Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you.
Now are ye clean through the Word, and yet needing to be cleansed. We have a hint here of the mystery of that double relation in which every believing man stands to God, of that double relation which is more fully and dogmatically stated in some of the Epistles; but which is yet distinctly anticipated here and at chap. John 10:10. The faithful in Christ Jesus are "clean," being by faith justified from all things, and having thus a standing ground before God; which yet is in some sort an ideal one — their actual state, although ever approximating to this, yet still failing to correspond to it — they therefore needing by the same faith to appropriate ever more and more of that sanctifying grace, those purifying influences, which continually stream forth from Him on all them that are His; and by aid of which He is bringing them to be all that, which for His sake His Father has been already willing to regard them, however the absolute identity of what they are and what they are counted to be, is reserved for another state of existence.
Parallel VersesKJV: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.