What Keeps Us Pure?

Friday, February 21st, 2020

“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.

I. 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.

II. 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

III. 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 20:20 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.