Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 7, 2023

“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her” – “so you will be My people, and I will be your God.” – “Abide in Me, and I in you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 5:1-4.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the sons of Israel that they send away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge and everyone who is unclean because of a dead person.  You shall send away both male and female;  you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst.”  The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp;  just as the LORD had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did.”  Numbers 5:1-4.  


As children, we may have been content, even happy, with our messy bedroom with dirty (sometimes smelly) clothes lying around everywhere.  But, our parents may not have wanted to even step inside our bedroom, and they ordered us to pick up and clean our room.  

We are like children.  We need to be cleaned.  Our bodies and our clothes need to be washed.  Even our room needs to be cleaned.  And, even though our parents ordered us to do all these things, ultimately our parents made sure that all these things were done.    

Moreover, we are sinful by nature, prone to sin.  And, if that is bad enough, we are surrounded by the temptations of sin and of the world.  We need to be cleaned inside as well as outside.     

The LORD is perfect and holy.

“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.” Psalm 5:4.

But, there is hope!

We have a Heavenly Father.  We have a Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We have the Holy Spirit.

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;  I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers;  so you will be My people, and I will be your God.”  Ezekiel 36:25-28.

“… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27. 

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches;  he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:3-5. 

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.’  John 14:16-17.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39.

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes;  and there will no longer be any death;  there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;  the first things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:2-4.


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