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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

J. C. Ryle

Notes on John Chapter 13

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Notes on 13:1-5

Notes on 13:6-15

Notes on 13:16-20

Notes on 13:21-30

Notes on 13:31-38

This chapter contains the well-known account of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, and this event in the life of Jesus and his disciples raises some interesting questions. First, some groups in Christendom regard this ceremony as a third ordinance to be practiced regularly by the church, together with Communion and baptism. Is this what Jesus meant when he said, "I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you" (verse 15)? Do you think that in saying this, Jesus instituted a formal ordinance of the church? Second, we have the interesting exchange between Jesus and Peter. At first Peter does not want Jesus to wash his feet; then he wants Jesus to wash not only his feet but also his hands and his head (verses 8-9)! Why did Peter act this way? Also, what did Jesus mean when he said to Peter, "He who is washed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean" (verse 10)? Read Ryle's discussion of this fascinating event.

These are the technical notes by J. C. Ryle that accompany his expository comments on John chapter 13.

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