What does it mean to be clean? To be made whole, and to be without blemish. In the Old Testament this is why people would offer a sacrifice, your sacrifice covered you. But that was unsustainable, the old covenant leaned on mans ability, mans capacity to keep the law, then fail then, make a sacrifice, rinse and repeat.
So, God sent His only begotten Son, to come down, live the perfect life, void of sin and carry our punishment so that we could have access to cleanliness. This is the essence of being cloaked in His righteousness.
in the story of the prodigal son, he had gone out of his fathers home and lived with the pigs, he was stained and blemished. The first things his father did, were firstly hug him, embrace him in spite on his unclean state. And secondly his father put around him his robe, presented him as clean and covered up his blemishes.
If Christ died that we might be saved and obtain His righteousness, what is left to be done?
To be clean is a choice. You can not operate optionally in and out of sin. We enter into the covenant by faith, God washes our sin the river of forgetfulness, but what are our daily choices? Being in Christ is evident by obedience to Christ.
“Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”
Leviticus 20:7-8 NKJV
To consecrate yourself, is to be clean, to set apart from evil and all impurity, to be resident with God. Jesus by His sacrifice has give you access to His righteousness, you must choose to walk in it, to be in Him, to flee from sin. You cannot run back the world and every given opportunity and expect to remain clean. You must choose to flee from all evil, which the Bible also tells you is the begin of wisdom.
God sanctifies us all from birth, set us apart, with a plan and a destiny for only us. We must choose on the course of that life to live according to His plan or to conform to the world.
“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.””
Jeremiah 1:4-5 NKJV
But know this, there is a reason obedience and fleeing from all appearances of evil is the beginning of wisdom. The ONLY way to be spiritually successful is to be holy and set apart. Moses was used mightily, but his sin caused him not to enter the promise land. God requires that you be sanctified so that He can give you all He has for you. Your choices today will be evident in your end result.
““The district that you shall set apart for the LORD shall be twenty-five thousand cubits in length and ten thousand in width. To these—to the priests—the holy district shall belong: on the north twenty-five thousand cubits in length, on the west ten thousand in width, on the east ten thousand in width, and on the south twenty-five thousand in length. The sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the center. It shall be for the priests of the sons of Zadok, who are sanctified, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.”
Ezekiel 48:9-11 NKJV
God said the land he had set apart was for ONLY those who were sanctified and showed it by obeying Him and did not go astray when the rest folded!
what will you do? What choice will you make? God’s way or the flesh? Holy and sanctified or what the world has to offer? Choose today, bear the fruit tomorrow.