“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:”
King James Version (KJV)
1:22 Having purified your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit, who bestows upon you freely, both obedience and purity of heart, and unfeigned love of the brethren, go on to still higher degrees of love. Love one another fervently - With the most strong and tender affection; and yet with a pure heart - Pure from any spot of unholy desire or inordinate passion.
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls. The Greek verb "hagnizo", rendered "purified", occurs seven times in the New Testament. In four of these, Joh 11:55 Ac 21:24,26 24:18, it refers to ceremonial purification. In the other three it refers to moral purification; the cleansing of the life from its sins. That seems to be the sense here. It refers not only to the forgiveness of sins but to the pure life that should follow. This purification is obtained in obeying the truth. That is, by obedience to the gospel. Through the Spirit. The Spirit is inseparable from the gospel. The gospel dispensation is that of the Spirit. See Ac 15:8,9. Unto unfeigned love of the brethren. The Spirit of Christ in our hearts is the spirit of brotherly love. [See that ye] love one another. How can one profess to follow Christ unless he loves those for whom Christ died? With a pure heart fervently. With a sincere heart.