Daily Bible Nugget #183, Ephesians 5:26

The Nugget:

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

My Comment:

The Scriptures are designed for sanctifying. The sanctification is accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ by means of the cleansing with the washing of water by the word. This is not a reference to water baptism. Water baptism is indeed commanded by Christ in Matthew 28:19, and that command has not been revoked anywhere in subsequent revelation recorded in the New Testament. The baptism mentioned here is real baptism accomplished by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God found in our day only in the Bible itself.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1367 for Ephesians 5:26.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1387 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Ephesians 5:26.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Ephesians 5:26. That he. *Jn 17:17-19. +*Ac 26:18. *1 Cor 6:11. *Titus 2:14. **He 9:14. *He 10:10. *1 P 1:2. Jude 1:1. might sanctify. or, might make her holy (LNT). Gr. hagiazō [(S#37g), to make holy (L-N 88.26): Mt 6:9g (Hallowed). Mt 23:17g, 19g. Lk 11:2g. Jn 10:36g. **Jn 17:17g, 19g. *Ac 20:32g. *Ac 26:18g. Ro 15:16g. 1 Cor 1:2g. *1 Cor 6:11g. *1 Cor 7:14g. 1 Tim 4:5g. 2 Tim 2:21g. He 2:11g. 9:13g. *He 10:10g, 14g, 29g. 13:12g. *1 P 3:15g. * Jude 1:1 g. Re 22:11g (be holy)]. Might make her holy translates hagiasē, an aorist active subjunctive. When we have a work of the Holy Spirit in mind, to make holy is a transformational experience, not a mere setting apart as under the Law (LNT, fn x). 2 Ch 29:5. Ezk 37:28. Jn 17:19. 1 Cor 1:2, 30. +*1 Th 4:3. He 10:14. 12:10. 13:12. and cleanse. or, having cleansed. Gr. katharizō (S#2511g, Mt 8:2). Having cleansed translates katharisas, to cleanse, i.e., the removal of impurities from whatever is cleansed. The Holy Spirit cleanses the believer from the fallen nature in Adam: Adamic nature, carnality, sin nature, in which we were conceived (Ps 51:5; Compare Ep 1:4, 7, 13 and notes). It is significant to note that when an aspect of salvation is in mind, katharizō (S#2511g, Mt 8:2) is always used of the cleansing work of the believer; when the sinner is saved from sin, dikaioō (S#1344g, Ro 8:30) is always used (LNT, fn y). Le 14:7. 16:30. Nu 19:19. Ezk 36:25. 37:23. Ml 3:3. Jn 2:6n. Titus 2:14g (purify). +2 P 1:9. *1 J 1:7, **1 J 1:9. with the washing. or, by the laver. Gr. loutron, *S#3067g, only here and Titus 3:5g. FS22M. The laver is put for Christ’s death and its results. Compare Nu 19:9, 17. Has nothing to do with baptism (CB). Washing of water is a picture, illustration, of the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit, and has nothing to do with ceremonial water baptism. The washing is real, transformational, and life-giving; this is water of eternal life (Compare Jn 4:10; 7:38, 39) [LNT, fn z]. =Ex 29:4. =Ex 30:18. Le 8:6. **Nu 19:9, 17. 2 K 5:13, 14n. +*Ps 51:7. Ezk 16:9. *Ezk 36:25. Zc 13:1. *Jn 3:5. 13:5, 8, 10. +*Ac 22:16. +*1 Cor 6:11. *Titus 3:5-7. +*He 10:22. *1 P 3:21. *1 J 5:6. Re 7:14. of water. Nu 31:23. Dt 23:11. Jn 19:34. 1 P 3:20. by the word. Gr. rhēma (S#4487g), Mk 9:32n. With a rhema or spoken word, is distinct from the written word. Rhema, the spoken word, is a reference to God’s intention, purpose, or promise (compare Jl 2:28; Ezk 36:26, 27). The Holy Spirit makes the believer holy as in wholly (1 Th 5:23, 24), and enables us to live accordingly (LNT, fn a). Ep 6:17. **Ps 119:9. *+Jn 15:3. 17:17. +Ro 10:8, 9. He 6:5. **He 11:3n. *James 1:18. *1 P 1:22, 23.

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One Response to Daily Bible Nugget #183, Ephesians 5:26

  1. ken sagely says:

    eph 5.26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
    water by the word.

    encouraging cross refs.(the best commentary on the bible is the bible)
    1. 1 jn 1.7 The blood of jesus christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
    2. 1 jn 5.6 This is he that came by water and blood, even jesus christ
    : not by water only, but by water and blood. and it is the spirit that
    beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
    3. jn 3.5 except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter
    into the kingdom of God.
    4. 1 pe. 1.2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through
    the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of
    Jesus Christ.
    5. titus 3.5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
    to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
    Holy Spirit.
    6. 1 pe 3.21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
    God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    7. jn 15.3 Ye are clean through the word which i have spoken unto you.
    8. jn 17.17,19 Sanctify them through thy Truth ; thy word is truth. For their
    sakes i sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
    9. 1 pe 1.22-23 Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the
    Spiritd…being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the
    Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

    6. 1 pe 3.21 T

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