Ruth Warner - Special Meeting Thoughts - May 10, 2020

I Peter 1. I am impressed by verse 2, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ,” and verse 19-20 redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.” This was in the plan of God from before the world was made. He would redeem a people through the precious blood of Christ. He would buy back, regenerate, and make clean a people that would obey Him. Revelations 1:5, Jesus “washed us from our sins in His own blood." Revelations 7:14, “…these came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

I Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.” We talked about being born again of the Spirit and the word. Through the Spirit, we are sanctified. Also Jesus’ words in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth.” Being born of water speaks of a cleansing, washing of the word. Jesus’ words in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” come before talk of abiding in Him. Ephesians 5:26, “That He might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the word.”

Being at the Jackson convention grounds, I am amazed how much water we are using just to keep clean. No one enjoys being dirty, and we don’t like dirty dishes, and especially these days, we are washing our hands 20 seconds continually!!! We sisters don’t like dirty rooms/floors, and I was asked by our brother to clean rooms before Charles & Philip came!! Nobody likes to reside or to sleep in dirty rooms. This does not exclude the cookhouse either!! So I am made aware our spirit need lots of washing/cleansing day by day. So it is spiritually. We are very thankful for what Jesus has done for us to be cleansed, but effort must be made to be cleansed through the help of the Spirit with the word.