Christian Purity

A Christian purity quiz can lead an individual to discover the truths about purity of the mind, heart, and deed. The Word of God calls the people of God to live a pure life, and this type of life goes far beyond Christian sexual abstinence. Christians must strive for purity of spirit, mind, heart, and body. A purity quiz will help guide the individual in understanding why God calls people to live a life of that reflects His pure and gracious heart. Understanding the will of God and applying that to daily life may be difficult for Christians, but it is what God wants all followers to do.

The word "purity" can evoke several thoughts or ideas, but most likely, the immediate association is with Christian sexual abstinence. Taking a Christian purity quiz may include questions concerning sexual behaviors. According to the Bible, Christians are to keep their sexuality confined to the boundaries of one man and one woman, in marriage, representing a pure relationship. The purpose of sexual abstinence is to demonstrate God's pure love for people. Many times in the Old Testament (see Ezekiel and Hosea) God refers to the wanderings of Israel as adultery. It seems that when the people of Israel turned their hearts and eyes from the Lord, He considered it devastating, as devastating as catching a husband or wife in an adulterous relationship. And, the Lord often called Himself a husband to the people, using the "covenant" of marriage as a word picture for the covenant to these people. "For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name..." (Isaiah 54:5) Marriage unions are living examples of God's love for people and the eternal covenant that cost the Son's life. Taking a purity quiz will teach more about marital purity and God's covenant to the people of the church.

But God wants more than the act of wholesomeness from us. Although living a sexually pure lifestyle is pleasing to God, God wants people to reflect this character in every way. Taking the Christian purity quiz below will guide anyone through all of the areas of life that God wants to bring into submission, to present pure to Him and the world. James teaches to stay pure by "... keeping himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:17) and in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul explained, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin in Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:2-3) Here, Paul is explaining that when people look to and listen to what the World has to offer, they risk a corruption of their minds.

Paul also wrote to the Philippians that they were to keep their minds full of the good things of Christ. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8) And, to the church in Rome, Paul wrote, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2) Christians see from these passages that when they work at keeping their minds pure, they are open to God's will and teachings in life. God's thoughts do not dwell in the minds of men and women corrupted by the world. These ideas and many other similar teachings can be found by seeking a purity quiz or another topical Bible Quiz.

There is a purity of heart that God wants from His people as well. "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God will all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (Matthew 22:37) A Christian purity quiz will reveal that the heart can be pure. Jesus made everyone's heart, he paid for all hearts, and He will heal Christians hearts, even though it seems that these hearts are often damaged far beyond repair. It is the job of a Christian to keep the heart devoted to Him, and not be tempted to love the things of the world, other people, or even the gifts and talents He gives people much more than the love and devotion they give to Him. To continue to discover what purity means according to the Word of God, is to continue a journey of discovery - a discovery of God, who is defined as pure. After taking the purity quiz, further search the scriptures, finding more about the pure and ever-refreshing love of Christ.

Perseverance Of The Saints

Turning to Scriptures on perseverance during times of trouble is common. The Bible is filled with stories of people who persevered in faith when experiencing turmoil. These people encourage others by their strong belief in God's good and perfect will. Spiritual growth comes from understanding how others endured through faith during various trials. Especially when God seems far away, we can rely on the perseverance of the saints, in their deeds and prayers, to teach us what is needed for spiritual maturity.

In the Old Testament book of Job, we learn about a man who lost his children, wealth, and health, all in the space of a few hours. Though Job's wife and friends insisted that the cause of these troubles was sin, Job knew differently. He continued to trust in God's providence. What Job didn't know was that spiritual warfare was behind his tribulations. Similarly, the apostles once asked Jesus if it was the blind man or his parents who sinned. Jesus told them that the blindness wasn't due to sin at all, but that the man was born blind so that God could be glorified. Jesus miraculously healed the man's eyes so that he could see. This person recognized Jesus as the light of the world (John 9). From these two examples, we are reminded of the invisible warfare taking place in the spiritual realm and that sometimes we go through difficult times so that God can be glorified.

Throughout the Old Testament, we find scriptures on perseverance in the stories of people who obeyed God's call. For the first forty years of his life, Moses lived in Pharaoh's palace. For the next forty years, he lived as a shepherd in the wilderness, an outcast both from the Egyptian royalty and from his own people, the Hebrew slaves. After that, Moses confronted Pharaoh, arranged for the release of the Hebrew slaves, and led them to the edges of the Promised Land. At this place, God became so angry at the Hebrews' rebellion that they were forced to wander, with Moses as their leader, for forty years. Through all the trials and torments that occurred because of grumbling and greed, Moses persevered. The Promised Land was closed to Moses, but God took him to a high place so he could see it and there he died. From Moses, we learn that we may be called to the rocky path of leadership. Though the reward may be closed to us, the promise of eternal life still is ours.

The perseverance of the saints is demonstrated by Noah who spent 120 years building an ark and over a year living with his family inside of the boxy boat. It's demonstrated by Joseph, who was sold into slavery and falsely imprisoned before rising to power as the second-in-command to Pharaoh. During those dark days, Joseph couldn't foresee that God planned for him to take charge of storing grain for the years of famine ahead. But the time came when this is exactly what Joseph did. Elijah the prophet stayed faithful to God even though he believed that no one else had. Through these examples, we see that God's plan unfolds in its own time and that we are never alone. Paul writes to the Roman church that "we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:3b-5). The word "patience" in this passage means "perseverance."

Popular scriptures on perseverance encourage us to steadfastness. For example, this well-known passage from the book of Hebrews instructs us to be aware of our spiritual ancestors and to put aside evil: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1). The prophet Daniel persisted in prayer even when it meant spending a night with the lions. Nehemiah persisted in building the walls of the broken city of Jerusalem even when it meant that half the men built while the other half stood armed with swords and spears (Nehemiah 4). We should persist in running the race, in prayer, and in our fulfilling our God-given responsibilities.

These are dramatic examples of people in conflict who persevered despite tremendous obstacles to fulfill God's purposes. Sometimes patience and steadfastness is required for more subtle heartaches. The heart-breaking perseverance of the saints is seen in the story of Leah. She deserved a place of honor because of her status, both as Jacob's first wife and Rachel's older sister. But Jacob loved Rachel and elevated her above Leah. Through the names that Leah gives her sons, the careful reader sees a progression from Leah's desperate longing for Jacob's love to a godly, though still painful, acceptance that her dearest longing would never come to pass. Here is a brief explanation for the names of Leah's sons: Reuben because "Surely the LORD hath looked upon affliction"; Simeon "Because the LORD hath heard I was hated"; Levi because "Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons"; and Judah because "Now will I praise the LORD" (Genesis 29:32-35). Leah praises God despite her sadness. Like Leah, it may take someone a long time to turn their personal longings to praise for God. She demonstrates that such praise is possible.

Other Scriptures on perseverance also teach the importance of patience and endurance. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often referred to as the Hall of Fame because of it applauds the perseverance of the saints, "by faith," against tremendous odds. This one chapter summarizes so many tribulations and accomplishments of those who chose to follow God no matter the consequences. They are heroes who teach godly faith to anyone who takes the time to read their stories and follow their examples.

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