Point 2. CLARIFYING TRANSGRESSIONS THAT DEFILE TRESPASSING SOULS
Mark 7:20-23; Psalms 106:35,39-40; Isaiah 59:3; Ezekiel 28:12-18; Romans 1:28-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Jude 1:8,13-16; Revelations 21:8,27; 22:14-17
Here the Lord clarified the transgressions that defile the trespassing soul. “And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:20-23). The Lord clarified that it is the thoughts from within – anger, hatred, evil plans and plots to get into that crime or sin that ultimately defile the soul. Actually, if the Pharisees had endeavoured to understand the Old Testament scriptures that they read, they would have known that it is the sinful things that came from within that actually defiled them. “But they mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols; which were a snare unto them.” “Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions” (Psalms 106:35,39). They were defiled as they mingled with the heathen and learned their ways, and by the life they lived, and the things that came out of them. “For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness” (Isaiah 59:3). It was the iniquity within that later became expressed without, that brought the defilement unto Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:12-18). This was what Jesus was saying that it is not the food you eat or water you drink that defiles a man but what comes from within the heart. See the things that defile a man and show that he is not yet cleansed nor saved, but needs to come to the Lord – “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful” (Romans 1:28-31). There is unity in the word of God; what Jesus enumerated was what Paul the Apostle through the Spirit enumerated here as well. Fornication, adultery, idol worship and all these evils defile a man. Every man on earth needs cleansing, washing and purifying, and it is the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ that was shed for us that grants us that cleansing. I pray that every one of us will make proper application of this Blood of Christ that was shed for us, in Jesus’ Name. Sin, transgression, or iniquity brings defilement, and those who remain in that defilement and do not avail themselves of that cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb, if they die in that condition will not get into Heaven, for nothing defiling enters there. The teaching, explanation and the clarification of the word of God is the same, that sin in all these nomenclature defiles, and there must be freedom and cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb before we can get to Heaven. There is no new doctrine, just the doctrine of Christ. The murmuring, complaints from the heart through the mouth, are the things that defile. As you understand, believe and go to Him at Calvary, and allow the blood of the Lamb to purge you, the Lord will take away every defilement in your heart and life in Jesus’ Name. What will happen to churchgoers who come to study the bible but still have these defilements? “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelations 21:8). You will not be there in Jesus Name. That means you must be cleansed and purged, and once cleansed you don’t go back to them again. “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelations 21:27). The question is, is your name written there in the Lamb’s Book of life? Have you been cleansed and washed in the blood of the Lamb? Do you have real salvation that produces righteousness? The cleansing and washing are available freely for everyone today (Revelations 22:17).
Point 3. CLEANSING FOR TRANSFORMATION TO DECLARE TRUE SALVATION
Psalms 51:2,7-10,1213; 19:12-14; 119:9-11; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 33:8; Ezekiel 36:25-27,36-37; 2 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 10:22-23; Revelations 7:14-17; 19:6-9,14
The reason why Christ cleanses, purges and takes all impurities from our lives, is for transformation so that we can declare His true salvation. Those who have true salvation have been to the Lord for cleansing and have this testimony of freedom and transformation to declare to others. The cleansing is available and ready for everyone, but you must pray and call on the name of the Lord so that any form of defilement that will hinder you from getting to Heaven will be cleansed from your life in Jesus’ Name. “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2). This is sincere and heartfelt prayer, and only after this cleansing can you teach others (Psalm 51:13). “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression” (Psalms 19:13). After the cleansing and salvation, we need His upholding power to make us remain clean and righteous. How do you remain clean and in that righteousness of the Lord? “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalms 119:9). Hearing, understanding, taking heed, personalising, believing and making the word show light on your path. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). The word of God will remain in your heart. Preaching it is not enough, when challenges come, you must not forget the word. Keep that word in your heart so as to have effect to make you to live a transparent and righteous life. The Lord will cleanse and purge us that our lives will become new and renewed in Jesus’ Name. “And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me” (Jeremiah 33:8). The Pharisees did not take heed though they had all these promises of God to cleanse and set them free from sin; they went after their own traditions that had no value. You will not be like them. As we leave all the traditions and rigidity behind, the Lord will cleanse every heart and make you as you ought to be, in Jesus’ Name, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25). But we must ask and demand it of the Lord to do it for us (Ezekiel 36:36-37). He has given us the promise, and we are holding on, believing and praying on the basis of those promises (2 Corinthians 7:1). Let’s be willing and come to God for this cleansing today. He will purge, purify, and no iniquity will remain in Jesus’ Name. You could not do this yourself, that was why Christ came to give Himself to cleanse and purify the Church so that you will be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:25-27). “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). Our Saviour, Substitute, Sin Bearer, and Sanctifier gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity. The Lord will not fail you, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” (Hebrews 10:23). He is faithful, and His faithfulness will be manifested in every life here tonight, in Jesus’ name. After cleansing and freedom from sin, we must remain righteous in the Lord, and when we leave this world, we will go to be with the Lord and among the blood-washed and purged saints before the Lord. “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them” (Revelations 7:14-15). The Lord cleanses and washes the heart, soul and spirit and makes us every wit clean and whole. He will do this for you in Jesus’ Name. If He has washed away your sins, then He will wipe away all tears from your eyes. When the saints go marching in, you will be among them. We must allow Him to wash and purge us from every sin and defilement because it is only on that condition, we will be able to get to Heaven (Revelations 7:14-17; 19:6-9,14). The Lord is looking at every heart, He knows every heart and wants them cleansed from all things that defile. He wants us to present everything to Him and ensure with no shadow of doubt that the blood that purges and washes whiter than snow is applied to your heart; and whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will receive a favourable answer in Jesus Name. The Lord will cleanse and wash us. He will do it for you.
Ponder on this! Sin, transgression, or iniquity brings defilement, and those who remain in that defilement and do not avail themselves of that cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb, if they die in that condition will not get into Heaven, for nothing defiling enters there. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! To be transformed and teachable, we need to ask about what we do not understand, and explanation will lead us to understanding of the subject matter. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! The teaching, explanation and the clarification of the word of God is the same, that sin in all these nomenclature defiles, and there must be freedom and cleansing in the Blood of the Lamb before we can get to Heaven. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Hard Sayings – Understanding is very important if the teaching must get into your heart. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Reflection – We must allow Him to wash and purge us from every sin, defilement and iniquity because it is only on that condition, we will be able to get into Heaven. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Words on the Marble – After the cleansing and salvation, we need His upholding power to make us remain clean and righteous. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Key Words – Every man on earth needs cleansing, washing and purifying, and it is the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, that was shed for us that grants us that cleansing. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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