This hour’s topic, brothers and sisters, is “Our Need of Purity”. What is purity? And why we need it? Is that really necessary of our Christian lives? Is that necessary as we serve the Lord that we live in a life of purity? I have found some definition of these things. It says that purity is: the condition or quality of being pure; we say being pure, it is freedom from anything that debases, anything that contaminates and pollutes or etc; purity is freedom from any admixture or modifying addition; It is also said to be a ceremonial or ritual cleanness; or purity is freedom from guilt, or evil. Wow! That’s a very high-class condition to be achieved by every Christian. It should be a quality that is free from any guilt or any evil and how can we achieve it? Why [do] we need it, brothers and sisters, why [do] we need to reach that condition?
The Bible is telling us in the book, 1 Thessalonians 5:23: It says here, brothers and sisters, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What a wonderful prayer is this that was given…by Apostle Paul…to the Christian believers. It said that he was praying that the God of peace will sanctify us wholly, no reserve. So, in every aspect of life—in [our] spirit [and] soul and body—he was praying that we will be preserved blameless.
So, when we say blameless, it is a state of being pure. It is a state of life or condition of life away from any debasing and contaminating thing. We will be preserved blameless or pure, even unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What a wonderful prayer is that, brothers and sisters; that’s why in our Christian journey, we have to become an example of purity. He advised—the apostle Paul was giving an admonition to Timothy, and it said, —“You have to be an example of”, or in, “purity”.
It says here in Timothy 4:12; “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith” and “purity”.
So that is one thing that we have to remember. We need to be an example of purity. Why [do] we need to [have] this state of being in our Christian lives? Because the Bible tells us that we need to be an example of purity. How can we be an example if we have not a pure life, right? What is one of the conditions that is mentioned in the Spirit of Prophecy to be sealed? For us to be sealed, we need to have this life of purity. It says here brethren:
“Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman.” We need to have this, we need to be pure, because if we are impure, then the seal of the living God will not be placed in our forehead. Brethren and sisters, there is a calling that the time is very short and [will] soon be over. We’ve already seen in the land the partial blowing of the winds, that [are] being held by the four angels in the corner[s] of the earth. And now, we believe that the time is very short and the seal—the sealing of God’s people [will] soon be over. But if we have any impurity in our lives, we will miss [receiving] the seal of God. We need to live a life of purity as we long to be among the 144,000. Brethren, where is—where are the issues of life coming from? Where are the issues of life coming from? [If we understand from where they come, then] we will know where is the very source in which we [should] give attention [to] in order for us, to ask [for] the power of God—to ask Jesus Christ in cleansing the soul temple, in cleansing our hearts—that we may be able to live in a life of purity.
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23; It says here, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
So where [do] the issues of life come from? [They] come from the heart. And the Bible is telling us plainly, specifically to keep our heart with all what? —with all diligence. We should not be taking confidence [from] saying to ourselves that I have a Christian life. If we will not guard our hearts with all diligence, we might be still in the life of impurity, and we cannot be [receiving] the seal of the living God.
Guard your heart! I have to guard my heart. Individually, we need to do it since the issues of life are coming from there.
In the book of Jeremiah, brothers and sisters, the heart is being described as deceitful above all things. Jeremiah 17:9; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and disparately wicked, who can know it?” That was one of the questions, right, the heart is what? deceitful above all things.
I remember during the time of Noah, why God destroyed the antediluvian world, why God destroyed the people before the flood. In Genesis 6:5; it says there, brothers and sisters, that the only imagination of their hearts [was] only evil continually. God knew their hearts, that, that was their condition and God decided to destroy them because there was no way for them to know God. The only things that occupied the hearts of the antediluvian world or antediluvian people were evil continually. How can they think righteousness, how can they think purity of life, how can they think godliness, when in their hearts they have this kind of condition? So, there is no other thing that God can do, but to what? —to destroy them.
Today, we are living in the last days in which we have the same condition [as] in the days of Noah, and we need to really consider our hearts. The Bible is telling—and this is the word of Jesus—it says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth”, what? —“his mouth speaketh.” I think I missed this Bible book. It’s, this is, Luke 6:45. I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to edit this one, but it’s found in Luke 6:45.
Jesus was really trying to explain that the heart is the source where the issues of life come from. If you’re a good man, you’re bringing what? —good treasures out of your heart. If you’re an evil man, you’re bringing what? —you’re bringing evil treasures out of your heart. This is just a simple analysis, that the issues of life are really coming from our hearts and if we talk ‘heart’, it is referring to our spiritual minds or our minds in which all things are coming from.
You see, the Bible is telling us that these are the things that debase or defile the man. According to the Bible, it says in the book of Matthew chapter 15 versus 18 and 19, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed”, what? —“evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies,” and many more.
