The Pure in Heart

The pure in heart are those who put God first in everything and those who put God's glory above all else. The pure in heart have a single objective - the glory of God and the exaltation of Jesus Christ. This pureness of heart is manifested in a life in which motives are unmixed, thoughts are holy and conscience is clear.

The heart, biblically speaking, is the center of the personality and embraces the total man. It includes the emotions, the intellect, and the will. The soul is the seat of my emotional nature—the seat of my natural instincts. The spirit is the highest part of my being to which God makes Himself known. The body is the vehicle through which I express my emotions, whether soulish or spiritual. Those who in totality of being are "pure" - that is cleansed, purged, and emptied of all sin – they, and they only, see God. 



Godliness is God-likeness, Christ-likeness, holiness, devoutness and piety. This godliness is set in the background of:

    A quiet, peaceable, and honest life (1 Timothy 2:2)

    Humility (1 Timothy 2:10)

    Peace (1 Timothy 4:7)

    Being profitable unto all things (1 Timothy 4:8)

    Following God (1 Timothy 6:11)

    A holy life (2 Peter 3:11)

Clean hands are hands that are innocent, blameless, and guiltless. 


Eternal Life

Passages that speak of eternal security for the believer include:

John 6:37 - “All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.” 

John 6:39 - “And this is the will of Him that sent Me. That I should lose none of all He has given Me.”

John 6:47 - “I will tell you the truth, if you believe in Me, you have everlasting life.”

John 6:51 - “I am the living bread which came down from heaven if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.”

John 11:25-26 - “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believes in Me shall never die.”

John 3:15-16 - “That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." "For God so loved […]”

Ephesians 1:12-14 and Ephesians 4:30 say that we are, “Sealed by the Holy Spirit” and “Sealed unto the day of redemption.”


The Names of the Lord

The official title given to the Lord when viewed in relation to the local church is “Lord Jesus Christ.” The name of Jesus was given to Him at His birth (see Matthew 1:21). This name describes the saving work He came to do. By His death on the Cross as Sin-bearer, He justified the giving of that name to Him. It is a name that excels all other names (see Philippians 2:9). God has exalted Him to a place of honor at His right hand (see Acts 2:32-33). God has made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ (see Acts 2:36).

Christ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew “Messiah.” It means “Anointed.” The Lord Jesus is God's Anointed One, the One approved by God. The term “Lord” carries with it the thought of “supreme in authority.” He is Jesus whose name excels all other names. He is Christ the anointed and approved One. He is Lord the One supreme in authority.

This is the One who is in the midst of His gathered people. It is the mark of a scriptural assembly to recognize the Lord's supreme authority. As individuals we must make Him Lord of our lives. This must be accomplished before He can be Head in the assembly. Peter says, “Sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord” (see 1 Peter 3:15). The recognition of Christ's lordship and headship involves submission to His Word as the sole authority of the assembly in all matters of doctrine, discipline, and practice. 



From the earliest days of the Christian Church the authority for baptizing believers has been derived from the command of Christ in Matthew 28:29. Baptism is an act of obedience and should be the immediate and spontaneous accompaniment of true faith. Baptism symbolically expresses a series of facts:

    Immersion (death)

    Submersion (burial)

    Emergence (resurrection)

When we descend into the baptismal water, it means that we have died to sin with Christ. When the water closes over our heads, it means that we have been buried with Him, giving proof that our death to sin was real, just like His death. Then, as Christ was raised from the dead by the majestic exercise of God's power, so we, too, must live as those in whom a new principle of life has been implanted. Only believers should be baptized. Baptism is a sacrament. The scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion.


The Head Covering (1 Corinthians 11)

In this chapter there are three symbols and three predominant truths. The truths are: headship, head covering, and head-remembering. The three symbols are: the veil, the bread and the wine. The teaching of the chapter indicates that a believer will never enjoy Head-remembering unless they understand something about head covering. They will never practice head covering until they know something about headship.

1 Corinthians deals with the head covering for Christian women within the context of public ministry (see 1 Cor. 11:5). The chapter also deals with man's uncovering. Paul teaches that men are to pray and prophesy bareheaded as opposed to women who are to pray and prophesy with their heads covered (1 Cor. 11:4). 1 Corinthians 11:5 cannot be understood as meaning that women are to pray and prophesy in mixed gatherings of believers. Paul deals with the place of women in the church in two other Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12. Women are to keep silent in the church. There are other occasions when sisters can exercise the oral ministry of prayer and testimony.

The chapter presupposes that a man sits in the meeting uncovered and does not take off his hat (except for when he rises to pray or prophesy). Conversely, a woman is to come to the assembly meeting veiled, and not simply when she participates. Paul's concern in this chapter is obviously the wearing of the veil. Is the woman's hair the veil? In 1 Cor. 11:5-6, the Apostle shows the difference between the hair and the head covering. There are some who vehemently argue that the hair is the covering. If this is so, 1 Cor. 11:4-6 would become an absurdity.

Let us substitute the word hair for the word covering in these verses and see how it would read:

"Every man who has hair on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who does not have hair while praying or prophesying, disgraces her head. For if a woman does not have hair, let her also have her hair cut off."

Another theologian has said, “If the covering referred to is the hair, then any man praying or prophesying with hair on his head dishonoreth his head, which is Christ. Therefore, only a baldheaded man could pray or preach.”

We have already mentioned that there are three symbols in the chapter: the veil, the bread, and the wine. There are many who have discarded the veil as symbolic of headship. To be consistent, these same people should also discard the bread and the wine as symbols of the body and blood of the Lord. All of us would say that such an action is unthinkable. We could never discard the bread and the wine. By the same token we must not, in fact, we cannot discard the head covering. The covered head of the man would disgrace Christ, the Head. The uncovered head of the woman disgraces her husband and the Lord (utterly puts them to shame).

Furthermore, the woman's head should be covered “because of the angels.” The angels had the painful experience of witnessing Eve usurp Adam’s headship and its consequent human tragedy. Now, in the end times, just when the church is about to be raptured from the world, some of Eve's descendants are making the angels witness the rejection of God's order all over again. Women are to cover their heads, because of the angels, who know divine order and the truth of headship. See 1 Cor. 11:16, which says, “If anyone wants to argue about this remember we have no other custom, neither has the churches of God.”