If We Are the Children of God

January 18, 2007

“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 Thessalonians 5:23).

The children of God who will remain with God forever are those who are sanctified completely and whose whole spirit, soul, and body will have been preserved blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again into the world. It is written, “so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28).

The blood of Christ abounds to sanctify them completely, apart from sin. It is written, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14).

For salavation, we must first repent and believe in the Gospel. The Bible says about correct repentance. It is written, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,'” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” (Psalms 32:5).

Transgressions, sin and the iniquity of sin; these three are human nature, objects of wrath. Transgressions are of flesh, and sin is of soul, and the iniquity of sin is of spirit. The blood of Christ washes away these three. Therefore, the death of Christ is not just about the death of flesh. It is surely written, “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:11-12). The death of Christ is not just the death of flesh, but also whole burnt offering–he poured out his soul unto death.

It was prophesied, “Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.” (Psalms 51:19). The sacrifices of righteousness regarding flesh, burnt offering regarding soul and whole burnt offering regarding spirit were accomplished in Christ once for all.

The complete holiness is the holiness of spirit, soul and body. It cannot be made by man, but it is the gift of the grace of God. It is written, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Therefore, without the full grain, complete holiness, we cannot remain with God forever. It is written, “for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'” (1 Peter 1:16).

The Lord Jesus, the author of our faith, said, “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4:28). Without complete holiness, we cannot remain in the house of God.

The Bible says, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14). And also, the Lord Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).

The children of God ought to resemble their Father who gave birth to them because they are born of God. Although someone makes an objection to it, he will give an account of himself to God, standing before God’s judgment seat on that day. It is written, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12). And also, “But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5).

I will forever praise God our Father who sent the Spirit of truth by the name of Christ for us to know this. Thank you, Lord.

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