The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet #4496

My highlighted verses: John 13:10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all

This verse has a two meanings, the first being documented in verse 11 and the second in verses 14 - 17. They are:

(1) The present body of twelve disciples, were all clean but one, Judas.

(2) He that is already bathed only needs to wash his feet. Put this in perspective of Christ's era when folks walked around with sandals. Even though you may have just bathed, by the time you walk to dinner along the dusty trail, your feet are already dirty again.

You see, as long as we are in the flesh our feet are going to get dirty. But the lesson being taught here has nothing to do with actual dirty feet (as we will see). It means that even though we've been baptized and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, we are going to fall short and need to have "our feet washed".

John 13:11  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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