Bible Ballistics: BBs #479 Cleanliness Is_____???
“Wash me throughly
from mine iniquity,
and cleanse me
from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions:
and my sin is ever before me……
7 Purge me with hyssop,
and I shall be clean:
and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:2-3
While “cleanliness is next to godliness” is not in the scripture, we must have a clean and pure heart before God, yet the irony of it all is that we can’t have a clean heart unless it has been cleansed by faith in the saving work that Jesus accomplished with His blood at Calvary! Only God can cleanse and He will cleanse all who come to Him in repentance and faith.
Jesus spoke to the church at Laodicea with a message of warning (Just being ‘in’ church can’t save, but Jesus can!) and a call to repentance from their self-righteousness, and while He doesn’t use the word “cleanse”, He does call them to “clean up their act” by coming to Him, rather than themselves for salvation! Only when we recognize the fact that we can’t save ourselves will we seek the cleansing, saving power of Jesus, by His saving, atoning sacrifice.
“Because thou sayest,
I am rich,
and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing;
and knowest not
that thou art wretched,
18 I counsel thee to buy of me
gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich;
and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:17-18
The only way to “buy of me”, is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice on the cross—He did it all for you and me.
This is what the prophet Isaiah was talking about long before the Messiah came—Jesus! You can remain in your sin and filth (God says ‘our’ righteousness/goodness is as ‘filthy rags’! Isaiah 64:6) or you can go to Jesus for a spiritual bath?
“Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money;
come ye, buy,
and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money
for that which is not bread?
and your labour
for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me,
and eat ye that which is good,
and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear,
and come unto me:
and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting covenant
even the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:1-3
And Jesus, the son of David is the sure mercy and cleansing of God—
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man
which is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
Jesus is that “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”—He took it to Calvary and paid the price for our cleansing before God! And when He saves, He cleanses! Even as He told Peter just before the cross:
“Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him,
He that is washed
needeth not save to wash his feet,
but is clean every whit:
and ye are clean,
but not all.” John 13:10
Are you clean? Jesus knows and He cares!