15 NOVEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Enjoying God’s Blessings

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Titus 1:15

suggested further reading: Revelation 14:1–5

We must be faithful and stand fast in our liberty. We must follow the rule given to us in the Word of God and not suffer our souls to be brought into slavery by new laws forged by men. A hellish tyranny lessens God’s authority and mixes the truth of the gospel with legalisms to pervert and corrupt the true service of God, which ought to be spiritual.

Therefore, let us consider how precious the privilege is to give thanks to God with quietness of conscience, being assured that his will and pleasure is that we should enjoy his blessings. To do so, let us not entangle ourselves with the superstitions of men but be content with what is contained in the pure, simple gospel. Then, as we have shown in the first part of our text, “unto them that are pure, all things will be pure.”

When we have received the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be cleansed from our filthiness and blemishes, for by his grace we are made partakers of God’s benefits and are taken as his children, even though there is nothing but vanity in us.

Paul goes on to say, But unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure. By this he means that whatever proceeds from those who are defiled and unbelieving is not acceptable to God but is full of infection.

Therefore, all the rules and laws they make are nothing but vanity, for God dislikes whatever they do. Indeed, he utterly abhors their ways. These things ought to be evident to us, yet hypocrisy is so rooted in us that we are apt to neglect them. We should readily confess that we cannot please God by serving him until our hearts are rid of wickedness.

for meditation: The wicked cannot please God because everything they do is defiled and abhorrent in his sight. The righteous, on the other hand, are pleasing to God; their righteousness is not their own, but Christ’s, and he washes all they do to make it pure in God’s sight. If you are a believer, thank God for the righteousness of Christ and the purity that it engenders. If you are not a believer, pray that God would show you your unrighteousness and impurity, and drive you to his Son for righteousness and purity.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 338). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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