“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22).
How does this purifying process take place in a Christian? We have two clues in the verses that follow:
Putting these two things together, we see that God began our new life in Christ with the Word of God and He sustains us with that same Word. Without the Word, we will wither and fall (1:24).
Paul says that Christ in His love for the Church sanctifies and purifies her by “cleansing her by the washing of water with the Word” (Eph. 5:26). That is going on all the time.
Hebrews says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (4:12–13). That is the active purifying effect of Scripture. Our nature, or flesh, does not like these verses because the Holy Spirit is using them to convict you of things He has brought to your attention before, and you have brushed aside His promptings.
God has designed this moment for you to let His Word purify you through obedience to His truth. You do not want to miss the results.
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