So we arrive at part three of the “Rapture Ready” message. (3) Holy and Pure; White and Without Blemish.
Do such attributes ring a bell in your head just yet? They do me. These particular words are almost, if not, always used when describing the bride of Christ in the Bible. It’s what Jesus desires His wife (church) to be like when He comes for her.
Just take a look at a few of these scriptures:
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:27 NKJV (emphasis added)
for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. Rev. 19:7-8 KJV (emphasis added)
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:2 ESV (emphasis added).
By the first verse alone, we learn that Christ desires to present His bride in a particular fashion – holy and without blemish. The second one shows that the bride is to make herself ready and she will be granted to wear clean, white apparel (which symbolizes purity). The last verse tells us that we have been betrothed to One, and are to be given to Christ as an unadulterated bride.
So now that we understand of the spotless bride that Christ so yearns to come back for, how may she attain it?
Walking in Newness of Life
If Part 1 of this series has already taken place in our life, then we’ve been redeemed by Jesus and covered in His blood, cleansed from all our sins (see 1 Jn. 1:7). We’ve been made new creatures (see 2 Cor. 5:17). So we now have to walk as new creatures (see Eph. 4:17-20)… not the sinful nature of our flesh.
What is clearly manifested to us throughout the Gospels, and dictated through the entire N.T is that Jesus came to take away our sin (see 1 Jn. 3:5), and give us a new life (see 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:4; Heb. 10:20) which didn’t involve sin (see 1 Jn. 2:1, 6; 3:5), since sin separates us from Him and is of the devil (see Is. 59:2; 1 Jn. 3:8).
To continue sinning after being cleansed from sin is not what Christ died for. Through faith in His sacrifice, we’ve been given and called to walk in a newness of life onto eternity, and that life is no doubt the very one which Christ Himself lived (holiness, purity, white, without blemish).
The Holy Spirit
But how do we walk in the newness of this life? How do we follow in the example that Jesus left for us, and be even as He is (see 1 Jn. 2:6; 1 Pet. 2:21; Gal. 3:27)? The answer is simple: through the Holy Spirit. It is the through the Holy Spirit that we become holy, pure, white and without blemish.
For we are “sanctified by the Holy Ghost” (see Rom. 15:16). The term “sanctification” in Greek (hagios; ἅγιος) is translated as “holy.” We are holy by the Holy Spirit. And lingering on sanctification for a moment, we should know that sanctification is not achieved by being doused in “holy water;” it is through the Spirit of God – being wholly consecrated to God – set apart.
“…what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? … Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Cor. 6:14, 17-18; 7:1
We have been called out of the world, therefore we should no longer walk as they do, but “as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy so be ye holy in all manner of conversation: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:14-16).
And how are we holy? Through the Holy Spirit! But now, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). Because if we “…Walk in the Spirit, [we] shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (16). We see now that we cannot walk in the flesh but in the Spirit, for if we do walk in the flesh, we will pollute His temple. The flesh is what is filthy, polluted, dark, and blemished – it is the very thing that Christ is asking, no telling us not to be, so that we may be found without spot at His coming.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom. 8:2 NKJV
Do You Have Him?
So to summarize part 3, if I may, when we receive the Holy Spirit, we now have the complete ability to walk in the new life that Christ gave us. The Spirit is the power to attain the holiness, purity, and blameless walk of Jesus, because He dwells in us. So basically, the Lord is asking us not only to have the Holy Spirit (His indwelling life), but to walk in Him and not the flesh. For then we would become that spotless bride He so desires to return to.
But as always, there is a question that remains for us: Do we have the Holy Spirit?
We should know also that just because we have received Him, does not mean that we walk in Him.