|Luke 11:39-41 |
39 And the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean, but your inward part is full of greed and lusts [ravening] and wickedness. [Everyone's heart must be purged from sin by the grace of God that mortifies the sin within you, providing you seek to hear Him guide you and then obey Him. Jesus said, For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man and defile him. Mark 7:21-23. ]
40 You fools, did not he who made the outside make that which is within also?
41 But rather give from a cleansed heart, and behold, all things will be clean to you.5 [We all must go to Jesus, to sit in humble silence, hear his teachings, and then obey Him; if we do that, He will cleanse our hearts. If the Pharisees' hearts had been cleansed, they would not be concerned about ceremonial washing.]
5 And the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean, but your inward part is full of greed and lusts [ravening] and wickedness. You fools, did not he who made the outside make that which is within also? But rather give from a cleansed heart, and behold, all things will be clean to you. Do not read this and assume it only applies to the Jewish Pharisees. Jesus is telling us all that we must have a cleansed heart; our inward parts are full of greed and lusts and wickedness, until he cleanses us, until he purifies us, until he washes us, until he frees us from all sin, until he perfects us — until then we are nothing but selfish beasts, completely unfit to be in the company of God. Outside appearances count for nothing with God. He looks to our hearts to see what it is that we harbor and treasure: be it Him; or be it sexual immorality, money, power, prestige, envy, anger, hate, pride, etc. In Matthew 23, Jesus said it even stronger:
You clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. First cleanse what is within the cup and platter, so that the outside of them may be clean also. For you are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful on the outside, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness...you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity [sin]. Mat 23:25-28
Jesus tells us what defiles our hearts and must be destroyed:
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
These are the things that defile a man; Mat 15:19-20
Whatever comes out of the man is what defiles the man.
For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye [envy], blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
All these evil things come from within a man, and defile him. Mark 7:20-23
Paul clearly states what is sin and the consequences of sin:
But to those who are selfishly ambitious [selfish], and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; those receive indignation and wrath,
Affliction and distress; upon every soul of man who does evil [sins], of the Jew first and also of the Gentile;
For all [the non-Jews] who [continue to] sin without the law will also perish without the law; and all [the Jews] who [continue to] sin under the law will be judged by the law;
For when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do [obey] by instinct the things contained in the law, these men who do not have the law, are a law to themselves.
Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, and their conscience also bears witness; while their thoughts accuse or else excuse them.
All this occurs in the day when God will judge the secrets of men's hearts by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Rom 2:8-9,12,16
The acts of the sinful nature include sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), etc.
...those do practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21
You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive male homosexual partners, nor dominant male homosexual partners,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor oppressive cheaters; these will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor 6:9-10
Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 1 Cor 15:50
The flesh and blood he is referencing, means that if you are still walking according to your fleshly lusts and desires, not walking according to the promptings of the Spirit, then you cannot inherit the Kingdom of God:
For those who live according to the flesh, aim in satisfying things of the flesh; but those who live after the Spirit, aim to satisfy the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be.
So then those who are in the flesh [live in their sinful nature] cannot please God. Rom 8:5-8
Jesus is eager to free us from sin, to cleanse us, to make us fit for his fellowship while on the earth, and fit to be in union with Him in the kingdom of Heaven forever, but we must go to him, we must sit in humble silence, we must wait, we must listen, we must watch, we must hear, and we must obey. The words we hear him speak to us impart the life of God to us. John 6:63. By waiting on God, we receive the teachings of grace, the convictions of grace, and the removal of sin by grace, ending in our salvation by grace; this is the way of the cross — the only way — any other way you have been told is a blatant lie.
Look at Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. Heb 7:26. If Jesus is separate from sinners, where do sinners-saved-by-grace go? They don't go to heaven with Jesus because he is separate from sinners! Jesus expelled Satan and his angels from heaven because they sinned. Jesus expelled Adam and Eve from paradise because they sinned. Now sinning Christians have been told they will go to heaven, but Jesus is separate from sinners. Sinning Christians have been told they are the bride of Christ, to be married to Jesus; but Jesus is separate from sinners. The ministers tell sinning Christians that they are part of the body of Christ, but Jesus is separate from sinners. How could a sinner become a part of Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners, without defiling himself and everyone with him? The ministers of Christendom are telling their followers fables, just like Paul predicted: For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [accumulate in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables. 2 Tim 4:3-4. But we can become the bride of Christ, and we can become part of Christ's body, and we can be in heaven with Jesus, IF we go to him to be cleansed and purified. This cleansing and purification is necessary and is the result of denying yourself and taking up the cross of obedience. There are no sinners-saved-by-grace; there are only former-sinners-saved-by-grace. To be saved is to be delivered from sins; so a sinner-saved-by-grace is an oxymoron. If you're still a little unsure as to whether you are a sinner or not, read What is Sin and Its Consequences?
If you die still sinning, you would be absolutely miserable in heaven; all your pleasures and desires, having not been crucified while on earth, are not available in heaven, and you would be miserable without them. You would be yearning for the old wine, which you think is better than the new wine because you have not been prepared, crucified, purified, (the new wineskin), and freed from lusts, anger, sexual desires, resentment, envy, greed, lying, jealousy, foolishness, revelry, drunkenness, pleasures, etc. Even your thoughts would be heard by everyone around you; you would be terrified and wanting to run to darkness where you hope your thoughts would not be heard by everyone. A man must crucify his lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial before he can enjoy fellowship in the heavens.