What is cleansing?
We believe Jesus Christ shed His blood, not alone for our justification and the forgiveness of actual transgressions, but also for the complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, and this transaction takes place subsequent to (or after) regeneration (the new birth.)
Scriptural references can be found in the following locations:
- Acts 26:18
- Ephesians 5:25-27
- Titus 2:14
- Hebrews 9:13, 14; 10:10, 14-22; 13:11-12
- 1 John 1:7-9
The importance of crucifying the flesh
Regardless of the ‘cleansing’ whilst we remain in a physical body, the flesh will be ever present. The influence of the flesh does not go away until the spirit man departs the body at physical death. We must therefore crucify the flesh and its appetites, by choosing to die to carnality each and every day. Sin has and always will be a choice. The potential for a Christian to sin never goes away (whilst he lives in a physical body on earth), but that does not mean he should not resist its potential vehemently and is adequately equipped to do so, by using the weapons of the blood, the name, the word and prayer.
This is the negative side of sanctification – the cleansing or taking away of the sin principle – the circumcision of the heart to make it possible for us to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:6). It is the crucifixion of the “old man” (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22-24; Galatians 2:20), the destruction of the “carnal mind” (Romans 8:5-10), the purging of the fruit bearing branch so “it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). It is the “cleansing from all sin” – “from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7, 9).
Sufficiency of Christ’s blood
We believe in the efficacy and sufficiency of the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins committed in the past: for the regeneration, or new birth from above, of penitent sinners, and for salvation or deliverance from sin and sinning.
Scripture references can be found on this topic as follows:
- Matthew 26:28
- Luke 22:20
- Acts 20:28
- Romans 5:9; 6:22; 7:24-25; 8:1-4
- Ephesians 1:7; 2:13
- Colossians 1:14, 20
- 1 Peter 1:18, 19
- 1 John 1:7, 2:1; 3:5-10; 5:18
- Revelation 1:5; 5:9