Cleansing

Leviticus 14:19: The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. And afterward he shall kill the burnt offering.

orchid-165218_640Are you clean enough in the eyes of God? Your answer will give an insight into your level of understanding.

Let us start with Adam and Eve. Why did you think they pulled away from the presence of God? Because of their disobedience, they felt corrupted and unworthy to see the holy God. They had betrayed his trust (Genesis 3). So man needed cleansing, and there is cleansing in the blood of Jesus (1John 1:7).

Back to the initial question. Do you feel clean? Before we explore that theme further, I will tell you an experience I had. I was in a meeting and the woman speaking asked: raise your hand if you are righteous? And I raised my hand. I do not really remember if others joined me to raise my hand, but the woman decided to vilify us, as if we were self-deceived to claim we are righteous.

But to claim otherwise is a disrespect to the word of God, it is to disrespect the work of Jesus for dying on the cross, through which he took away our sins and we assumed his righteous status (2Corinthians 5:21). It is an expression of undue self-focus which also means we focus away from Jesus. We are told to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

A story comes to my mind which is about the snake Moses raised at the instruction of God in the wilderness when the children of Israel, because they complained against God, were bitten by snakes. They needed to be cleansed from the poison, but the divine solution is not about any self-effort on their part, it had to do with looking to the snake that was hung on a tree and raised by Moses (John 3:14-16).

What does that have to do with you and your cleansing?

Everything.

Jesus associated himself with that event. Before his death, he said as Moses raised the serpent in the wilderness so he would be raised and any who look to him will be saved.

If you are wondering about what we would be saved from, you do not need to look further than the very name of Jesus (Matthew 1:21). He was so named because he will save us from their sins. Therefore just as the Israelites in the time of Moses needed cleansing from snake poison, we need cleansing from sin so that we can stand without shame before the holy God.

Looking unto Jesus saves us from sin. The poison in the body is all about the sin, the corrupting influence of sin, that we got bitten with from birth, since as David said: we are conceived in sin, we are all bitten by sin, and nothing will save us from inevitable death in sin, except looking to Jesus. Looking to Jesus is a statement of faith, and by grace we are saved through faith, it is not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

One component of our body that needs to be cleansed is our eyes. Job said: I have make a covenant with my eyes, why should I look upon a maid (Job 31:1). If our eyes are not cleansed, as the bible described some people that they have eyes full of adultery (2Peter 2:14), we would not be free from sexual corruption.

Remember Jesus says that if our eyes causes us to sin, we should pluck it out (Matthew 18:9). That was to impress on us unto how serious our eyes, and what we see is important, and how we see things.

He said that if our eyes are single then our whole body will be full of light. Not only should our eyes be cleansed by the fire of the Holy Spirit from the corrupting influence of the sexual impropriety, but since our eyes also stands for how we see things, how make judgement, we also need the Holy Spirit to be for us the Spirit of revelation (Ephesians 1:15-18).  Jesus told the Pharisees, judge righteous judgement (John 7:24).

Jesus was described as having eyes of fire (such piercing eyes) in the book of Revelation (1:14). In his eyes you can see eternity. He views things with the eyes of eternity. He can see through many layers of times, space, intention, past and future, and the present. He can see through us, x-ray our thoughts and intents. We are called to have such an elevated perspective. It is not enough to see things as they are but as God sees them.

For the purpose of stopping people from believing the gospel, we have the devil blinding their eyes (2Corinthians 4:4). Jesus said that the church in Laodicea should come to him for eye salve so that they can see as they should (Revelation 3:18) because the physical eyes is not the only kind of eyes we need. We also need our inner eyes, referred to by Paul as the eyes of our understanding, the eyes of our heart.

When the light of the gospel shines on our heart, we experience a conversion experience, the life of God is introduced in us, and we are born of the spirit. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, that those who worship God must worship him in spirit and truth, since God is Spirit (John 4:24).

God seeks to move us into his own frame of mind, his own purpose and we can experience his presence. A psalmist prayed to God: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things from your law (Psalm 119:18).

There are depths of divine knowledge that we can experience, that we can see, as we experience the illumination of the Holy Spirit. What we see also determines what we are convinced about. The Holy Spirit comes with the power to convince the world of sin and of righteousness.

Because he is the Spirit of truth he brings us into more and more depths of the truth of God (John 16:13). Truth is also about what we see. When God called Jeremiah to the prophetic role, he asked him, what do you see, and he said I see the branch of an almond tree (Jeremiah 1:11-12), and God said to him you see well. His eyes were cleansed to see into the realm of the spirit, cleansed from the limitation of the flesh.

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