1 Thessalonians 5: 23, 24 – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” Paul’s prayer is that we may be sanctified in all aspects of our lives; spirit, soul and body. Every part of a Christian’s life should bear evidence that he or she is set apart as holy to God. Christians are already saints in the sense that we have been set apart to God. Blameless does not mean free from sin, but free from causes for reproach or regret.
Ecclesiastes 5:4,5 – “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it. For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed – better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” One should not attempt to bribe God with a hasty vow.
Proverbs 3:11,12: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.” The discipline of the LORD is the other side of His grace. We should cherish God’s correction in our lives, because God disciplines only those He loves. Have a safe and blessed weekend brothers and sisters!
Psalm 24: 1,2 – “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.” The psalmist praises God as Sovereign over all He has created. God’s rule extends to all people, even those who do not acknowledge His power.
Galatians 6: 1-5: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.” The law of Christ is the summation of the law “Love thy neighbor.” The term fulfill suggests that choosing to bear another Christian’s burdens is what Christ expects of all believers. Anyone who concludes that he is something special, through shortsighted self-comparison with those who seem to have fallen, truly deceives himself. Instead of examining and judging others, a Christian should always examine his own work to see if he or she is closely following Christ’s example.
Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.” Many proverbs contrast the arrogant with the humble, as this one does. The Hebrew word for “pride” comes from a root that means “to boil up”; it refers to a raging arrogance. The image pictures the presumptuous or arrogant behavior of the godless person. Such behavior generally leads to shame.
Romans 5: 18, 19: “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Paul completes the comparison between the sinful work of Adam and the righteous work of Jesus. Through Adam came condemnation. Through Christ came justification of life, a justification that produces life.
By Christ’s death many will be made righteous, that is believers are actually being constituted or made righteous. Through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, the believer who has been declared righteous by God is continually becoming more righteous.