Brethren, this is the condition, or, these are the things that [are] coming out from the heart, and these are the things that defile; these are the things that cause impurity; these are the things that that make our lives impure, and we’ll not be ready to receive the seal of the living God.
Do we need really a purity of life? Yes. That’s what the apostle Paul was praying. Do we need to receive the seal of the living God before we can, or, as we long to stand in the great day of the Lord in the time of trouble? Yes. But if we have these things in our hearts that debase, that contaminate, that give us impurities, then we will miss receiving the seal. We will miss the protection that God is going to give in the time of trouble.
Brethren, the citadel of man is the heart. According to the book, Mind, Character and Personality, page 74: “The heart is the citadel of the man. From it are the issues of life or death. Until the heart is purified”, it says here, “a person is unfit to have any part in the fellowship of the saints.” Wow, this is a hard saying. Until our heart is purified, it says, we are what? We are unfit to have a part in the fellowship of the saints. “Does not the Heart Searcher know who are lingering in sin, regardless of their souls? Has there not been a witness to the most sacred things in the life of everyone?” I believe there is.
The prayer of David was saying, “Search me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, O Saviour and know my thoughts, I pray.” That was his prayer. And he was asking to the Lord, that God will give him a clean heart. He said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”. That was his prayer in his time. It was a really sincere appeal that he made [to] the Lord, to create in him a clean heart, because this is the very centre of us. Unless our heart is purified, we will be unfit, we will not become worthy to have fellowship with the saints. This is true, this is going to be happening [for] real. Our hearts should be made pure as we understand [from] the previous passages that we read.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall”, what? —“for they shall see God.” Who wants to see God? I believe those who are watching now, live, our online conference; those who are following really the topics of this online conference that we have, ‘Our Greatest Need’; are interested to see the Lord; are interested to see Him; to see the scars of His hand; to see the scars of His head; to see the scars of His feet, Who died for us. That is what we long for. You know, in this online conference, if we are really interested to have an invigorated Christian life experience, we need to pay attention [to] the needs that we need in this time of our Christian journey, right. And the heart is very important to be what? to be cleansed. The heart is very, very important to be purified. When the heart is pure, our life, our action, our words [have] become pure brethren and we will have a pure life like Christ’s. And who can do this? It’s God, only, [who] can do these things to us. If we will submit, if we will ask, like David, to God, to create in us a clean heart and to harbour a right spirit within us.
Jesus is trying to give us means and ways in which we can have a purified life. In the Bible, in the Spirit of Prophecy, if we pay attention in reading these messages of God to us, we will have found a way in which our heart [can] be made pure. In the Bible, this is one thing, this is the number [one] thing that we have to pay attention [to].
In the book of Revelation 3:20; “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” This is a wonderful calling of God to every individual. We should let Jesus come into our hearts because when our hearts are enthroned with Jesus, all the rubbish that [is] in our hearts, all the things that defile the man, according to the book of Luke, 6:45; will be what? —will be emptied; and Christ will dwell in our hearts, and we will be [able], like Paul, to say, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live; yet, not I”, but what? Who is living in him? —“but Christ liveth in me”. Why? Because Christ, when He is dwelling in our hearts, there will be a wonderful change in the life.
I remember the song that, [has] really [had an] impact [on] my [mind], and that is the title, “Since Jesus Came into my Heart”. I think that was a very good experience that this composer of the song relates. I don’t know if I’ll still have the time to sing that, but I remember one point in there, it says there; “What a wonderful change [in my] life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart!” What a wonderful change in our life will be wrought when Jesus comes into our hearts! What a purified life it is when we let always Jesus reign in us. That is the appeal of the Saviour.
But what is one of the problems, brethren, why Jesus cannot come in? It says here, “their hearts are so filled up with rubbish, that there is no room for ennobling, elevated truth. The soul temple needs to be refined, purified, cleansed, for Satan, rather than God is abiding in the heart”.
That is a choice. Satan wants to be enthroned in our heart. Christ is also appealing. He is not forcing you. He is not forcing me. But he said, “If any man will open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him”. Jesus is not really forcing everybody but he is trying to what? —to appeal. He is trying to extend His merciful invitation: Please open the door and I will come and remove all this rubbish from your hearts that you will live a purified life ready for that heavenly kingdom. Wonderful!
Another thing that the Bible is telling—that we should have the mind of Jesus. It says in the book Philippians chapter 2, verse 5; “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
“The mind of Jesus Christ must be in us, controlling every thought, every purpose of our lives. This is the attitude in which we should ever keep our souls before God. This we will do if we realize the worth of souls and if the truth as it is in Jesus is stamped upon the soul. This work was given you, to be missionaries for God.” (Daughters of God, p. 138.)
