Monday, June 30, 2008

Receive the Sanctifying Works of God

After being justified by Christ, the Bible teaches that certain works of God must be received in the process of sanctification. Each of these works of God are given by the grace of Christ and we are made free to receive them and witness the power, light, spirit, grace, and love of Christ within us. While these works without the Holy Ghost and the love of Christ are dead works, with the Holy Ghost we can receive a greater portion of the love of Christ within us. Because it is the love of Christ which transforms us, purges us from sin, purifies us like silver, turns us away from sin, and changes us into new creatures. Through these works of God and not of man, Christ can save us from our sins and not mearly in our sins.

Holy Ghost
(Rom. 15:16) That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

(John 3:5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(1 Cor. 6: 9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

(1 Cor 11:25) After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament (covenant) in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
(Heb 13:20-21) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

Prayer in Adversity
(James 1:4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

(2 Tim. 3:16-17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Organization of the Church
(Eph. 4:11-12) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Melchesidek Preisthood
(Heb 5:8-10) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
(Heb. 7: 11) If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
(Rev. 1: 5-6) Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Everlasting Temple Covenant
(Ezek 37:23,26-28)Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. . . . Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: . . . And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Marriage and Family
(Eph 5:25-27) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Love of Christ
(1 Jn. 4:17) Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

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