Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Advent Words Day 11 ~ Purify


Day 11: Purify

“…and to purify for himself a people of his very own…” Titus 2:14

To purify something is to cleanse it and make it suitable for holy purposes. This was the purpose of the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament. The people would bring their offering, such as a lamb, to the priests who would place it on the altar in the temple and sacrifice it to God. Atonement required blood as the cleansing or purifying agent, in turn cleansing the people of their sin.  So, in the Old Testament we see mention of various cleansing rituals and sacrifice requirements meant to purify God’s people. Unfortunately, over time the religious leaders of the people of God turned the cleansing rituals and sacrifices into laws and rituals that became burdensome for the people.

But God promised that a new covenant in the future would create a better way for them to be purified in order to live as His holy people.

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:25-28

That new covenant is found in Jesus Christ. God offered His Son as the atoning sacrifice, that by His blood we would be cleansed from our sin and be purified, made holy. Through His resurrection from the dead, we received the gift of His Spirit living in us to enable us to live as His holy people.

Christ now acts as our High Priest, He made one sacrifice for all time. “The death he died, he died to sin once for all.” (Romans 6:10) “Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:26-27)

By His blood we are purified. We are made holy in order to serve God. We can therefore enter His presence free from the guilt of sin and full of confidence that we are worthy.

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14


“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22

Through His blood we are the holy people of God.


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