25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
-Sometimes we get dirty or grimy and for lack of better resources, we just do our best to dust ourselves off. We have a multitude of gels and wipes that we use to kill germs and bacteria that may accumulate on our skin. But to really get ourselves clean, there is no substitute for getting under the water and washing. While it is obvious when our physical bodies get dirty, it can be harder to spot stains and blemishes on or souls and spirits; nevertheless, we get just as dirty on the inside. The same God who created water and gave it the properties needed to wash our bodies also provided a way to wash the inward self. There are no short-cut spiritual sanitizers that can clean us on the inside, neither is there any profit in attempting to dust our souls off; the only way to be clean in the eyes of God is to get under the water of God’s Word. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)