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Foot-washing?
February 20, 2012, 8:44 PM
Filed under: Carnal, Exposition of The Gospel of John, Ignorance, Uncategorized

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).

“It is well known that not a few have regarded this as a command from Christ for His followers now to practice literal foot-washing, yea, some have exalted it into a “Church ordinance.” While we cannot but respect and admire their desire to obey Christ, especially in a day when laxity and selfpleasing is so rife, yet we are fully satisfied that they have mistaken our Lord’s meaning here. Surely to insist upon literal foot-washing from this verse is to miss the meaning as well as the spirit of the whole passage. It is not with literal water (any more than the “water” is literal in John 3:5; 4:14; 7:38) that the Lord would have us wash one another. It is the Word (of which “water” is the emblem) He would have us apply to our fellow disciples’ walk. This should not need arguing, but for the benefit of those who think that the Lord here instituted an ordinance which He would have practiced today, we would ask them to please weigh carefully the following points:

That that which the Lord Jesus here did to His disciples looked beyond the literal act to its deep symbolic significance is clear from these facts:

First, the Lord’s word to Peter, “What I do thou knowest not now” (John 13:7): certainly Peter knew that his feet had been literally washed!

Second, the further words of Christ to Peter, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me” (John 13:8): certainly there are multitudes of believers that have a part with Christ who have never practiced footwashing as a religious ordinance.

Third, His words, “Ye are clean, but not all” (John 13:10): Judas could never have been thus excepted if only literal foot-washing was here in view.

Fourth, His question, “Know ye what I have done to you?” clearly intimates that the Lord’s act in washing the feet of the disciples had a profound spiritual meaning.

Fifth, note that here in John 13:15 the Lord does not say “Ye should do what I have done unto you,” but “as I have done to you!” Add to these considerations the fact that this incident is found in John’s Gospel, which is, pre-eminently, the one which treats of spiritual relationships under various figures — bread, water, Shepherd and sheep, vine and the branches, etc., and surely all difficulty disappears.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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