Two Everythings (Part 06) - Two Purifications (Eternal and Temporal)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse. Image from: www.patheos.com For a master copy of the outline, click here: Two Everythings To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 5 To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 7 To Listen on YouTube, click here: Two Everythings (Part 6) - Two Purifications (Eternal and Temporal) 8. Two purifications A. Eternal purification i. To purify is to cleanse and wash from sin. 1. Purify v. - 1. To free from admixture of extraneous matter, esp. such as pollutes or deteriorates; to rid of (material) defilement or taint; to cleanse. 2. To cleanse from moral or spiritual defilement; to rid of base motive or feeling; to free from taint of guilt or sin. 2. Cleanse v. - 1. trans. To make clean, purify, free from dirt or filth (Johnson says ‘by washing or rubbing’). 3. Wash v. - 1. a. trans. To cleanse, remove the dirt from (something) by affusion of or immersion in water. ii. Jesus Christ eternally purified His elect by dying for them and washing them in His righteous blood. 1. Eph 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 2. Eph 5:26 - That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 3. Eph 5:27 - That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 4. Rev 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 5. Tit 2:14 - Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. iii. The Holy Spirit eternally purifies His elect by regenerating their dead spirits and giving them a renewed purified spirit. 1. Tit 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; iv. The elect are entirely passive in this eternal purification of their sins by God: they weren't yet born when Jesus died for their sins, and they were spiritually dead when the Holy Ghost regenerated them. B. Temporal purification i. There is a spiritual purification which a child of God can obtain by faith. ii. Christians are to purify and cleanse their hearts from sin. 1. Jas 4:8 - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 2. 2Co 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 3. 1Pe 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: 4. 1Jn 3:3 - And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. iii. This is done by fleeing sin quickly and by confessing our sin to God to obtain temporal forgiveness. 1. 2Ti 2:22 - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2. 1Jn 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. iv. When we walk in the light with Christ, His blood cleanses us from all sin. 1. 1Jn 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.