We have heard - "The pure in heart shall see God." The word Matthew uses for "pure" here is "katharoi", a word translated "cleanse" in most passages. So it is the "cleansed" heart that shall "see" God. This gives all of us great hope to be able to "SEE" our Father - if we will allow our heart to be cleansed! But how shall a young man "cleanse" his way? OH YES! "By taking heed to Thy word!" Isn't this what happens when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin as we are walking in the light? The Spirit brings the word of cleansing to our attention and if we receive His word, and "confess" our sin, which literally means "to say the same", then He is faithful and just to both "forgive our sin" and CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. This is how we keep a "CLEANSED" heart. In the First Covenant, no one who was ceremonially unclean was even allowed to approach the temple area. If a man had become unclean, and refused to receive the "water of cleansing", he was to be "cut off" from his people (ie put to death). Refusal to confess our sins and be "cleansed" of all unrighteousness" will also prevent us from being able to approach our Father and will result in the same judgment, actually even worse - the second death! Only eternal torment is worse than physical death without mercy! Do we want to "SEE" God? Then - "let us purify (cleanse) our self from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. Cleansing our self is how we perfect holiness - without which no man shall see the Lord. Those who want to "SEE" God will be diligent to "cleanse" themselves, every time the Holy Spirit points out a sin to them. This is how we keep a "cleansed" heart and are then able to approach the throne of grace in full confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. God wants to be seen by all, but He will not let the "unclean" approach Him. If we want to "SEE" our Father, we must be continually cleansing our hearts in order to perfect the holiness that without which neither we nor any other man will ever "SEE" the Lord.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
1 John 3:2, says the same -'But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.'So with the hope of seeing God let us purify ourself by listening to the voice of Holy Spirit. More than literally seeing God face to face, I value seeing God in my life. If I don't see God in my life (in the way I live), then how will others see Godliness in my life?