Brethren and sisters, we have to have the mind of Jesus because if not, Jesus cannot control our thoughts, where proceeds all the things that defiles a man. You know, in our hearts, in our thoughts, brethren, we have there the hatred, we have there the pride, we have there the evil surmising, we have there anything that pollutes our Christian lives. The sin that contaminates the whole body, soul and spirit, Satan introduces in the heart, for out of it are the issues of our lives, right? We have to remember. And then if Jesus will occupy our minds, there will be a controlling power to control our thoughts, our purpose of our lives. Right? There will be such things that happen to us, if we will have the mind of Jesus.
It says here, in the book, Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene. “The first work of those who would reform is to purify the imagination”. And our imagination is going where? everywhere, right? We have so many things to imagine, brothers and sisters, but we need to remember this, that this is our what? —our first work. To what? —to purify our imagination. “Our meditations should be such as will elevate the mind. ‘Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think of these things.’[Philippians 4:8] Here is a wide field in which the mind can safely range. If Satan seeks to turn it to low and sensual things, bring it back. When corrupt imaginings seek to gain possession of your mind,” what are we going to do? It says here, “flee to the throne of grace, and pray for strength from heaven. By the grace of Christ, it is possible for us to reject impure thoughts, Jesus will attract the mind, purify the thoughts, and cleanse the heart from every secret sin.” Wow! That’s wonderful! This is what we should always remember; have a closer relationship with Jesus, let Jesus’ mind be in us, that Jesus may come and dwell in our hearts, that we have this kind of imagination, purified from any defilement, we’ll have a pure heart that is cleansed from every secret sin. You know, secret sin is always really bothering to each person. It says there, “casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” That will be a result of our Christian life, when Jesus’ mind is in us.
Another thing that the Bible is telling is this, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” These are good admonitions to every Christian, why we should not conform to this word.
Another thing that we should remember, —set our affections on the things above. This is what also the Bible is telling to the believers. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are” what? —“which are above”. What are the things that are above? God, the loving God, the wonderful God, the powerful God, the omnipotent, the omniscient—and the, what? —the all-knowing God. He is there, and we will have a close acquaintance with Him. We will set our affections to heaven. This is the admonition of the Bible, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on this earth.” Why? We are just pilgrims and the strangers of this earth according to the Bible. We should be likened to Abraham, that even [though] he was given a land to dwell in, but he was what? —seeking for a better country which God has built and not man.
Brethren, is this really our imagination? [Are] our affections not on the things of this earth? That is one of the questions.
Another thing that we have to remember, —according to the Bible, to have a purified life, “Love not the world”. It says here, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Why? “For all that is in the world,” are what? — “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world.” How is our affection? How is our love? Is our love centred [on] the things that are in the world? [If they are,] then we will be having [these] kind of things. We will be enjoying the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. You know, Satan makes the world very attractive. There are so many things that attract the minds of God’s people, that they might be led astray from this very preparation that we need in this time of sealing. Is that really true? We have so many things that we can see in this world today; [the] pride of life, that is one thing. Let us remember these things. God is saying, love not this world. We are not of this world, brothers and sisters and Jesus said I have chosen you out of the world. So, we are not to set our affection, we should not set our love to the things of this world. Why? Because [if we do,] the love of the Father is not with us! These things can ruin our lives; [they] can make our lives debased; [they] can contaminate our spirit, our spiritual health, and [they] will destroy our minds.
Let us guard the avenues of our souls. According to the book, Acts of the Apostles [page 518]. This is one of the specific instructions in which we can what? — we can have a purified life, we can live in a life of purity. It says here, “The apostle sought to teach the believers how important it is to keep the mind from wandering to forbidden themes or from spending its energies on trifling subjects. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices, must guard well the avenues of the soul.” What are these? — “they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind must not to be left to dwell at random upon every” what? —“upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest. The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within and the soul will wander in darkness.” That will be something [that] happens, if we will not guard the avenues of the soul. It says here brethren, specifically, that we must avoid reading, seeing or hearing that will suggest what? impure thoughts.
I remember one young lady said to us — she said to me, “I was wandering in [my] Christian life; because I have found out, after I search always on my phone—many times on my phone—I have already eight hours [spent] in a day [on] my cell phone.” And that is one thing, that is one thing that we should remember. In the technology today, we have so many things to read, we have so many things to see, we can hear many things that may suggest impure thoughts. But we have to remember, these are the avenues, these are the highways, the eyes, the ears, the senses that we have are the avenues of the soul in which Satan’s contaminations will come into our minds, [into] our hearts. If we are not fully guarding these avenues, if we have no check point on these avenues, brothers and sisters, there might be Coronavirus that will come in our, what? —there will be viruses of sin, there will be debasing and contaminating things that will come in our minds. We should remember this; guard the avenues of the soul; but we cannot do that without Christ within, right?
Another thing that we should remember, —we will follow some of the examples here in the Bible. We have the example of Enoch. This is one thing, to maintain a purified life or to live a holy life like Enoch.
