The Berean Expositor
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different processes we must consider, but the only aspect we propose to notice before
closing this article is a special word translated "cleanse" which shows the intimate
connection between unholiness and sin:--
"And he shall take to cleanse the house . . . . ." (Lev. 14: 49).
"And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird . . . . ." (Lev. 14: 52).
"And Moses took the blood . . . . . and purified the altar" (Lev. 8: 15).
These words "cleanse" and "purify" are the piel form of the verb chata, "to sin", and
there can be no true holiness that is not intimately connected with the sacrifice of Christ.
True, we read of the sanctification of the Spirit, and the sanctifying by the Word, but this
is subsequent to, and based upon, the sanctification which is by His blood. This we shall
see more clearly in the passage we hope to consider in our next article.
Thou shalt put a difference.
When Israel were redeemed out of Egypt, we read that the Lord "put a difference"
between Israel and the Egyptians (Exod. 11: 7), and where, in Exod. 8: 23, we read, "I
will put a division between My people and thy people", the margin reads, "(Heb.) a
redemption", for "a division".  What, therefore, is holiness or sanctification but
redemption carried to its logical conclusion? The teaching of Leviticus is expressed in
the words of Lev. 10: 10:--
"And that ye may put a difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean."
This putting a difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, between light
and darkness, Christ and Belial, believer and infidel, is summed up in II Cor. 7: 1, as
"perfecting holiness in the fear of God", and separation from evil unto God, perceiving,
and acting out the difference that grace has made, is the essence of true sanctification.
While the law made nothing perfect, and Levitical cleansings and offerings failed to
touch the conscience, they foreshadowed the great work of Christ, "the very image", and
are a preservative against that emotional and fleshly "holiness" that passes, with some,
for the real thing. "True holiness" is ours in Christ (Eph. 4: 24).