(…continue from part two…)
3) The accentuation of our acquaintance has a documentation in 1John 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.” I have always maintained that Christians are the most favoured species of creationism. A Christian must be first acquitted of the Adamic sinful nature to be God’s treasured possession. We are as Christ Himself is. ‘As he is,’ is the Greek καθως εκεινος εστιν, a transliteration of kathōs ekeinos esti. How is Christ? He is as we read in Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Isaiah 11:5 “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” 1John 3:7 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” Christians cannot be wallowing in the debt of sinfulness and be said to have the righteousness of Christ. One should have been acquitted to don the righteousness of God.
Jesus Christ is holy. Acts 3:14 “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;” 1Peter 1:19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” for this reason we are holy and without blemish before the thrice holy Jehovah. Why? As Jesus is, so we (born again Christians) are in the world. The Lord Jesus is the One of purity. 1John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” Our spiritual DNA does not have any nature of sin to display. We, favourably, are as the Lord our Saviour. Amen. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” [1Corinthians 1:30].
Spiritual acquaintance makes unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. If God be for us who can be against us, the elect? Absolutely none can. Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” One of Christ’s characters in this verse is, Everlasting Father. As the offspring of the eternality of His Fatherhood, we live as eternally as Jesus Christ. Amen.
Discharged from sin, we stand by the side of our Redeemer. Romans 6:1-11, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10) For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Colossians 2:20-22 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22) Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” Our natural sinfulness, nailed to the Golgotha substitutionary death, we stand legally discharged for as long as Christ sits at the right hand of the eternality of the Divinity –in the celestial assizes.Hebrews 10:1-2 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” The New Testamentary economy, unlike the Old Order, cleanses the sin nature thoroughly. Jesus addressed the sin question, solved it once for all and forever when He performed the substitutionary death on the cross.
Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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