God Revealed - PT 5
Even in the midst of the Law, the Lord reveals Himself to us as Jehovah M'Kaddesh, The Lord Who Sanctifies You (Lev. 20:7-8). Beloved friends, you cannot sanctify yourself. Only God, in Christ can sanctify you and make you holy. Every religion in the world is trying to be holy on their own accord to reach a certain status of acceptance by God (or their deity). When we observe the holiness of God (Is. 6:1-8; Rev. 4:1-11), God's holiness is so incredible, no one cane ever be holy enough to meet God's standards of holiness. Many non-Christians can be incredibly moral people. But morality is not good enough, nor is it the point of Christianity. Paul said any holiness that he had obtained was like dung. Apart from Christ you can never be holy enough.
Only Jesus can make you holy
Grace always comes first. We then respond in faith (Eph. 2:8-9). We should walk in good works. But good works does not save us. We don't boast in our good works. We boast in Christ. The fruit of our sanctification stems from our intimate relationship with God. God showed us love first. We respond by faith (Gal. 3:8). We are not trying to please God so He loves us. He loved us first. He loved us even when we were in sin. Love is not manipulating God with good works so He does good things for us. That is not faith and that is not Christianity. God loved us first. We trust His love.
With God there are no outsiders (1 Cor. 1:26-31). No one is outside God's circle of love. God has chosen to love the despised and debased things of this world; He has chosen the ostracized and included them into His family through Christ. Jesus our Husband has sanctified and cleansed us, He has presented us to Himself as His very Own Beloved Bride (Eph. 5:25-27).
We are forever perfected by His very Own Blood. There is no penance. There is no longer an offering for sin. Jesus sanctified us once and for all (Heb. 10:10). We are saved forever but the relationship with God is eternal (Jn. 17:3). We are eternally saved by grace but this well of salvation is eternal. With joy we can continue drawing from the wells of salvation (Is. 12:3). Sanctification is once and for all. But we are also being sanctified continually (Heb. 10:14-18). It is through our continual relationship with His Word that we are sanctified continually (Jn. 17:15-18).
We are washed, sanctified, justified, and made holy
IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Speaker: Dave Everett
October 25, 2020
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Senior Pastor / PresidentDave Everett
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