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Malachi 3:1-4
“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. Then once more the Lord will accept the offerings brought to him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as he did in the past.

John the Baptist is "the messenger who will prepare the way" before God. Jesus Christ is the Lord that comes to His temple and is the messenger of the covenant. Jesus being like a "refiner's fire" and a "launderer's soap" is the power that reconciles our relationship with God. Our sin that makes us unacceptable to God is washed away - and the result is that we are purified. This work, daily enacted and pioneered by the Holy Spirit, is what makes a person able to "offer their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God". (Romans 12:2)

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