Are we still being Sanctified ,washed and cleansed by Christ ?(Explaining Ephesians 5:26)
Ephesians 5:26 KJV
 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
We must have heard this text taught as an on going work of Christ ,as we hear the word we are washed and sanctified and cleansed
Is this true ?
Let’s allow scriptures interpret itself
Is Jesus still sanctifying ,washing and cleansing His body ?
John 17:17 KJV
 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
He said this before his death
His word is the gospel,Jesus’s death and ascension .God honored his request
Just like earlier on
John 15:3 KJV
 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
The word is spoke was about his death and resurrection.
Acts 20:32 KJV
 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 26:18 KJV
 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Faith in the gospel means you are sanctified
Romans 15:16 KJV
 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Faith in The gospel means sanctified by the Holy Ghost .
1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 6:11 KJV
 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV
 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s no prayer .Separate the verse intelligently
He sanctifies you wholly.The term “I pray “is italics ,puts a lie to all Christ has done if allowed there .Its no prayer point .
It’s His work .
The next phrase is preserved ,not sanctified.
This is why he says ,He will do .
Keep what is He has done .Preserve the sanctified work.
Just like this
Philippians 1:6 KJV
 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
He began the good work ,He will keep it so till the day .Reaffirming the eternal nature of His work
Hebrews 2:11 KJV
 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Hebrews 10:10,14 KJV
 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Once and for ever
Any other use of this word is what we do ,not what he repeats or does again
1 Corinthians 7:14 KJV
 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
This is not salvation ,
2 Timothy 2:21 KJV
 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Nor this ,this is service
1 Peter 3:15 KJV
 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Notice,the actors in these texts refer in no way to Christ .
So why use ” that he might sanctify ” in Ephesians 5:26
The pretext should help
Ephesians 5:23-25 KJV
 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Saviour.not to save
Church is subject not will be subject
Loved and gave .past tense
So verse 26, is why he loved and gave himself
So the resultant effect is a sanctified,cleansed and washed church !
Hence better translations have it in the right tense ,Past .
We are cleansed .
The word here means to purify .
Acts 10:15 KJV
 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Peter was told this
Acts 15:9 KJV
 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
By faith in the gospel
Titus 2:14 KJV
 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Similar words ,He gave to purify,it’s His work that purifies.His sacrifice
Hebrews 9:14 KJV
 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
His blood .
1 John 1:7,9 KJV
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Again ,it’s His blood .
Any other use of this word where it appears in the present tense is our work not His
2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV
 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
With His promises ,His promises are what He does ,not our work
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV
 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,
 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
That’s the promise .We are sons already .
We come out by faith in the gospel
James 4:8 KJV
 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James uses it for doubt .The double minded .
It’s not God who does this nor His and our Christ.
He has washed us
Titus 3:5 KJV
 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
So,the Term ” by the Word ” in Ephesians 5:26 means on account of ,it’s the term logos. Used for speech ,action taken account of ,or by record .
Washing of water by The account of His love ,which is His giving himself .
The fruit of it are then explained
Ephesians 5:27 KJV
 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Glorious church ,that’s what you get when Christ washes .
No spot or wrinkle
Stains can’t be found when a man is washed by His blood
Ephesians 1:4 KJV
 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Without blame or defect
Haven cleansed us ,we are holy ,without spot or wrinkle
Ephesians 5:30 KJV
 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
We are already His body .
So,Ephesians 5:26 isn’t present continuous
See it as a mirror and honor the Father in His Son
Hope it’s clear
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