99.44 percent pure?
This advertising by Procter & Gamble for its famous “floating soap” has maintained its declaration for more than 125 years. An analysis on Dec. 14, 1882, by a W.M. …
99.44 percent pure?
This advertising by Procter & Gamble for its famous “floating soap” has maintained its declaration for more than 125 years. An analysis on Dec. 14, 1882, by a W.M. Habirshaw, a New York chemist, gave the following results: Fatty anhydrides, 72.53 percent; soda combined, 9.28 percent; and water by difference, 17.63 percent – all adding up to 99.44 percent. An ad featuring this information came a week later.
We can accept the premise that a soap is 99.44 pure and many have no qualms using it, even not knowing what the other .56 percent is composed of – not much to worry about. But when it comes to what God has said about being 100 percent pure, we are quick to say, “It can’t be done.”
The Word says something different. 1 Peter 1:15, 16 (KJV): But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
As a Christian, you have an advantage over heathenism. God is holy, and he calls upon all who believe in him to imitate his holiness. Why Christians should be holy is, that God who has called them is holy. To say, “I can’t live holy,” is to say that God does not have the power to enable me to live a holy life.”
There are strong arguments for “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Who can do this? And yet God strongly requires it. We have three definitive reasons: From His grace and calling; His command; and His example. Do you want to debate with God?
Christ came into the world to destroy the power, pardon the guilt and cleanse from the pollution of sin. He was born, suffered and died that we could be set free. Can it be that He either cannot or will not accomplish the objective of His own coming? (1 John 3:5)
If we do not believe this, it will not be important to us to “be holy in all manner of conversation.” It depends on if we love the Lord and want to please Him.
To effect holiness in your life, ask yourself these questions:
Do I love myself more than others? Am I holy in my own sight? Am I judgmental of others? Do I have a love relationship with God? With others? Am I holding unforgiveness or iniquity in my heart? Do I do all things to the glory of God? Do I pursue holiness in all parts of my life?
Paul in Colossians 1:13 (KJV) says about Christ, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
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