Is the Bride of Christ clean or unclean? A sinner or saint? A New Creation or unregenerated?

I believe to renew our minds we must bring them into alignment with God’s Word. How we view ourselves matters.

5Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing b her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Eph. 5:25-27

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorne herself with her jewels.” Isa 61:10

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Php 3:9

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Co 15:54

I really stepped in it this time.

What does it mean to wash one another’s feet?

I believe it is simply this…

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Gal. 6:1

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

*Note John 13:10

“Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.

Which pipe will flow more water?

The one that is connected and in complete alignment.

It is the same with the Holy Spirit. As we connect with Him and come into alignment with His Word, the Holy Spirit is able to flow in and through us more abundantly.

John 7:37-39
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Let’s agree to agree

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Mark 3:25

So are we agreeing in all areas of our lives with the world or the Word? Or are we a little divided?

Would you agree that a husband and wife should be in agreement? Remembering we are the bride of Christ.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Definition of agreement

1a: harmony of opinion, action, or character : CONCORD There is widespread agreement on this issue.

b: the act or fact of agreeing She nodded her head in agreement.

Specifically which verses in the Bible do you agree with?

This is a good one.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Do you agree?

As Christians how should we view ourselves?

As still living under the Law of Sin and death, unclean. Where our spiritual condition is liken to leprosy and we are constantly working, trying to be good enough?

Or as living under the Law of Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Knowing, our sins have been washed away. That through Christ, we are healed, whole, and Holy. Now, clothed in His Righteousness.

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:9-11

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?Galatians 3:3

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21

Because how we view ourselves maybe indicative of what we really believe, and to truly be set free we need to believe the truth. This belief is in God and in His Word/Jesus.

…”By His Stripes we have been Healed”

When Christ entered our heart, our spirit became healed, whole, and complete. But our soul (mind, will, and emotions) takes a little longer to come into alignment with the Word.

A perfect example. …we often view ourselves as broken when in fact the Word tells us that, “By His stripes we have been healed.” This is a spiritual healing.

Our soul needs to come into alignment with our spirit and the Word, not the other way around. So should we believe we are broken or healed?

We renew our minds with the Truth. What we believe matters because Life is found not by how we feel but by His Word.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Roman 12:2