-3- prayed for the Philippian Christians (Phil. 1:4), with the Thessalonians, when they believed Paul’sgospel (1 Thes. 1:6), with Paul as he rejoiced over his converts (1Thes. 2:19-20; 3:9; Phm. 1:7) andwith the early Christians, when they believed in Jesus (1 Peter 1:8-9).
B) You may know PURITY –
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” (1 John 2:1). Thevalue of “purity” is under-estimated in our modern Christian culture. The idea that God might“wink” at sin is actually to be seen in reverse. (“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; butnow commandeth all men every where to repent:” Acts17:30). Purity should be seen as more practically probable than ever. On the matter of purity in church attendance, Paul says: “...and somuch the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25). There is an opportunity of SpiritualPurity in our time, that might never be better.In general,
the subject of Christian Purity
is clearly stated.
The question of this purity
isasked and then answered (“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in hisholy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,nor sworn deceitfully.” Psa. 24:3-4).
The emotional state of the pure
is made known (“Blessed arethe pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8).
The motive of Purity
is made clear. (“Nowthe end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faithunfeigned:” 1 Tim. 1:5).
There is a warning about Purity
(“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” 1 Tim. 5:22).
The presence of Purity
is a directcomponent of the Truth of God. (“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth throughthe Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heartfervently:” 1 Peter 1:22).Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says that Purity is: “Freedom from foreign admixture or heterogeneous matter; as the purity of water, of wine, of spirit; the purity of drugs; the purity of metals.” The primative drives of the flesh are strong but it is even possible to have sexual Purity(Deut. 5:18; Job 31:1; Prov. 5:20; Matt. 5:28; 1 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thes. 4:3; Titus 2:5; Rev. 14:4).The source of Purity is the pure words of the Lord. (Psa. 12:6; 18:30; 19:8; 119:140; Prov. 30:5;Isa. 45:19). Therefore, the advice given to the young man is sound for all who seek Purity.(“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”Psa.119:9)
C) You may know FREEDOM –
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true inhim and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” (1 John 2:8)The law of Moses pointed out the cases in which the servants of the Hebrews were to receivetheir freedom (Ex. 21:2-4, 7-8; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-55; Deut. 15:12-18). Under the Roman law the“freeman” (ingenuus) was one born free; the “freedman” (libertinus) was a manumitted slave, andhad not equal rights with the freeman (Acts 22:28; comp. 16:37-39; 21:39; 22:25; 25:11-12).Spiritual Freedom is a Mark of the New Dispensation (“To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Isa. 42:7). Thefreedom that God give is full and free, unimpeded by the fetters of flesh and folly. The divine deedof giving freedom is the Mission of Christ to Proclaim (“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bindup the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them thatare bound;” Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18).Without a doubt, the Truth is the Instrumentality in the matter of freedom (“And ye shall knowthe truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32; Rom. 6:18). This “Truth” is the A New Lawof Life that sets all Free (“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from thelaw of sin and death.” Rom. 8:2).With this Freedom
the Bondage of Sin is Severed
(“Because the creature itself also shall be