Purity: It’s Not What You Think Series

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What is purity?



Part 1: What Is Purity?

Purity. It’s such a controversial topic. When most people, at least people I know, think about purity, they automatically think it means saving yourself for marriage. That it’s all about sex. Well, guess what?

It’s not!

It’s not what you think.

So, what is it then? Well, let’s take a deeper look.


What Does Society and the Dictionary Have to Say About Purity?

Society plays purity as all about sex. Often times, purity gets mocked because society doesn’t believe that you should need to worry about sex before marriage. Society will find reasons why you should have sex before marriage and then make purity seem old fashioned and unnecessary.

Dictionary.com says purity is:

1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything

that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc. 

2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
5. physical chastity; virginity.
At least the sex part isn’t the first definition or even the second or third. There’s more to the meaning of purity than just saving sex for marriage.

What Does The Bible Says About Purity

The Old Testament

The Hebrew sense of the word seems to mean “an emptying out or being clean” and stands up against behaviors that defy God’s covenants like unfaithfulness, rebellion, and idolatry, according to Biblestudiestools.com. It’s more about attitudes and behaviors that are

innocent and blameless

than it is purely about sex.

In the Old Testament, worshipers had to “purify” themselves for certain rituals. There was an actual ritual to become purified before you were allowed to do certain customs.  Even though it is not mentioned in God’s laws (the Ten Commandments), purity is a part of the laws because they are behaviors and attitudes that keep the relationship with God blameless. When there was a sacrifice, the animal had to be pure and

without any blemishes.

The New Testament

With the new covenant of Jesus’ sacrifice as the pure lamb, purity is seen a little different. No longer is there a need to perform purifying acts before ceremonies as was done in OT times. More of the focus became on the attitudes of the heart. It became more about

having a heart and a mind like Jesus

with the Fruit of the Spirit leading the way to a pure life.

Galatians 5:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I love this video from a young lady who has an amazing attitude about what purity is and what it isn’t. Check it out here: Video

Next time: Part 2: How To Stay Pure will hopefully be a resource you can use to help you live a pure life that honors God. Join me next time.




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