom there is in the Word of God. What great blessings there are for the hope of our salvation. The enlightening of our understanding that he prays unto you the spirit of wisdom and the revelation of knowledge of Him. When we begin washing our eyes with the washing of the water of the Word, we come seeing. We come seeing the wisdom and the knowledge, and the eyes of our understanding are being enlightened.
These spiritual blessings are the fruit of the obedience of faith. Those who go day after day without meditating in the Word stay blind. They will never come to where the eyes of their understanding become enlightened because their heart isnt meditating on the Word.
Jesus told the man that was born blind, "Go, wash." He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. As he obeyed, he received the promise. As we obey we find that the obedience of faith is the instrument ordained of the Lord whereby we receive our spiritual sight. You are not going to obey. You are not going to merit, you are not going to do anything, and obtain it on your own. We must be in humble obedience to the command of Christ. We submit to the command of Christ, go and wash, in other words, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." JOH 5:39.
We need to understand that Christ is saying, go, wash, and as we obey we find the obedience of faith is the instrument that He has ordained whereby we receive our spiritual sight.
JOH 7:17 says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." The obedience of faith is directly connected with our right understanding of His Word.
One time a man picked up a book that I had written. He said: "I started reading it and all of a sudden I came across the word do. Oh, I saw what terrible doctrine that was and I put that book away." I gave it to him to give to the rest home. Oh, he wouldnt pollute those poor peoples minds with the word do. Thats a duty religion.
Can you imagine the blindness that was caused by hanging on to traditions, to the pharisaical religion? Now, watch this in JOH 7:17. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If we have a desire, if we are willing, if it is the desire of our heart to do what is pleasing to the Lord, he shall come seeing. He shall know the doctrine, whether it is of God. Why should God open the eyes of our understanding, to see the beauties that there are in Christ, before we come into humble, unconditional surrender to the will of God? Why should we come to understand and be blessed with that unconditional surrender of Christ to the will of the Father and His humble obedience unto death, when we are living in rebellion and refuse to obey His will? That is why we remain blind.
When we come to the point that the spiritual eyes of our understanding are opened, what do we see? Look at EPH 2:6-7: "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
We come together, and as we sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, our hearts now flow together into those blessed heights in Sion. We see the love of the Father, the great kindness of the Father in giving His Son. Then we begin to understand great love of the Son in giving Himself.
There is undeniable witness and evidence in the Word of God, when the Word of God is used for the washing of the water of the Word. See this as Jesus was talking to His disciples in JOH 9:3-7. "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam."
I say unto you, beloved friends, go and wash. Wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.), and you will come seeing. The man went therefore and washed and came seeing. You also will then learn to see the beauties of Christ, and as the eyes of your understanding are being enlightened, you will be able to see the preciousness there is in Christ. Amen.
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