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Spiritual Purity

 

Spiritual Purity

The Practical Means to Sanctity and Holiness
According to the Christian Tradition

by Brother John

“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6

 

SPIRITUAL PURITY

The Practical Means to Sanctity and Holiness
According to the Christian Tradition

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
(Psalms 51:10)

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

All who have this hope in Him
purify themselves, just as He is pure.

(1 John 3:3)

Keep yourself pure.

(1 Timothy 5:22)

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure.
(Philippians 2:14-15)

Contents

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p<>{color:#000;}. What is Spiritual Purity?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Why Spiritual Purity is Necessary

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p<>{color:#000;}. We Live in a Dirty World

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Certainty of Attaining Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Prayer for Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Purity as the Means to Happiness, Peace and Strength

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p<>{color:#000;}. Does Spiritual Purity Mean Sinless Perfection?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Tenacity and Spiritual Warfare

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Two Invitations

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Great Opposition to Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Where Does Spiritual Warfare Occur?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Why You Must Take the Initiative to Attain Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Prayer for Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Spiritual Mind and the Carnal Mind

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Morning Prayer for Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Is Spiritual Purity the Result of Divine Grace or Human Effort?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Overcoming Impure Thoughts

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Suppression of Impure Thoughts

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Displacement of Impure Thoughts

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Substitution of Impure Thoughts

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Privation of Impure Thoughts

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Velocity of Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Prayer for Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Purity and the Church

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Prayer to Abide in the Will of God

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Purity and Art

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Commitment to a Life of Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Purity is Not an Immutable State

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p<>{color:#000;}. When God is Near or Far

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p<>{color:#000;}. Aesthetics versus Ethics

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Cloud Above and the Cloud Below

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Cloud Above

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Cloud Below

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p<>{color:#000;}. Humility and Forgetfulness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asceticism versus Hedonism

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Purity and Spiritual Maturity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prayer and Spiritual Purity

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p<>{color:#000;}. Take Time to Be Holy by William D. Longstaff

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p<>{color:#000;}. Jesus as the Good Samaritan

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p<>{color:#000;}. Resting in Jesus

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Gift of Faith and Impossible Things

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Binary Nature of Spiritual Life

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p<>{color:#000;}. Agnosticism and Atheism

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spiritual Impurity and the Apotheosis of Self

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p<>{color:#000;}. You are Responsible for What You Know

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p<>{color:#000;}. Bibliography

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p<>{color:#000;}. Excerpts from Psalm 119

1.What is Spiritual Purity?

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:8)

But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. (1 John 3:4-6)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

A holy life is a life given to God and accepted by Him. He is the holy man who lives no more to himself, who lives no longer for his own will or in the way or spirit of the world, but who lives to God and in His will, who loves and obeys Him, considers and serves Him in everything, and who makes all the common, as well as the sacred things of his life honor his Lord by doing them in such a matter that pleases Him. — Bramwell Booth

Spiritual Purity is an inner state of holiness in which the grace and goodness of God are established in the human soul. In theology it is variously called sanctity, holiness or godliness. It is a state cleansed from the defilements of pride, anger, envy, lust, greed and every other sin. The presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit displaces the ungodliness that once was there and the earthly nature is superseded by the heavenly nature. Samuel Logan Brengle describes it this way:

A drop of water on the end of your finger from the ocean is like the ocean, not in its size, of course, for the big ships cannot float upon it nor the big fish swim in it, but it is like the ocean in its essence, in its character, in its nature. Just so, a holy person is like God. Not that he is infinite as God is, he does not know everything, he has not all the power and wisdom God has, but he is like God in his nature. He is good and pure and loving and just in the same way God is.

In the state of Spiritual Purity a supernatural transformation takes place giving the man a new Mind, a new Will and a new Life. St. Paul says that a man becomes a “new creation in Christ” and becomes filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The “old man” of sin is put to death and the “new man” of godliness comes alive. This experience is often referred to as being born again in Christ or the New Birth.

When you trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith, you identified yourself with the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection. It is as though you were nailed on the other side of the cross with Jesus and when He rose again you rose with Him in newness of life.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. (1 Peter 2:24)

To be “crucified” means to take all the things you like and all that you desire and turn them over to Jesus so He can control them. There must be a deliberate exercise of your will to place yourself by faith under the control of the Holy Spirit. The faith that saved you initially is the same faith that will sanctify you and transform you into the likeness of Christ.

Reckon ye yourselves also to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:11)

The word “reckon” means to realize that you were crucified with Jesus and arose with Him in a state of righteousness, godliness and Spiritual Purity. This is the New Birth experience in which we no longer walk after the flesh but walk in the Spirit. Our new position is “in Christ” and Christ is in us.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)

Dr. Robert A. Cook says the term “godliness” is a shortened form of godlikeness. It is the miracle of the Presence of God evident in your life as people observe you. It reveals to them that your faith in Christ is genuine with all the evident signs of His Presence in you. To be Spiritually Pure means to have God walking in your shoes.

