A Time for Purity

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Observing American culture and viewing the world from the perspective of the media, one would get the impression that personal purity is non-existent.  Yet, for the child of God, purity is still the goal.  Purity in one’s personal life is still a mandate by the Lord and necessary for a fruitful and God pleasing life.

In the light of Christ’s soon return, it is certainly a time for Christians to keep watch regarding their own purity.

 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1Jn 3:3)

 Here are some areas of personal purity to consider.

A pure heart to see God

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Mat 5:8)

When the heart is pure the vision is clear

A pure mind to hear God

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: (2Pe 3:1-2)

A pure conscience that we may serve God

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. (1Ti 3:9)

 A pure body that we may please God

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. (1Ti 5:22)

 A pure behavior that we may point people to God

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1Ti 4:12)


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The Nazarite Vow and the Committed Christian

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The Nazarite vow of Numbers 6, was a very special vow a person could enter into for a specific period and completely dedicate themselves to the Lord for that period. The New Testament Christian should live their life with a modern-day commitment to the Lord in the same way. Let’s look at the Nazarite vow and we will see it parallels the fully committed Christian life of today.  May we make the same decision today as a Nazarite would make then.

A Vow Available – to all

When either man or woman shall separate themselves

It was a vow for both genders

It was a vow for all ages – from the age of accountability upward

It was a vow for all tribes and peoples.  One need not be from a certain lineage as required for Priests.  One did not need to claim a Divine call as the prophets.

A Vow of Aspiration – of desire

A personal vow – It was strictly voluntary

A purposeful vow – Had the goal and purpose to be totally separated unto the Lord

A premised vow – The premise to making such a vow was to be able to more fully serve the Lord.

A Vow Regarding Appetites

He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.

The Nazarite was to abstain from all forms of grapes and products from the grape-vine.

Our appetites should all be spiritual – not carnal.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1Jn 2:15)

A Vow Regarding Appearance

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head:

 

The Nazarite was given to an appearance that was distinct and different from the world

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (1Co 11:14)

The Nazarite was given to an appearance that was deemed for the Lord

A Vow of Attitude – Holy unto the Lord (vs 5, 8)

When we desire to be holy – it puts us on anther plane.

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (1Pe 1:15)

A Vow of Associations (vs6)

he shall come at no dead body.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2Co 6:17)

…And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; (Lev 10:9-10)

Vow of Adherence and Affection

 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luk 14:26)

 A Vow for Always

Nazarite  vow was for 24 x 7 for a specified duration.  For Christian commitment it should be a commitment 24 x 7 all the days of our life!


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