2513 katharós (a primitive word) – properly, “without admixture”
When I read through the many contexts “pure” is applied in the NT I get this summary:
- Physically pure – purified by fire, cleansed by pruning
- Clean – as in not forbidden
- Ethically pure – free from corrupt desire’ sincere, genuine, blameless, innocent from sin or guilt
It’s pretty easy to admit, left to my own devices my heart is far from pure. I will and do fail at each of the three ideas about being uncontaminated. Still it seems I am to strive toward the goal of a pure heart.
And do I keep working at it in hopes one day I will actually get to see God? Chances are pretty slim my efforts will produce this end result. It makes me think of Peter when Jesus wanted to wash his feet.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Me: “Jesus, if you waiting for me to get pure in heart…well…I don’t know.”
Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean…
News flash to Peter…and good news to me. You are clean. You are Pure. Like so many benefits of salvation we stand pure before God because of what Jesus has done for us.
The trick is we don’t live in heaven. Down here on the ground we have a “mixed” nature. We are the word someone on IF found offensive “half-breeds”. We would like to live out of our “clean” self but that is a total bust except for this:
John 15:1-4 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me
Here is the way to pureness of heart –. That’s enough to think about for day one.