Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”
Ever since I was a young boy, I have always been confounded by the meaning of “pure heart” as mentioned by the Lord in the above verse because primarily, I want to see God myself. But as young as I was in my grade school years, I thought being “pure in heart” is easy, but I also thought “seeing God” is NOT going to be that easy! Because if it were that easy, GOD would not have a need to create hell. So I said to myself, there must be a very deep meaning in this one simple verse.
So today I decided to define Pure Heart based on what the Bible speaks of it.
Psalm 19:8 “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;”
Psalm defines Pure Heart as one that rejoices in the commandments of the Lord, as HIS commandments in themselves are also pure. Since GOD is always right, then so too are HIS commandments. So who would not delight in HIS commandments if not having a heart that is pure?
1 Timothy 1:5 “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”
Having said that a pure heart rejoices in the Lord’s commandments, what then must be the ingredients of the heart to be able to do such? The above verse explains that a pure heart must exude or project abundantly the true love, good conscience and sincere faith in the Lord’s commandments. Because without the love that is of God’s, we tend to stray in HIS ways leading us into becoming false teachers: teaching the law without understanding them.
So here is where the differece between a true elect and a pretentious believer comes in. An elect who purely put to heart Godly righteousness, faith, love and peace, he or she patiently perseveres and succeeds in understanding and teaching the ways of the Lord. But the pretentious believers, who do not understand what they say, always fall into foolish and ignorant disputes, thereby generating strife among themselves.
2 Timothy 2:22-23 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.”
Psalm 24:4 “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.”
Having a pure heart, like a clean hand untainted with dirt, entails not having given up one’s soul to false gods and who have not sworn deceitfully. To swear deceitfully means to make a solemn declaration or affirmation by some sacred being or object, as a deity or a false god. This act is considered blasphemy to the Holy Spirit therefore it is unforgivable.
Psalm 73:1-3 “Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
God is good to all HIS children with pure hearts: those who do not envy, and do not boast. So in order for us to attain pureness of heart, remove envy, boastfulness and pride from our hearts, lest we may slip or stumble.
Once we have obeyed the true commandments of the Lord through the love that God has given us, once we have purified our heart and soul by being born again in spirit, that’s the only time the word of God will live in our heart and soul forever. Our bodies may fail and come back to dust whence they came from, the word of God will endure forever in our soul, and shall bring it to and abide with it, in our new and final dwelling place in heaven.
1 Peter 1:22-25 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because
“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.