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By Your Fruit (Posted Jan 2, 2011)
 

MARCH – APRIL  2009



THE CALL TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS AND PERFECTION

 

 

A continuous study of the Old Testaments clearly reveals who God is and that His command to those whom He has called is to live in righteousness and holiness.  The New Testament reveals how to live in righteousness and holiness through Jesus Christ.  Jesus provides the way and the truth having given His sacrificial and risen life for those who believe in Him. Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself as LORD AND JUDGE OF ALL, who judges and will administer final judgment to the righteous and the unrighteous.

 

The Old and New Testament reveals Jehovah (LORD) as the personal God, the covenant giving and keeping God, the God of revelation, the Deliverer, the Friend of His people, the ever living Helper, the Savior and the Sanctifier.  Both Testaments also show God is the Holy, Righteous, Perfect and Eternal One. The LORD is the Self Existent One, the Maker and Ruler of all.

 

God’s Holy Word reveals that God’s people must live holy, righteous and perfect.  “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10); “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.  And ye shall keep my statutes (laws), and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.”  (Leviticus 20:7-8). And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1)

 

Scriptures taken out of context leads some to think righteousness and holiness result from works that we do.   Many people even disagree with God’s Holy Word, stating we cannot be holy, righteous and perfect.  I have come to understand they are speaking from about their flesh (carnally) in stead of spiritually (see Romans 8:1-2)  An expository study (letting the Word speak and confirm itself) will lead God’s people to right thinking about who we are in Him.  God has called us to obedience and it is His Holy Spirit that enables us to live obediently in His Word as we yield ourselves to Him.  This is the righteousness, holiness and perfection that God requires. 

 

The Call to Righteousness

Through Moses, God told the Israelites prior to miraculously leading them through the Jordan river into Canaan; “Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness” (Deuteronomy 9: 5-7). God spoke this to the Israelites as a reminder that He knew their hearts and their history of disobedience to Him.  God does nothing because of the righteousness, holiness or perfection of people.  What God does is for His own sake.  We are only the benefactors of His righteous acts.  

 

God expects His people to be right at all times according to His Holy Word.   “The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.” (Psalm 7:8)  During the battle at Jericho, Achan who was of the tribe of Judah sinned by stealing some of the things God had told them not to take.  God had commanded them to destroy everything connected to Jericho.  God judged this act and allowed men of Ai to kill some Israelites in their next battle.  When Joshua inquired of God why the battle was lost? God told him it was because of the sin of Israel.  God judged the whole nation for the sin of Achan. Achan confessed his sin after Joshua confronted him.  However Achan and his family were stoned.  The entire family, all their possessions and the stolen things were burned with fire.  The Israelites had become unclean because 0f Achan’s sin.  God commanded Israel to “sanctify their selves unto Him.”  They had to be clean (right, without sin) to come into the presence of God.  

 

 

How do we become righteous?  In Psalm 51:10 David prayed “Create in me a clean heart,

O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Naturally, we are inclined to please ourselves

rather than please God.  Achan pleased himself by taking what God told him not to take.  David pleased Himself by taking Uriah’s wife.  David prayed that God would create in him a clean heart because he became unrighteous because of the sin he had committed.  We must be cleansed from within so we will have right thoughts and righteous desires. 

 

We are not righteous by doing good for Isaiah 64:6 says the following “but we are all as an unclean thing (infected with sin and impure), and all our righteousnesses (righteous deeds) are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities (sins), like the wind, have taken us away.”  Sin makes us unclean so that we cannot approach God. (Romans. 3:23).  Many of us attempt to come to him demanding acceptance from Him on the basis of “our” good works. God’s righteousness can not be obtained by what we do.   Only through the death, burial, resurrection, ascension and Jesus sending and in dwelling His Holy Spirit are God’s people cleansed and brought into His presence.   We become righteous through Christ who is the atonement for our sins.  Christ Righteousness is poured out into His people at their conversion. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

The Call to Holiness

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:” (1 Peter 1:13-17) 

 

In the above Scripture holy means sacred, pure physically, blameless religiously, consecrated ceremoniously.  We are to be like God.   God’s way of holiness is His people’s way of living.  Holiness means being totally devoted and dedicated to God, set aside for His special use, and set apart from sin and its influence.  Our focus and priorities must be His.  We cannot be holy on our own.  God gives us His Holy Spirit to help us obey and to give us power to overcome sin.   

