Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
What all things are pure and how can all things be pure? The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This is the all things that can be pure.
If we are living a consecrated life, dedicated to serving the Lord, then whatever life throws at us, we will take that to the Lord. Although many ugly and wrong things happen in this world, if I take that before the Lord with a pure mind, He can use that experience to bring me into a higher and closer relationship with Him. That does not excuse, nor pardon, the wrong that has been done. It simply means that I am going to take advantage of every thing I can to draw closer to the lover of my soul.
Verse sixteen talks about those who profess to know God but in works deny Him, stating, “and unto every good work reprobate.” The word reprobate means not standing the test. They produce all sorts of “good works” and yet their works do not pass the test. In the Bible days they killed the priests at the altar and thought they were doing a great service for the LORD. It doesn’t stand the test. Is what I’m doing producing life or death?
If our works are pure they will produce the peaceable fruits of righteousness. Right acts that produce the love and peace of God. Pure works do not produce bondage and rituals that are void of peace. Pure works produce a greater relationship with Jesus Christ and give birth to greater works of faith in my life.
We can know a tree by its fruit. What kind of fruit is the tree producing that we are feeding from? Love, joy and peace or an unhappy life lacking the peace of God?