Cleansed for the Glory of God (Matthew 5:1-8)

Blessed in Christ is the very definition of having a pure heart, for the hearts of men when left in the unregenerate state are prone to follow evil all the days of their lives (Gen 6:5; Ps 14:1-4).  The promise of seeing God comes to you from Christ, who prayed for you and all those who are his people.  If you count yourself adopted by God, your hearts are no longer stony and dead, but alive and filled with the Love of God and your neighbors (Ezekiel 36:25–27).  The hearts of those who are born again receive the cleansing of their filthiness, their hearts are changed so they no longer desire evil, but hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Christ who echoed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in John 15, spoke of our purity in the opening verses of that chapter John 15:1–8, NKJV, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”.  Being pure in heart is not simply living a clean life, but be purified by God, who has washed us though his word (Eph 5:25-27) so he could present us holy and without blemish in him.  Being clean in Christ is what is being described.

Elder Matthew Davis
Covenant Reformed Church
at Grass Valley

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