Friday, June 15, 2018

You Are Born Again - Redeemed - Saved - Sealed - God's Own Possession - So What?

Also…add to your faith… —2 Peter 1:5 

{CHAMBERS} “In the matter of drudgery. Peter said in this passage that we have become “partakers of the divine nature” and that we should now be “giving all diligence,” concentrating on forming godly habits (2 Peter 1:4-5). We are to “add” to our lives all that character means. No one is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; it must be developed. Nor are we born with habits— we have to form godly habits on the basis of the new life God has placed within us. We are not meant to be seen as God’s perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace. […] It is difficult for us to do the “adding” that Peter mentioned here. We say we do not expect God to take us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we do! I must realize that my obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all of the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I will do my duty, not for duty’s sake but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience all of the magnificent grace of God is mine through the glorious atonement by the Cross of Christ. 

{ELGIN}  Do you see yourself as a partaker of the “divine nature”.  That on the day .. the hour .. the minute .. the second … the moment in time when you were born again by the Spirit of God … that forever more you have a spark of the Divine Nature of God in you? Isn’t that remarkable?  And yet .. for something so supernatural .. so amazing … so incomprehensible … it is all too often disregarded … our salvation becomes something that happened to us not something that is happening even today and will continue into infinity.  Wow! Why do you think that so many treat that amazing truth like it is a dirty t-shirt lying on the floor in their closet?  (Ephesians 1:13-14) “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Do you see that?  We are God’s possession .. we must stop acting like the willful children that we are and submit to the will of the Father. We are sealed – marked – with the Spirit  as a deposit – a guarantee – like earnest money you pay when you commit to buying an house.  God has committed to us that our home is in heaven because of our faith in His Son.  I want to encourage you to think about that this morning.  Think about the “So What”.  So if all that is true – what does that mean for the way I am to live my life before I get to heaven?  You can’t do that on your own.  It takes the power of God and self-denial.  (Mark 8:34-35) “Then he [Jesus] called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

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