How to be/stay clean ( 1 John 1:7)
How to be Clean. ( 1 John 1:7)
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son purifies us from all sin.
1. In order to approach the presence of God and to have a clean conscience before God we must be purified (cleansed) from all sin. The text says that we are purified from all sin by the blood of Jesus when we walk in the Light. Now what does it mean to walk in the Light and how can we be purified from all sin. How can we be made and kept clean?
It is Christ and His Blood that cleanses us, but there are three conditions that must be met in order for us to receive cleansing and then to keep our garments clean following our cleansing. They are hearing, faith, and obedience.
a. We are made clean by the Words of Jesus. (John 15: 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.)
Jesus Words are the Words of God ( John 14:10), the Words of Life ( John 6:68) and His Words are Spirit (John 6:63),
His Word is a cleansing Word. ( Ephesians 5:25-27)
b. We are made clean by believing the Words of Jesus. (Acts 15:9- And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.) It is not enough to merely hear the Words of Jesus, we must also believe them. Those who rejected Him heard His Words but they were not converted, because the Word was not mixed with faith. We must hear and believe.
c. We must also obey His Words.
Not only do we need to hear and believe His Word, but we also must obey it.
Luke 6:46- And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? John 14: 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.; 1 John 3:23- And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.2 John 1:6- And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.John 15:12- This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
In Salvation, we obey Christ by repenting and believing the Gospel. Following conversion, we are called to keep His commandments and to love one another.
We are made and kept clean by Jesus’ Word, His Blood, His Spirit, when we hear, believe, and obey.
Last edited by glad4mercy; Jun 8th 2012 at 03:01 PM.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.