January 26, 2016 by Jon Law
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Do you need to make enough money to pay off your mortgage? Are you concerned about your family and friends and want to make sure your social life remains at an optimum level? Will you pursue happiness today, or hard-work, or personal success?
Truth be told, we probably have a range of mixed motives moving our lives forward each and every day! Some good: a desire to build God’s Kingdom and to love the people around us. Others, maybe not so good: temptations to advance our own cause at the expense of God and others lurk around most corners.
What does it mean for us to be pure? In chemistry, something is ‘pure’ when it contains only its natural substance and all other contaminants have been removed. I remember being asked at school to evaporate salt water. What happened? As the water turned to steam, the salt crystals remained in the flask. One mixed substance became two pure substances: water and salt.
Jesus’ blood ‘purifies’ our consciences. In other words, Jesus knows all of our mixed motives and interwoven desires. So, by His Holy Spirit, He evaporates out what is sinful so that only what is good remains! His death leaves us with one overarching desire: ‘to serve the living God.’ As Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’ (Matthew 5:9).
Where do you need your conscience to be purified?
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