“When I Went and Washed I Received” (John 9:11)

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“Therefore they asked him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So when I went and washed I received my sight.’” vs10-11

This is the way that we’re to minister the gospel to others – out of our own experience. We are not to teach things that we don’t know, but what we do know, not by natural but divine revelation.

Jude talks about things people know naturally, like election and predestination, like justification by faith, and like living holy, but they haven’t learned them spiritually, so they corrupt themselves – preaching election unto licentiousness, eternal security unto rebellion in the church, and holiness unto hating my fellow man. He says, “But these people blaspheme anything they don’t understand. What they know by instinct like unreasoning animals–they destroy themselves with these things (Jude 1:10).” We must be taught spiritually all divine truth.

The blind man, however, knew that Jesus had healed him, and he knew how it was done. So do you. Paul knew what happened to him, so he recounted it twice before kings and magistrates. He said, “Now those who were with me saw the light, but they did not hear the voice of the One who was speaking to me (Acts 22:9)”, and, “Then I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord answered: ‘I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen and what I will reveal to you (Acts 26:15-16).” He did not waver from his experience, and you won’t waver from scriptures taught to you by God, but you’ll live them out, and this is how we must preach: Not what I learned in my head, but what my heart knows – not what I can argue, but what I can live with understanding.

Do you have heart knowledge of Jesus Christ? Does election make you worship? I spoke to a believer recently who recounted his experience, how learning predestination – that God is the origin of faith – made him humble. He went to one church, and it wasn’t right. He went elsewhere,  saw love matched with the teaching, and he was hooked. Now, I spent the weekend in his home, and he showed the same loving hospitality to me. It wasn’t merely an external knowledge, but the truth of grace got into his heart with thanksgiving.

This must happen to each of us, which is why it is better to have one verse in the heart than one hundred in the head. It is better to experience truth than recite facts! People can learn confessions and live ungodly, but they can’t learn from Jesus that way. Paul says, “Assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus (Eph 4:21).”

Do not look to be smarter than others, as if head knowledge is spiritual! Pray it in, get it into your heart, and believe it.

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