Eighteen: Footwahsing (pg 26 of 29)
Chapter 18. FOOTWASHING
The practice of the washing of the saints feet is observed
by very few of God's children. Since so few observe this practice, is
it one that should be abandoned by the true Church? If this practice
is not taught in the New Testament, it should be abandoned; on the other
hand, if it is taught, it should be practiced and followed regardless
of the number that accept or reject footwashing.
God's word instructs his children regarding the subject of footwashing
John 13:12-15 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken
his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what
I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for
so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye
also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example,
that ye should do as I have done to you.
These verses set forth the Lord's teaching on the practice of footwashing
and what his children "should do". There are many lessons in the washing
of the saints feet, and those lessons can only be learned and enjoyed
by those that do what Christ says they ought to do. Without a doubt one
of the things that Christ's children ought to do is to follow his example
of the washing of feet. The lessons of love and humility that are found
in this service cannot be learned any way other than engaging in this
practice just as Christ practiced it.