Tit 1:15-16 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Man’s view of life is directly affected by how Christ is viewed in life. When we have been cleansed (pure) by the revelation of God’s Son in us, then we see Him in the world around us. Even when trials and tribulations come, they are faced with a peace and certainty that God will not leave us or forsake us. The purification here is not just about our being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Being washed in His blood cleanses us from our sin for all eternity. However, there is a washing that comes from being blessed to hear and understand God’s word that is enjoyed only by those to whom the Spirit has revealed the truth of Jesus. When, by His grace, our conscience is clean then we see His kingdom clean and undefiled. However, this is not true for those who still trust in the flesh.
When we are pure in our understanding of Jesus Christ, we see the church as a beautiful body of His servants who walk in love. We are not ignorant of the fact that we are sinners, but we rather rejoice in the fact that we are covered in Him. On the other hand, when our thinking is defiled, we see only the works of the flesh. We take the position that the church is full of hypocrites and we have no desire to waste our time with those people.
To those who are without faith, nothing is pure in their experience. Even though Christ is pure and all that He has touched is pure, we cannot experience this without faith. As long as our consciousness and thought processes are based solely on the frailties of men, then we remain defiled. In this condition, men often claim to have a higher knowledge of God than others and try to justify their unfaithfulness and disobedience using this supposed knowledge as an excuse.
However, all that is required to identify them is to look at their actions. When we refuse to fellowship God’s people because of their supposed hypocrisy, or when we seek to elevate ourselves above His people, we are denying the grace and mercy of God. While men might in ignorance look only at David’s actions with Bathsheba and Uriah and declare him a hypocrite, God declares that David was a man after His own heart. This was not so because David was sinless, but because David was able to acknowledge his sin, feel remorse for his sin, and seek repentance due to the grace of God in his life.
If we fail to see Jesus in the lives of His children, then our own works are going to deny Him. We are idolatrous (abominable), having set before us some standard other than Jesus Christ. In our character of being unpersuadable (disobedient), we are useless (reprobate) in seeing or doing any beneficial action. If we are focused on the cleansing power of Jesus Christ, then all that we see in Him is clean. If we claim to know God, but continue in willful disobedience, then we view everything around us as defiled because our thinking is defiled.
May we be blessed to see Jesus in our daily walk with God’s people, to hold Him in high esteem, and rebuke every defiling thought and action!