Are we purified by “cleaning up our lives” or is it simply by presence of the living hope inside us?

I wrote this on 04/20/14 at 7:11am. Maybe you will be encouraged by it.

I woke up and feel pretty rested. I am hearing “he who has this hope purifies himself”. Here is the verse:

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

Wow! Do we really understand what this means? It is the hope that purifies us. It’s a LIVING hope inside us that did not come by the law (anything we did).  A person with this hope is as PURE AS CHRIST IS!

(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God Hebrews 7:19

The true (spiritual) hope is Christ himself who is LIVING inside our hearts or spirit man. HE IS OUR LIVING HOPE! HE PURIFIES US, “we” do not as humans. We can do NOTHING to purify ourselves, NOT ONE SINGLE THING! We can’t. Let’s look at this “living” hope a bit more.

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace 2 Peter 3:14

Notice Peter says we are “waiting” for these promises. So, what does it mean to be “diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace”?

It means to stay in the rest of believing that you ALREADY have the full righteousness of Christ.

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world 1 John 4:17

Which world are we “as HE is”?  The next one or this current one?

This living hope that flows from our inner man who is Christ himself is what gives us this confidence even on the day of judgement. This is how we know love is being perfected or revealed with and in us. A true believer will NEVER come into judgment because he has ALREADY passed out of JUDGMENT (Condemnation) and INTO LIFE (CHRIST)! We can now come confidently to God anytime because our confidence has NOTHING to do with our external behavior or human will!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life John 5:24

My dear friend. I pray the Lord reveals the truth of these powerful words to us today. They are feeding me life and I pray they are for you as well.

We ARE Holy and PURE right now because of the living hope we have inside who is Christ himself. If you don’t recognize it, ask the Lord to reveal it to you. It’s time we cross the Jordan with Joshua and take possession of the land.  Wherever we place our foot, it is ours!

God bless you today.

Duane

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