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November 26th, 2015

What God Has Made Clean

“And there came a voice to him: ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.’ And the voice came to him again a second time, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’” Acts 10:13-15 (ESV)

Is there a more glorious statement in all the New Testament than that spoken by the Lord to Peter in Acts 10? As Peter responds out of a sincere religious devotion regarding that which is regarded as ritually unclean, the Lord responds with a new vision of ritual purity. No longer is our cleanliness concerned with exterior things polluting us in the interior; rather,  now our purity is seen from the inside out. The Lord through the sacrifice of Christ now can proclaim us clean, not from any ritual effort of our own but precisely because of the sufficient work of Jesus!

This is good news. We don’t have to pick and choose what we eat nor which livestock to sacrifice, for the completed ministry of Christ has given us the opportunity, once seen as unclean, to now be proclaimed clean! We can have fellowship with the Lord. We can be free from a future of wrath and judgment. We can have abundant life both here and for all of eternity all because God has proclaimed us clean.

Now there are some, perhaps, that still want to proclaim you as unclean, whether because of some Pharisaical pride or the inability to see past your past. Remember, though, that they do not have the final say. If you have repented of your sin and submitted your life to the Lordship of Christ, your past no longer defines you nor does your lineage, for the gospel is sufficient for all! Give thanks today, dear friend, that you have been made clean!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Purity, Ritual Purity.
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November 26th, 2012

What God Has Made Clean

“And there came a voice to him: ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.’ And the voice came to him again a second time, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’” Acts 10:13-15 (ESV)

Is there a more glorious statement in all the New Testament than that spoken by the Lord to Peter in Acts 10? As Peter responds out of a sincere religious devotion regarding that which is regarded as ritually unclean, the Lord responds with a new vision of ritual purity. No longer is our cleanliness concerned with exterior things polluting us in the interior; rather,  now our purity is seen from the inside out. The Lord through the sacrifice of Christ now can proclaim us clean, not from any ritual effort of our own but precisely because of the sufficient work of Jesus!

This is good news. We don’t have to pick and choose what we eat nor which livestock to sacrifice, for the completed ministry of Christ has given us the opportunity, once seen as unclean, to now be proclaimed clean! We can have fellowship with the Lord. We can be free from a future of wrath and judgment. We can have abundant life both here and for all of eternity all because God has proclaimed us clean.

Now there are some, perhaps, that still want to proclaim you as unclean, whether because of some Pharisaical pride or the inability to see past your past. Remember, though, that they do not have the final say. If you have repented of your sin and submitted your life to the Lordship of Christ, your past no longer defines you nor does your lineage, for the gospel is sufficient for all! Give thanks today, dear friend, that you have been made clean!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 323:  Acts 9-10)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Purity, Ritual Purity.
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