Who Makes Pure Hearts
We cannot make our own hearts pure and other mortal men cannot purify them either. It is the work of God alone. Without His work upon our hearts we are all locked into destruction and misery.
Job 14:4: Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Romans 3:10-16: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
The Bible teaches clearly that the hearts of all men are deceitful and wicked.
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
The hearts of all men are in need of forgiveness AND they need to stop being deceitful and wicked. They need to be purified by God. We might imitate a pure heart for a while but we cannot fool God about that. We might fool some mortal men about it, but the only correct and important opinion of our hearts is God*s. He knows the hearts that He has purified and those He has not.
2 Timothy 2:19: Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
David knew that only God could create a clean heart in Him.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The Apostle Peter knew that only God could purify the hearts of men. Early in the book of Acts, Peter preached the gospel to some Israelites and in one day about 3,000 of them were saved.
Acts 2:36, 41: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. . . . 41: Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
About 8 years later Peter preached to the first Gentiles, a man named Cornelius and a few of his friends.
Acts 10:17, 44-45: Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon*s house, and stood before the gate, . . . 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Many of the Jews knew that they were God*s chosen people and believed that salvation was just for them. They became angry at Peter about the newly saved Gentiles.
Acts 11:1-3: And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
Peter told those angry Jews that saving the Gentiles was God*s idea.
Acts 11:17: Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
Peter also said something else very informative to those angry Jews.
Acts 15:7-9: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (the Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (the Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Salvation works the same way for both Jews and Gentiles. We must all receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, expecting Him to change them. We may not understand perfectly at first that what He does to our hearts is to purify them. But we must know that He will make some changes in our hearts AND in our lives. We must want His will and His work instead of our own. And when He has purified our hearts different things will come out of them, goodness instead of evil.
Matthew 12:34-35: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
The good man is the one whose heart Jesus has entered and purified. When He dwells in our hearts, His goodness will affect our words, our actions and even our thinking. Jesus* presence in our hearts will impact our lives. His power and our willingness to be controlled by it will be reflected in a new and different kind of life.
Romans 6:1-6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
A pure heart is an absolute requirement that God gives to those He saves. We are responsible for keeping our thinking, speech and actions pure. And that is impossible without a pure heart. Our pure hearts will engage in a life-long battle with our sinful flesh. Our pure hearts will win in the end and we can and should have countless victories over it throughout our lives. Every sin is a defeat and every right thought, word or action is a victory.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
1 Timothy 1:5: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
2 Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Peter 1:22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: