The more you find out
about God The Maker
.... the more you get to know His massive, detailed
......... care and goodness
........ His desire for Perfection
......................You can get on the Excellence track
modified Feb 2013- Topic 4.51
The uestion is -
How does my love-directed lifestyle affect people around me?
How should I react if people want unjustly to honor me instead of God The Maker?
When God The Maker takes me under His wing, does the good name other people give me inspire them to respect His name?
What are God The Maker's requirements for me to gain His favor?
- Over the Top (New Testament)
the best thing I could do?
Does the 'Doing more'
principle work out in practice?
could never get anywhere near doing what is right - let alone going for
gold. What hope?
- Over the Top
What is The Maker's - God's - ideal for me?
Does getting The Maker's - God's - recognition and promotion mean I won't have any more hassle?
Is The Maker - God - perfect?
What is God The Maker's essential call for me to be perfect?
What most pleases God The Maker ?
Growth to Maturity
do I get into Growth Mode?
Where does this growth to maturity thing end?
What are my Get-going orders in the perfection fast lane?
How does God, The Maker, help me to grow up?
Is this growing up to maturity for everyone - of just for me?
Wht should I be setting my sights on in tghis initial stage of my growth?
Is growth in God, The Maker, a continuous process?
What marks me out for perfection?
Does Father God The Maker want me to be like Him - less like the other guy?
What performance benchmarks are set out for my guidance on the Excellence / Holiness track?
What guidelines does God The Maker provide to show how I can keep on the Excellence / Holiness track?
How does God The Maker set me up for excellence?
What comes down if I make a good showing on doing what God The Maker wants but don't make a thorough going job?
How can I be sure I've got reality and not got mere religion?
What kinds of thing do I have to keep a lookout for to clean up?
What kinds of bad things could be discoverable among groups of GigaGuys and Gals?
What kind of things must I kick out and what can I keep in place?
How do I put the big clean-up into operation?
What's the secret of living a successful cleaned-up life?
Does God The Maker turn a blind eye to some things?
What's God The Maker's final word on my Big Clean-up?
What kind of footing do I get on when I've made up my mind to walk with God The Maker?
, Where does all this Clean-up, Holiness, Perfection stuff come from and how do I get into it?
Do I have to be prepared to stand apart from corruption?
Do the baddies and the bullies get their come-uppance eventually?
Will I get away with it If I work hard to carry out a clean-up but it comes down as mere surface- religion, ?
Has God The Maker got a plan and a purpose for my life?
What's my first step towards getting under God The Maker's plan for my life?
Does God The Maker's plan involve a big change in my existence? Am I going to be completely different?
- What The Maker's Manual says -
Excellence OTT (New Testament)
Matthew 5 : 38 - You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say to you, resist not him that is evil: but whoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man would go to law with you, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whoever shall compel you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.
Thessalonians 4 : 7 - For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.
Excellence OTT (Old Testament)
Proverbs 22 : 29 - See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Good Name (New Testament)
Luke 2 : 52 - And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and he was subject to them: and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Good Name (Old Testament)
Genesis 41 : 12 - And there was with us there a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored to my office, and him he hanged. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.
1 Chronicles 14 : 1 - And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house. And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over Israel; for his kingdom was exalted on high, for his people Israel’s sake. And David took more wives at Jerusalem; and David begat more sons and daughters. And these are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpelet, and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, and Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphelet. And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David: and David heard of it, and went out against them. Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and will you deliver them into my hand? And Jehovah said to him, Go up; for I will deliver them into your hand. So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and David said, God has broken my enemies by my hand, like the breach of waters. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim. And they left their gods there; and David gave commandment, and they were burned with fire. And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. And David inquired again of God; and God said to him, You shall not go up after them: turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then you shall go out to battle; for God is gone out before you to smite the host of the Philistines. And David did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gezer. And the fame of David went out into all lands; and Jehovah brought the fear of him upon all nations.
Proverbs 3 : 3 - Let not kindness and truth forsake you: Bind them about your neck; Write them upon the tablet of your heart: So shall you find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 22 : 1 - A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold. The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all. A prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
Isaiah 23 : 1 - The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Kittim it is revealed to them. Be still, you inhabitants of the coast, you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished. And on great waters the seed of the Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her revenue; and she was the mart of nations. Be you ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying, I have not travailed, nor brought forth, neither have I nourished young men, nor brought up virgins. When the report comes to Egypt, they shall be sorely pained at the report of Tyre. Pass you over to Tarshish; wail, you inhabitants of the coast. Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days, whose feet carried her afar off to sojourn? Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth? Jehovah of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. Pass through your land as the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no restraint any more. He has stretched out his hand over the sea, he has shaken the kingdoms: Jehovah has given commandment concerning Canaan, to destroy the strongholds thereof. And he said, You shall no more rejoice, O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon: arise, pass over to Kittim; even there shall you have no rest. Behold, the land of the Chaldeans: this people was not; the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness; they set up their towers; they overthrew the palaces thereof; they made it a ruin. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for your stronghold is laid waste. And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it shall be to Tyre as in the song of the harlot. Take a harp, go about the city, you harlot that has been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that you may be remembered. And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that Jehovah will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her hire, and shall play the harlot with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to Jehovah: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before Jehovah, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
Perfection - Over the Top (New Testament)
Matthew 19 : 21 - Jesus said to him, If you would be perfect, go, sell that which you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sorrowful; for he was one that had great possessions.
