Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride and the evil way and perverse utterances.
Therefore "come out from their midst, and be separate," says the Lord, "and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you,
Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul,
And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure).
He commanded them: "Carry out your duties with respect for the Lord, with honesty, and with pure motives.
The commands to fear the Lord are right and endure forever. The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy and absolutely just.
Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me!
(Bet) How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions!
Through loyal love and truth iniquity is appeased; through fearing the Lord one avoids evil.
Who can say, "I have kept my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"?
There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not washed from their filthiness.
Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from my sight. Stop sinning!
The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, and to their God, for he will freely forgive them.
"Oh people of Jerusalem, purify your hearts from evil so that you may yet be delivered. How long will you continue to harbor up wicked schemes within you?
People of Jerusalem, I have seen your adulterous worship, your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. I have seen your disgusting acts of worship on the hills throughout the countryside. You are doomed to destruction! How long will you continue to be unclean?'"
"Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity.
I will sprinkle you with pure water and you will be clean from all your impurities. I will purify you from all your idols.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.
"Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace and thus was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church increased in numbers.
Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more,
For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
For every one of God's promises are "Yes" in him; therefore also through him the "Amen" is spoken, to the glory we give to God.
among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ,
Not that I have already attained this -- that is, I have not already been perfected -- but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.
so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Now may the God of peace himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.
Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it.
and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect,
So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe.
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.
You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.
But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.