 

Because God is holy He cannot and will not ignore, excuse or tolerate sin.  Sin separates people from God.  Those who do not allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse them and continue in their sin in death will be eternally separated from God.    God has made provisions for us to live in holiness.  In Exodus 19:5-6 God tells the Israelites “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and holy nation.”  Through the grace of God we have been called to lives of holiness.

 

 Jesus Christ is the only way.  Those of God must believe in God who raised Jesus Christ up from the dead and gave Him glory so that those who believe in God through faith and hope will be in God.  This is accomplished by obeying the truth through the Holy Spirit which results from being born again by the Word of God which lives and abides forever.  This is the holiness given through the grace of God. (See 1 Peter 1:19-23)  Holiness comes from wholehearted obedience to God.  To summarize, holiness grows in response to God’s Word.  Jesus’ prayer to God in John 17:17 is God will “Sanctify (set apart for sacred use, cleansed and made holy) them (His people) through God’s  truth, God’s word is truth.”


 

The Call to be Perfect

Mathews 5:48 Jesus says “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”  Jesus also says in Luke 6:40 “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.  Yet it appears we are always touching and agreeing that we are not perfect.  So I have come to understand that this is the flesh talking about itself.  It is true in our flesh, we will never be perfect.  However, Romans 8:13 states “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (kill) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” How is this accomplished? Roman 8:3-4 states “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  Jesus says in John 17:23 “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one….”

 

 God has made provisions for us to live perfect.  Psalm 138:8 says “The LORD will perfect (complete) that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.  Through God’s Holy Spirit we are living in the perfectness of God.  We are called to be like Christ, We are to be separate from the world’s sinful values and we are to be devoted in obedience to God’s holy Word.  We must grow up in Christ as the Word commands.  We must love as Christ loves us.  We can do none of the above on our own.  Perfection is the work of God’s Holy Spirit in us.  Again it calls for a“yieldedness” of  thoughts, desires and behaviors (ones self) to God’s Holy Spirit.

 

God called the Israelites to perfection commanding them “Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” (Deuteronomy 18:13-14)  Be assured that God would never command His people to be something that He did not intend for them to be.  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?  God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. (1 Samuel 22:31-33)

 

Another way to look at this is….we look at our selves in time.  Seeing our behavior, our thoughts, our desires and what we do from day to day.  However, this is not how God sees us.  God looks at our heart and our intent eternally because he is not in time but eternity.  Psalm 139:13-16 confirms this, for David noted “For thou didst form my inward parts:  Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works;  And that my soul knoweth right well.  My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them” (ASV).  

 

David is saying in God his life was complete prior to conception. We can only see spiritually as God reveals Himself and His works to us.  What God has done for us was finished on the cross when Jesus said it is “Finished”. We should not think of perfect in the sense that the world uses it.  God’s work is finished, complete, perfect.  God’s people’s fervent prayer for each other should be the same as Epaphras in Philippians 3:12 “....oh, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

It is up to us, we can follow either Solomon’s or David’s example. “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.” (1 Kings 11:4)

God has called us to live righteous holy and perfect in Him.  Our obedience is to allow His Holy Spirit to do His perfect work in us.  Jude 1:24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”

 

There are numerous Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments that reveals the LORD’s call to holiness, righteousness and “perfectedness.”   If we desire to live with God in eternity, this is the life that must be lived.  There really is no other choice that can be made.   May we allow the Word of God to continue the transformation and conformation of our hearts as we continue to live in a state of “yieldedness” to God’s Holy Spirit.  Our LORD commands us to grow to the full statue of Jesus Christ!   Jesus Christ is righteousness and holiness.  Without Jesus this life is meaningless. 

