The Pursuit of Purity
Purity of heart does not mean sinlessness. Last weekend we established the fact that Christians in this world are sinners in the process of recovery. There is growth, there is progress, but there is never perfection in this life.
Scripture is clear... "If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).
We saw that when Christ becomes yours and you become his through the bond of faith, three wonderful gifts become yours:
(1) Justification, which is legal (in Christ God drops all charges against you),
(2) Forgiveness, which is relational (in Christ God reconciles you to himself),
(3) Cleansing, which is personal (in Christ God washes your heart and your life).
This weekend, we will consider what it means to strive for purity in our lives.