Okay, look….we all know that phrase never actually appears in The Bible, right? In fact, the thought expressed technically is not even related to the post. We are taking a short trip back to our passage from yesterday for today’s thought. Sometimes we have to dig a bit to get the full meaning of something we see in God’s Word, and this was a case in point. The word in the passage filthiness(defilement in some translations), seems pretty straight forward; stay away from filthy things of the flesh and spirit. Sin, debauchery, not loving God, all these things come to mind. But, wait, there is more! Apparently that Greek word molusmos only appears here in the New Testament. It was used some in the Septuagint, and then it referred to religious defilement.
There seems to be a consensus out there among commentators that this is not referring to just separating oneself from sin and filthiness in general, but false teaching in particular. Isn’t that interesting? False teaching is certainly a thing, and Christians should certainly recognize and avoid it; however, that is only semi the point here today.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
Friends, we will all answer some day regarding the diligence with which we pursued the truth in God’s Word. We will be rewarded, or not rewarded on this. I believe this to be true. Some things, such as salvation by grace through faith, are so important, that we absolutely must understand them properly to even see Heaven.
On the other hand, some things are simply not so clear. This never releases us, friends, from our God given responsibility to study and dig. Sometimes we have to go deeper than just a surface scan of the Bible. We won’t get every thing right, and I am not sure God actually intends that we nail every little meaning(although some are pretty sure they have.) He does, however, expect us to pursue that meaning with effort and diligence. Read the passage again. It never says stand around and wait for God to cleanse us(even though He does the cleansing.) It says “cleanse ourselves.” Even though God does it, the need for effort and diligence on our part is clear!