Purifying Ourselves

Purifying Ourselves

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1John 3:2-3 (NKJV)

There is a popular statement that says, "Nothing remains the same," and it is a true statement that reflects life, as things do constantly change.  There are seasons in our lives, or as some would say, "Chapters," in the book that represents our life and each new season or chapter brings about a new set of particulars including blessings and challenges.

I can see this in my life for sure, as there are distinct periods of time that have come and gone that have defined what I have done, thought, or said - many of which I had to confess and am grateful have passed.  It's not by chance that this happens to each of us, as God is guiding us through life in an attempt to get us to understand its true meaning and make some critical decisions that will determine our physical life here as well as our eternal life.

Ultimately, our salvation is the most critical of these decisions as we are given the Gospel message containing the "Good news" that Jesus Christ - God in human form - has come to die on a cross to pay for our sins, because God desires a personal relationship with each of us (See 1Cor. 1; John 3:16; Mt. 7:21-23; Rom 10:9-10).  

Q:    But what happens once we've accepted God's free gift of forgiveness and eternal life - whats next?

A:    Spiritual regeneration occurs.

Regeneration is defined as "Restoring somebody spiritually," and its synonyms include, renewal, rebirth, revival, rejuvenation, and restoration - accurate descriptions for sure! Regeneration is God's foundation in our being transformed to be like His Jesus - and it is only the beginning of what He will do in our lives.

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

The process of transformation will take our entire life, and will be completed only when we are face to face with God.  We see the Apostle John speaking of this in 1John when he says, "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." (1John 3:2)

And then John follows this proclamation of our transformation by giving us clear instruction on what "Our" part is, when he says, "And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1John 3:3)

Simply put, we are to "Purify ourselves."

Q:    What does it mean to "Purify" oneself?

A:    It means that we are committed to keeping our self from sin.

Every one of us who have confessed our sin before God know that our sin was wrong and in direct opposition to what God wants for us, and we should repent (turn and go in the other direction) now and look to do the righteous will of God (See Rom 12:2) in our lives.  This happens as we hope to see Jesus soon and therefore eagerly look for His return.  And it happens as we continue to study our bible and learn more about Jesus and have a true desire to be more like Him.

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

The only way we can effectively purify ourselves is to have an abiding relationship with God.  As we abide (Remain) in Him, He will abide (Remain) in us, which means that we will be given His strength, wisdom and guidance to walk in the ways that He walked; and that should be our goal.

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1John 2:6 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to practice the things that Jesus practiced - walk in the ways that He walked.  Look to the scriptures to learn more about Him and then set your mind to imitate Him (See Eph. 5:1).  If you have the intent and purpose in your heart to live your life in a Christ-like way, God will give you what is needed to fulfill your goal.  

Take it one decision at a time, as you ponder, "What would Jesus do?" for each opportunity or challenge that faces you.  Now simply walk in a way that He would walk.

STUDY QUESTION What can we learn from the scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to how we should live our lives once we have been saved?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to imitate God in the way Jesus lived His life?

APPLICATION: Read your bible daily, and pray that God opens your eyes so that you can see things that way He sees them.  Now walk in the ways of the Lord.

Father, Thank You for giving us Your Son to sacrifice His life - not only on the cross, but in the way He lived as well.  Help me to see things the way that You see them.  Give me a heart like Yours Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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