Followers of ‘the Way’ – The Laver of Washing
The followers of Christ are identified in the New Testament as followers of ‘the Way’ (Acts 9:2). Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (Jn 14:6). Forgiveness of sins through the cross is the beginning of the way, but it is also necessary that we be washed and cleansed by the Spirit.
This spiritual truth is symbolized in the sanctuary by the Laver of Washing, which the New Testament affirms corresponds to the renewing power of the Holy Spirit working in our life. “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’ (Tit 3:5). This washing Christ offers to all who receive Him as their sacrifice.
Man is born into this world with a sinful heart (Isa 48:8; Rom 8:7-8), estranged from God and in rebellion. This is the result of Adam’s sin (Rom 5:14). This inheritance comes to us through Adam, and unless we are born again, born of Christ’s Spirit to a new nature we will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Jn 3:5-6). Christ died for our sins that we may be justified and forgiven by His blood, but once we have accepted Christ’s sacrifice, our Heavenly Father does something absolutely amazing – He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4; Acts 2:33). This gift writes God’s law in the heart and enables believers to live and love like their Heavenly Father.
With Christ living in us through the Holy Spirit, our sinful desires may be subdued, every thought can be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5) and we may abide in Christ and keep His commandments (1 Jn 3:6). ‘As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God’ (Jn 1:12-13).