Let Us Cleanse Ourselves, 2 Cor 7:1

2 Cor 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”.  We are instructed to cleanse ourselves.  This is the work of the Lord.  We simply need to yield ourselves to his cleansing.  When David sinned, he said, in Ps 51:7, “wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”.

Cleansed by regeneration.  Titus 3:5, “according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost”.  1 Cor 6:11, says of the unrighteous, “such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God”.  First and foremost, we must be cleansed in salvation.

Cleansed by the spirit.  Ps 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”.  We can be adversely affected by an unclean spirit.  We must, therefore, be cleansed by the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Cleansed by the word.  Jn 15:3, “now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you”.  Eph 5:26, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word”.  We are cleansed by Bible reading and obedience to the word of God.  Ps 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word”.

Cleansed by the blood.  1 Jn 1:7, “And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.  The blood of Jesus will purge your conscience, Heb 9:14.  We must be cleansed to walk in the light and fellowship with God.  1 Jn 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  When you confess your sins, forsake them, Prov 28:15.

The pharisees weren’t clean, they were filthy.  But they pretended to be clean.  The dirtier you are on the inside, the harder you have to work to look clean on the outside. 

What can was away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

Conclusion: Invitation solo, Whiter Than Snow.  Invitation, Jas 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded”.  Will you come and draw nigh to God?