Being purified begins by being separated. Think about the refining of gold. It is first separated from the other rock in the ground. In the same way, when we determine to follow Jesus and are joined to Him, we are separated from the world. Refining gold continues this separation process under heat and pressure until all other contaminates are removed and only the pure gold remains. The sanctification process works the same concerning our separation from sin and purification into holiness.
This separation from sin is also explained in the Bible as being washed and cleaned. We are told righteousness is like pure white linen garments without spot or stain or wrinkle. Being dunked under the waters of baptism is to remind us that in Jesus our whole self is cleansed.
We do not stop at salvation and baptism. We are to keep on getting in the shower of the Holy Spirit and the washing of the Word. We need to keep confessing and repenting when sin entangles us so that we might be washed in the blood of Jesus. We have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s sanctification process in us. Do not be fooled. There are things we need to do and things we must not do to become pure like Him. And do not be surprised when you find that going through the fire of God is not easy!
1 John 1:9, ““If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (Be humble and admit our sin, repent and change even when we do not feel like it….it’s hard, but do it.)
James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” ( Renew our mind to think like His Word in the Bible. We cannot keep thinking like the world and being double minded. Clean up our thought life…it is hard, but do it.)
Ephesians 5: 25-27, “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Search deep in His Word to find out what is right and pure. Do not tolerate even the smallest stain or wrinkle. When the Holy Spirit reveals anything wrong, rub and wash out that stain. Do not tolerate evil because your Bridegroom does not want it in the house! We are not living in just anyone’s house. It is hard, but do it.)
2 Corinthians 7:1, “…..let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (That flesh is filthy and likes to play in the mud. That selfish spirit insists on its own way. But we need to clean all that up and let flesh and selfishness know who is boss. The fear of God lets them know who is in authority! His standards are perfection. We need to raise our standards and hold fast. It is hard, but do it.)
Revelation 7:14, ““These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (We have trouble now in this life, but we have kept up the good fight of faith. Our robes have been made white in the blood of Jesus. We could never have done it ourselves. How grateful we are that He has made a way for us to righteousness and holiness. In love and overwhelming gratitude we press in to know Him, His righteous words and ways, and to follow Him in holiness and purity. It is hard to leave the world and separate from it to only follow Him and His words and ways, but love demands we must do it….and it is for our own good!)
Matthew 5:8 (in 2 Amplified versions)
“Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.”
“Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!”