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John 13:6-8 ( posted 7-25-14 ))

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

 

Peter knew Jesus was his Lord and Master. He was obviously surprised that Jesus would do such a humble act of humility.

Jesus knew that Peter at that moment did not understand this display of humility Jesus was showing His disciples.

As with most church people the strive is to see who is boss and in control of others.

This attitude is one of many reasons Jesus said many who are now the boss will have to step down and be the least in Heaven;

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first,the sameshall be last of all, and servant of all. “   Mark 9:35

 

But manythat arefirst shall be last; and the last first. “   Mark 10:31

 

 

 

 

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

 

The Greek word “ meros “ translated “ part “ means share, portion, part, piece, respect.

The washing of the disciple's feet had nothing to do with salvation.

This had to do with relationship and the benefits of their relationship with Jesus.

Through this act of humility Jesus provided the possibility of rewards if we have this kind of attitude in our heart. Even though most of us may never actually wash someone's feet, it is the attitude in our heart that is important.

Peter said;

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: “     1 Peter 1-6

 

To not be humble and submit to one another, will result in our loss of rewards.

Paul said;

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. “   1 Corinthians 3:15

It is quite clear that Paul said it will be our loss of rewards in Heaven, not loss of our salvation and being able to stay in Heaven.

 

Jesus described an arrogant person as opposed to a humble person;

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other menare,extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much ashiseyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justifiedratherthan the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. “   Luke 18:10-14

 

We will find later in this chapter that humility is the reason Jesus washed His disciple's feet.

 

I will continue with verse 9 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown