March 21st


“… I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”
 ( 2 Cor. 11:2)
                        It is through the blood of the Lamb alone that our sins are forgiven and cleansed at the new birth, and it is only through the blood of the Lamb that we can get daily cleansing from the defilement of the way. The devil tries to bring some defilement constantly in our lives, because as long as we are in the flesh our old nature is still there. We will never attain perfection upon this earth. We find in our old nature which is called the “old man” in Rom. 6, that there is a tendency to be defiled again and again but we have to  be  kept constantly cleansed from these defilements. Evil thoughts can never be prevented by human efforts. Even though your eyes are closed in prayer, you find evil thoughts coming in, at the time of prayer and worship you will find such thoughts gaining entrance, or in the quiet of the night. Again, we are made to hear certain things which create defilement and such defilement cannot be removed by human effort. By the blood of the Lamb we can be washed and kept clean.
                        In Revelation 19:8 we read about the Bride, “to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white.” The word “granted” indicates that her desire was to be kept clean and because of her faith she was granted that fine linen clean and white. We also need to be cleansed daily. When a person in sensitive to uncleanness he wants everything to be kept clean every day. In the same way, spiritually we must long to be kept clean. The very second we find defilement entering in, we must desire cleansing through faith, by the blood of the Lamb, and we must claim that blood thousand times a day. The Lamb will never refuse us. He is willing and ready to cleanse us whenever we go to Him. Cleansing by His blood and constant washing by His Word gives us clean and white linen, which is the Church’s preparation to be the Bride of the Lamb.
                        In 2 Cor. 11:2,3, Paul speaks of presenting the believers as a chaste virgin before the Lord Jesus Christ. We know how one thought of unfaithfulness on the part of the wife grieves the husband.  We have to be so prepared that we may be presented before the Lord without blemish. Having come Him, we must refuse to give the least ground to the devil and his hosts, and also refuse to allow even a little defilement to remain in us. Our Lord has made abundant provision to wash us and keep us clean and if we, through our blindness refuse to be washed, we have no part with Him (John 13:8). The believer must be extremely sensitive to any defilement. The devil will try again and again to bring defilement, but we must claim cleansing by the blood.
                        The false church is compared to a whore, -a woman living in sin. Are not the practices of the false church, the burning of incense and worshipping of statues, rightly called spiritual fornication? Their buildings are dull of these things and through these, and by means of different rites and rituals and practices, spiritual fornication is being committed by them every day. Such people cannot be called the chaste virgin of the Lord Jesus Christ.