Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Pure—free from what is false. Sincere, genuine, morally clean, free from sin, unstained with guilt. OT people got focused on external, ceremonial purity, God desires heart purity.
Justification, given a new heart, but more than just positional truth; actual purity in practice.
See God—obviously in eternity but also seeing more of His revelation clearly here.
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Pure heart—approved before God, thoughts and affections in alignment with God’s word.
Vanity—not going after praise of men, riches or pleasure. Righteousness—righteous reward for living right before God.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Cleanse hands—your external body parts and the actions they do. Purify hearts—sanctify, make chaste, be loyal to your side. This is what it means to draw nigh to God.
Humble yourself—Humility is all over these beatitudes. Humility is a chief virtue of the Believer and the root of all these things.
1 Peter 1:19-23
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Blemish and spot—nothing internally corrupt and no external corruption from the world.
Purified your souls—happens by obeying the truth—moment of salvation faith in the Gospel and on into the conversation of the believer’s life.
The point of being pure is not to save yourself, but to more ably love others.
Pure heart—free from and unholy desire or inordinate affection. Unfeigned love from the heart.
Fervently—intensely, earnestly, with intense strain.
--Christ was pure to love purely; He makes us pure to love purely.
2 Timothy 2:19-22
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonour.21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
This seal—motto, inscription, the mission statement of the Believer. A mark denoting ownership or destination.
--Security and purity are marks of the Believer.
Depart from iniquity—the allegiance to Christ is allegiance to following Him not your flesh.
Depart—stand aloof, withdraw, remove yourself from. Shun, flee, desert, get away from!
Purge—separate from communion with the unclean vessels, people not taking sin seriously.
Meet—fit, suitable, profitable.
Prepared—made ready, arranged beforehand. Ready to take advantage of opportunities.
Flee and Follow—run away from and run toward, pursue.
With them. . .—fellowship with other believers who have a pure heart devoted to following Christ and not sin. It really helps to have other people to run with!
You cannot truly have peace with someone who is following the exact opposite lifestyle.