ARE YOU WHITE-WASHED OR WASHED-WHITE?
There would seem to be no difference between these two as they
seem to be saying the same thing; however the following will
show the difference:
- WHITE-WASHED: When I was a boy we used to
make whitewash out of rock lime, water and fish skins. It did
a nice looking job on an old fence or out building, that is
until it rained or the hot sun got at it, then it would become
flaky and come off showing the same drab color as before.
- WASHED-WHITE: This would mean that
something was already white but had become stained or soiled
and needed a good cleaning to restore it to its original
The Lord spoke of the Pharisees as being WHITE-WASHED in Matthew
like WHITED (white-washed) sepulchers (tombs) which
indeed appear beautiful
outwardly, but are within full of dead men's bones." Outwardly
they appeared righteous but inwardly they were sinful. I see
people today like the Pharisees seeking acceptance with God
through the same WHITE-WASHING.
MORAL WHITE-WASH: Turning over a new leaf does not blot out the
old one. Quitting your bad habits is a good thing to do, BUT it
won't make you right with God. It is only a WHITE-WASH job. God
says, "Not of works lest any man should boast." Ephesians
. Again, "Not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to His mercy He saved us." Titus
. Then there is:
RELIGIOUS WHITE-WASH- Becoming religious by getting baptized and
joining a church won't make you right with God. Taking the "so
called" communion and saying your prayers all might seem like "a
way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end--death" Proverbs
. Pilate could wash his hands in a religious ceremony,
but he was still a guilty sinner in God's sight. Matthew
. Others try:
SOCIAL WHITE-WASH - The harlot. drunkard and adulterer can reform
by quitting all their sins. and that is good in itself. but it's
only a WHITE-WASH job. "Who can say I have made my heart clean. I
am pure from my sin?" Proverbs
BUT there is:
WASHED-WHITE - we read in Revelation
how the saved of earth have been WASHED-WHITE in the
blood of the Lamb. Now this is not the same as being white washed.
You see, dear reader. man was white to begin with. for we read in
God said, "Let us make man in OUR IMAGE after OUR
LIKENESS" Man became soiled in the Fall. Romans
"For by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world."
, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
You don't need a WHITE-WASHING as that would only cover your sins
for a little while; BUT what you need is to be WASHED-WHITE
through the blood of the Lamb. This will make you clean and
acceptable to God. Hebrews
".. He appeared once in the end of the world(age) to
PUT AWAY sin by the sacrifice of Himself." 1
. "... the blood of Jesus Christ His Son CLEANSETH
(not covers, but washes away) us from all sin."
My dear reader, a WHITE-WASH might be acceptable to you and man,
BUT not with God. You must be WASHED WHITE in the blood of the
Lamb. You can too, if you will REPENT of your sins. In Acts
God commands it, in Luke
it's REPENT or PERISH) and TRUST in the Lord Jesus
Christ and His sacrifice for you. "Believe (trust) in the Lord
Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." Acts
. "Without the shed-ding of blood there is no
Which are you - WHITE-WASHED or WASHED-WHITE?
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