The Faith I Live By


A Proof of Loyalty, October 20

Observing All the Ordinances

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:17. FLB 299.1

This ordinance of feet washing was made a religious service.... It was given as something to test and prove the loyalty of the children of God. When modern Israel observes the sacramental ordinance, this ceremony should precede the partaking of the emblems of the Lord's death. FLB 299.2

This ordinance was given for the benefit of Christ's disciples. And Christ meant all that He said when His lips uttered the words, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.... If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” He designed by this to test the true state of the heart and mind of those who participated.79Evangelism, 275. FLB 299.3

Christ gave His disciples to understand that the washing of their feet did not cleanse away their sin, but that the cleansing of their heart was tested in this humble service. If the heart was cleansed, this act was all that was essential to reveal the fact. He had washed the feet of Judas; but He said, “Ye are not all clean.” Judas brought a traitor's heart to this scene, and Christ revealed to all that He knew him to be the betrayer of his Lord, and that the washing of his feet was not an ordinance to cleanse the soul from its moral defilement.80SDA Bible Commentary 5:1138. FLB 299.4

When believers assemble to celebrate the ordinances, there are present messengers unseen by human eyes.... Heavenly angels ... are present. These unseen visitants are present on every such occasion.... FLB 299.5

Christ by the Holy Spirit is there to set the seal to His own ordinance. He is there to convict and soften the heart. Not a look, not a thought of contrition, escapes His notice. For the repentant, brokenhearted one He is waiting. All things are ready for that soul's reception. He who washed the feet of Judas longs to wash every heart from the stain of sin.... All who come with their faith fixed upon Him will be greatly blessed.81The Desire of Ages, 656. FLB 299.6