When we were born-again, our Lord translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. Paul refers to the kingdom as the household of faith, we now abide in the house of our Lord. As good stewards of God’s grace, it is our responsibility to keep God’s house clean.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
How do we cleanse ourselves? We repent of every transgression relying on God’s grace to purify our soul and change our desires. Once we’ve been through the process, usually more than once, then we can help others without prejudice. When a saint dedicates themselves to purity, they become a leader in Christ’s body. They do not judge others but they are equipped to help those who struggle with the lusts of their flesh.
1 Corinthians 5:6 Do you not understand that a little leaven will make a whole loaf rise?
Paul was angry with his church in Corinth because a man was lying with his father’s wife and they just accepted it. Paul had to clean house because God will not dwell in man’s filth, it’s either God or sin. God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, how can we neglect so great a gift? If we are residents of the household of faith and our house is a pig pen, it’s not God’s fault. We are not referring to actual dirt and grime, we are talking about the sin that Jesus bore on His body to make us free. The devil is looking for a foothold, if we allow sin to thrive in the house of God, it will increase and overcome the presence of our Lord. You will never see the power of God in a house called a church, where compromise is the order of the day.
Ephesians 6:10 If we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
The Apostle Paul said that the leaders in a church who minister without compromise are worthy of double honor. When the saints hear the Word and order their lives to it, they are keeping a clean house. Woe be the church where a sinner joins them and feels right at home. For whom the Lord loves, He corrects and disciplines so they can bear more fruit. God isn’t being mean to us, He gets in our face because He loves us and we need it. When we are born-again we become children of God, but we don’t know how to act like one of His kids. Just like our natural fathers, we must be taught and trained in the way we ought to go.
Mark 11:15 Jesus went into the temple and cast out those who bought and sold, He overthrew the money changers and those who sold doves.
Under the law the Jews would offer doves but the merchants were selling them as a business proposition. They were doing their business but ignoring God’s business which was prayer. Jesus did those men a favor, He kicked out the business men in order to make a place for the Spirit of God. We need to keep a clean house for the visitation of the Lord.