Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet
Bible Study of John 13:1-17 My Answers to BSF Questions
3. Jesus loved his own even to the end.
He gave the disciples “decisive and constant proofs of his love” by “calling them to follow him, by patiently teaching them; by bearing with their errors and weaknesses; and by making them the heralds of his truth and the heirs of eternal life.” (Barnes)
Even though Jesus knew Judas’ evil plan, He washed Judas’ feet anyway.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) He didn’t withdraw his love from Judas.
“For the Lord…will never abandon the godly.” Psalms 37:28 (NLT)
“…But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (AMP)
4. “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” John 13:10
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. (NLT)
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (NLT)
There is a spiritual analogy here. When we get born again, we are washed clean from all sin, even future-tense sin… As we walk through this life, we get our feet dirty and need to clean them occasionally, but we don’t have to ever get that entire body cleansing again. Likewise, our spirits are sanctified and perfected forever (Hebrews 10:10, 14; 12:23), but our outsides get dirty from contact with the world. We do need to purge our minds and consciences from evil works so we can serve the Living God (Hebrews 9:14). (Andrew Wommack)
Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 9:14 NLT
I am redeemed—
—forgiven, cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, born of his Spirit—my sin-stained garment replaced by a clean, white robe of his righteousness. I passed from death into eternal life.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. Galatians 2:19-21 (MSG)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 17 Day 2 ~ John 13:1-17