Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Elements of God's Word - Water

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Gen 1:6-8
The number two in the bible denotes division – and on the second day, God divided the waters that were above the firmament from those that were below the firmament. Water also denotes division or separation, more specifically sanctification.

In the days of Noah EVERY IMAGINATION of the THOUGHTS of men’s HEARTS was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. The Lord used a flood of water to separate Noah out from the rest of humanity. Noah was sanctified and set apart as the very last believer. If the Lord had not caused the flood to happen, Men’s own evil would have ultimately destroyed him. The flood brought a cleansing to the whole world, a baptism – to start fresh and continue God’s plan of redemption.

For some really interesting scientific explanations on the flood you can check this website: The Bible Genesis and Geology:

The fountains of Noah’s and the windows of heaven

More on the windows of heaven of Noah’s flood

The Lord again divided the waters when He parted the Red Sea for the children of Israel to cross over and escape the Egyptians. Again it was a type of baptism – separating the children of Israel out from the Egyptians and sanctifying them in preparation to receive the law – even though the Israelites did not yet know about the law. The Law itself contained many commandments for ritual washings and purification processes with the use of water.

Water is also important in the process of becoming sons of God through Jesus Christ. The very first step when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ should be that a person is baptized in water. I know a lot of churches don’t teach that or think it is not important – and they believe that to their own detriment because the Word clearly shows that they believed in water baptism during the book of Acts, and it has very specific spiritual reasons behind it.

When the Lord first called me to quit my job and go out on the road for Him, He instructed me to get water baptized. It was an important step in this journey. So my sister and I went down to the Tualatin River and baptized each other. It was definitely a supernatural event. It is symbolic of being washed of all unrighteousness when you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and also being separated from your mother’s womb (born of water) to be born again of God’s spirit. When you go down into the water – it is like dying with Christ, and coming out of the water – is like rising with Christ. Resurrected a new man.

Jesus Christ is our example to follow. He was the pattern Son for us to follow after Him and do the same things that He did. There are many instances of Jesus and water that are unfortunately too numerous to go into with much detail here. Like, turning water into wine, walking on the water, talking to the woman (who was fetching water for her family and many times the women were the ones who provided the water for their families) at the well about living water, just to name a few.

One of the last things that Jesus did, before He was crucified, was to wash the feet of His disciples. By His humble example – he was teaching His disciples that they were to be humble and wash each other’s feet, that to be a great leader, you had to be all the more humble and make yourself a servant. He was doing this in order to physically show them the principle of washing of water by the Word that is giving your life for the church, as He did. To sanctify and cleanse the church:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph 5:25-27
Water is also unstable. Jacob, when talking of his son Reuben, called him, “Unstable as water.” Gen 49:4. Water is unstable because you cannot grab it or hold it. It is not firm and is always moving and shifting. Water causes instability. A double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways. James 1:8. Technically, through the first step of water baptism you become a double-minded man. Where before you were just a flesh man, with a carnal mind – now you are flesh and spirit, carnal mind and the mind of Christ and these two are now at war within you.

The process of becoming sons of God is to put off the old man and the carnal mind and to put on the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ has to be dominant so that you will no longer be double-minded, but with single minded focus – pursue holiness and love God with your whole mind.

Today is the day of division. We are again in the days of Noah. Today is the day to choose if you will be carnally minded or if you will put on the mind of Christ. If you will lay down your life for the church and wash the feet of the brethren. If you will wash the brethren with the washing of water by the Word, and strengthen the mind of Christ, or if you will go the way of carnality.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Heb 10:22-24
Blessings in Christ!

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