1 John 3:3
And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
I. THAT EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN IS ANIMATED BY THE HOPE OF BEING WITH CHRIST. We make three remarks relative to this hope.
1. It is well founded.
2. It is soul sustaining. Great is the power of genuine hope.
3. It is increasingly active.
II. THAT THE POSSESSION OF THIS HOPE TENDS TO PROMOTE PERSONAL HOLINESS. "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself." He not only feels obliged to cultivate personal purity, but, stimulated by this hope, he makes every effort to become pure. We shall make two or three inquiries relative to personal purity.
1. What is its nature?
2. How is it promoted?
3. What are its evidences? "He purifieth himself, even as He is pure."
(J. H. Hughes.)
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