It says here, in the [book] Patriarchs and Prophets, page 87: “In the midst of a life of active labour, Enoch steadfastly maintained his communion with God. The greater and more pressing his labours, the more constant and earnest were his prayers. He continued to exclude himself, at certain periods, from all society. After remaining for a time among the people, labouring to benefit them by instruction and example, he would withdraw, to spend a season in solitude, hungering and thirsting for what that divine knowledge which God alone can impart.”
What a wonderful life of Enoch is. You know, in our lives today…many of us are so busy, but I don’t know if we are having the same attitude like Enoch as “the greater and more pressing his labours, the more constant and earnest were his prayers”. Enoch spent much time with God in prayer, in the solitude of his life. “The men of that generation had mocked the folly of him who sought not to gather gold or silver or to build up possessions here. But Enoch’s heart was upon eternal treasures.” This is one thing that we should remember brethren; in the time of Enoch, the gold and silver is [being gathered] all over the land, but he never paid attention [to] that. Why? Because his what? —his heart was upon eternal treasure. “He had seen the King in His glory in the midst of Zion. His mind, his heart, his conversation, were in heaven.” What a wonderful example we had in that life of Enoch.
It says, “’Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ For three hundred years, Enoch had been seeking purity of the soul,” Now all the three hundred years—how many years [did] Enoch live here on this earth? 365 years; but when he had a very keen mind to understand God’s purposes for him, and to live a life of purity, he lived [a] life of 300 years seeking purity of the soul. That is what his life [was]. It says here, “Day by day he had longed for a closer union; nearer and nearer had grown the communion, until God took him to Himself.” What a wonderful experience. The Bible tells us that Enoch was taken by God because he walked with God and that was his longing every day. He [wanted] to live closer to the Lord.
Let us have [as] a reference, the life of Christ’s purity, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Christ is [said] in the Bible, [to be] “without sin”. He had a pure life without contamination, without [the] debasing and polluting things, that [can come] into His heart and [mind].
It says here, (TT 21, 3) “As the disciples waited, they humbled their hearts in repentance and confessed their unbelief. Truths which had passed from their memory were again brought to their minds, and these they repeated to one another. Scene after scene of the Saviour’s life passed before them. As they meditated on His pure life, they felt that no toil would be too hard, no sacrifice to great, if only they could be a witness in their lives to the loveliness of Christ’s character.” What a wonderful effect the life of purity of Jesus [was] to His disciples, and that will also happen to you and me if we have the same attitude [of looking] on Jesus.
How [did] Jesus receive this life or purity? “Jesus Himself, while he dwelt among men, was often in prayer.” I heard a saying, one of our pastors said, prayer is power and power is prayer. In these days, I believe, we need this kind of attitude, the attitude of Enoch, the attitude of Jesus, and many of the patriarchs. They proved to themselves that prayer is power.
It says here in the book, Maranatha, 76, 4; “We cannot by searching find out God, but He has revealed Himself in His Son, who is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. If we desire a knowledge of God, we must be Christlike… Living a pure life, through faith in Christ as a personal Saviour will bring to the believer a clearer,” and a, “higher conception of God.”
How do we live a pure life? Living a pure life through faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. This is the most effective means to convert believers to God.
In conclusion, brethren, we have to remember this wonderful theme or statement in Signs of the Times, July 13, 1888. “A pure life, a holy character must be attained by everyone who would enter the portals of the city of God. The moralist, trusting in his own goodness will be found wanting.” How can we have [entrance to the] portals in the city of God? How can we abide with the people who God is going to sanctify wholly—body, soul and spirit—that we may be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord? We have to let Jesus come into our hearts. We have this mind of Jesus; we have these examples in the Bible and instructions that are given plainly to each and every believer, that we might live a pure life and [have] the holy character in order for us to have [entrance to the] portals in the city of God. We should not be trusting by our own [selves], but we will what? —we will trust in Jesus as our personal Saviour. This is my hope and prayer. May God bless us and everyone, Amen.
Brethren, before we will close, let’s kneel down in prayer. Dear Father in heaven, we are happy to come again to the throne of grace to thank you for this wonderful time that we have refreshed in our memories and we have listened to the instructions on how to live a life in purity as we feel this [need] in our lives. Hopefully Lord, we can be like Enoch, we can be like Thy Son, holy in a life of purity, away from any debasing and contaminating things of our lives. Help us to guard the avenues of our souls, that there might be no entrance of the debasing influence, of the temptations that Satan introduces in our lives. Help us to live in a life of purity, as we seek to gain entrance also into heaven which Thou hast prepared for us, and we long, we long and we love to see you and the Son, the Holy Spirit who will reign for us and with us in eternity. We pray all these things in Jesus name, Amen.