The Purification of the New Testament Church

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The New Testament documents depict a set of believers undergoing a cleansing, a washing, a purifying of itself in preparation to receive the King coming in His kingdom – as a bride prepares for a bridegroom.

I have made bold references to washing and underlined that which needs washing.

Matthew 1:21  –  “…He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 22:1-14 (Parable of the Marriage Feast)  –  “…he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes…For many are called, but few are chosen.”  –  This is the parable of the wedding feast in which someone came improperly dressed (Revelation 19:8).  Correlate “called..chosen” here with “calling and choosing” in 2 Peter 1:10 below.  Consider also Revelation 17:14 (those who are called will only be chosen if they are faithful).    

Matthew 23:25-28  –  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

John 1:29  –  “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John 13:8  –  “…’If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me’.”

Acts 3:26  –  “…sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

Acts 15:9  –  “…cleansing their hearts by faith.”

Acts 22:16  –  “…Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”


1 Corinthians 6:9-11  –  “…Such were some of you; but you were washed…”

2 Corinthians 5:21  –  “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

2 Corinthians 7:1  –  “Therefore…let us cleanse ourselves of all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  –  See and compare with Hebrews 12:14 below.

Ephesians 5:25-27  –  “…having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing…”

2 Timothy 2:20-21  –  “Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Titus 1:15  –  “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.”


Titus 3:5  –  “…according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”

Hebrews 6:2  –  “of instruction about washings and…”

Hebrews 9:23  –  “Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

Hebrews 12:14  –  “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”  –  Compare with 2 Corinthians 7:1 above (“perfecting holiness” – “holiness” is another word for “sanctification,” as you can see from the KJV and ESV translations just below).  
Hebrews 12:14 KJV  –  “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Hebrews 12:14 ESV  –  “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”

James 1:21  –  “…putting aside all filthiness…”

James 4:8  –  “…Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

1 Peter 3:21  –  “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience–through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

2 Peter 1:9  –  “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.”
2 Peter 1:10  –  “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”  –  Correlate “calling and choosing” here with “called…chosen” in Matthew 22:1-14 above.

2 Peter 2:20-22  –  “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.  For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.  It has happened to them according to the true proverb, ‘A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,’ and, ‘A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”‘

1 John 1:9  –  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Revelation 21:25-27  –  “…and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it…”

Revelation 22:10-15  –  “…Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy…Blessed are those who wash their robes…”


Esther 2:12  –  Esther is a type of the bride of Christ, being prepared for marriage.

Psalm 51:2  –  “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

Psalm 51:7  –  “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Psalm 51:10 –  “Create in me a clean heart, O God…”

Isaiah 1:16-17  –  “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight…”

Ezekiel 37:23  –  “They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.”

Malachi 3:2-4  –  “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.  He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.”  –  Malachi is prophesying of the purification of God’s people we see taking place during New Testament times.  Beginning with Israel, God first separates those who believe from those who don’t.  Then He adds to the believing God-fearing Gentiles.  Thus were the people of God purified in those days.  See Romans 11:25-27 above.

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