Mark 7 : 37 - And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, He has done all things well; he makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Philemon 21 - Having confidence in your obedience I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say. But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted to you. Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, salutes you; and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Philippians 1: 9 - And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ,to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 3 : 9 - and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.
Colossians 4 : 12 - Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, salutes you, always striving for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. For I bear him witness, that he has much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.
Hebrews 13 : 21 - Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 4 : 9 - Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us: hereby we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
Perfection - Over the Top (Old Testament)
Deuteronomy 18 : 13 - you shall be perfect with Jehovah your God For these nations, which you shall possess, hearkened to observers of times, and to diviners: but as for you, the LORD your God has not suffered you so to do.
1 Samuel 18 : 5 - And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. And it came to pass as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with timbrels, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the women sang one to another as they played, and said, Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and this saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow, that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as he did day by day. And Saul had his spear in his hand; and Saul cast the spear; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
Psalm 8 : 1 - Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is your name in all the earth, Who has set your glory upon the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you established strength, Because of your adversaries, That you might still the enemy and the avenger
Proverbs 8 : 1 - Does not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she stands; Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she cries aloud: To you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men.
Proverbs 11 : 20 - such as are perfect in their way are his delight.
Ezekiel 31 : 1 - And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom are you like in your greatness? Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers to all the trees of the field. Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth. All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations. Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like to him in his beauty. I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD; Because you have lifted up yourself in height, and he has shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height; I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness. And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him. Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches: To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water: for they are all delivered to death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit. Thus says the Lord GOD; In the day when he went down to the grave I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him. I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. They also went down into hell with him to them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen. To whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shall you be brought down with the trees of Eden to the nether parts of the earth: you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord GOD.
Growth to Maturity (New Testament)
Romans 5 : 3 - And not only so, but we also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation works stedfastness; and stedfastness, approvedness; and approvedness, hope: and hope puts not to shame; because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given to us.
Romans 15 : 14 - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. But I write the more boldly to you in some measure, as putting you again in remembrance, because of the grace that was given me of God, that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be made acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3 : 1 - And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you were not yet able to bear it: no, not even now are you able; for you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are you not carnal, and do you not walk after the manner of men? For when one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not men?
1 Corinthians 13 : 9 - For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.
2 Corinthians 13 : 11 - Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.
Ephesians 4 : 12 - And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of ministering, to the building up of the body of Christ: till we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a fullgrown man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;
Hebrews 5 : 12 - For when by reason of the time you ought to be teachers, you have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. For every one that partakes of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
Hebrews 6 : 1 - Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on to perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.
James 1 : 2 - Count it all joy, my brethren, when you fall into manifold temptations; Knowing that the proving of your faith works patience. And let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
1 Peter 2 : 1 - Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that you may grow thereby to salvation; if you have tasted that the Lord is gracious
1 Peter 5 : 10 - And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after that you have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen. By Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I account him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand you fast therein. She that is in Babylon, elect together with you, salutes you; and so does Mark my son. Salute one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all that are in Christ.
2 Peter 1 : 5 - Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he that lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.
Jude 24 - Now unto him that is able to guard you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without blemish in exceeding joy, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.
Holiness, Sanctification (New Testament)
Matthew 5 : 48 - You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy: but I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? You therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Ephesians 1 : 4 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:
Philppians 3 : 12 - Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1 : 14 - as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: but like as he who called you is holy, be you yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is written, You shall be holy; for I am holy.
Holiness, Sanctification (Old Testament)
Leviticus 11 : 44 - For I am Jehovah your God: sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy; for I am holy: neither shall you defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that moves upon the earth. For I am Jehovah that brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: you shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 19 : 1 - And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy; for I Jehovah your God am holy. You shall fear every man his mother, and his father; and you shall keep my sabbaths: I am Jehovah your God. Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am Jehovah your God. And when you offer a sacrifice of peace-offerings to Jehovah, you shall offer it that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the morrow: and if aught remain until the third day, it shall be burnt with fire. And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination; it shall not be accepted: but every one that eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the holy thing of Jehovah: and that soul shall be cut off from his people. And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am Jehovah your God. You shall not steal; neither shall you deal falsely, nor lie one to another. And you shall not swear by my name falsely, and profane the name of your God: I am Jehovah. You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him: the wages of a hired servant shall not abide with you all night until the morning. You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind; but you shall fear your God: I am Jehovah. You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty; but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor: I am Jehovah. You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Jehovah. You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle gender with a diverse kind: you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed: neither shall there come upon you a garment of two kinds of stuff mingled together( 19 ).
