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Who Are The Undefiled?
Psalm 119:1 says - "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD." Who are these "undefiled in the way"? How would you define them? Are you one of them?
First of all, the "undefiled in the way" are the lovers of God's Holy Word. In the journey of life...the path of Christianity...or the road which leads to heaven, they are those who are - living without blemish or stain...upright in their course...sincerely believing what God has spoken in His Word... having their lives and hearts regulated by the spirit of love, obedience, and the fear of God...keeping themselves pure from the pollutions of actual sin... and habitually sincere in their intentions. In other words, they are the people who are "rowing the same way that they look."
Throughout the Scriptures, we find certain characteristics which define these saints of God. They are as follows:
1. Walks Before God In Truth & With A Perfect Heart
2 Kings 20:3 says - "I beseech Thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before Thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in Thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore."
Here Hezekiah - a man who was "undefiled in the way " - is described as one who walked sincerely and with an honest mind...under the eye and with an eye toward God...and from a right principle. He lived out his life in this world with right intentions.
2. Does That Which Is Good & Right & Truth Before The Lord
2 Chronicles 31:20 says - "And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God."
Hezekiah was zealous and persevering in his efforts to promote the cause of true religion. He did that which was truly right and good according to the law and will of God. In all that he did, he had a sincere desire to please God and be approved by Him.
3. Does All With The Whole Heart
2 Chronicles 31:21 says - "And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered."
Once again, Hezekiah is described as being "undefiled in the way." He saw his duty to God and the people and performed it with such zeal and diligence and with a sincere regard to the glory of God.
4. Is Perfect & Upright, Fears God, & Avoids Evil
Job 1:1 says - "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."
Job - another example of one who was "undefiled in the way" - displayed four notable and distinguishing characteristics. He was "perfect and upright." This meant that he made every diligent effort to perform all his duties to God and men. He was right, exact, and regular in his dealings with others. Within, he was holy. Without, he was righteous. He "feared God, and eschewed evil." His whole life was set on departing from evil and drawing closer and closer to God. He carefully avoided all sin against Him or men - abstaining from every evil deed and thing.
5. Is Not A Hypocrite
John 1:47 says - "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of Him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
Nathanael was another Biblical example of one who was "undefiled in the way." The Lord Jesus described him as being - "without guile." That meant that he had no prevailing deception in his life...was a man without trick or design...made no profession that he didn't live up to...was a man that others could trust...and was sincere in his repentance for sin.
6. Has A Pure Conscience
Acts 24:16 says - "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men."
The Apostle Paul took great pains to always have a conscience pure in the sight of God and men. His conduct at all times and in every place was not displeasing to God nor was it injurious to men. He never entertained any opinion that was contrary to truth. He fulfilled every duty which God required. And he shunned anything that would give offense. He, too, was a man who was "undefiled in the way."
7. Lives Under The Influence Of God's Grace
2 Corinthians 1:12 says - "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward."
This verse describes every believer who is "undefiled in the way." He is one who in holiness stands opposed to double dealings and purposes, deceitful appearances, and crafty plans. He is straightforward, candid, frank, and open in his transactions with others. He does not at any time serve selfish interests or use unchristian means - like the people of this world. Rather, with a holy straightforwardness and sincere faithfulness to His God, he behaves himself in accordance with the principles of His Word and grace.
Titus 2:11-12 says - "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
This same one who is "undefiled in the way" refuses to practice whatever is contrary to the fear and love of God. He denies self of all sinful lusts and improper desires pertaining to this life like wealth, pleasure, honor, or sensual indulgence. He lives in purity and holiness...renders to every man his due...and maintains a consecration to God both in heart and life.
The Scripture tells us that the "undefiled" are "blessed."
Like Hezekiah, Job, Nathanael, the Apostle Paul, and the other saints of God - are you one who is "blessed"? Are you "undefiled" - "walking in the law of the Lord"?
If you feel as though you are lacking something in your Christian walk, examine yourself - using these seven characteristics. Let the Holy Spirit show you where you are "missing the mark."
It is God's desire that you are "blessed" as a believer in Christ. It is His will that you are "undefiled in the way." Know this - One cannot exist without the other.
You cannot expect blessings from God when you are walking "undefiled in the way." On the other hand, you can expect blessings to come your way because you have been "undefiled in the way."
That's God's Word! He said it!
"...yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..."(Romans 3:4)
May God Bless His Word.