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Malachi 3:1-4
John the Baptist is "the messenger who will prepare the way" (NIV) 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)