Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Sanctified by Grace

Scripture:  Ephesians 2 v 7 - 8: "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.  
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."

The true meaning of the word 'sanctified' is 'to be made saintly'. The moment you become sinless through the Blood of Jesus and lose your 'sinful man' through baptism in water, the whole nature of Jesus Christ is the gift you receive.  

Under the water we experience burial with Jesus Christ and a spiritual exchange is made.  We were born in sin and our spirits were already dead.  In the exchange our dead spirits are made alive in Christ Jesus and placed in Him in heavenly places.  Our spirits are saved, made alive, citizens of Heaven.

By God's grace, the living Spirit of Jesus enters us while we are being baptised.  We receive His sinless nature in place of our spirit.  Our sinful self, called our old man, is buried and we rise out of the water a new creature in Christ.  Now we have to deal with our souls, an uphill battle at times. 

You are not only saved by grace but His righteous nature becomes part of you too. You have been made into a saint, a holy person, and all you need do to please your Heavenly Father is allow that holiness to shine through.

Holiness is exhibited through right living and right being. It changes you on the inside instantly but there can be obstacles in your soul or flesh that warp the full expression from being visible to others.

Holiness through grace sets us apart from who we were when we were still sinners. We must walk in newness of life having discarded the habits of our old nature which lead to death. When we are completely free of those old habits and worldly lifestyle, the fullness of Christ in us the hope of glory becomes visible.

Jesus said to John over and over in Revelations - "To him that overcomes I will give the tree of life; a crown of glory; a secret new name etc." But we need to do the overcoming and put our sinful worldly past behind us.

Revelation 3 v 5: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels."

Jesus expects us to do the overcoming because if we don't allow Him to change us we are in danger of having our name blotted out of the book of life. On the Day of Judgment when the books are opened and your final destination decided, you do not want to hear Jesus say "I never knew you!"

The whole salvation rescue plan not only saves us out of satan's clutches and eternal hellfire, but must change us to be forever secure from falling back into sin and death. If we resist the holiness of the sanctified life we live in jeopardy.

Christians are an endangered species on this planet. Our holiness shows up the fear in those who don't have Jesus in their hearts. They hate that light and are determined to destroy it. It is up to us to keep it shining so that those who want to be saved can see the way home.

Prayer: Heavenly Father by the gift of grace we are saved, not by any works can we earn it.  You see the longing for salvation in our hearts and prepare a way for us to know You through Jesus.  There is no other way, or name, by which we can be saved. We thank You that You sanctified us by Grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.