Can we be saved and yet be impure?

The issue before us is….

Can we be saved, yet still be impure? I suspect that few people die in a total state of grace. Therefore we can be justified per the citations [in post “Are we purified before death or after?“], yet still need to be purified….

The citations mentioned yesterday show we are purified in this life. Now I will attempt to show why we have no need for further purification after what Christ has done for us and to us.

First, we must recognize that we are ALL corrupt, by nature.
Matt. 15:18-19

18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

Rom. 8:7

7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

Realize that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  but people who have faith in Christ are justified (declared righteous) and have the righteousness of God.
Romans 3:20-26

20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;  26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

We must realize that God saves us on the basis of His mercy – washing and regenerating us through the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:4-7

4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,  5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Since we have been saved, we are controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:14

14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died

Because of what CHRIST has done in us and for us, we are are new creations, God does not count our sins against us, and are free of condemnation.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ;  the old things  passed away ; behold, new things have come.  18 Now  all these  things  are from God,  who reconciled us to  Himself  through  Christ and gave us  the  ministry  of  reconciliation,  19 namely, that God was in  Christ  reconciling  the  world to Himself, not  counting  their  trespasses  against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Romans 8:1

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Through Christ, we have access to God and are fellow citizens of God’s kingdom and are of God’s own household.
Ephesians 2:18-19

18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

Through the blood of Christ, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. We were chosen to be adopted to be holy and blameless. But just as important, we have been blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in heaven.
Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,  6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace  8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,  14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of  God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

The faith we have within us should be reflected in what we do.
Matthew 23:25-28

25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Luke 16:15

15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

While we must reflect our faith in our lives, we must be careful to not try to earn what Christ offered us by faith.
Galatians 3:1-3

1You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  3Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

Galatians 5:2

2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.

Galatians 5:4

4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Our hearts have been circumcised. We have had ALL our sins forgiven – the debt of which were nailed to the cross – and our cleansing has occurred internally.
Philippians 3:3

3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

Colossians 2:11

11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven  us all  our transgressions,  14 having canceled out the certificate  of debt consisting of  decrees  against  us,  which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Indeed, Christ’s blood purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:6-7

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;  7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Hebrews 9:13-14

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 10:22

let us draw near with a sincere heart infull assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies  washed  with  pure  water.

Titus 2

11 For the  grace of God has  appeared, bringing  salvation to all men,  12 instructing us to deny  ungodliness and worldly  desires and  to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  13 looking for the  blessed  hope  and  the  appearing of the glory of our great  God  and  Savior, Christ  Jesus, 14 who  gave Himself for us to redeem us from  every  lawless  deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own  possession,  zealous  for  good  deeds.

This purification occurs through faith.

Acts 15:8-9

8 “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;  9 and  He made no distinction  between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

Yet, we are also responsible for living righteously, as we have been called to do.  But GOD is the one who enables us to do so, and we do so by fixing our hope on Christ. Indeed, God gives grace in accordance to HIS gift. If we are truly saved, we have no need of more grace. If God gives us grace, what more do we need?

Acts 24:16

16 In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse  ourselves from  all  defilement  of  flesh  and  spirit,  perfecting  holiness  in the  fear  of  God.

1 Timothy 1:5

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith

1 Peter 3:21

Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience -through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

1 John 3:3

And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Ephesians 4:1-7

1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,  3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.  7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

In fact, God Himself said in Acts 10:15 in a vision to Peter to not consider as unholy that which God has cleansed. So if GOD has cleansed you, why would you need to be cleansed further or more?

Acts 10:15

Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”

CHRIST has cleansed His church – this is DONE, accomplished, finished.

Ephesians 5:26-27

26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing  of water  with the word, 27 that He might present to  Himself  the church in  all her  glory,  having  no spot or  wrinkle or  any such thing ; but that she would be holy and blameless.

As such, no true believer is any different from any other believer – Christ dwells in them.
Colossians 3:11

11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised,  barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

Indeed, we are all made complete in Christ.
Colossians 2:10

10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

Being complete, being saved by faith in Christ, being purified, the Holy Spirit lives within us.

Romans 8:9-11;

9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16

16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Timothy 1:14

14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

God the Father lives in believers.

1 John 4:15

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

Indeed, Christ dwells in us through faith.

Ephesians 3:17

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith ; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

But the key is whether we actually HAVE faith – whether we are truly saved or not. If we do not have a faith which has purified us, and causes us to live a righteous life, then we are not saved. There are few who are truly saved.

Matthew 7:20-23

20 “So then, you will knowthem by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone  who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom ofheaven, but he who does the will of My  Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many  will say to Me on  that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your  name cast outdemons, and in Your name  perform many  miracles?’  23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO  PRACTICE  LAWLESSNESS.’

Luke 9:62

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

It is not our perfection we must rely on. We are to rely upon the perfection of Christ. It is not our righteousness which matters, so much as the righteousness of Christ – which is imputed to us when we come to faith in Christ.

If we are saved, then we have no  further need of purification – we are made pure and holy and righteous because of our faith in Christ. If we are not saved, we need to trust in God’s saving work of sending His Son to become human, live a sinless life, suffer and die to pay for our sins, and rise again on the third day. At that point, our sins are forgiven, we are declared innocent (justified), we are made holy (sanctified), we are adopted as children as God, we are made citizens of God’s kingdom, we are purified, we are given eternal life, we are saved.

So no, if we are truly saved, we have no need to receive further purification upon death.


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