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The Inner Purity of the Changed Heart

The Inner Purity of the Changed Heart

Titus 1:15-16

 

  1. The Defilement of the Heart v.15
    1. The Purity of the Heart
      1. These verses are perhaps the most confusing verses of Titus 1.
      2. In order to understand verse 15, we must do two things.
        1. The elders of the first half of the chapter are now called pure.
        2. What matters about humanity is what is inside of a person.
          1. This means who our heart trusts in for eternal life.
          2. Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
  • In verse 15 Paul is offering up a dichotomy (contrast) of two realities – pure and impure.
    1. Dishwasher washing the inside or outside of cups.
    2. What’s more important us – being pure on the inside or the outside?
    3. This is what Jesus says to the Pharisees in Luke 11:37-41.
  1. To the pure” refers to those who have a spiritual regenerated heart.
    1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 calls us now a “new creation”, with a new heart and a new purpose.
  2. If you are pure (a believer), then everything that you do is pure and undefiled.
  3. Paul is stating that since Christ died for you, and since his blood covered your sins on the cross, God looks down on you as a Christian now as completely pure.
  • This is the heart of the elders of the church.
  1. The Defiled Heart
    1. Paul’s use of the word, “but” means a change of subject and tone.
    2. Paul says that those not in Christ are “defiled and unbelieving, and nothing is pure”, and both their minds and consciences are defiled.
  • The Cretan false teachers were not teaching the Gospel, but rather their own teachings.
  1. Both the mind and the conscience (God given gifts to turn us from sin) are completely made impure from sin.
  1. Contradiction Between Speech and Conduct v.16
    1. Defiled Conduct
      1. The false teacher’s their conduct is an indicator that these people are completely and utterly unrighteous.
      2. Anybody can say the right words, but if your actions don’t back up what you’re saying, then your words are worthless.
        1. I can boast passionately about running, but they mean nothing unless my actions prove it.
  • Paul is saying that these false leaders say that they worship and follow God, but their actions betray their real motives and heart desires.
    1. This message applies to us as well as it does to false leaders.
    2. If you’re the type of person that claims to be a Christian and love God, but yet does not enjoy coming to church, does not take personal time to read God’s Word and pray, then how are you any different than who Paul’s describing?
    3. This is what the Pharisees did.
    4. Could we be called hypocrites today for our actions being contrary to what we profess?
    5. 1 John 2:3-4, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.”
  1. For those who are hypocritical in their actions, Paul describes them as:
    1. Detestable – Detestable is the description of being loathsome and causing horror and disgust because of their hypocrisy.
    2. Disobedient – Insubordinate to God’s truth because of their willful adherence to their man-made rules and regulations
    3. Worthless – They are disqualified by their impurity from performing any morally good deed.
  2. Application
    1. So the question that must be asked this morning as we close is, does this describe you?
    2. If you are living a life utterly content in your own desires, then you are wasting your life.
  • If your actions agree with what you profess, then God has called you pure because of the blood of Christ.

Amens

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