What can bring purity of heart and mind? Certainly not the law.
“That first tent symbolizes the present time, when gifts and sacrifices can be offered; but it can’t change the heart and conscience of the worshiper.” Hebrews 9:9 The Voice
As Paul continues to speak to the Jewish Christians in Rome, he is guiding them away from the Mosaic ordinances, not the Ten Commandments, and telling them why. The Entire Law consisted of the Ten Commandments, the ordinances, and the system of worship which include the sacrifices. This set of laws, while not sufficient to cleanse the inward man, served a purpose to lead mankind toward the only One who could. Galatians 3 helps us understand the function of the law:
Why the Law?
“Why then was the law given? It was meant to be an intermediary agreement added after God gave the promise of the coming One! It was given to show men how guilty they are, and it remained in force until the Seed was born to fulfill the promises given to Abraham. When God gave the law, he didn’t give it to them directly, for he gave it first to the angels; they gave it to Moses, his mediator, who then gave it to the people. Now, a mediator does not represent just one party alone, but God fulfilled it all by himself!
Since that’s true, should we consider the written law to be contrary to the promise of new life? How absurd! Truly, if there was a law that we could keep which would give us new life, then our salvation would have come by law-keeping. But the Scriptures make it clear that since we were all under the power of sin, we needed Jesus! And he is the Savior who brings the promise to those who believe.
The Revelation of Faith Brings Purity of Heart and Mind
So until the revelation of faith for salvation was released, the law was a jailer, holding us as prisoners under lock and key until the “faith,” which was destined to be revealed, would set us free. The law becomes a gateway to lead us to the Messiah so that we would be saved by faith. But when faith comes the law is no longer in force, since we have already entered into life.
You have all become true children of God by the faith of Jesus the Anointed One! It was faith that immersed you into Jesus, the Anointed One, and now you are covered and clothed with his anointing. And we no longer see each other in our former state—Jew or non-Jew, rich or poor, male or female—because we’re all one through our union with Jesus Christ with no distinction between us. And since you’ve been united to Jesus the Messiah, you are now Abraham’s “child” and inherit all the promises of the kingdom realm!” Galatians 3:19-29 TPT
The Promise Fulfilled By Christ
The promise made to Abraham of A Son, was fulfilled by Christ. However, the various types of law were put in place for a reason. We still have to obey the Ten Commandments – they are simply the outflow of living a life of Love. However, there are no longer sacrifices. In addition, as Paul points out, the ordinances and commandments, could not purify our hearts or conscience before God. So what brings purity of heart and conscience?
“Under the old covenant the blood of bulls, goats, and the ashes of a heifer were sprinkled on those who were defiled and effectively cleansed them outwardly from their ceremonial impurities. Yet how much more will the sacred blood of the Messiah thoroughly cleanse our consciences! For by the power of the eternal Spirit he has offered himself to God as the perfect Sacrifice that now frees us from our dead works to worship and serve the living God. So Jesus is the One who has enacted a new covenant with a new relationship with God so that those who accept the invitation will receive the eternal inheritance he has promised to his heirs. For he died to release us from the guilt of the violations committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 3:9-15 TPT
We Have Free and Fresh Access to Christ!
“And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and he welcomes us to come right into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and with no hesitation. For he has dedicated a new, life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to him!
And since we now have a magnificent King-Priest to welcome us into God’s house, we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced by faith that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity and we have been freed from an accusing conscience and now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out!” Hebrews 10:19-22 TPT
Maintaining a Pure Heart and Mind
We are made pure and freed from all the accusations our conscience makes. How do we remain pure and free of accusation? Obedience!
Our responsibility is then to continue to obey and listen to our heart and conscience.
- 2 Corinthians 7:1 TPT, “Beloved ones, with promises like these, and because of our deepest respect and worship of God, we must remove everything from our lives that contaminates body and spirit, and continue to complete the development of holiness within us.”
- Psalm 51:10 TPT, “Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.“
- 1 John 1:7-10 NIV, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
- 1 John 4:8 TPT, “Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting.”
