Hi, again! It's Amanda Jeanne, finishing out the month on purity.
So, what does one do if purity is something that seems unattainable because of circumstances? What if your virginity was lost, your innocence was stolen from you, or you made the wrong choice and fell into sin?
As we have talked about previously, purity is not just a state of body but also a state of heart and mind. So how is one purified? 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (ESV). Notice what is said here: God not only forgives us but then He cleanses us. God does not leave the job half done. If you feel remorse or sorrow over a decision made, run to the throne of grace and place your burden at the feet of Jesus. Ask for the cleansing that only He can give.
Everything in this world requires cleansing. In fact, in the Old Testament, even the altar itself had to be cleansed with blood (Leviticus 8: 15). When Jesus offered His life as a ransom for many, He truly gave us the ability to know how to be cleansed. Hebrew 10:10-12 states, “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, repeatedly offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God” (ESV). The payment has already been paid, once and for all, and by faith we go before God, and through Christ ask for the cleansing for which Christ paid.
So, can you be cleansed? The answer is, you can be cleansed, purified, set apart, and made whole through the sacrifice that Christ has already accomplished once and for all.
Isaiah 1:18 states, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (ESV).
Thanks for joining us in our discussions on purity!