Purity then responsibility; Sanctification in a nutshell

The process of living a faith life within a secular culture is never easy.  Feeling as if one is always going against the grain or swimming up stream can be tiresome.  But in looking at God’s promises to us in Hebews 1:1-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:7, encouraging promises emerge.  The first is that God’s action to and in us cements our position and relationship with Him.  In Hebrews 1:3, He purifies us.  That purity (greek “katharismos”) is our positional righteousness before Him based on nothing other than His work in our lives.  It does not move, it does not change.  The second is then the call to our response to live inside righteousness in holiness (greek “agiasmos”) because He has not left us impure (greek “akatharsis”).  1 Thessalonians 4:7 says, “God has not called us for impurity but in holiness”.

As we grow in the ups and downs of a faith walk, our position never changes but we can grow in holiness.  Holiness is when actions reflect position.  God give us help in this process (Hebrews 2:16).  When actions do not reflect position, God does not abandon us or change our position but forgives and renews us as we seek Him afresh (Titus 3:4-6).



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