Purify Yourselves by Obeying the Truth
…who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.
Malachi 3:2 NIV
See, the Lord …(lays) waste the earth and devastate(s) it; he .. ruin(s) its face and scatter its inhabitants— The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The Lord has spoken this word. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left. From the ends of the earth we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One.” But I said, “I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!”
Isaiah 24:1, 3, 6, 16 NIV
There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
Amos 5:10 NIV
I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
Psalms 142:5 NIV
…I am confined and cannot escape; my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you. Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you? Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
Psalms 88:8-12 NIV
Please remember me Lord for I declare your love and faithfulness in these present places of destruction.
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.
Psalms 7:9 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
Romans 3:23-25 NIV
… with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear…. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:13, 15, 17, 22-25 NIV
The Lord ..establish(es) ..his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him.
Deuteronomy 28:9 NIV
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
Psalms 65:1-8 NIV
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14 NIV
May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.
Psalms 72:11 NIV
…in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:13 NIV