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August 2, 2016

PERFECT SANCTIFICATION

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

Heaven is the throne of God, who is holy and holy as He is, nothing that is impure or unholy will enter His abode.  Nothing that works abomination, or defiles the abode of God will see the kingdom of heaven.  It is a place reserved for those whose names are written in the “Lamb’s book of Life”.    Our citizenship is in heaven and we look for our savior, Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our wicked and sinful bodies into glorious bodies worthy of entering into His presence. This perfection is achieved only when the Lord returns again.

It is not possible for anyone on this earth to attain perfection as long as one is in the wicked fleshly body made of dust. However, that should not be an excuse for any believer to be discouraged and be drifted away from the path of righteousness, which God wants us to tread on. The more negligent we are towards to God the more we drift away from Him rendering ourselves to chastisement. Believer will not lose salvation but will surely be chastised for his repeated sins.  If we confess our sins, then He is faithful to forgive our sins.

We know that every one begotten of God does not sin, but he that has been begotten of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (1 John 5:18)

There is no temptation that is beyond our capacity to endure and overcome it; rather in every situation when we are tempted by the devil, God provides a way for us to escape from it. It is by our choice that we deliberately fall into sin. God never tempts man; rather He always helps man to overcome temptation.

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)

BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT

Perfect sanctification is complete only when body and soul of a person are purified fully to the extent that there is no blemish in any one of them. This perfection is achieved only when Lord Jesus Christ returns again to receive all those who are saved. The body is not redeemed until it is buried in the grave and resurrected.

While those who were saved in Christ before He comes again will rise from the dead, those who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air to be with Him for ever and ever. They will reign, along with Jesus, over those who were in the ‘kingdom of heaven’.

The body is made of dust, which is also called as ‘flesh’ by Paul, will project the consequences of man’s sin. It will return to earth as dust at death. The body of saved one will rise in glory.  The soul is the inner man (the very man – ask yourself who you are!)  The soul of man, who is saved, is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto everlasting life. The soul of unsaved man will be cast into ‘lake of fire’. The spirit that God blew in to the nostrils of man returns to God.  (In some passages of the scripture ‘spirit’ is used to refer soul)

THE TRIUNE GOD

Unless triune God involves in purifying body and soul perfect sanctification of man is not achieved.  In the perfect sanctification of man the work of Triune God is clearly seen.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

The word became flesh and dwelt among us. John bare witness of Lord Jesus Christ, saying He was the one of whom He spoke, that would come after him.  Jesus was before John and even before Abraham.

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:58)

John was the forerunner of Jesus and cried in the wilderness “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” and baptized and preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. He bore witness of Jesus, who was to come after Him, yet He was preferred before him, because Jesus was before him.

Next day when he saw Jesus he said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.  John said Jesus was the One, who will baptize with the Holy Ghost. He saw the “Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him”.  (cf. John 1:32-34)

As we read in Luke chapter 4:1 when Jesus being fully of the Holy Spirit returned from River Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and forty nights. The devil tempted Him and He overcame all the temptations, thus defeating the devil, before He started His ministry on the earth.

After Jesus had started His ministry He said on day to His disciples that He will pray to the Father, who will send unto them “another Comforter”, who will abide with us, as also with the disciples. Hinting at His death, burial and Resurrection Jesus said that it is expedient that He should go away to the Father in order that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, may come.

Confusing as it may seem to them who lack wisdom from heaven, the triune God is totally out of their understanding (cf. John 14:16, 15:26,  John 16:7, Genesis 1:2, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 11:7, John 1:1, John 1:14, John 10:30 etc.)

Lord Jesus Christ overcame death when God raised Him from the dead on the third day. One important point that we always should bear in mind that the Father and the Son are one, even though we find in scriptures, several times, as God raised the Son from the dead. (cf. Acts 2:24, 3:26, 10:40, Romans 10:9).

Much confusion prevails in the minds of believers as in those, who confront Christians by saying that Jesus is the “Son of God” and not God. It is all because they have feeble and frail knowledge of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said:

I and my Father are one. (John 10:30)

The Father causes an effect in us to realize the truth of the knowledge of the Triune God, and leaves the choice for us to accept His one and only begotten Son, as the Savior.

Holy Spirit takes residence in the hearts of those who accept the ‘Son of God’ as their savior.  Neither the Father nor the Son, or the Holy Spirit puts any pressure or compels anyone or forcibly converts anyone to follow God. Holy Spirit guides us, convicts us of our sins, and leads us to the path of righteousness. Jesus had already paid the price of our salvation, and when this realization comes into the heart of man, he will accept Jesus as the Lord, and confesses his sins to Him, and believes in heart that God raised the Son from the dead.  Salvation is the work of the Triune God (Cf. Philippians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2, Galatians 5:22-23)

If anyone rejects the Jesus as the Lord, after having received the knowledge of the truth, then there remains no more sacrifice for sins. If a person continues to be in sin and chooses to reject Jesus, then God hands him over to his vile desires. The consequence of rejecting Jesus as the Lord is very serious. He/she stands condemned of his/her sins at the ‘great white throne’ judgment and will be cast into ‘lake of fire’, which is second death.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (Hebrews 10:26)

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (Romans 1:26)

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