22nd November 2017

Not Pure Dead Brilliant! 

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!”
Romans 1:18 (NIV) 

There used to be an airport in Scotland that had the colloquial phrase ‘pure dead brilliant’ painted over the roof of the airport in huge letters and it may still have. I have not flown into that airport for some time. Passengers could not miss the slogan as aircraft descended for landing on to the runway.

Language is a living organism. The meanings of words change as they become misused in everyday articulation. Often words become devalued and this phrase is no exception. In today’s society the words ‘pure’ and ‘brilliant’ are extensively overused as adjectives describing a situation as being very positive and uplifting. The word ‘dead’ can denote the absolute, as in ‘dead heat’ that one encounters in a race, or mean inanimate with no sign of life.

The original meaning of ‘brilliant’ from Collins dictionary indicates shining with light, lustrous, sparkling, magnificence, splendour etc. Similarly ‘pure’ has a meaning of flawless, authentic, genuine, free from tainting or polluting matter etc.

I would like to put forward the suggestion that the phrase ‘pure dead brilliant’ is nonsense—nothing on this planet is so magnificent and without flaw that it is pure and brilliant to the point of absolution.

Only Jesus Christ is pure and brilliant and He is very much alive! Peter describes Jesus in this manner “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth[” (1 Peter 2:22). The Saviour of mankind is pure in every sense of the word.

In Revelation 1:14 we read John’s description of Jesus: “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.” In verse 16 Jesus’ face was described thus, “His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.” And in verse 18 Jesus tells us “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!” Here we see that Christ is brilliant and very much alive.

As Christians let us use the phrase ‘Jesus PURE, ALIVE AND BRILLIANT’! This phrase makes total sense.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your perfect magnificent Son; for His perfect and pure life and His sacrifice on our behalf.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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