Leviticus 20 : 22 - You shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my ordinances, and do them; that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, vomit you not out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they did all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said to you, You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey: I am Jehovah your God, who has separated you from the peoples. You shall therefore make a distinction between the clean beast and the unclean, and between the unclean fowl and the clean: and you shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by bird, or by anything wherewith the ground teems, which I have separated from you as unclean. And you shall be holy to me: for I, Jehovah, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that you should be mine. A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
Ezekiel 36 : 23 - And I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am Jehovah, says the Lord Jehovah, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Clean inside Out (New Testament)
Matthew 15 : 19 - For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings: these are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashen hands defiles not the man.
Matthew 23 : 25 - Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full from extortion and excess. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Mark 7 : 1 - And there are gathered together to him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market-place, except they bathe themselves, they eat not; and many other things there are, which they have received to hold, washings of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels.) And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why walk not your disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with defiled hands? And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, But their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men. You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men. And he said to them, Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
Mark 7 : 14 - And he called to him the multitude again, and said to them, Hear me all of you, and understand: there is nothing from without the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked of him the parable. And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Perceive you not, that whatsoever from without goes into the man, it cannot defile him; because it goes not into his heart, but into his belly, and goes out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean. And he said, That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness: all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.
1 Corinthians 6 : 8 - Or know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
2 Corinthians 12 : 20 - For I fear, lest by any means, when I come, I should find you not such as I would, and should myself be found of you such as you would not; lest by any means there should be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;
Galatians 5 : 19 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5 : 3 - Be you therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.
1 Peter 4 : 3 - Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm you yourselves also with the same mind; for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past may suffice to have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries: wherein they think it strange that you run not with them into the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the living and the dead. For to this end was the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Revelation 2 : 18 - And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things says the Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like to burnished brass: I know your works, and your love and faith and ministry and patience, and that your last works are more than the first. But I have this against you, that you suffer the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess; and she teaches and seduces my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time that she should repent; and she wills not to repent of her fornication. Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of her works. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to each one of you according to your works. But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you no other burden. Nevertheless that which you have, hold fast till I come. And he that overcomes, and he that keeps my works to the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Clean inside Out (Old Testament)
Joshua 15 : 63 - And as for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.
Psalm 101 : 1 - I will sing of lovingkindness and justice: To you, O Jehovah, will I sing praises. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way: Oh when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no base thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; It shall not cleave to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me: I will know no evil thing. Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I destroy: Him that has a high look and a proud heart will I not suffer. My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: He that walks in a perfect way, he shall minister to me. He that works deceit shall not dwell within my house: He that speaks falsehood shall not be established before my eyes. Morning by morning will I destroy all the wicked of the land; To cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of Jehovah.
Isaiah 35 : 8 - The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, the excellency of our God. Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
Isaiah 52 : 10 - Jehovah has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Depart you, depart you, go you out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the midst of her; cleanse yourselves, you that bear the vessels of Jehovah. For you shall not go out in haste, neither shall you go by flight: for Jehovah will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward.
Ezekiel 7 : 10 - Behold, the day, behold, it comes: your doom is gone forth; the rod has blossomed, pride has budded. Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness; none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of their wealth: neither shall there be eminency among them. The time is come, the day draws near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn; for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they be yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, none shall return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life. They have blown the trumpet, and have made all ready; but none goes to the battle; for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword: and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. But those of them that escape shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, every one in his iniquity.All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an unclean thing; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Jehovah: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels; because it has been the stumblingblock of their iniquity. As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty; but they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things therein: therefore have I made it to them as an unclean thing. And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall profane it. ( 22 ) My face will I turn also from them, and they shall profane my secret place; and robbers shall enter into it, and profane it. Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. Wherefore I will bring the worst of the nations, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pride of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be profaned. Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumor shall be upon rumor; and they shall seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders.( 27 End ) The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do to them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
Ezekiel 24 : 1 - Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, write you the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day. And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it: Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein. Wherefore thus says the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it. For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust; That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.She has wearied herself with toil; yet her great rust goes not forth out of her; her rust goes not forth by fire. In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have cleansed you and you were not cleansed, you shall not be cleansed from your filthiness any more, till I have caused my wrath toward you to rest. I, Jehovah, have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it: I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to your ways, and according to your doings, shall they judge you, says the Lord Jehovah.
Zechariah 14 : 20 - In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLY TO JEHOVAH; and the pots in Jehovah’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holy to Jehovah of hosts; and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and boil therein: and in that day there shall be no more a Canaanite in the house of Jehovah of hosts.
Transformation (New Testament)
Romans 8 : 28 - And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren:
Romans 12 : 2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
1 Corinthians 15 : 39 - All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body
2 Corinthians 3 : 17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.
Philippians 3 : 20 - For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things to himself.
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