Tuesday, January 22, 2008

RENEWAL: A Permanent-Fresh!

“but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Corinthians 6:11
Not too long ago, we were fascinated with the development of “permanent-press” fabrics; now, thanks to a major advance in textile technology, we will soon have “permanent-fresh” fabrics.

While this sounds like more frills on an already materialistic and pampered society, it is in fact quite an advance. Gang Sun, the developer, said, “Anti-microbial fabrics have great potential for … hospitals to prevent the spread of drug-resistant diseases ….” Hospital gowns, bedding and dressings will be adapted to reduce the spread of disease-causing bacteria and viruses.

Consumers would “charge” the permanently-fresh apparel by laundering it in a mild mixer of chlorine bleach. The garments would then be periodically “recharged” (much like rechargeable batteries) through rewashing.

This new technology solves the single greatest problem facing anti-microbial materials – durability. Scientists found it easy to attach the new chemicals to the fabric’s fibers; but keeping it there had been another matter. Typically, the chemicals were thrown out with the bath water.

In contrast, the new N-halamine coating thrives on laundering, being recharged with fresh chlorine atoms at each washing, recharging the garments to 100% of original potency. [
“A new idea that doesn’t stink,” The Washington Times; August 30 - September 5, 1999, p. 2]

Because man has the Law written in his heart [Romans 2:14-16], most feel a strong need to do well; he’s tried every avenue he can think of to save himself. Yet the world assaults him, washing away whatever righteousness he has developed on his own. Doing what they believe is good is not the problem, the problem has been to get it to stick unto salvation [Romans 3:23 (see also 3:10-18)].

Those who are washed in the Blood of Christ have been made permanently-new [Romans 11:29; 2 Corinthians 5:17]. Not only is the original washing good for all eternity, it’s recharged to 110% with each washing [1 John 1:8-2:2].

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