“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”. Matthew 5:8
Oswald Chambers said this about purity in his devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest”:
“Purity is not innocence–it is much more than that. Purity is the result of continued spiritual harmony with God. We have to grow in purity. Our life with God may be right and our inner purity unblemished, yet occasionally our outer life may become spotted and stained. God intentionally does not protect us from this possibility, because this is the way we recognize the necessity of maintaining our spiritual vision through personal purity. Remember that spiritual vision depends on our character–it is the ‘pure in heart’ who ‘see God'”.
To receive revelation from the Spirit, we must maintain our purity. Why?
Purity is an evidence of the presence of God. Where God is present, there is purity. And, where God’s presence has control, revelation abounds. If our personal purity comes under attack, we must work to submit ourselves in repentance to the Lord if we want revelation to continue. When our purity comes under attack, we hear one thing from the Spirit until the situation is dealt with: repent.
God is a master builder and will not build upon a faulty foundation. He will correct the foundation before He adds to what is being built. So, we won’t hear more until we have dealt with the purity problem.
Remember the spiritual flow that occurred in Matthew 21, concerning Jesus’ entry into the temple. First, Jesus drove out everything that wasn’t supposed to be in the temple and said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves”. After this cleansing occurred, the blind and lame came to Jesus and He healed them. Then, when the the people saw the wonderful things He did, perfected praise began.
It’s the same process with us.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. When the Presence of God enters, Jesus begins to “clean house”. Until the cleaning process occurs, all we hear Him say is, “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Once cleansed, Jesus begins to reveal Himself for who He is and the result is praise!
Peter the apostle put it this way in 2 Peter 1:5:
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
Notice the order here: faith in God is first. Once you have faith, virtue follows (that is purity). Then comes knowledge (revelation).
So, it is easy to see that a key to revelation is to take personal purity seriously. We can’t purify ourselves but our obedience to the Word reveals our faith in God – then purity follows as a transmission of the Holy Spirit. Justification follows true faith. So, our obedience to God in the matter of personal purity opens the door to further revelation.
If you want deeper revelation from God, you must take matters of personal purity seriously. When God points something out in your life that needs to change, you obey what He tells you to do. Then, you’ve proven yourself trustworthy with the revelation God has given to you and are a candidate for further knowledge.
Grace seems to be the message of the hour in the church. The only problem is that we have forgotten what grace does in our lives. We think grace is God’s understanding of our nature to the point He overlooks things that blatantly violate His Word operating in our lives. So, since He is not really serious about those things, we ignore them and move on to “deeper” things in the Spirit.
Grace is an empowerment to do what we could not do on our own. It causes us to move above where we are to places only God empowered people tread.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
There is nothing deeper than purity and nothing else to be “known” when purity is ignored as a key to revelation.
Give the grace of God full reign today. Take matters of personal purity seriously. If you do, a deeper look into Christ awaits.