"Ye shall be clean."

One of the distinctive features of the Temple service as ordained by Moses, was its requirements with respect to personal and ceremonial cleanliness, and the more one meditates upon the symbolic and suggestive meanings of these requirements the more significant they are seen to be. Their inclusiveness is indicated by Jesus' words when he said, "He that is washed ... is clean every whit," and further by his scathing condemnation of those who, while painstakingly scrupulous as to externalities,—"the cup and platter,"—were indifferent as to the inner life,—the thought and motive.

His teaching that purity must characterize every aspect of the Spirit-impelled life, the within and the without, the impulse and its expression, the thought and its statement, was clearly apprehended by Paul, when, after giving the most glowing picture of our possible spiritual achievements, he exhorts that we "cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

Divine Deliverance
May 27, 1905

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