Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.
Have you ever wondered what it means to be pure in heart? Unfortunately today we have a poor understanding of the word pure. But even if you look at the meaning in the dictionary and the Greek it comes up with …
1) clean, pure
1a1) purified by fire
1a2) in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
1b) in a levitical sense
1b1) clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness
1c1) free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
1c2) free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
1c3) blameless, innocent
1c4) unstained with the guilt of anything
To actually see God we must not have a mixed heart that is tainted with anything which is false!
So it actually — in context — means unmixed. I have often said that we as bible believing Christians should not be unequally yoked and some have said to me that I have not understood that in the right context. So be it. But I can see from taking the whole counsel of God that purity of heart is an additional thing. We must not be mixed with that which is false, in doctrine or worship. That is essential in seeing God!
There is in Leviticus the account of strange fire; they were burning the fire to Jehovah but in an alien way, not according to scripture:
Lev 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded them.
The term for unbiblical worship and the term for idolatry is the same term. Once you begin to worship the true God in an unbiblical way you will end up in idolatry. It is the path that gets you there; it’s inevitable. The Catholic Church is an example, they progressed into idolatry. They didn’t start with necromancy and icons they progressed into it. If you worship the one true God in an unbiblical way; that path leads you into idolatry.
Another example is the Hebrew word for husband, master and owner which is ‘Bal’. Jehovah was Israel’s Bal. The Canaanites had their Bal. They had their god with the same name. If you begin to worship the true god in an unbiblical way another god gives a counterfeit.
Hezekiah realised this and he tore the high places down.
I just found this whole pure in heart thing to be a real light bulb moment. It also affirms to me that we must be careful to not mix unclean practices and doctrines with the simple Gospel of Grace which is a free gift. How do you understand what it means to be pure in heart?