What Keeps Us Pure?
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 5:23
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what keeps us pure as God’s messengers. Elects are God’s messengers on earth who set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfection of God Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
God’s elect are sent into the world as God’s messenger to represent and proclaim God’s true holiness and righteousness. How God makes us into who He sees us to be? What keeps us pure? This is the question behind a key point of biblical theology called sanctification. There were so many articles on sanctification that I grew confused until I met the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Let us examine how God purifies and sanctifies His messengers before they are sent into the world to serve the Gospel.
- What Is Sanctification?
Sanctification is the Spirit of Christ in us – making us to be in reality what God sees us to be already through justification. Plainly stated: God has already made us ‘just’ or ‘righteous’ in His eyes and that is wonderful holiness. Now God is bringing this holiness down to our practical lives. This is the work of the Spirit of Christ in us – to conform us to what God already sees us to be. 1 Thess 5:23 Paul writes ‘for this is the will of God, your sanctification…..that each of us should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.’ 1 Thess 4:3-4 The Apostle is saying, it is God’s will that we live a holy life, that no sin has power or dominion over us. The Bible clearly states “for sin shall not have dominion over us, for we are not under law but under grace.” Rom 6:14 The Lord intends for every godly messengers to have a controlling power in one’s life and real authority to reign over sin. Rom 5:17 The Greek word for ‘reign’ here means ‘to rule from a foundation of power.’ When Paul talks about ‘reigning in life’ he is talking about having ruling power over sin and not just in heaven but in this present life. Godly messengers are to reign over everything demonic, every lust and every principality that comes against us. This is true sanctification. Another powerful truth in this verse is ‘those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness.’ Paul calls righteousness as a gift. It is something given to us, put into our possession and something we can touch and feel.
- How God’s Messengers Are Sanctified?
When we establish our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we were adopted as sons and made joint heirs with God’s own Son. At that moment, God sent forth the very Spirit of Christ to abide in us. Abiding means Christ living in us, empowering us and actually living our lives for us. 2 Cor 13:5 Jesus is the only victor over sin, flesh, devil, death, world and in broader sense, the Law. Jesus alone is the conqueror, the Lion of Judah. God sends forth the Spirit of His mighty warrior to be our Sanctifier. We have no power in ourselves. All power to overcome the hostile forces is in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Who dwells in us. Do you think God would justify us but then leave us totally powerless against the principalities and powers of darkness? Christ did not do battle with the devil, defeat him, return to the Father and then quit on us. No, our blessed Savior ascended to Heaven with total victory over all the power of the enemy. He is still there now, as God and as victorious Son of Man, sitting in glory at the right hand of the Father. He has sent His Spirit, Who abides in every true messengers of the Gospel Truth of the water and Spirit. John 14:17 We are never to face the devil in our own strength. Nothing we have is adequate. 1 John 4:4; Eph 3:20
- How God’s Messengers Reign In Life?
Godly messengers reign in life only when we allow the Spirit of Christ to live this life in us and through us. Rom 8:13 All power over the tyrant forces lies in the indwelling Spirit of Christ. Eph 3:16 Every sin that enslaves us and every demonic stronghold demands a miracle from God. Only God knows how to deliver His people out of the power of darkness. It must be done supernaturally. God works miracles not for those who labor under their own power but for those who trust Him to do it completely. Gal 3:5 Paul says the life of Christ was released in him through a faith that worked by love. Gal 2:20 Paul was convinced the Lord loved him. Rom 8:37 Indeed, this whole concept of reigning is all about God’s love unto us. Paul further says, ‘God loved us even when we were dead in sins.’ Eph 2:4-5 Now that we trust in God’s love, He gives us resurrection power to reign in life. God has the power to purify and sanctify us to reign as His messengers. That power is available to us only as we rest in knowing that we are God’s children and that His love for us is unconditional. 1 John 3:1-3 When God speaks to us, the inevitable result is always peace and power to reign. Claim the miracle by the hearing of faith and not by the power of the flesh.