Looking for Purity in our lives

Many of us look for purity in our lives. If you buy a diamond you want it to be flawless – to be as close to perfect as possible. If you drink water you want it to be pure. Some people buy filtering machines to try and get it close to pure water – they don’t want it to be contaminated by chemicals or disease carrying organisms. If we want these things in our life to be pure then why shouldn’t we be trying to make ourselves pure.

What is purity? Purity is the condition or quality of being pure; it means freedom from anything that debases, contaminates and pollutes.

Moral purification

A pure heart is what is needed in the future kingdom.

Those who will be accepted will have clean hands and pure heart. The clean hands signify that the person’s actions during their life were godly. The pure heart indicates that they had good intentions in their mind during their life.

Reading the Bible is the only way of cleansing and purifying the mind. It implants the purity of God into our minds.

God wants us to be pure. He wants us to clean up our behaviour when we begin a new life with him at baptism.

True purity comes from the heart

We must be careful not to fall into a common error of thinking we are pure and yet not seeing all the mistakes we are making in God’s eyes.

Equally we must be careful not to project a image of being religious and righteous to those around us and yet when no one is watching behaving in a ungodly way. For example, we are participating in activities that a true follower in Jesus would not do.

This was a trap the teachers of the law fell into.

True purity comes from the heart. The Pharisees strained their water so they wouldn’t accidentally swallow a gnat – an unclean insect according to the law. Meticulous about the details of ceremonial cleanliness, they nevertheless had lost their perspective on inner purity. Jesus condemned the Pharisees and religious leaders for outwardly appearing holy but inwardly remaining full of corruption and greed.

Living as a Christian merely as a show for others is like washing a cup on the outside only. When we are clean on the inside, our cleanliness on the outside won’t be a sham.

The source of purity

True purity comes from God.

A follower of Christ becomes sanctified (set apart for sacred use, cleansed and made holy) through believing and obeying the Word of God.

He or she has asked for forgiveness through Christ’s sacrificial death.

But daily application of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our mind and heart. Scripture points out sin, motivates us to seek forgiveness, renews our relationship with Christ, and guides us back to the right path.

Spiritual purification through Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was an example of a life of perfect obedience – of purity. Through his sacrifice it was made possible for personal and individual sins to be forgiven.

True worshippers are ever conscious that the time will come when they must present themselves before the judge (Jesus Christ) at the start of kingdom. In preparation for that occasion they purify their characters by seeking forgiveness of their sins through Christ and by reforming their ways.

As the Israelites ceremoniously purified themselves prior to appearing at the Passover (see John 11:55), or as the nation of Israel was required to do in preparation to meeting God at Sinai (see Exodus 19:10-11), so Christ’s followers do morally in preparation for the Judgment Seat.

As Jesus Christ is pure, the same kind of purity is revealed today by those who are truly Christ’s, and the same degree of purity will be manifested in the kingdom, when such are clothed with divine nature. In their present pilgrimage, they aim for that degree of purity, seeing in the Son the ideal of God-likeness to which they aspire.

The actions of one wanting purity

What must we do to go through the act of purification?

The effect of purity – wisdom

The wisdom of God is first and foremost pure – it is unadulterated. The Word of God is completely pure in itself, and purifying in its influence. This is the first effect of embracing the true, heavenly wisdom. The heavenly wisdom will open out a new perspective on life, a new way of thinking and feeling.

After baptism a new man or woman is created – one who is striving for purity.

The new man or woman (after baptism) delights in the law and principles of God. He denies himself of all ungodliness and lusts of the world around him, and walks soberly, righteously and godly in the world. He aims for godly wisdom.

The objective of those striving for purity

The man striving for purity hopes for the glorious return of Jesus Christ to this world where Jesus will reign as King.

The man (or woman) striving for purity will truly love the appearing of Christ at the future kingdom. They will desire to be part of his Kingdom.

However, we are always reminded at this current time that when we sin that we are imperfect. We make mistakes and are always asking for forgiveness. But we can look forward to a time in the kingdom to come when the righteous will be resurrected to incorruptible existence in the Paradise of God.