Friday, March 14, 2014

Purify Selves and Perfect Holiness

- Since we have these promises (verses 16b-18), let us purify/cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates our body and spirit and let us work on perfecting our holiness out of reverence for God.
- "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences form acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (Hebrews 9:14) "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin....If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7, 9) "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word." (Ephesians 5:25-26) Purifying ourselves involves not only turning away from sin but also turning toward God.
- "Perfecting holiness"--indicates that the sanctification process is continuous. "Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God Who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." (Philippians 2:12b-13) "As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He Who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:14-16)
- Stand on God's promises; live with no compromise! Beware of things that contaminate our body and things that contaminate our spirit! Be intentional about how we spend our time and money! Be careful of what we allow to enter in our heart, mind, body, and spirit. What are we eating? What are we watching? What are we reading? What are we listening to?

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