Why Purity?

Good question! Why purity? The short answer would be that people being morally upright are better people. While there’s truth in that, it falls far short of the real reason for purity. (Incidentally, when unsaved people are morally upright, two dangers are faced. 1. Pride in their character. 2. Assuming that this wins them favor with God). For those who claim to be Christians, the issue is far more serious. Jesus paid the highest price ever paid or that ever will be paid to save us from sin’s corruption and consequences. In fact, He paid the only price that would be able to purchase our pardon. Peter, writing under inspiration, said, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:16). Purity is a heart matter! The heart, of course, is our inner being; the real “us.” Christ bought us body and spirit. He owns all who are genuinely converted. Therefore, He does not want defilement having any place in a true believer’s heart. I Corinthians 6:20 confirms this, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Sin defiles; contaminates and corrupts, leaving impurities in hearts that belong to Him. This has to change! God is dedicated to cleaning out all uncleanness from His possessions. Our part in this is found in II Corinthians 7:1. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved (carefully consider II Corinthians 6:14-18), let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” All sinning and sin is to be being purged out of our hearts. This has intense implications. There are things that we are not to do, places not to go, things not to say, worldliness that is hateful to God, to cease, attitudes and values that are to guide us. If this is not happening it might be because we haven’t been born again! Change in some will be slow; in others more rapid, but there will be ongoing change in all who are His! It’s time, if we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, to yield to His control, surrender our will and submit to the disciplining, purifying power of His Word, applied. James Rowe, in the hymn, “I Would be Like Jesus,” describes the outworking of the heart that is being purified, “Earthly pleasures vainly call me–I would be like Jesus: nothing worldly shall enthrall me–I would be like Jesus: be like Jesus–this my song–in the home and in the throng; be like Jesus  all day long! I would be like Jesus.” Selah! A dirty church building would be offensive to observers; a dirty life of a Christian is offensive to the Savior and also to the world!   Ron

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One thought on “Why Purity?

  1. A much needed subject today, Ron. I love that song that spoke to my heart as a young man – and helped to keep me in the right path.

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