Purity, purpose and power


2Samuel 3:39: And I am weak today, though anointed king. And these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. May Jehovah reward the doer of evil according to his evil!  (LITV)

statue-495270_640The actions of David’s men was affecting him. Though king, he was surrounded with people whose action will be reflected on him.

Therefore, bible says that those who name the name of the Lord should depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:19). If you claim to be associated with Jesus Christ (the anointed one) then you need to set out to act like you are worthy of the name.

The first time the word Christian was used, it was the conclusion that observers made of the disciples (Acts 11:26). Christian means like Christ. They were exceptional. They were different. Paul harped on the need to not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

To be a Christian means we follow the ways of truth, the way of Christ, the truth (John 14:6).

Jesus sent the apostles to preach the gospel, but to not stop at that, they were to also instruct those who believe, bring them up to speed on the things Jesus had taught them (Matthew 28:18-20). There can be no discipleship process without modes of instruction in truth because that is what transforms. Jesus said we shall know the truth and it will make us free (John 8:31-34).

Jesus the head may be “correct,” but his body is the church is not always so. There were churches to which Jesus wrote, to complain against them (Revelation 2-3). Most of them have issues they need to deal with, things they needed to correct.

The church will remain with imperfection all his life, because Paul wrote that God has given some to the church to be apostles prophets teachers evangelists till we are all built up to the stature of the fullness of Christ, not just in purity but also in purpose and power (Ephesians 4:11-15).

Purity

Jesus was tempted in all points yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He stood apart as one who never sinned.

Referring to that, Jesus said that the devil came to him but he had no leverage on him (John 14:30). Sin is the leverage that the devil has over humanity, because if you are the servant of sin if you are in bondage to death, which is the devil’s tool (Hebrews 2:14, Romans 8:1-2).

But Jesus has come to set us free.  Because he is free from sin, and we are his body, we should also reflect him in his holiness. The bible says that we should be holy as our heavenly father is holy (1Peter 1:15-16).  Paul said that we need to be imitators of God (Galatians 4).

God made man pure but the problem came when sin came in. The Garden of Eden was the perfect place before sin came there. But this world will one day be rid of sin and anything that offends, and Jesus does that first in our hearts with his blood.

The anointing on you may deceive you that you are immune from the need to become strong when it comes to living pure lives, living in obedience to God. Saul fell into the trap that the anointing gives him a different standard of measure, the right will excuse his wrong behaviour, his disobedience.

Purpose

We should not only be mature, be like Christ in purity, we need to be like him in purpose. Many people are content only to be like him in purity, doing their best to live the way Jesus lived, act like him. They say to themselves at every turn, “what will Jesus do?”

They want to say the right words, go to the right places and be with the right company but there is something greater than that. It is walking in his purpose.

Since we are his body an indication of his purpose that we should walk in is seen in the different gifts that we have which indicate which part of his body we are (Romans 12:1-10). His purpose is what he wants us to devote our energy and time to.

When Paul said to Jesus in their first meeting, “what you will have me do (Acts 9:6)?” That was a question about entering into the purpose of Jesus. It is not just to be saved, afterwards, in what way should you serve God? Are you just to do whatever occurred to you or should you live by divine instruction?

Jesus walked in the purpose of the father. And we are to walk in the purpose of Jesus, the one who now has all authority in heaven and on earth. Walking in his purpose assures that we walk in his authority.

Jesus did everything he did by the authority of the father. The Pharisees asked him: by what authority do you do this things (Matthew 21:23-27)? In response he asked them of the authority in which John the Baptist did his works, whether from God or self-generated, i.e. from men? He knew their question to him was not sincere. But to others he said what I see my father do that is what I do. I walk in the purpose of my father.

We should do what Jesus tells us to. That was what Mary his mother told servants in the house where a wedding took place and the wine got finished (John 2:1-11).

Purity is what you are made to be in the righteousness of Jesus, while purpose is what you get to do to establish in the righteousness of Jesus. The former is about what Christ does in you, the latter about what you do in Christ.

Power

“Purity, purpose and power” is a threefold cord. They interact on each other, and need equal attention.

Purity has to do with character; purpose has to do with your divine commission and direction; and power has to do with charisma, spiritual flow from you to others. Since we see all the three modelled by Jesus, they should be present in our lives in quality measures.

Power is about the extraordinary. While other religions can have some form of outward purity, or behavioural formation, and they give some form of purpose, only in Christ is power, transcendental power. The power to cause change without putting you in bondage thereafter. The bible says that the blessing of the Lord makes rich and does not add any sorrow into it (Proverbs 10:22).

His power is superior power. When Moses and Aaron confronted the magicians of Pharaoh, when their rods turned into snakes, the snake of Aaron swallowed up those of the magicians. They were no match with the power of God (Exodus 7:8-12).

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