 

Blessed Yieldedness!

 

 

 

Doris Mabin

March 28, 2009

 

 

 

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JANUARY 2009



Chosen and Appointed (Annointed)!
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:16-17).
The above Scripture clearly demonstrates Jesus does the choosing and appointing.  In today’s “self centered” environment, many people who proclaim to be Christians are seeking what work they can do in the physical church.  These works are called ministries; persons doing these works are called ministers.  They do not say Christ is working in and through them by the power of His Holy Spirit, nor do they call themselves servants. In this sense, minister is used primarily to identify an elevated position or role in the church.  As we allow the Holy Spirit to give us understanding of what Jesus was teaching His disciples and is now speaking to us through His Word, we can only see ourselves as servants to His Lordship.  Jesus is our Master, anything we do apart from him is temporal, meaningless and dead.  Jesus lets us know as stated in the above Scripture, He chooses and He appoints.
            A search of the Scripture clearly reveals the constancy and confirmation of the truth of God choosing and appointing is through His death on the cross, His ascension to heaven and His sending the Holy Spirit who lives in those who believes in Him.  Jesus chooses His people for servant-hood and any works done without the leading of the Holy Spirit is fruitless.  Let the Word of God reveal His confirming truth!  
            God chose Noah, seeing him as a man who was righteous and who walked with Him while at the same time seeing the earth as corrupt and “all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12). When God chooses and appoints, He also prepares completely.  The Scripture says God gave Noah instructions, material and time to build the ark, and when it was complete He said to Noah “come with your family into the ark” (Genesis 7:1).  After Noah, his family and two of a kind of every animal went into the ark in obedience to God, God shut Noah and his family in the Ark (Genesis 7:16).  When God stopped the flood, He told Noah to go out of the ark (Genesis 8:15).  God showed Himself to Noah as Jehovah (Righteous God) who is the Creator of the earth and whose relationship is with His righteous people.
            God chose Abraham to be the Father of God’s seed (righteous people).  We see God telling Abram in Genesis 12:1 to get out of his country, Ur of the Chaldees; from his relatives and from his father’s house into the land that He would show him.  God said He would make Abram a great nation, He would bless him and make his name great, and, that Abram would be a blessing.  God revealed Himself to Abraham as his “God Most High”, El Elyon (Genesis 14:19-20). God took Abraham to the land he would give him and showed him the stars in the heaven which cannot be numbered.  This was comparable with the seed to come.  Abraham believed God and it was counted by God as righteous.  God also told Abraham that it was He who brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees. (Genesis 15:5-7).  
            God Chose Abraham and blessed him with fruitfulness, the promise that Abraham believed but did not live to see. “Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all the nations be blessed. So then, they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:7-9).  Like Noah, Abraham was chosen by God who chose and appointed him to be the father of many nations.
            The constancy and confirmation of God’s choosing continues in Genesis chapter 26 when God appears to Isaac telling him to go down into Egypt.   God told Isaac that He was with him, he and his seed would be blessed and he would receive the promise God made to his father Abraham.  This promise continued with Jacob who God told in Genesis 28:15 “I am with thee and will keep thee whithersoever thou go, and will bring thee again into the land of promise.”  God reaffirms His promise to Jacob, Jacob vows to God “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way to go…..Jehovah will be my God” (Genesis 28:20-22). 
            In choosing Joseph, God lets us know through Joseph’s own words that even though his brothers placed him in a well and sold him, God used this event to continue the promise made to Abraham.  They did sell him but it was God who chose Joseph to preserve life (Genesis 45:5). God also chose Moses who led the people of Israel in the wilderness and Joshua who let them into the promise land (the very same land promised to Abraham). 
