Clean Temple (& Behavior Too!) Required

July 13, 2012

Clean. Pure. Undefiled. Having no contaminants within or on oneself. This is the only type of person who can fellowship with God. Why is this not understood? Why is this not being taught in the pulpits, in books, in seminaries? Why? It’s because almost everyone doesn’t want it to be true. Therefore, clever doctrines are devised and taught instead. Doctrines which say we don’t have to be literally pure in mind, heart, word, and life, but that we need only acknowledge that Christ died to pay sin’s penalty and ask Him to cover His righteousness over us –so that God sees that, and not our continuation in sin.

Well, Scripture teaches otherwise. It says that only the pure and holy will have entrance into the presence of the Lord. (Heb. 12:14) It says that the only ones who may stand in His presence are those who have clean hands, a pure heart, who have kept themselves from idolatry, falsehoods, and deceit (Ps. 24:3,4 // Col. 3:5-10), and who have remained faithful to God’s holy laws which He, under the New Covenant, has put into our hearts and minds. (Heb. 8:8-12) This is all about being literally pure in behavior and spirit, and not just about having Christ’s purity. For Christ washes us clean of sin (Heb. 10:22 // 1 John 1:9), takes away our sin (Heb. 9:28 // 1 John 3:5), frees us from its power (Rom. 6:17,18), and gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us. (8:9) Thus we are given complete ability to remain clean. (2 Peter 1:3,4)

However, if we let a root of bitterness spring up, or a root of unbelief, or one of cruelty, laziness, greed, or immorality, we will have brought defilement into ourselves, God’s temple (1 Cor. 3:16), and if it is not repented of, God will destroy us. (v. 17 // Heb. 12:14-17) For indeed, God’s Word repeatedly teaches that those who shrink back through unbelief and disobedience, will not be saved (Heb. 10:38,39), but will be cast into the fires of Hell for their refusal to produce good fruit. (6:4-6,8 // Luke 3:9 // John 15:2,6) For God’s wrath comes on all who are disobedient and sinful. (Heb. 10:26,27 // Eph. 5:6)

But for the righteous –those who hold to clean ways– these individuals will grow ever stronger. (Job 17:9) And by walking in obedience to God and righteousness, the benefit they reap is holiness, and the result of that is eternal life. (Rom. 6:15-23)

with love,

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