Ephesians 5:22-25
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 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. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word”
The “thinking man” becomes that person that is operating on the basis of the Word and desires the Word and Godly things. It becomes their filtration system that blocks out anything contrary. This is so that God would cleanse the Church by the washing of the water of the Word.
In part, this is the justification and the sanctification of the Believer. The purpose of this filter is separation from unbelief. When there is separation, then God can wash and sanctify the Believer by His Word; and when they become the Word, then they are justified as though they never sinned in the first place, clean in Christ Jesus.
The most important step to becoming a “thinking man” is the washing by the water of the Word. He is the only thing that is Eternal, therefore He must operate on the basis of something that is not carnal, but something that is Eternal; and He said “My Word shall never pass away”, (Matthew 24:35). When that water flows over you, it cleanses you and enables you to become a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle.
It is all by His grace.
65-0822E - “A Thinking Man's Filter”
Also, now, we want to look at Ephesians 5:26, said, "It is the washing of the water by the Word," a waters of separation. What does It do? Then, the Filter of God is the Word. Waters of separation, "washing of the waters, of separation, by the Word," God's Filter. Then, you can't come into Christ through a church filter. You cannot come by a denominational filter or a creed filter. There is only one Filter, that you can enter into that holy place, that's through "the washing of the water by the Word." The Word of God is a thinking man's Filter. The church will judge you here whether you're a good member, or not. They'll give you a good funeral, and half-mast the flag at your death, send great wreaths of flowers and—and do everything for you. But when it comes down to your soul facing God, it's got to have Eternal Life. And if it's a Eternal Life, it's part of the Word. And as my own word cannot deny… My own hand cannot deny my hand. My own eyes cannot deny my hand, or my foot, or my toe, or any part of me. They cannot deny it. And neither can a man that's part of the Word of God, or a woman, deny one part of the Word of God. Then, women, when you think you can have bobbed hair and come in the Presence of God, you're wrong. You see it? You are wrong; you can't come through God's Filter where you're washed by the water of the Word. Then you enter into the fellowship. You think you are, but you can't be until you come through the Word, and every little spot, every little Word of God. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word." It's got to come through that filtration, coming through. And that gives a righteous man's taste, 'cause that's what he's looking for, looking for something to cleanse him.
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