What do you think of when you hear the words “pure gold”? 

Perhaps an expensive ring or necklace, or the bricks of the precious metal stored at Fort Knox come to mind.  24-carat gold is considered the “gold standard’ of purity for this precious metal. We’ve come to expect that 24-carat gold is perfect, without any impurities.

Here’s an interesting fact: 24-carat gold— the highest, purest form of gold known, has impurities. It is 99.9% pure but still has .1% impurities in its composition. The truth is we live in a cosmos, with all its beauty, is nevertheless flawed and imperfect.

Perfect purity belongs to God alone. The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are set apart in unimaginable purity and unity, unstained or polluted by anything seen or unseen. God is perfectly pure and set apart!  The Bible uses words like “glorious” and “holy” to try to describe the eternal reality of God’s beautiful, splendorous purity. 

We own some beautiful Amish-built furniture. When we purchased the furniture, we were told that the Amish people who skillfully handcrafted each piece, recognize that perfection belongs to God alone. Each item of furniture, while excellently made, has a few subtle imperfections in the wood that remind us of God’s set-apart purity and perfection. 

There was a time when the first humans walked in pure perfection with God in paradise. But our ancestors—and consequently we, their children—lost that perfection and purity when they turned away from God and sought their way apart from Him. Since then, our DNA, and all creation, has the born the heart-stain of sin and impurity. We were banished from God’s pure place into a fallen earth that carries both the remnants of its former beauty as well as the curse of disease, sin, and death.

Since that fateful day, when humans turned their back on Him, God set in motion a perfect plan to re-create a new, pure heaven and earth where He can live with all who become pure and holy. The great mystery of all the cosmos is that God, whose purity cannot tolerate sin and impurity, provided a way for all humans to become pure so that we can see and be seen by God. His name is Jesus, the Son of God whose perfect, pure life became the life-giving sacrifice and exchange on the cross for our sinful impurities. He is the One that the Bible writer wrote,

“…truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.”  (Hebrews 7:26)

Like gold on this planet, we can try everything we know to try to make ourselves pure. But even with the best human efforts, we will always come up less than 100% pure, and thus are unqualified to see and live with God.

It’s only when we open our heart and being to the Presence and saving work of Jesus Christ that we are made pure and holy— set apart. When we do this, His purity becomes ours. We are bathed in Jesus’ perfect righteousness, as this Scripture states:

“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

We are made pure and holy because of Jesus Christ. The Bible points to our newly gained purity in Christ:

“All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:3)

There is an unshakeable, great hope for flawed, imperfect people like you and me! We don’t need to stay stuck in our fallen, imperfect past or present. God loves to see flawed people made new, regardless of how young or old, good or bad, or fallen you are. Jesus knows you and offers His very purity and righteousness so that you will live in a perfect relationship with God—Forever. Jesus perfectly stated this reality:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

God bless you!

Chris Atkins