Purity, even purity of heart, is the main thing to be aimed at. We need to be made clean on the inside through the Spirit and the Word, and then we will be clean on the outside by consecration and obedience. There is a close connection between the affections and the understanding. If we love evil, we cannot understand that which is good. If the heart is foul, the eye will be darkened. How can those who love unholy things see a holy God?
What a privilege it is to see God! A glimpse of him is heaven below! In Christ Jesus the pure in heart see the Father. We see him, his truth, his love, his purpose, his sovereignty, and his covenant character. Yes, we see God himself in Christ. But this is only apprehended as sin is kept out of the heart. Only those who aim at godliness can cry, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord” (Ps. 25:15). The desire of Moses, “Please show me your glory” (Ex. 33:18), can only be fulfilled in us as we purify ourselves from all iniquity. “We shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2–3). The enjoyment of present fellowship and the hope of this coming vision of God are compelling motives for purity of heart and life.
Lord, make us pure in heart that we may see you!