“25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” Matthew 23:25-26
The outside can’t be clean until the inside is clean. If the heart is not circumcised by the operation of the Holy Spirit; if there is not a new creature created in the heart of the believing sinner, then there is no way the outside can be cleansed. There is no manner of good works, vain methods or church attendance that cleanses the heart of man from sin. Abstinence does not cleanse from sin. Self will does not cleanse from sin. Reading the Bible, praying, fasting or taking the Lord’s Supper does not cleanse from sin…even though they are all ordinances that every Believer should do however, they are not given to cleanse us from sin.
“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 cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
It is the Blood of Christ Jesus that cleanses whosoever will believe of sin. We ALL must be brought to Christ to be cleansed. The Lord does not love us because we are cleansed…because the outside of the cup is clean; He cleanses us because He loves us. At Calvary, Jesus Christ made a way for sinful man to be declared clean; clean from the inside out. The new creature created in us at Salvation, is set at liberty from sin. The old things begin falling away and all things become new. We are not rehabilitated but recreated. The Holy Spirit is working inside of us because our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Blood of Christ for our cleansing.
Religion will present multiple foolish methods to clean the outside of the cup. 40 days of purpose may produce a clean cup on the outside but the heart is deceived; it is wicked and full of unbelief because faith was placed in the events of that 40 days for change and not in the Blood of Christ for cleansing. The Holy Spirit is jealous of these other methods attempting in vain to do His Work. It is HIS ministry to remove those things that are not pleasing to God and produce fruit unto God…not Rick Warren’s or any other false teacher or preacher declaring a different path for Sanctification.
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Be healed in the Name of Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to cleanse us from all iniquity; It will cleanse the inside and you will be made whole. No matter the circumstances, God’s Grace is sufficient if we who believe will simply…well, simply BELIEVE. The divine Grace of God can reach into the darkest pits of Egypt and cause Peace to be still. His Yoke is easy and burden light. Jesus Christ has gone before us and made the crooked paths straight for those who have ears to hear. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
-Donna Clark Warren