Preparing the Bride by Washing (4)

This post continues on New Jerusalem “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2) by “the washing of the water in the word” (Ephesians 5:26). The word that washes us is rhema: any and every word from the Bible that moves our heart away from self and toward the Lord.

To receive rhema from the written pages of the Bible, we need a heart turned to the Lord. The prior post had a negative example from Matthew 2. Here are other examples.

Hebrews 3:7—4:13 is about Israel in the wilderness. Moses spoke face to face with the Lord (Exodus 33:11). In contrast, the majority of Israel hardened their hearts (3:8), had gone astray in heart (3:10), and had evil hearts of unbelief (3:12). Good news was announced to them but it did not profit them due to their hardness and unbelief (4:2).

In Matthew 26:31-35, Peter contradicted the Lord’s warning about his impending failures. Due to Peter’s self-confidence, the Lord’s word could not penetrate him. But later Peter denied the Lord. The failure opened him and the earlier word became rhema that penetrated him and convicted him. “And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75).

First Thessalonians 2:13 is a positive example. It says, “And because of this we also thank God unceasingly that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but even as it truly is, the word of God, which also operates in you who believe.” They received what they heard as the word of God and it was operating in them. This inner operating is the principle of rhema. This is the washing of the water in the word.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA.

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