- 1 John 3:3 TPT, “And all who focus their hope on him will always be purifying themselves, just as Jesus is pure.“
Focus Your Hope on Jesus
- 1 John 3:18-24 TPT, “Beloved children, our love can’t be an abstract theory we only talk about, but a way of life demonstrated through our loving deeds. We know that the truth lives within us because we demonstrate love in action, which will reassure our hearts in his presence.Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us. My delightfully loved friends, when our hearts don’t condemn us, we have a bold freedom to speak face-to-face with God. And whatever we ask of him we receive, because we keep his commands. And by our beautiful intentions we continue to do what brings pleasure to him.So these are his commands: that we continually place our trust in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and that we keep loving one another, just as he has commanded us. For all who obey his commands find their lives joined in union with him, and he lives and flourishes in them. We know and have proof that he constantly lives and flourishes in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.”
Keep Your Thoughts Fixed
- Philippians 4:8 TPT, “So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God,[a] praising him always.
- 1 Peter 1:33 TPT, “Now, because of your obedience to the truth, you have purified your very souls, and this empowers you to be full of love for your fellow believers. So express this sincere love toward one another passionately and with a pure heart.”
Take a Really Close Look at What Christ Has Done For You
The passages above tell us what God has done to purify our hearts and conscience, and what we need to do to keep them pure.
- Jesus gave Himself for us and His blood has washed us clean from all sin, purified our hearts and consciences and removed our guilt.
- God creates a brand new, clean heart within us and, by giving us the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV). also gives us pure thoughts and holy desires.
- We must continue to walk in His light and be quick to confess our sins to Him.
- We must also be diligent to move our own hearts closer and closer to God, cleanse our lives, keep our heart pure and stop doubting!
Christ is Our Only Goal
- Focusing our hope on Him will set in a motion a process of keeping us pure. If we are focused only on Him, we won’t be sinning. We will confess our sins, which will keep our hearts pure and our mind headed in His direction.
- Loving deeds will naturally be performed, demonstrating our love in action and this will reassure our hearts as we remain in His presence. We will keep His commandments and our beautiful intentions (which come from our purified hearts and minds) will bring pleasure to God.
- We must continually place our trust in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and keep loving one another, just as he has commanded us.
- Keep our thoughts (mind) continually fixed on all that is authentic and real. All that is honorable, admirable, beautiful, respectful, pure, holy, merciful, and kind! If we did this, we wouldn’t have to worry about being out of the will of God or having impure lives!
- Obedience to the truth (Jesus) purifies and empowers us to be full of love for our fellow-believers. Also, we are to love them passionately and with a pure heart.
The Work of Purity of Heart and Mind Continues
God does the initial work of purification and, as we continue to bring our hearts, minds, and conscience to Him in repentance, He continues that cleansing work. As we die to ourselves and live for Him, we are assured of His love and forgiveness.
There is one statement in 1 John 3 that I want to point out. Sometimes, we live with a constant sense of condemnation, as if we can never truly please God. “We know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us”
Reject the Lie of Condemnation
We need to reject that lie of condemnation. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are doing all you can to serve Him the way YOU are meant to (not the way people tell you to), there is no condemnation. So, if you are living with this condemnation, pray this Scripture as often as you need to:
So now the case against me is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against as I have joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated ME from the “law” of sin and death. For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature.
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Yet God sent me his Son in human form to identify with my human weakness. Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering for me so that God could once and for all condemn my guilt and the power of sin in my life. So now every righteous requirement of the law has been fulfilled in me through the Anointed One living his life in me. And I am free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit! Romans 8:1-4 TPT – I have personalized this Scripture to be a prayer.
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Our biggest obstacle is to continue to believe day-after-day, that our hearts and consciences are pure, that we are not condemned by God.
However, this is the fullness of life in Christ which He means for us to enjoy here on earth. Once and for all shed condemnation and clothe yourself in Christ, His blood, and His fully completed work in and through you. Don’t allow yourself to be brought low again by condemnation. Even if you sin, just ask for forgiveness and then set your focus back on Him.
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Day 1 – 24 Day Challenge – Renewing Your Mind and Conscience
Day 2 – Living By the Golden Rule
Day 3 – Being Falsely Accused
Day 4 – A Personal Testimony of Salvation
Day 5 – Knowing Right From Wrong
Day 6 – What is the Power of the Holy Spirit?
Day 7 – Submitting to Authority
Day 8 – What is a Weak Conscience?
Day 9 – Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel
Day 10 – Speaking The Truth at All Times
Day 11 – Purity of Heart and Mind