Zachariah 13:9, “I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”
Ezekiel 16:13, 14 “…You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. 14 Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.”
We saw yesterday about two types of purity; one is faithfulness and the other is perfection. Holiness through faithfulness is absolute in this new covenant. Holiness should start from day one like obedience. Obedience is absolute and holiness (faithfulness) is absolute. The other purity, which is ‘Perfection’, could be progressive. The word progressive depends on how we take it. This is where we should be careful. In a tree if there are two or three fruits in a season and then it grows to give abundance in next few years, the farmer will be happy with this tree. On the contrary, if the tree does not yield a single fruit but delayed its yield by every year thinking next season I will yield because ‘Nobody is perfect’, then the farmer will turn from sad to angry and destroy the tree. If we grow gradually by removing all those that are warring against us to defile us and yield the fruit unto holiness in abundance, then this progression is a good and it is healthy. The LORD God commanded the people of Israelites to chase out the enemies little by little (Ex 23:29, 30). LORD God did not want the Israelites to be in a small box of inheritance by not fighting the enemies. He wanted to chase them out and increase their inheritance or expand the borders. Our Lord wants the same from us; He wants us to grow by expanding our inheritance; from small beginning of faithfulness to abundance in perfection. The holiness of the bride, both faithfulness and perfection is the beauty of the bride.