BLESSED ARE THE PURE in heart. The Greek for “pure” in the following Scriptures is defined as “clean, clear”: “To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15 The apostle Paul is specifically talking about ceremonial Jewish laws and the Judaizers that were leading believers astray. We still have those today.
There’s a sect called the “Hebrews Roots Movement”, that claim to be in Christ but teach that we must keep Jewish ceremonial law and festivals. In my experience, these HRM followers are puffed up and arrogant. It’s ok to keep ceremony and food restrictions if you want, but it’s quite another to teach this as doctrine. Be aware! These have a large social presence and subvert households. Their mouths must be stopped! But there’s a deeper lesson we can learn. A pure heart sees things as pure. It’s been cleansed from sin and guilt and looks through the lens of holiness.
A pure heart has pure motives therefore assumes others have pure motives. Here’s a good check in your spirit: do you attack other churches and leaders when they come against sin and unrighteousness? Your heart is not yet pure. When you hear an accusation against someone, do you automatically assume the worst? Your heart is not yet pure. Do you jump to conclusion? Quick to take offense? Quick to mutiny against righteous leadership? Side with the gossipers and malicious minds? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Your heart has not been made pure.
God’s demands upon his people go beyond the domain of action. “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.”Psalms 24:3-4 Those only see Him – those only are fit to ascend into His holy mountain- who have a pure heart. The lusts, desires and motives of the heart have been cleansed, purified and made holy. This means there’s work that you have to do. It’s true that we are only made holy through the Holy Spirit, but you have a job to control your mind and flesh. The apostle John tells us, “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.”1 John 3:3
Our hope and faith in Christ, in His nature being translated in us so that we become more like Him and less like our old fleshly man that died in the waters of baptism, gives us the means by which we “purify ourselves”. You have a part to play. The apostle James writing to the church tells us, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!” James 4:8 And there it is again, “purify your heart”. Cleanse yourself from wicked desires and impure motives. The heart must be made pure for no man will see God without a pure heart. “The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 #runyourrace
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