Posted by James Keller on OP10er @ 10:49 PM

1 John 3:3 (GW)
3 So all people who have this confidence in Christ keep themselves pure, as Christ is pure.

My online dictionary defines pure as not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material; without any extraneous and unnecessary elements; free of any contamination.

The Psalmist asks the question of how can we keep pure? Psalm 119:9 (GW) 9 How can a young person keep his life pure? {He can do it} by holding on to your word.  How fortunate we are that he also answers the question in the same verse.  We can only keep ourselves pure by the Word of God. 

But how do we become pure?  After all, we are conceived and born into sin (Psalm 51:5).  If purity is being free of contamination, we are anything but pure.  Our thoughts are not always on God.  Our thoughts are not always loving.  We harbor resentment and bitterness.  We even get angry with our loving God!  Our actions are not always motivated by selfless love for others or God.  We act out of selfishness.  Sin is always ready at our fingertips.  How can we be made pure?  Again, the Psalmist has the answer. Psalm 12:6 (GW) 6 The promises of the LORD are pure, like silver refined in a furnace and purified seven times. God’s promises are pure.  Where do we find His promises?  In His Word. 1 Peter 2:2 (GW)2 Desire God's pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation.

God’s Word makes us clean.  What is that Word? That Jesus Christ came to take our sins (our impurities) and pay for them.   Jesus removes the impurity of sin.  He washes us clean by His blood.  He washes us clean by the waters of baptism in which we are united to Him, and He writes His name upon us. 

How do we live a pure life?  By faith in these promises!  We trust Jesus to make us pure and to help us live pure lives.  Our lives of faith are designed to grow us to be more and more like Jesus, the Pure One and the Purifying One. 

How do we do that?  Through knowing Jesus better.  We do this by being immersed in His Word.  That is why in two weeks New Life will starting a new summer sermon series called: “Has God Spoken?”  This series will look at the Bible and how we are to live it out in our daily lives.  We also will be launching the New Testament challenge as part of this series. 

I pray that you can join us this summer as we grow confident in Christ and His promises!

Christ’s slave,

Pastor jim

Barbara Jackson said...

Posted on OA10er @ 10:50 AM -
Thanks Pastor Jim. Words to live by.

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