Purge Out the Old Leaven = Getting Rid of False Concepts

     We have become the princes and princesses of God the King by our new spiritual birth.  We are in training to assume royal duties with Him upon His return to earth.

      What should we be doing to get ready for this great responsibility?  We are admonished to “purge out the old leaven that the lump may be holy” (I Corinthians 5:7).  

     Leaven?  What does that mean?  Look.  Christ is the “bread of life.”  We have received His Spirit and it is “no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”  Therefore, we as His body are the “bread of life,” too, because of His presence within us.  But we come into this new life with some old concepts about God and the affairs of this world system that must be gotten rid of.  We have carried over in our thinking old doctrines, beliefs, traditions, and concepts.

     Unleavened bread is “sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:8).  So, “leaven” must be insincerity and falsehoods.  Christ Himself told us to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1).  Yes, “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.”  The Pharisees were the religious leaders, and Herod was the political leader back in that day.  They are symbols of religious and political leaders today.  “There is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  So, Christ is telling us to beware of them in our day, too.

     To “purge out” the old leaven, we must be brutally honest with ourselves and “examine ourselves.”  We must be open to new truth; if we are not open, then we must believe that we have all truth already.  And if we think that way, then it will be very difficult for the Spirit to “guide us into all truth.”

     No one except Him can help us get ready to rule with Him.  It is our responsibility to study and search out true concepts and get rid of false concepts about Him and His plan and purpose.  Like the “Reverend Mr. Black” said in song, “You gotta walk that lonesome valley; you gotta walk it by yourself.  Nobody else can walk it for you.  You gotta walk it by yourself.” 

     We must rid our minds of false religious and political concepts and take on the “mind of Christ” in order to “make our calling and election sure” as His princes and princesses.

    

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5 responses to “Purge Out the Old Leaven = Getting Rid of False Concepts

  1. Leon

    So some of my old thoughts and practices have to be purged out. Like Martin Luther saw in his religious upbringing some things have to be changed from what I’ve been taught in my own upbringing. Become obedient to the word of God rather than my traditional teaching. That can make things a little uncomfortable. Its hard to let go of some things even though they’re not scriptural. But then Jesus learned obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb 5:8). And He was The Son of God. Paul also said, even as a son of God, that he was not yet perfect but wanted to be apprehend what he was apprehended to be in Christ. So he had to put things behind and “press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13,14). You’re right in that we have to purge out the old leaven and press on to be what God has called us to be.

  2. widowsmite777

    Thanks for this study. I am glad you posted this, because I am doing a study on Old leaven, and what it means. God bless you!

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