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A word must be given before closing this article on
the passage in Titus which speaks of 'the washing of regeneration' (Titus
3:5). We cannot believe that Paul would have been less explicit than Peter
(Acts 2:38), had he intended to say 'the baptism of regeneration' here. He
does not use the word 'baptism' but 'laver', Greek loutron, a word already
used by him in Ephesians 5:26, 'the washing (loutron) of water by the Word'.
This involves more than one figure of speech. Washing by water is a plain
statement, but washing by the water by the Word is figurative. Further
loutron does not mean 'washing', it refers to the 'laver' used in the
Tabernacle (Exod. 30:18). When speaking of it and its ordinances, which
would include this laver, the apostle refers to 'divers washings and carnal
ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation' (Heb. 9:9,10).
Again he had revealed that in the unity of the Spirit, there is 'One
Baptism'. What Paul intended us to understand in Titus 3:5, was the
cleansing that accompanies regeneration, and makes no reference to baptism in
water at all. If readers today were in the place and predicament of
Nicodemus, we should have to go into this matter much more thoroughly, but
those for whom we write will have arrived at such an understanding of their
high calling as to leave Nicodemus where the Scripture places him, and not
allow any teaching from other dispensations to lower the standard of their
own high calling.
Bought with a Price. These words of 1 Corinthians 6:20 would awaken a chord
in the breast of many of the believers in the early church, for a number
either were, or had been slaves. Deissmann has the following translation of
an inscription from Delphi which deals with the manumission of a slave.
'Apollo the Pythian Bought from Sosibus of Amphissa ... a female slave ...
With a Price'. This solemn rite of the fictitious purchase of a slave by
some divinity, has been actually accomplished by the Redeemer, and the words
of 1 Corinthians 6:20 are a part of a number of texts which reveal that
redemption has released those who were in bondage to both sin and death. In
the same inscription we read that this female slave was bought 'for freedom',
which is the literal translation of Galatians 5:1 -13, 'For freedom did
Christ set us free ... ye were called for freedom'. For a fuller dealing
with this wondrous theme, see Redemption7; Ransom7; and Liberty7.
Brimstone. This word which enters into the description of Divine judgment
both in the Old and in the New Testament, was originally spelled brumstone or
brymstoon, and means burnt stone or sulphur, which is a non -metallic
element, and is both inflammable and asphyxiating. The word 'sulphur' does
not occur in the A.V. Brimstone occurs seven times in the Old Testament and
seven in the New Testament. The Hebrew word thus translated is gophereth.
This word is allied with gopher, the wood used in the building of the Ark
(Gen. 6:14) and Dr. Young renders it, 'bitumen or pitch'. The LXX
consistently renders the seven occurrences of gophereth by the Greek word
theion. The occurrences are as follows:
9:17 (theiodes), 18