Now that we've looked at all the references to the use of the word clean and all the definitions, I went through and wrote down themes and thoughts that came to mind as a result of studying what was revealed in all of this. Here are my thoughts - please feel free to add more!
* In the Old Testament, a common theme was distinguishing between clean and unclean animals; regulations for offerings and purification for personal uncleanness.
* I was aware, while reading all of the rules and regulations, of the great care to present God with only things that were clean. For example: clean animals offered on a clean table by a clean priest, etc... And, I notice ~ why don't I take the same efforts and care when presenting myself to Him?
* Benefits of being clean:
~ blessing from God
~ prevent His wrath
~ right with God; enjoy fellowship
~ takes great faith and strengthens our faith and dependence on Him
~ clear conscience; enables us to serve God
~ salvation! eternity spent with Him in perfect cleanness
* Being clean required a willingness to be made clean. Cleansing can only come from God and we are wise to ask Him for it.
* Physical healing is described as being made clean.
* Inner and outer cleansing are vital. Focus on the inner cleansing and be right all around.
* Comes through Jesus' blood and through God's Word.
* John 13:10-11 stood out to me: we receive a full cleansing when we are saved - but we must continue to be cleansed from individual sins.
Any other observations?