Who Is The Unclean Person?


This is a question for which we had better have an answer. John in the Revelation in describing Heaven said "and there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that maketh an abomination and a lie: but only they that are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21: 27, ASV).


In the American Standard Bible, "unclean" is found 211 times in 177 verses of the Old and New Testaments. Uncleanness was personified in the Old Testament by having touched a dead body, by menstruation or nocturnal emissions, by having eaten food that was unclean as defined by God, or by leprosy. "Immorality" and "impuritity" have become the "politically correct" words in modern translations of the Bible for moral shortcomings such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, lust, and incest, whose names are more accurately and grapically portrayed in older translations such as the King James and New King James, American Standard, and Revised Standard versions. All of these forms of spiritual uncleanness are banned from the Christian life in such passages as I Corinthians 6: 9-11: "Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. " Paul reminded them that they had been washed from their uncleanness by the blood of Jesus Christ.


The unclean person is one who persists in the works of the flesh (Galatians 5: 19-21): "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." These kinds of uncleaness come from within man, Jesus said in Mark 7:14-23 " Then he called to the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand! Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It is what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!" When he had left the crowd and gone home, his disciples began asking him about the parable. He said to them, "Are you so ignorant? Don't you know that nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and is expelled as waste." (Thus he declared all foods clean.) He continued, "It is what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. All these things come from within and make a person unclean."


So these, then, are the moral practices we should avoid if we want to be spiritually clean. For additional references to the grave and moral sins from which the Christian is to remain clean, also see Colossians 3: 1-14 and Ephensians 5: 3-17.


:In another sense, uncleanness could be attributed to any of us. When Isaiah had a glimpse of the Heavenly scene he exclaimed, "Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts." Isa 6: 5. Compared to the righteousness of God, any and all of us are unclean. We are reminded that "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3: 23. In the broadest sense, all of us who are of accountable age--old enough to know right from wrong--need forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ in order to be cleansed. Regarding the earlier list of 1 Cor. 6: 9-11, though, those are the practices we need to really stay away from if we plan to go to Heaven.


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