I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (2 Corinthians 6:16)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22)

Spiritual Purity can only be explained by the Presence of God in your life. It is sometimes referred to as the “exchanged life”. You exchange your sinfulness for His divine character. The mind with which you think is His to think holy thoughts through you. The tongue you use to speak is His to speak holy words through you. The steps you take are the steps directed by His will. The work you do is done for His glory. Spiritual Purity is the condition of having every part of your life set apart for God to use. You live every minute of every day in Him so that Christ becomes Lord of all the details of your life—your feelings, your thoughts, your motives, your family, your work and all the incidental happenings of each day.

Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7)

To “exercise” oneself unto godliness means that Spiritual Purity requires conscious, deliberate effort. It does not happen automatically even though your inner man is renewed in Christ. You need to appreciate how important it is and devote yourself to thinking about it and doing what is necessary to attain it. You cannot expect to become Spiritually Pure if you live a sinful life that is interrupted by occasional moments of religious sentiment. You must not place God far out in the periphery of your mind. The Lord Jesus must be at the center of your life and all your decisions must be determined according to His will.

When you consistently bring God into all the situations and relationships of everyday life you will know by personal experience what it means to be Spiritually Pure.

2.Why Spiritual Purity is Necessary

I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44)

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Wealth, health and success are all good things to be desired but the most important objective in your life must always be Spiritual Purity. You must desire Spiritual Purity before anything else because the Word of God gives the clear, unambiguous directive to “be holy.”

Certainly it is necessary to strive for good health but if you should ever become sick or feeble of body, you must nevertheless be Spiritually Pure. It is a blessing to have a good family and close friends but if you should ever find yourself alone and estranged from your family and friends, you must nevertheless be Spiritually Pure. Success and prosperity are things to be desired but if you should ever go through a time of financial need, you must nevertheless be Spiritually Pure.

If you do not strive to be Spiritually Pure in this life you cannot expect to enter heaven where all is holy in God’s presence.

Nothing impure will ever enter it (heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:3)

You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. (2 Peter 3:11-12)

3.We Live in a Dirty World

We live in a dirty world! Consider how much time, energy and money is spent on cleaning. There are germs, bacterium and viruses everywhere. We have to wash our hands constantly because there are so many pathogens in the environment. We also need to regularly clean our clothes, clean our homes and clean our cars. City streets and public places are all very dirty and in need of constant cleaning. Everything must be cleaned on an ongoing basis because the physical world around us is inherently dirty and defiling.

It is obvious that the physical world is unclean but do you realize that the spiritual world is also very dirty? We are told in sacred scripture that the invisible realm is filled with “unclean spirits” or wicked demonic entities that roam the earth seeking to defile the souls of men with inordinate passions of pride, anger, envy, lust, greed and every other destructive appetite and sinful desire. There is certainly a human element to all sin but behind each obsessive passion are the unclean spirits inciting men to sin. It is against these unclean spiritual entities that we must contend if we are to acquire a state of Spiritual Purity and it is against these same unclean spiritual entities that we must contend in order to preserve a state of Spiritual Purity.

It is ironic that so many people are meticulous about their personal hygiene in the physical sense but have no awareness of spiritual hygiene and Spiritual Purity. They will bathe daily, wear clean clothing and even apply fragrances but they allow the state of their soul to be sullied with the foul stench of the passions and the impurities of pride, selfishness, greed and lust. They may be pristine in their outward appearance but in the inner dimension of the soul they are befouled with sin.

Our intellect, emotions and the will are all infected with sin to such an extent that even our conscience cannot always be trusted in matters of morality. The greatest evidence of the pervasiveness of sin is the fact that even after a man is truly converted and has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and desires earnestly to live a godly life—the propensity to sin still troubles him. He must struggle until life’s end to remain Spiritually Pure.

Yes, we live in a dirty world. The physical realm is unclean and the spiritual realm is likewise unclean. This is why we must practice a strict regimen of spiritual hygiene every day in order to become Spiritually Pure. Just as you maintain your body by bathing daily so you must keep your soul clean by purifying it daily. When you notice that your hands are covered with grime you do not hesitate to wash them. In fact, you will wash your hands many times in the course of a single day if necessary because you understand that keeping physically clean is an ongoing, never-ending part of life. It is the same in the spiritual life.

Always remember that we live in a dirty world so you must endeavor daily to cleanse your heart and purify your soul without intermission if you are to become Spiritually Pure and in order to maintain the blessed state of Spiritual Purity.

4.The Certainty of Attaining Spiritual Purity

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-25)

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Spiritual Purity

Spiritual Purity is the Presence of God in your life. It is sometimes referred to as the “exchanged life”. You exchange your sinfulness for His divine character. The mind with which you think is His to think holy thoughts through you. The tongue you use to speak is His to speak holy words through you. The steps you take are the steps directed by His will. The work you do is done for His glory. Spiritual Purity is the condition of having every part of your life set apart for God to use. You live every minute of every day in Him so that Christ becomes Lord of all the details of your life—your feelings, your thoughts, your motives, your family, your work and all the incidental happenings of each day.

  • Author: John Tower
  • Published: 2017-09-02 10:40:09
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