Is Cleanliness Next To Godliness?

Is cleanliness really next to Godliness?

It amazes me the responses people give. Some even suggest it has no relevance and the quote doesn’t exist. Perhaps they forget Sir Francis Bacon quoted it from an ancient Hebrew adage based on their views of the Old Testament laws.

Let’s first take a look at what Jesus said:

Matthew 23:25-27 KJV
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

John 13:10-11 KJV
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

There are other mentions in New Testament as well as over 100 in the Old Testament pertaining to cleanliness. Many to this day confuse the meaning of the laws and statements, as Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees and Scribes.

Whereas outward cleanliness is important for a healthy lifestyle; but if one has inward cleanliness, outward cleanliness will come naturally. This point is made in the Bible:
Psalms 51:10 KJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 73:1 KJV
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
Proverbs 16:2-3 KJV
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord , and thy thoughts shall be established.

It is understandable why even the verses posted above are misunderstood by many. However, the fact of the matter is “cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness”.

If one seeks only outward cleanliness, you will appear clean to the eyes of others, but God will still be able to see your inward uncleanness. If you seek inward cleanliness, outward cleanliness becomes natural.

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Cleanliness Next To Godliness

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness In The Bible

Cleanliness Next To Godliness – Acts 9:32-10:23

The King James Version Bible

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