THE SERVANT GENERAL
ROBES OF PURITY
1 John 3:1-3
Because of God’s love, we have been saved through Jesus
and have been restored to our relationship with the Father.
“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we
may be called the children of God.” (1 Jn 3:1a). As
God’s children, God intends that we reflect His image
and likeness, in which we were created. The fullness of this
happens when we finally make it to heaven, where we come face
to face with our God. “Beloved, we are God’s children
now; .... we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he
is.” (1 Jn 3:2).
This is our hope. This is what we look to in eternity. This
is the fullness of our restoration unto the Father. As such,
God starts this process now. We are called to live pure. “Everyone
who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is
pure.” (1 Jn 3:3).
In fact, it is such purity that is needed if we are to make
it to heaven. “Who may go up the mountain of the Lord?
We can stand in his holy place? The clean of hand and pure
of heart” (Ps 24:3-4a). “Blessed are the clean
of heart, for they will see God.” (Mt 5:8).
At the end of time, we hope to be counted among those who
will stand “before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing
white robes” (Rev 7:9b). A question will be asked: “Who
are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
Who are these? They are those “who are not devoted to
idols” and “are the people that love the Lord”
(Ps 24:4b,6a). To live pure is to love God with our whole
heart, mind, soul and strength. It is to have no other gods
in our lives. It is to have no other priority but God and
His work. It is to give ourselves wholeheartedly to Him and
to a life in Him.
Who are these? They are those “that seek the face of
the God of Jacob.” (Ps 24:6b). To live pure is to live
for God, to worship Him, to desire to be possessed totally
by Him. It is to entrust our lives to Him and to abandon ourselves
to His mercy and care. It is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus
as his disciples.
Who are these? They are the poor in spirit, those who mourn,
the meek, they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the
merciful, the peacemakers, they who are persecuted for the
sake of righteousness (Mt 5:3-7,9-10). To live pure is to
live the beatitudes.
Who are these? “These are the ones who have survived
the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14b).
To live pure is to serve Christ and as a consequence suffer
persecution, but always enduring and persevering. It is to
embrace the cross of Christ. It is to willingly lay down our
lives for the cause of Christ. It is to recognize the great
privilege of suffering for Christ, knowing that such is redemptive,
and thus we can even rejoice. “Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Mt 5:12a).
To live pure is to know, love and serve God in the here and
now, and to see God in the hereafter.