“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God”.
“Without holiness no one will see the Lord”.
“He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
The verses shown above declare that purification is an important topic.
Purification implies a purging of impurities from a substance. Then the substance is pure. Spiritual purification, (also called purgation) refers to the removal of all things other than God, so that nothing unclean, carnal, evil, demonic or sinful is found.
After a person is converted and has received a new nature he/she will still retain their old nature. This dual nature is God’s plan and is part of being a Christian. The 2 natures are in conflict, with the new nature being aided by God and destined to be victorious over the old nature. This conflict is referred to as sanctification.
Sanctification is a progressive purification that leads to holiness. This process is life long, and actual perfection is never attained in this life. Progress does occur however, and our walk with God, our fruitfulness on earth and our role in eternity are heavily determined by our purity.
It is important to realize the difference between temptation and sin. A purified and single minded person will not be freed from the old nature until death and hence will always suffer temptation on earth. This is part of the process of purification. It is important to understand that continued temptation does not reveal continued impurity. Only by yielding to temptation does a person sin. Since this yielding can occur in thought, word or deed then it is a large area of study and much of this encyclopedia deals with this topic.
To follow a series of links on purification start with the essay entitled fire.
See also Stage One of Monastic Purification.