“PURITY OF HEART” PART 3

God has given us a remedy for cleansing:

Isaiah 1:16,Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Jeremiah 4:14,“O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?”

Acts 22:16, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 7:1, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

 2 Timothy 2:21,“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

 Jas. 4:8,“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

 I John 3:3“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

God, in His grace has given us so many promises for cleansing that we are literally “without excuse.”

Isaiah 1:18, “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.”

Ezekiel 36: 25,“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.”

Ephesians. 5:25,“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“PURITY OF HEART!” PART 2

Please read Isaiah 1:16-2

In verses 16-20 is an important lesson: not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. It is plain that the sacrifices of the law could not atone for sin, even for outward national sins. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and position may be cleansed. Watch!

God gave them a call to repentance and reformation:

A. They must cease to do evil.

In other words, do no more wrong, and shed no more innocent blood.“Our business is to wash ourselves from it by repenting of it and turning from it. We must put away not only that evil of our doings which is before the eye of the world, by refraining from the gross acts of sin, but that which is before God’s eyes, the roots and habits of sin, that are in our hearts; these must be crushed and mortified.  Matthew Henry.

B. They must learn to do good.

I think we all understand that it is not enough that we cease to do evil, but we must learn to do well.

  1. We must be doing, not cease to do evil and then stand idle.
  2. We must be doing good, the good which the Lord our God
  3. We must do it well, in a right manner and for a right end.

So, God is saying, life and death, good and evil are set before you. “Come now, and let us reason together.”

What is your objection against the fairness of this, or against complying with God’s terms?’

Certainly all would agree that one of the laws of the scripture is purity of heart for the Christian. God will not use a dirty vessel. So we have one of two choices:

  1. Clean up our own life.
  2. Continue to live in rebellion against God.

God has given us a remedy for cleansing:

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“PURITY OF HEART!”

Please read Isaiah 1:16-20

Isaiah means: The salvation of Jehovah. His name is repeated many times. Isaiah was from a good family background which is evident by his access to the kings. He was married and had two sons 7:3; 8:1-3.

His ministry began at the close of Uzziah who reigned for 52 years. The sad thing is that Uzziah was basically a good king for all of those years. Except that he overstepped his bounds when he interfered in the ministry of the man of God. His punishment was Leprosy for the rest of his natural life. Isaiah is divided into two parts:

  1. The first thirty-nine chapters take place before the Babylonian captivity.
  2. Chapters forty through sixty-six took place after the captivity.

The first thirty-nine chapters have more to do with Isaiah’s experiences and the last chapters on prophecy. Let’s look at some of the lessons of this text before we move on:

In verses 10-15 Judea was desolate, and their cities burned. This awakened them to bring sacrifices and offerings, as if they would deceive God to remove the punishment, and give them liberty to go on in their sin.      Many, who will readily part with their sacrifices, will not be persuaded to part with their sins. They relied on the mere form as a service deserving a reward. The most-costly devotions of wicked people, without thorough reformation of heart and life, cannot be acceptable to God. He not only did not accept them, but he despised them. All this shows that sin is very hateful to God.

If we allow ourselves to go on in secret sin, or if we reject the salvation of Christ, even our very prayers will become an abomination to Him.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THREE TRUTHS ABOUT SANCTIFICATION”

I. THE MOTIVE OF SANCTIFICATION.

  1. It ought to be within every member of the church to seek to live a sanctified life. That means a surrender of body, mind and spirit for the purpose of serving and glorifying God.
  2. It also means for a personal purity in heart as well as life. Meaning we are to“cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Corinthians 7:1.

II.THE MEANING OF SANCTIFICATION.

  1. It is of God as well as the will of God. That ought to move any of us to pray, “teach me to do Thy will, for thou are my God.”
  2. Christ’s death is the means. His death was by God’s plan: “He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify Himself peculiar people, zealous of good works” Titus 2:14.

III. THE MEANS OF SANCTIFICATION.

  1. It is by God’s truth.
  2. It is by His providence.

There is such a fine line between the providence of God and election. Let me first of all say that God does not elect anyone to go to hell.

I like the way Evangelist Paul Mershon put it: “Election is no more than God revealing the ‘means and method’ of salvation. The means is faith and grace. That is God has given us enough faith to believe the simple gospel of Christ, and it is by the method of grace that He saved us.”

Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

  1. It is by His ordinances.
  2. It is by His Holy Spirit for Holiness.

Next: PURITY OF HEART!

“WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?” PART 2

Sanctification involves more than a just reformation of our old nature or our character, brought about by the power of the truth of God’s Word, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new principles implanted in the soul. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Romans 6:13; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19).

It is the special work of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13). Faith is instrumental in sanctification, because:

  1. It secures our crucifixion with Christ Galatians 2:20.
  2. It brings us into contact with the truth, whereby we are led to yield ouR obedience to Him.

Let me say that perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1 Kings 8:46; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8).

  1. One need only look at Paul’s account of himself in Romans 7:14-25; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 1:15.
  2. David Psalm 19:12, 13; 51:1-19.
  3. Moses Psalm 90:8.
  4. Job 42:5, 6.
  5. Daniel 9:3-20.

Listen to this statement: “The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. ” Hodge’s Outlines Easton’s Dictionary.

“WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?”

Joshua 7:13, “Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.”

Sanctify means to make holy, or to set apart for God, Genesis 2:3; Exodus 19:23.  In the Old Testament, sanctification often represented the ceremonial or ritual consecration of any person or thing to God: so the Hebrews as a people were “holy unto the Lord,” Exodus 31:13; and the tabernacle, the altar and the priests, were set apart for the God’s service, Leviticus 8:10-12.

In the similar sense, men, “sanctified themselves” who made special preparation for the presence and worship of God, Exodus 19:10, 11; Numbers 11:18. For example:

  1. A day was sanctified when set apart for fasting and prayer, Joel 1:14“Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD.”
  2. The Sabbath was sanctified when observed and treated as “holy unto the Lord,” Deuteronomy 5:12, “Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.”
  3. All these sanctifications were a tribute to the holiness of God, and suggest men’s need of sanctification, or the devotion of purified and obedient men to his love and service.

In a doctrinal sense, sanctification is to make perfectly holy what was before corrupted and sinful. It is growth of God’s grace upon the Christian justified by the love of Christ. We are gradually cleansed from the corruption of our nature, and then we are presented to God, “unspotted before the throne of God.”

We must realize that it is the Holy Spirit that performs this work along with the providence and Word of God, John 14:26; 17:17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2 and this ought to move every Christian not to resist Him but seek to be holy even as He is holy.

“GOD’S CALL TO PURITY AND HOLINESS!” PART 7

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 

PAUL URGES THEM TO MAKE CONTINUED PROGRESSS.

Now that he has taught them how to walk to please God and to walk in the Spirit. He exhorts them to go even further and continue to make progress. That is the key to the Christian life today – continue to make progress, no matter where you are in your Christian walk.

Our attitude ought always to be, “speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.”What I am saying is that pleasing God ought to be our highest purpose because it brings joy and blessings. Walking always implies that progress is being made, while standing still can be very risky. We must go from strength to strength in our walk with God.

Paul has reminded them and us that we must “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

Here is a wonderful thought, the grace of God will always abound without limit, because He “giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not”James 1:5.

So that simply means that we must abound more and more in our daily walk and progress with God.

THREE PRACTICAL LESSONS:

  1. Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Remember that along with knowledge also comes responsibility.
  3. Strive to make progress in all Christian virtues: faith, hope,love, humility      patience, etc.

Again, knowledge is great, but without practical Bible application it is vain.

Next, SANCTIFICATION!