Quotes and Notes for the Day
KEEPING PURE IN AN IMPURE WORLD – I
“…… Keep thyself pure.” 1st Timothy 5:22b
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work, reprobate.” Titus 1:15
The spiritual highways of the western world are strewn with the immoral wreckage. Even among those who profess faith in Christ many have fallen due to inappropriate and immoral conduct. The list of God’s men whose ministries had been morally discredited is becoming too long. It is becoming so disheartening that the average Christian today offers no rebuke to the world, either by life or by lip. What this world needs most is Christians who are truly living for Christ! And that their lives exhibit purity on every level. Jesus said, ” Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?….” (Matthew 5:13)
With the last of the moral restraints being swiftly removed from this society and the floodgates of ungodliness being unleashed and deluging our culture, sensual temptations abound on every hand. Without question it is becoming more and more difficult for genuine believers to retain moral purity. The Bible makes it abundantly plain, that despite the evil trends, believers can keep both their internal attitude as well as their outward actions pure in this impure world. D.L.Moody, that great preacher of 100 years ago once said, ” if we had a high standard of life in the church, there would be thousands more flocking into the kingdom.” If we ever are going to be of much use to God, and a blessing to lost sinners, we need to keep our life pure, and get closer to God.
Now, the word “ pure” simply means, “free from defilement.” that is; keeping your soul and body free from the contamination of evil and sin. And this includes both an internal purity in spirit – our inner affections and attitudes; plus an external purity in the body, in our actions and affirmations. As we scan through the word of God that bear reference to purity; we learn that; 1. The Scriptures are pure: “Every word of God is pure…” (Proverb 30:5) and again in Psalms 12:6 we read, “The words of the LORD are pure words….” 2. The Saviour is pure: In John 8:46 Jesus said, “ which of you convinceth me of sin?” and in Hebrews 4:15 we read that Christ was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” 3. The Sacred city (The New Jerusalem) is pure: Revelation 21:17 states that ” there shall no wise enter into it anything that defileth.” It is good logic, then that the saint should also be pure.
The Reasons For Being Pure: This exhortation by the Apostle Paul in 1st Timothy 5:22, is one of the most important commands in the Scripture. We may ask why? 1. Because Purity is an emphasis of Scripture. The emphasis that God gives to any subject/topic is the same that we must give to it. For instance, the contrast between the words ” purity (pure)” and “peace (peaceable)” shows that, for every one time you find the word “peace,” you will find the word “pure” or its equivalent seven times! 2. Because apart from this great character trait, we can not experience and know God intimately. In Matthew 5:8 we read, “ Blessed are the pure in the heart for they shall see God.” 3. Because it occupies a high priority with God. James 3:17 states that the wisdom that comes from God is ” first pure, then peaceable.”
to be continued……………….
From the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.