|Having a Part with Jesus|
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|Friday, 03 July 2009 03:35|
Having a Part with Jesus
Different interpretations of
"Having a Part with Jesus"
Many of us are familiar with this statement by our Lord Jesus Christ to Peter "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." What did Jesus mean when He said that? There are different interpretations of the phrase "you have no part with Me." Some interpret this phrase to mean "have no part in the Body of Christ - the Church", while others interpret it as "have no part of Christ's salvation". Let us study these two interpretations.
1. "Having a part with Jesus" does not mean having a part in the Body of Christ - the Church"
When our Lord Jesus Christ said "on this rock I will build My Church" He was prophesying to a future event (Mt.16:18). At the time when our Lord made this prophecy the Church had not been built yet. The New Testament Church can only be built after the Lord Jesus Christ had died (Heb. 9:16-17). ". . . Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it." (Eph. 5:25). The Lord Jesus Christ must first shed His blood so that the Church could be purchased by it (Acts 20:28) . The Church is "built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit" (Eph.2:22). Without the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the Church could not be built. Most Biblical scholars agree the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ was established on the Day of Pentecost when God poured out His Spirit on all the disciples of Christ (Acts 2:1-4). The first time that the disciples were ever called the Church was after the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:47).
When the Lord Jesus Christ washed His disciples' feet it was administered before His crucifixion, that is before the Church was established. We know that the Church was not established when Jesus washed the disciples' feet. The disciples could not have joined the Church before it was established. So we can conclude the interpretation of washing of feet enables a person to join the Church is incorrect. The Bible informs us, "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body" (1 Cor. 12:13) A Christian joins the Church through baptism and not by washing of feet.
If we interpret having a part with Jesus means joining His Church then we have some doctrinal problems that cannot be solved. Our Lord Jesus Christ had only washed the feet of His twelve apostles (Mt. 26:20; Jn. 13:1-5). There were about 120 disciples who had gathered for the prayer meetings in Jerusalem (Acts 1:14-15). Did only the twelve apostles who had their feet washed entered the Church while the approximately 108 disciples that did not have their feet washed were not in the Church? Mary, the mother of Jesus, did not have her feet washed. Was she not part of the Church? What about the 3,000 souls that were baptized on the Day of Pentecost? There was no record that their feet were washed on that day and yet it was recorded that they were added to the Church; "those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them." (Acts 2:41) ". . . And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47)
From these records in the Book of Acts we can only conclude that it was not through washing of feet that a person joins the Church.
- to be continued -
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