Whatever Is Pure – Unblemished, Undefiled, & Immaculate

March 6th, 2024 – Early Wednesday Evening 

“Finally, brethren…whatever is pure…” ~Philippians 4:8a,d
Today, we add to whatever is true, noble, and right another layer of filtration, protection, and necessary nourishment: This “layer” is one that is again rooted in the nature of God Himself; it is defined as what is “pure”.
The Greek word that is translated “pure” has, in this context, the understanding of “pure from every fault, immaculate”. Webster’s 1828 offers these definitions: “Pure” – 2nd definition – “Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.” “Immaculate” – 1st definition – “Spotless; pure; unstained; undefiled; without blemish; as immaculate reputation; immaculate thoughts. Our Savior has set us an example of an immaculate life and conversation.”
Being pure or having purity is often thought of in terms of sexual purity when it comes to the Christian life and morality in general, but as we see here, it is about so much more. Think of water…pure water is free from contamination, dirt, pollution, and every other form of impurity. Pure gold is extremely valuable, because it is not tarnished or tainted by any other element. In the same way, we are called to live pure lives, and to think pure thoughts – not just sexually pure, but pure in every way from any form of sin. Webster is right on with the second sentence of his definition of “immaculate”; Jesus did indeed set us a perfect example of an immaculate, pure, life.
Take a look at 1 John 3:2-3: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” God’s people purify themselves (in Jesus) and seek to live a holy, pure life, because their hope is in Him and because He Himself is pure. In similar fashion, James writes this in the third chapter of his epistle: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” God doesn’t offer twisted, dark, self-serving, or questionable wisdom; no, His wisdom starts by being completely pure – completely without defilement or blemish.
If all that is true (and it is), oughtn’t God’s redeemed saints and beloved children think in the same way as their faithful, loving Father? Shouldn’t we guard our hearts and minds from errant, sinful spots? The answer is, of course, a resounding “YES!!!” to both of those questions. Our purity brings Him honor and glory, for sure, but it also serves to protect us from the temptation, threats, and taunts of sin and its after effects. In addition, it enables us to live in the holy fashion He has called, redeemed, and empowered us to live in Christ.
Beloved, the battle for purity (again, purity in every area of life) begins in the mind. Let us not rebel against or neglect this absolutely essential command; we must be diligent to filter out what is spotted, stained, and debased, and feed our minds on what is pure, immaculate, and undefiled. It is not only for God’s glory, but also, very seriously, for our own good. Jesus is our example, our Redeemer, and our Lord; let us press on by the power of His Spirit and in full possession of His abundant grace.