SANCTIFICATION “WORTH CONSIDERING 3/14/19 (Across my desk this morning:)
“…Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun. ” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)
A New Beginning
When you gave your heart to Christ, you were changed on the inside. That’s what it means to be “born again.” The Holy Spirit now lives inside you. You didn’t change on the outside; the change is in your spirit. You may not feel any differently, but Christians know that they can’t base their lives on what they feel, but on what God says. And He says in His Word that anyone who trusts in Christ is a brand-new person. You may have been a Christian for a few months or a few years. But no matter how long you have known Christ, being a Christian never grows old. Does your life still reflect the changes that happened to you when you became a believer? Make today a day of new beginnings!
A Prayer for Today
“God, thank You for changing me and saving me. Help me to live the life in a way that reflects the change in my heart when I received You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
It is interesting to me that in the Greek it reads more like this: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament (Bible Gateway)
“Therefore if anyone in Christ, new creation, what is old passed, behold new come! “
So it is not like a done deal, it is a process started by the Holy Spirit to replace the old with the new. And of course a process can be interrupted and even terminated. Acts 2:47 in the Amplified Bible: AMP “…praising God continually, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were being saved.”
So in our temporary dimension of time salvation is a process that begins when we decide to make Christ Jesus our Master, LORD, KING, BOSS, GOD or how every as we come into faith and obedience to HIM. And the process continues during our life time being ministered to by the Holy Spirit until we come into being like Christ Jesus in the Image and Likeness of GOD. The Creator is in the process of creating a family in HIS own image and likeness to live with HIM in HIS dimension of Eternity. Gen.1:27. That is what HE started to do and it will ultimately be so.
So the divisions that we see and the options to live otherwise are the deceitful works of the enemy. What is not being preached is that we can resist, hinder and even stop the work of the Holy Spirit in Sanctifying (To make HOLY) us to grow into the Image and Likeness of God. The hard part of this is to realize that our Creator only needs our will, our permission, our desire, our vision to make this happen. You see HE had to allow us to have a free will or we would not be able to truly learn to love. Love requires free will. Love is a decision. So He had to endure the loss created by negative choices for some of us to find our way in love and free will to allow HIM to redeem and sanctify us to become a part of HIS Eternal family through Christ Jesus our LORD.
So we all have an eternal soul which will live either in absolute light or darkness (Jude), the choice is up to us. And each day we can embrace the light and in the end find your way to our Loving Creator or not, it is up to us.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Need to read the whole 22nd chapter…
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
“There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who choose to LOVE & OBEY Him are members.”