The Inside of a Container

Imagine a beautiful large jar. It is sparkling clean with pretty designs on the surface. It is admired, pleasant to the eyes. But suppose someone took the lid off and, looking inside, saw dirt, filthy liquid, decaying fruit, guck, etc. To make matters worse, a foul smell was  permeating the air. Most people would want to dump the contents and give the inside a thorough cleansing. They might spray disinfectant to eliminate the smell. No matter how nice it looked outside, it is still a stinky mess inside. This is how God views fallen humanity. Many folks have a nice outward appearance; some even get rid of some of the worst of the contamination on the inside. However, they can’t get rid of all of it and they can’t get rid of the stain. We only allow the people around us to see the outside; we keep the lid securely closed. But, there is One Whose penetrating gaze sees it all. Hebrews 4:13 warns us, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” There are those who have covered the outside of their jar with the robes of religion but these robes only cover the filth; they don’t remove it. Jesus spoke of people like that in Matthew 23:28, “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” the “Bottom line” is found in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags….” What can be done? Isaiah 1:18 answers, “Come now and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” How? Titus 3:5 tells us, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” How does He keep us clean? “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” What about the mess inside of us? Acts 15:9 tells us, that for the Jew or Gentile who comes to Christ, God purifies their hearts by faith. Paul reveals in Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Robert Lowry, in his hymn, “Nothing But the Blood,”  explains simply, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. For my pardon this I see — nothing but the blood of Jesus; for my cleansing this my plea — nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Selah! It is still true that the blood of Jesus goes deeper than the stain of sin can go.   Ron

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