Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Messiah: Fulfillment of the promise.2Cori 7: 1-16
V:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates the body and the spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence to God.
It is just verse one, that we should pay attention to it. This is the command of the commander. Some scripture passages are really theological and are more about to do than just believing. It gives us something very clear to do. But before getting into that, it is important that we need to know the motivation.
Paul is talking about the promises of God. God promised to dwell among us, walk with us, be our God, welcome us, and be our Father. Christians are one day going to live together with God as His children and people. If that's the case, imagine some important person coming to our house in 15 minutes. What would we do to prepare our home to welcome him? We should probably start cleaning up. You would clean the house, take the trash, and will make sure you are presentable. It is the same with the promises of God. He is going to come to dwell with us and wants us to start cleaning up and preparing our body and spirit to be presentable to him without blemish. Can we? He wants us to have clean bodies and spirits without sin. How do we clean ourselves? Read 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.
If you are a child of God, ask God to search your heart and convict you of your sins. Then confess that sin to Him and those you wronged, asking for forgiveness, and in Christ Jesus, we are promised to be cleansed and made right.
The entire Christian life is all about repentance and asking forgiveness from the Lord. We need to be continually cleansed so that we can be ready to dwell with him when he comes. It is an everyday act of bringing holiness into our lives for fear of God. When you first receive Jesus as your Lord and savior, you are justified as righteous and the sanctification has started. It is a lifetime process of ongoing sanctification( cleansing of sin) till you meet him at His second coming. Then if the Lord finds your actions to be deemed acceptable and righteous, you may enter to glorification to meet him in mid-air when he comes back in the clouds.
Holy Father, search our hearts, convict us of any sin, and help us to confess and be cleansed. Forgive our sins, make us righteous and be presentable to God.
Thought of the Day
After being convicted sin, do not try to put off or try to justify it.
Dr.JohnK.Thomas Tabor MTC