Titus 1: All Things Are Pure
Paul was writing to Titus in chapter 1 mostly about the qualifications of elders in the churches that Titus was supposed to appoint. However, after he lists out a variety of qualifications, we come to this verse.
Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
First of all, it is wise to remember that no one is pure without the intervention of God. It seems clear that all have sinned, and we are all unbelieving to begin with. Therefore, we fit into the latter category without a doubt. We are defiled, so we cannot experience purity.
However, what about those of us who are Christians? Does this mean that we have absolute liberty to do whatever we want because everything becomes pure when we do it? I don’t think so. After all, it seems contradictory to say that I am able to sin yet it is pure.
Rather, it seems to me that we need to take a look at what happens to the people who are the pure. If we are pure, then first of all that has been imparted to us through Jesus Christ. Any righteousness we have comes from Him alone. Therefore, in order to call ourselves the pure, we need to be acting in accordance with the will of God.
If that is the case, then we’re not going to sin because we cannot be pure follow God and sin simultaneously. I am not saying that followers of Christ do not sin, but I am saying that when we do sin, we have deviated from following God. Clearly we can have forgiveness, but for that moment we have stumbled off the path.
To wrap all of this up, it seems to me that when we are following God, everything is pure. After all, following God cannot be anything but pure. However, if we were separated from God, then how can the experience this type of purity?