To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure Titus 1:15
I’ll bet you’ve already categorized “the pure” as referring to somebody other than yourself, haven’t you? I mean, to be considered pure seems to be reserved for the few who have achieved a higher standard of purity in their lives than say, you or I … wouldn’t you think? But then again, by what means of evaluation do we determine such a thing? Hasn’t the good news of Jesus made it abundantly clear that those who have received the grace of God are the clean, the righteous, the justified, the sanctified, the holy, the pure … and the undefiled? So, dump that evaluation system by which you keep judging yourself unworthy.
Though there may be many questions begging to be asked I want to draw your attention to the simplicity of the statement, “To the pure, all things are pure”. What could this possibly mean? How could ALL things be pure in any sense? And if I am correct it says that all things are pure to YOU.
Notice that it does not say all things can be VIEWED as pure, but that all things ARE pure. I point this out because of our tendency to negate this reality as if it was merely theoretical and not factual. But it is reality.
We grew up learning to view all things according to our particular society’s standard of measurement. We have judged all things on a scale fitting somewhere within the framework between bad and good. But the concept of good within this system is bogus, for we have accepted the fact that it has been contaminated by evil to some degree. In the world we learned that nothing is pure … and the endless stream of laws, rules and principles is determined to root out and expose the evil in every good word and deed.
But our history has been rewritten in Christ.
Do you remember the theme of Ecclesiastes?
There is nothing new under the sun! Ecclesiastes 1:9
We still quote that as if it is part of our history. But our history in Christ is not found under the sun … it is from heaven, from the Spirit of the Living God, whose existence is not dependent upon the natural world.
- We were in darkness, now we are in Light.
- We were dead in sins, now we are alive to God through Christ.
- We were opposed to righteousness, now we are righteousness.
- We were unbelieving, now we are believers through HIM.
- We were impure, now we have been made pure.
Because our history has been rewritten in Christ, all things are pure to us. The whole evil world has been made to be our training camp in which He causes all things to work together for our good. Our whole history — whether we have considered it good or bad — has really been for us the very experiencing of the life of God, for He has shown Himself to us in countless ways. Every hurt is turned into the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings to us. Every kindness we have experienced in the world, though perverted by sin, is to us the goodness of our Father. Every expression of love through a father is to us the voice of our Father in heaven saying,
You are my beloved son in whom I am well-pleased! Matthew 3:17
My friends, He has made all things new … and there is no sin in the place we really live.