Blessed are the pure in heart is what our Lord said, He didn’t say pure in the head; men may have pure notions and impure hearts. It was not in the hand, or action, or in outward conversation only. The Pharisees were outwardly righteous before men but, we are told, inwardly they were full of impurity. It is in the heart that we are to be pure. Ever since the failure of Adam, the heart of man has been “naturally” unclean and it is not within our own power to make it clean or to be pure from sin. Too many people stop right there just like John Calvin did. Now, “The Bible is a holy book and woe to the man that would make it a minister of sin!” – Dudley Kidd. Many people do carefully give consideration to the command of God, “Be ye holy, even as I Am holy….” With such a command coming from our Creator, it seems that there should be a way for it to occur. Guess what; Scripture reveals there is! The preventatives against sin are not in us but in God. Either the doctrine of God as related by the Apostle John or the practice of sin must be abandoned; they are incompatible with each other. The ones who are wise will seek to find it while the foolish ones will not and they will tend to merely rely on the “lamp oil” they already started out with; initial sanctification. Even they who’ve experienced the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit tend to find themselves desiring and following after ever more purity of heart, life, thought, and conversation; so happy and blessed they are for they shall see God, in this life and in the one to follow. – Ward Clinton, an excerpt from my current book project.