            The call of God is not to do works of the flesh, instead the call comes before we are formed in the womb. This is revealed through Isaiah and Jeremiah.  Isaiah 49:1-3 says “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name: and he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me: and he hath made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he kept me close: and he said unto me, Thou art my servant; Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”  And in Jeremiah 1:4-5 Jeremiah says “Now the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.” 
     God’s purpose in coming to earth in human form (Jesus) was to complete the promise made to Abraham.  Matthew 4:12-17 “Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, (Note Jesus is at the very place God spoke to Abraham about). Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, The people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up. From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
In John 6:37 Jesus says “all that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and him that cometh will be no wise cast out.  For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that which He has given me I lose nothing.”  Jesus prayed a similar prayer for the disciples in John chapter 17.  Note God has already chosen those who are in Him before Jesus came down from heaven.  (See earlier examples of Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as Paul below.)   Jesus’ death on the cross, freed those who were chosen from the penalty of sin.  In doing so, those who are chosen are also appointed to be His servants, the purpose is to serve others.   “These things I command you that you love one another.” To love is to serve.
“Jesus prayed all night to God and when it was day he called his disciples and chose twelve:  Peter and Andrew, James and John sons of Zebedee and Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, Matthew the Publican, James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananaean and Judas Iscariot who also betrayed Him.”  The disciples were chosen and appointed to their specific purpose.  The Scripture says,   “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them, saying, go not into the way of the Gentiles, and enter not into any city of the Samaritians: but go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
Paul’s life and his words also reveal that Jesus chooses and appoints for he says “But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, even from my mother’s womb, and called me through his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles; straightway I conferred not with flesh and blood” (Galatians 1:15-16). 
Paul explains in Romans 4, God’s choosing this way, to paraphrase; did Abraham find God through his flesh?  The answer has to be no.  God came to Abraham.  Abraham was blessed because God chose him and counted him righteous.  Verses 2-4 “For if Abraham was justified by works (his flesh), he hath whereof to glory; but not toward God.  For what saith the scripture? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reckoned for righteousness.”
Many Christians will say the works they are doing in the church building is their ministry, stating faith without works are dead. The Scripture that is used to support this thought is “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” (James 2:17).  A Holy Spirit-inspired expository study of Genesis, Romans and Galatians will all lead to one conclusion, the work referred to in this Scripture is not “self centered” or self serving actions performed by self glorifying people, instead it refers to the Holy Spirit working in God’s people who he has chosen and appointed to bear much spiritual fruit. (See John Chapter 15)
There is nothing wrong with using “minister” as long as we understand that it means “servant”. That it is not used to build up the flesh.  To quote Oswald Chambers we need to realize that we have “no end, no aim, no purpose but Jesus Christ and we must have a life changing absolute Holy Spirit filled, overpowering relationship in Jesus Christ.”  Quoting Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:2 we must come to a place in our lives where we can say sincerely “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”  Quoting Jesus in John 6:63 “It is the Spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I have spoken unto you are Spirit, and are life.”  Remember God chooses and appoints.

