What Christ Will Do in Us

by | Dec 1, 2010

Many speak well of what Christ has done for us but little of what He is to do in us! He was incarnated, suffered, died, and rose again, ascended to heaven, and there appears in the presence of God. These were all saving, atoning, and mediating acts for us that He might reconcile us to God—that He might blot out our sins, purge our consciences from dead works, wash our polluted hearts, destroy every foul and abominable desire, make our hearts His throne, and fill us with light, power, and life.

These are done in us, and all are the result of what He has done for us. Except for His great sacrifice we could never receive either pardon or holiness, and if He does not cleanse and purify our hearts we shall never enter into heaven, for the Beatific Vision is given only to those who are purified from all unrighteousness.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

To be filled with God is a great thing; to be filled with the fullness of God is still greater; to be filled with all the fullness of God is greater still. By the “fullness of God” we are to understand all the gifts and graces which He has promised to bestow on us for our salvation here and our being fully prepared for the enjoyment of glory hereafter.

To be filled with all the fullness of God is to have the heart emptied and cleansed from all sin and defilement and filled with humility, meekness, gentleness, goodness, justice, holiness, mercy, truth, and love to both God and others. This will bring constant and loving obedience to God and unvarying benevolence towards our neighbors.

But few are sanctified and cleansed from all sin because they do not feel and confess the plague of their hearts. As the blood of Jesus Christ, applied by faith, purges the conscience from all dead works, so the same cleanses the heart from all unrighteousness. As all unrighteousness is sin, so he that is cleansed from all unrighteousness is cleansed from all sin.

To plead for the continuance of sin in the heart through life is ungrateful, wicked, and blasphemous. For he who says the blood of Christ cannot or will not cleanse us from all sin in this life gives also the lie to his Maker who has declared the contrary.

Reader, it is the birthright of every child of God to be cleansed from all sin, to keep himself unspotted from the world, and so to live as never more to offend His Maker. All things are possible to him that believeth, because all things are possible to the infinitely meritorious blood and the powerful Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

Are you weary of that carnal mind which is enmity to God. Can you be happy while you are unholy? Do you not know that God has given His Son to die for you? Can you love him a little and not desire to love Him more? Are you not weary of a sinful heart? Turn from every sin. Give up every idol.

Remember that nothing but the blood of Jesus can cleanse you from all unrighteousness. “Come unto me,” says Jesus. Hear His voice, believe at all risks, and make your way to Him. For as the work of cleansing and renewing the heart is the work of God, His almighty power can perform it in a moment.

This moment you may be emptied of sin, filled with holiness, and become fully happy.

Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke (c. 1760–1832) was a famous British Methodist scholar, known especially for his massive commentary on the Bible. This extract, condensed and updated by Larry D. Smith, is taken from Clarke’s Christian Theology, a collection of his writings published after his death.