Monday, January 23, 2017

To Be Wholly Holy - 1 Peter 1:14-16

1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV 

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

We are to be holy because He is holy. We are holy because He is holy. 

It is the presence of the Lord that makes the ground or place holy. We are holy if the Spirit abides in us because He is present. 

We act holy the more we grow like Jesus. The more He is received in our lives, the more we reflect His light in our lives. We are holy in the meantime because He is perfectly holy. 

To have Jesus is to be holy. We should then make every effort to be holy and wholly that way. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Dark, Dark Place

There are extremists of all kinds. Violence and destruction seem to be a common marker, whether it be jihad, on the streets of the disenfranchised, or the religion of the self. 

Civilization calls for and strives for something other than the animal impulses of the beast in the field. Scripture tells us that murder, hate, slander, etc., all flow from the same well of darkness. Only the light can heal the darkness, but the darkness cannot comprehend the light. 

We are called to be the light, for this can be a dark, dark place. 

Fearfully And Wonderfully - Psalms 139:13-16

Psalms 139:13-16 ESV 

For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

A person born of woman takes shape in the darkness of a woman's body and his birth brings him into the light of day. A person born from above takes shape in the darkness of the world and his birth brings him into the light of God. 

Another way to express "fearfully" might be to say reverently awesome. What He has done and is doing is so beyond our understanding that the fear of the unknown enters into our witness and consideration, even of a God who extends His mercy and love to creatures such as mankind. 

The word wonderful tries to describe, not only the work of our present existence, but is inclusive of what we are going to be. His works are wonderful and He is not finished with us yet. We are good now, but we will be very good in the end. 

We begin as an unformed substance which is transformed in the light of day, that is the light of the Lord. We become visible in His light. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Raised Us Up - Ephesians 2:6-7

Ephesians 2:6-7 ESV 

and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

How is it possible that we are seated with Christ on His throne, a yet remain on earth? Remember we are in the body of Christ. We are in both places because He sits on His throne and abides in our hearts. We have become a new creation in the order of Jesus Christ. We are fully man and have the fullness of God dwelling within us. 

The fullness of God was pleased to dwell in the man Jesus. Jesus is pleased to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit gives birth to the sons of God as He gave life to the man Jesus. He will bodily raise us as He raised Christ. 

The chasm between God and man has been reduced to the space between our inner man and our flesh.