Little Regard For Purity

October 8, 2013

Friends,
Why do people, many “Christians” included, have such little regard for purity? Why do so many who claim to follow Christ not care about keeping themselves pure in heart and mind and life? God’s Word tells us that “without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14) True holiness is righteous living that comes from purity within. Purity comes from having been cleansed of the filth of sin. This is the baptism we all must undergo if we desire to be untied with Christ. (Rom. 6:2-4 // Heb. 10:22 // 1 Peter 3:21)

In 1 Tim. 5:22 we are commanded to keep ourselves pure and undefiled by sin. In 1 Thes. 5:22 we are told to avoid every kind of evil. In Eph. 4:29-5:7 we are taught that God’s people are not to display even a hint of impurity, whether in word or thought or action. This purity we must have and continue to have –at all times and throughout our entire lives, maintaining it “by obeying the Truth” (1 Peter 1:22), that cleansing Word of Christ. (John 15:3,10 // Eph. 5:26)

Jesus certainly teaches us this, telling us that contempt or lust in the heart can send us to Hell. (Mt. 5:22,28,29) In verse 48 He tells us to be as perfect as God, and in verse 8 He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The obvious implication there is that those who are not pure in heart will not be blessed, nor see God.

To see God means to enter into unity with Him by being born into His Kingdom by the Spirit of Christ. (John 3:3-8 & 14:6) In contrast, “Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” (3 John 1:11c) Because doing evil is sin, and because anyone “who does what is sinful is of the devil” (1 John 3:8), it is impossible for sinners to be of God. Only the person “who does what is good is from God” (3 John 1:11b), is a child of God’s (1 John 3:10), and is “born of God.” (v. 9) It is not the person who merely hears God’s Word or claims to believe the message –such a person deceives himself (Ja. 1:22) and will be destroyed (Luke 6:46-49 // Gal. 6:7,8)– but it is the person who obeys. (John 14:23 // Rom. 2:13 // Heb. 5:9)

The person who obeys (continual present tense) God, will remain clean, righteous, holy, and pure. The person who continues to disobey God will be the opposite –unclean, unrighteous, unholy, and impure. Such a person is not untied with Christ and is not saved.

It is certainly strange, then, that so many people, including those who say they love Jesus and believe God’s Word, care so little about being pure.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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