God adopts holy people as
God adopts holy people as His Sons
"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God, the creator of the universe, is holy. He is perfectly righteous, pure and faultless. He is impartial towards people that he settles it in eternity. We have committed sins and became sinners. So, God tells us to become holy. Holiness must become our conduct of morality which is the fruit of righteousness. Holy life is possible by the grace of God, if our purpose in life is to become godly. Let us study how.
We must become holy in order to meet Jesus Christ at his second coming. The Bible requires that we attain holiness. It is through a process. Depending on the dedication and determination of individuals the duration of the process may be short or long. False believers are not in the process and they will discourage the true believers. But the true believers will grow in God until they will not sin anymore. Let us see a few facets of this process from the word of God.
"1 John 1:5. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" If we walk in darkness, that is sin, we can not have fellowship with God. So, repent, don't cover up with lie, but walk in the light. "7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" If we walk in the light as God is in the light, that is if we live without sin, then we will have true fellowship with the disciples of God. Further, the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin, that is all our past sins will be forgiven to us. "8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Again John warns the believers that if they sin, they must not hide their sins, but to confess their sins to God and then God will forgive their sins, and also cleanse them from all unrighteousness, meaning that God will clean the very core that causes sin so that they may not sin again. "1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning." God's purpose for writing the epistles is that his people must not sin. Then comes "1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." False preachers try to exploit verse 8 & 10 saying that if we say that we do not committing sin, we will be liars. Ignore these sons of the devil. Always remember that you were a sinner in the past and by the grace of God now you live in the light, as God is in the light. You have fellowship with holy men, but not with sinning people.
"Acts 20:28... the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, --." That is, if God forgives us, then God has purchased us for himself with the blood of Jesus. "1 John 1:9 --- and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He removes all our unrighteousness, which cause us to commit sins, from our hearts. "Ephesians 5:25 --- Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 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." If we belong to him, he makes us holy without blemish. "1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." Now he dwells in us. If God lives in us, we will not sin, because sin will become a disgust to us. But if we sin again on purpose, he will destroy us. But, "1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:" The reality is that if we abide in him, we will not commit sin. "Luke 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." Then we will be delivered from sin to serve him in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
True lovers of God will obey God. Fake lovers will not obey him. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: 1 John 2:3... hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." If we truly love him, we will obey him. Then we will be in him.
Perfect obedience will lead us to the abiding of the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son. Then God will live in us. We will overcome the devil and we will not sin. If we sin God is not in us. "John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him... 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 13 -young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. --14 I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one." So, if we love God we will obey God, then Jesus Christ and God the Father will love us and will live in us. As God abides in us, we have to walk as God walks. But, if you say that Jesus lives in your heart and live in sin, then it is a lie and our statement is fake. If you sin, it is proof that God is not abiding in you.
If we have the hope that we will meet Jesus Christ in eternity, we will purify ourselves as Jesus Christ is pure. "1 John 3:2 -- we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." If God abides (lives) in a man, then he cannot commit sin. So this believer will be holy. "1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Jesus Christ gives grace to repented people to stop their sins, then forgives their past sins, and thus saves them from their sins. "Matthew 1:21 --- his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." God will never call an unholy person as holy. Those who commit sin are sinners and they are not saved. "John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; "
Our success in living a holy life is the direct result of our striving to enter through the narrow gate of strict obedience. "Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, --- 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Striving is hard work. We have to bring our body into the subjection of the Holy Spirit. "1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." If we are subject to God, he will give himself to us and make us holy, as he is holy. "Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ,- 25 -- , even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 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. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." So, if we walk in his ways, we have entered the strait gate already. Praise the Lord!
God is perfect in holiness and righteousness. True and righteous are his judgments. He is not a respecter of persons. He is Almighty and the whole universe belongs to him. He is adopting sons to inherit his kingdom. Every human being is qualified to be adopted as his son.
"Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom." If you are his little flock, you will be adopted. "1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." If you love him, you will be adopted. "Revelation 22:12 I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." If you work for it, you will be adopted. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." If you purify yourself as he is pure, you will be adopted. "Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." If you suffer with him, you will be adopted. God bless you.
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