We Are Purified
As Christ Is Pure
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1 John 3:3.
would elevate and refine man's mind, purifying it from all dross, that he
may appreciate the love that is without a parallel.
repentance, faith, and good works he may perfect a righteous character, and
claim, through the merits of Christ, the privileges of the sons of God. The
principles of divine truth, received and cherished in the heart, will carry
us to a height of moral excellence that we had not deemed it possible for
us to reach. . . . " And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth
himself, even as he is pure."
of heart and purity of life were the great subjects of the teachings of Christ.
In His sermon on the mount, after specifying what must be done in order to
be blessed, and what must not be done, He says, "Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Perfection, holiness,-nothing
short of this would give them success in carrying out the principles He had
given them. Without this holiness, the human heart is selfish, sinful, and
vicious. Holiness will lead its possessor to be fruitful, and abound in all
good works. He will never become weary in well-doing; neither look for promotion
in this world; but he will look forward to be promoted by the Majesty of heaven
when He shall exalt His sanctified and holy ones to His throne. . . . Holiness
of heart will produce right actions.
God is pure in His sphere, so man is to be pure in his. And he will be pure
if Christ is formed within, the hope of glory; for he will imitate Christ's
life and reflect His character.
princely dignity of the Christian character will shine forth as the sun, and
the beams of light from the face of Christ will be reflected upon those who
have purified themselves even as He is pure.
of heart will lead to purity of life.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 15, 16.