Re:Verse passage – John 13:3-17 (day three)

“He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Jesus declared that Peter had already experienced radical (in the sense of all-encompassing) cleansing. He couldn’t be more saved than he was. Peter’s three years of apprenticeship to the Lord were truly a soul-bath. Every word Peter heard Jesus speak, every miracle he saw Jesus perform, every look he saw Jesus give, every road he saw Jesus walk, every lost person he saw Jesus find – this was Peter’s bath. And this work of Jesus cleansed Peter as Peter gave himself to that cleansing. He often came reluctantly or cantankerously into the water, but he came. Judas never let the water trouble him the way it did Peter and the others. He held himself apart – hygiene-adjacent, but never clean.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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