Cleaned On The Inside

As we continue this week to look at the Beatitudes, we start off with how wonderful and great it will be to see God. This is one of the greatest hopes as Christian we have, seeing our Savior. Mathew 5:8[1] explains how blessed we are when we have pure hearts, we will see God. 1 John 3:2-3 explains how we, as the children of God will see Him as he appears and we will be like Him. What does this mean to be purified as He is pure? There is one and only one way we can become purified through the one who is pure himself, Jesus Christ. To be purified of sin does not mean that we will not sin, being human we have original sin from the fall as recorded in Genesis 3 the fall of man. To become pure in our hearts is to recognize the need for a perfect and sinless Savior who covered our sins with His blood that was spilled as He died on the tree at Calvary and then resurrected on the third day. We become clean and pure of sin only through Christ. The apostle Paul wrote and explains in 1 Timothy 2:4-6, which is one of the Pastoral Epistles (1. 2, Timothy, Titus), v. 4 who [Christ] desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, meaning God does not want anyone to sin and He hates sin, v. 5 Christ is the only mediator between God and men, and v. 6 He gave himself as a ransom for all.

God must be the one to grant and give us a pure heart as illustrated from King David as he prayed to God after Nathan the prophet came to see him after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Psalm 51:10 he asked God to give him, create in him a clean heart. We must be careful not to only want and desire the purity of things outward as to appear pure and holy to those who observe us while our heart on the inside is polluted and corrupt. Our desire and inspiration should be towards God and His presence. Hebrews 12:14, speaks of pursuing and sanctification also (Hebrews 10:14, 22) speaks of the perfection of Christ and how we must draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean and washed in the pure water, not referring to Christian baptism, but having purity in one’s life through the Holy Spirit by means of the Word of God and (Titus 3:5-6) explains this salvation to us, through Jesus Christ the Savior. Wilkins I think sums it up well on the sixth beatitude, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God, “For those who have set their heart on God and not simply religious ritualism and who respond to Jesus message of the gospel of the kingdom, they are invited to enter into a fellowship with him in which they will experience the unthinkable; they will see God in Jesus.”[2] What a marvelous event we as Christians can look forward to. Next time we will look at Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called the sons of God. God bless

Pastor Ken


            [1]. Unless otherwise indicated all Bible references in this paper are to the New International Version (NIV) (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005).

            [2]. Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Mathew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 209.

 

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