"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all
your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you." (Ezekiel 36:25)
What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also
cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said it, and so it must be, "Ye
shall be clean." Lord, we feel and mourn our uncleanness, and it is cheering to be
assured by Thine own mouth that we shall be clean. Oh, that Thou wouldst make a speedy
work of it!
He will deliver us from our worst sins. The uprisings of unbelief and the deceitful lusts
which war against the soul, the vile thoughts of pride, and the suggestions of Satan to
blaspheme the sacred name --- all these shall be so purged away as never to return.
He will also cleanse us from all our idols, whether of gold or of clay: our impure loves
and our excessive love of that which in itself is pure. That which we have idolized shall
either be broken from us or we shall be broken off from it.
It is God who speaks of what He Himself will do. Therefore is this word established and
sure, and we may boldly look for that which it guarantees to us. Cleansing is a covenant
blessing, and the covenant is ordered in all things and sure.