Are you Spic and Span Clean?: Be-Attitudes Part 6

Are you Spic and Span Clean?
Be-Attitudes Part 6

Rev. Joe Kramer

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

 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.,
-Psalm 24:3–6 (NIV)

 

This beatitude speaks to purity of heart. Here we find an interesting problem for mankind. Who can be pure? You see man is born into sin; this is inherent in mankind, so who can be pure? Remember that Jesus was talking to an audience that was familiar with what we call the Old Testament. As such this statement would have drawn upon their knowledge of the scriptures. They would have said the same thing! Only they had a problem with no true solution (Jesus had not yet been crucified and raised again for mankind yet.). Since they did not have an answer they most likely experienced guilt at this statement because they knew the law. Paul says in the book of Galatians (Gal. 3:24) that the law was our school master that shows us how truly imperfect and sinful we are, but God made a way that we can become right with Him and see His miraculous hand.

Keeping in mind Jesus’ audience we find that the second half of this verse, that those who are pure shall see God, is one of intrigue. These Jews knew about the temple. In the temple there is a place called the Holy of Holies. In this place it was said that God’s glory dwelt and only the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies on man’s behalf to offer sacrifice for our sins. This priest would have to go through a litany of ceremonies to be seen as clean and pure in heart in order to offer sacrifice to God without being killed in His Holy presence. These folks knew this and as such I would think they would have understood this statement and been intrigued by it.

So what does this mean to us today? One can become clean by letting go of sinfulness and pride and letting God cleanse them from the inside out. I am not only talking to those who don’t know God, but I am speaking to those of you that are Christians as well. Christians must stay in a place of humility in order to continue to walk in pureness of heart. The promise for this is that we will have fellowship with God. God is no longer behind a veil in the temple that can only be gone behind once a year for worship and sacrifice, but for the Christian God dwells in us and so long as we stay surrendered to Him we will see His mighty hand in our lives. God has decided to make His abode in us in the person of the Holy Spirit. This ought to make us think twice before we react in an impure manner in situations in our lives.

How about you today? Are you walking with a loving God? If not then ask God to change you from the inside out. Ask Him to come and make His abode in your life. If you are a Christian then ask God to show you where you are in life and in Him. When He does, if you are not in the right place, ask Him to help you through the trials and circumstances you are in. If you make your abode a place of prayer and humility then you will see God working this life and will see God face-to-face in the life to come. The Choice is yours.

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