If you have not given Jesus Christ Lordship over your Life, please pray and meditate on the Word of God below:

 

  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10:13)

If you have sincerely believed that Jesus Christ died for your sin, he was buried, arose again, ascended back to heaven and has placed His Holy Spirit within you; you are now born again. “Now consider yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11). Make sure you join a Bible-believing and teaching, Holy Spirit filled Church.  Get in the Bible Study there and also make sure you are committed to personal prayer and Bible study.  “….your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).


Doris Mabin                                                                                                     January 24, 2009

 

 

 

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DECEMBER 2008


FULLNESS OF TIME
Writing this has given me much relief.  God had placed in my heart some years ago to share some of the results of my meditative studies with others.  My husband has also periodically encouraged me to do the same.  All things the Lord gives us to do will manifest itself in completeness or the fullness of time.  I had wondered many times in the past while I was not doing what God had given me to do.  God finally revealed the reason; it could only be done in the fullness of time evidenced by His fulfilling His Holy will through His Word.
Many times we think when God calls us to do something we should immediately jump right into it.  However, God consistently reveals in His Word that the evidence of His promises is revealed by His Word in time. (See Habakkuk 2:1-3)   God revealed time in Genesis 1:14, “Let there be lights (sun and moon) in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.” This revolution of time gives us an understanding of constant progression.  God made time for us.  God created everything in the beginning, is eternal and does not dwell in time.  If we wish to see God’s fullness of time we must obediently wait for His plan to be manifested in its fullness in our lives.  Here are a few examples that demonstrate man’s response to God in relationship to the fullness of God’s time. 
In Genesis Chapter 2:26 God said “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness”…… God made man in such a way to reflect some of His own perfections….perfect in knowledge, righteousness and holiness with dominion over all the creatures.”  The fall of Adam and Eve clearly shows us the evidence of not living in God’s Word and will. They could have lived in the fullness of God’s time; however their disobedience resulted in God’s judgment.  Adam went from being a guard who had dominion over the creatures which was an enjoyment of work to work that became drudgery because God cursed the ground.  God cursed Satan and brought hostility between Eve and Satan and their seeds/descendants (confirmed in Micah 5:3, Luke 1:31 and Matthew 3:7), as well as changes in childbirth for Eve and her relationship with Adam.  Time in the garden spent with Satan led to death both physical and spiritual because sin always separates us from God (Reference Gen. 2 and 3). God restored Adam and Eve’s relationship with him, but man no longer lived in the fullness of time. This act of self-will impacted mankind, no longer would man be born in the image and likeness of God. Genesis 5:3 states “Adam had a son that was born in his likeness and image, meaning after the image and likeness of man.
 After the sin in the garden, God has moved in men and women in both the Old and New Testament to fulfill the fullness of time.  In Genesis Chapter 15 God continued the progression to His fullness of time.  The Word of God came to Abraham to let him know that he was called to be the father of many nations and the inheritor of the land progressing toward the fulfillment of fullness of time.  “And Abraham believed in the Lord, and He counted it to Him righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).  “Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham.  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all the nations be blessed” (Galatians 3:6-8).  Even though Abraham went against God’s will by having a son by Sarah’s handmaiden Hagar, God’s promise was not thwarted as His promise was fulfilled through the birth of Isaac.  
 
Men and women both in the Old and New Testament who God used in the progression of the “fullness of time” are too numerous to mention.  However two are necessary to demonstrate the evidence of God’s revealed promise.  These women by our thinking would never have been considered worthy.   Who would have expected Rahab the prostitute to be in the lineage of David and Jesus and is also listed in the faith chapter, Hebrews 11.  Or who would have expected Mary a virgin who was engaged to be married to be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Mary was used by God to fulfill the fullness of time.  “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements (sin/death) of the world:  But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:3-5). 
Ephesians Chapter 1 tells us that we have redemption through the blood of Christ and the forgiveness of sin which we inherited from Adam.  This redemption and forgiveness are received through the grace of God.  Through the Spirit of God, His will is revealed to us according to His good pleasure which He purpose in Himself by gathering all things as one in Christ in the fullness of time.  God has sealed us with His Holy Spirit to enable us to hear the Word of Truth which is the gospel of our salvation.  “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him.” (Ephesians 2:9)
     Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death. (Psalm 68:19-20)  In the fullness of time God resurrected those who trust in Jesus Christ from dead in sin to life in Jesus Christ. “Neither yield ye your members (parts of the body) as instruments (weapons) of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion (exercise lordship) over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:13-14)  The fulfillment of time included Old Testament saints.  They were resurrected at the death of Jesus. (See Matthew 27:51:53)
     

God works all things after the counsel of His will and it is a blessing to wait on Him and rest in the fullness of His time. 

If you have not given Jesus Christ Lordship over your Life, please pray and meditate on the Word of God below:
  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10:13)
If you have sincerely believed that Jesus Christ died for your sin, he was buried, arose again, ascended back to heaven and has placed His Holy Spirit within you; you are now born again. “Now consider yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11). Make sure you join a Bible believing and teaching, Holy Spirit filled Church.  Get in the Bible Study there and also make sure you are committed to personal prayer and Bible study.  “….your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

God Bless!

Doris Mabin                                                                                                                    December 23, 2008