I was a newly minted freshman in high school when my parents decided I was now old enough to do my own laundry. I had watched my mom do it countless times, so when she asked me if I needed any instruction, I firmly told her “no.” Exuberantly embracing my new responsibility in life, I proceeded to take a large stack of my dark colored, brand new school clothes and wash them on my own. I poured in the liquid detergent, softener…and then bleach. I was so proud of myself, until I opened the washing machine to transfer the clothes into the dryer. To my complete horror, all my new school clothes were covered in bleach spots! Clearly, I had no idea how to properly wash laundry.
Fortunately, when it comes to washing lives, no one can do what Jesus can! First Corinthians 6:11 tells us, “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” The Greek word for “washed” is apolouo, which means, “to wash off or away.” This conveys the idea that we weren’t just washed, but that in the process of washing, something was actually removed from us. What was removed? The stain of sin.
Isaiah 1:18 states, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” God has washed us with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, and as believers, we are now completely clean!
Of course, this isn’t what Satan wants us to believe. He wants to lead us into self-condemnation and uncertainty about our salvation. The enemy loves to remind us of all our shortcomings, flaws, and weaknesses. He revels in rubbing our faces in our past sins. Yet, in Psalm 103:10 and 12, David tells us that God “has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities…as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Today, walk forward in boldness and confidence in the work that Jesus Christ completed on the cross. He cleansed us and washed away the filthy stain of sin from our lives, and clothed us in His own righteousness instead. As a result, God “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).