Be Clean

 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:16-18

Wash yourself!  Yeah, right!  We usually dismiss commands like this because we think they are part of the old law, a call that cannot be fulfilled.  The law was given to show us our inability, right?  So this is just part of that.  We can’t make ourselves clean.  But what about this:

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.   2 Corinthians 7:1

There’s no way to explain this as directed to someone who is not a believer.  This is written to those who have the “promises.”  The promises come from belonging to the Lord.  The key is to stop reading Scripture through the perspective of the law and start reading it under grace.

So, what if Isaiah is describing life under grace as promised by the Lord to those who will trust in Him?  What if this is not a call to stop sinning, but to live in the fresh new life God has given you?  What if, in Christ, your sins are washed away already and you stand before God as white as snow or wool?  Would that make a difference?

Of course it would!  You see, the call for us to cleanse ourselves has no meaning if it is to wash ourselves from our own iniquities.  We cannot and He never said we could.  But if this is a call for us to live as cleansed people, the whole thing is different.

If you are no longer what you were, then you are free to be something else.  Think about that.  When Jesus washed your sins away, you were washed clean.  Now live as one who is clean.  You don’t have to think of yourself as that “dirty, rotten, old sinner” ever again.  You don’t have to see yourself as a failure or a wretch.  You are a child of the living God, washed clean forever in the blood of Jesus Christ.  Your sins are gone “as far as the east is from the west.”

Yes, you were a sinner but that has changed, right?

And such were some of you.

But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified

 in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.   

1 Corinthians 6:11

Things have changed.  Live in the change!

Comments?

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2 responses to “Be Clean

  1. Rebekah Grace

    Ya know what I love? Reading a book, or a magazine article, or a blog post and coming across the simplest of sentences that have that profound affect on your heart and you know as you read it that it has the capability of changing your life:

    “If you are no longer what you were, then you are free to be something else.” And “Things have changed. Live in the change!”

    It’s the perfect timing that only our Father could know. When the path He is making plain to you intersects with the words and you know you were meant to read them.

    Thank you Dave. These are the very things He is wanting me to see over the last 24 hours.

  2. Sue

    I agree, something is beginning to click in my brain with this post.

    I am free to be something else, or someone else. While my past as made me the person I am today, the person I am in the future doesn’t need to be defined by that old person.

    I think I’m beginning to understand what you explained to me earlier Dave, about living a holy life.

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