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Personal Purity

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  1. Personal Purity “Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin (Keep yourself pure)” (I Tim. 5:22).

  2. Pure • The word isn’t used too often in Scripture. The concept is. • Joseph and Potipher’s wife • David and Bathsheba. • Mercy seat of pure gold. • Undefiled, unmixed • We gain a “feel” for the word.

  3. Personal Purity • How is a quality (Purity) related to serving God (an action)? • 2 Peter 1:4; 3:14; Gal. 5:16, 24; James 4:3f • God won’t accept service from just anyone. Priests had to purify themselves before entering the temple.

  4. Not a “One Time” Process • It takes a lifetime. • Col. 3:5-10 • 2 Tim. 2:21, 22 • I Peter 2:11; 4:2-6.

  5. What “Parts” of Me Must Be Pure? • Here’s the difficult part: ALL. • James 4:8; Psalm 24:4 • Titus 1:15 • I Peter 1:22 • I Cor. 6:18f

  6. Consequences of Impurity • Proverbs 21:8 • I Timothy 6:9 • Titus 1:15 • James 3:6; Eph. 5:11-12.

  7. How Do We Maintain Purity • Rom. 13:11-14 • I Peter 4:1 • 2 Timothy 2:21-22 • Phil. 4:8