Washing Your Sins Away

The activity was simple enough. It was Day 3 of the Advent material I decided to use that year. Each day's material included some Scripture and an activity to do as a family.

The first few lessons focused on the original sin and the fall of man (Genesis 1-3), and Day 3 continued along that vein. The Bible verse (Isaiah 59:2) went along with some recent conversations we've been having as a family, about the consequences of sin.

I explained the recommended activity to our kids. We were to put some dessert on the table, and show it to them. But there weren't allowed to eat it, until they washed their hands. Then we were to enjoy the dessert, while talking about how God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. It is only when our sins are washed away that we can enter God's presence and enjoy him.

But, it was not going to be done in our family. I told our kids that I didn't like the activity. But I challenged them to come up with the reason why I thought it tainted the gospel.

Because we're not supposed to eat dessert before dinner. Ummmm, no. That's not the main point.

Because not everyone likes dessert. No, keep going.

With some more prodding, one of them came up with the right answer. Because it shows that we can wash away our own sins. Bingo! Only God deal with our sin problem.

I know. Analogies often break down easier than an old cardboard box. Physical activities fall short of explaining spiritual realities. But it's not that we shouldn't use analogies or activities with our children; we just have to be able to understand where they fall short. And we have to help our children think critically, even about "Christian" teachings.

So instead of leaving it there, I asked my kids how they would make this activity more true to the gospel. They had a great suggestion: instead of washing their own hands, Daddy should wash their hands. Yes!

That's the great thing about our Father-- not only does He provide the prize (salvation), He also provides the means to obtain the prize (sending Jesus as the atonement for our sins).

Our kids need to know that truth about God. And we do, too.

**image courtesy of SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget via flickr

2 comments :

  1. WHAT IS THE WASHING OF REGENERATION?

    Most people who believe that men are saved by faith alone simply disregard the Scriptures that express water baptism as being essential to forgiveness of sins.

    What is the washing of regeneration?

    Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,(NKJV)

    God saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. What is is washing of regeneration?

    Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)

    He saved us through the water of rebirth, not because we were born of water the first time. No one can be reborn of amniotic fluid, that would be the first birth.

    Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(New Revised Standard Version)

    You cannot take the water out of washing of regeneration.

    Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)

    Being reborn of water and the Spirit cannot be separated.

    John 3:3-5 ...unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 5. ....unless one is born of water and the Spirit , he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

    You must be again of water and the Spirit. Born of the Spirit alone cannot saved you.

    THE WASHING OF REGENERATION.


    Ephesians 5:25-27....as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,.... (NKJV)

    Christ sanctified and cleansed the body of Christ with the washing of water. The washing of regeneration.

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (Common English Bible)

    There is no rebirth without water baptism.

    Ephesians 5:26 He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.(Contemporary English Version)

    There is no dry washing of regeneration.

    THE WASHING OF REGENERATION.

    Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (NKJV)

    No sins (under the New Covenant) are wash away without water baptism.

    Acts 22:16 Now, don't wait any longer. Get up, be baptized andwash away your sins, trusting in Jesus to save you.' (Easy-to-Read Version)

    The washing of regeneration.

    THE WASHING OF REGENERATION.

    1. Titus 3:5 not by works of righteous which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    WATER AND SPIRIT.

    2. John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say, unless one isborn of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)

    WATER AND SPIRIT.

    Acts 2:38 The Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    WATER AND SPIRIT.


    There is no salvation without the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

    THERE IS NO DRY-CLEANING, FOR SALVATION, UNDER THE NEW COVENANT TERMS OF PARDON!


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  2. While this was not part of the original topic of the post, I appreciate you leaving your thoughts.

    Of all the verses you listed, on the ones from Acts are anywhere close to "express[ing] water baptism as being essential to forgiveness of sins." The others speak of water & cleansing, but can you agree that there may be multiple possible interpretations?

    I would think that if baptism was essential to forgiveness, Paul (who wrote) most of the NT, would have said more about that. But he doesn't. For example, he does say in Romans 10:8-13 -->

    "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” ... for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”"

    And neither does Jesus speak of the essential nature of Baptism for salvation. Throughout the Gospels, He speaks of faith, and only faith.

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