Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8
A pastor my family regularly listens to highlighted this verse in a recent sermon, in a way I’d never considered before.
How do we gain a pure heart? By becoming more like Christ.
And how do we become more like Christ? By reading his words in Scripture and contemplating his character.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
After all, Scripture says not only that Jesus is the focus of the Word, but that he is the Word.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:1, 14
Thus, in this life, we may see Christ through our studies of the Scriptures and strive to become ever more pure in heart.
But no matter the level of our transformation, all of those whose hearts have been purified through salvation will see God in the life to come.
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. – John 6:68
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:28
Has your heart been purified through salvation? What helps you to become more pure, like Christ? I welcome your comments below.