“All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”       1 John 3:3 NIV


The holiness of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ is a frequent theme in John. The word “holiness” originally referred to ceremonial purity, but it came to mean that which is “pure in the highest sense”. It refers to freedom from all defilement of sin, especially moral sin. On that glorious day when we see Jesus, that vision will transform us. But to the extent that we presently see Jesus in His holiness with the eyes of faith, to that same extent He will transform us into His glory. If we want Jesus to disclose or reveal Himself to us, we must obey Him. It becomes, not a vicious cycle, but a victorious cycle, where when we obey, we see more of Jesus; this in turn makes us more like Him which means that we see even more of Him. There is a transformational power in seeing Jesus for who He is – the Holy One. Of course, our only source for this knowledge is His Word. God’s Word and His Holy Spirit are like the soap and water. But we have got to apply it to the dirt of our sin. The Word is also like a mirror, revealing to us the dirt on our faces. When it does that, rather than ignoring it, we must confess our sins to the Lord, apply His shed blood as our source of cleansing and take the necessary steps to avoid repeating that sin in the future. In brief, if we can’t imagine Jesus Christ, the righteous one, doing something, then we shouldn’t do it either. Jesus is coming again soon. When we see Him in His glory, we will be like Him. If we have our hope fixed on Him, we will start cleaning house now! We don’t want the Lord who is pure to come to a filthy house!



Lord Jesus, we seek to be like You as we walk in obedience to You.



Lord Jesus, You are coming again soon. When we see You in Your glory, we will be like You. Help us to start cleaning house now so that You don’t come to a filthy house! AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 19:1-15



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