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GOD MAKES YOU HOLY
“…WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH (DISCIPLINES)…” (HEBREW 12:6 KJV).
“…be ye holy, for I am holy…” (1 Peter 1:16 KJV).
|TAKE PART IN HIS HOLINESS|
Holiness is the best part of the whole relationship with God and the surefire way to get know who his is at the core of his being.
|IF GOD DOESN'T DISCIPLINE YOU; YOU ARE NOT HIS CHILD|
God loves his children deeply and he will always discipline them for their holy good (Hebrews 12:10). God’s discipline is not a punishment or some kind of a curse, but a correction. “….for whom the Lord loveth he CORRECTETH……” (Proverbs 3:12 KJV).
|BECAUSE GOD DISCIPLINES ME|
|DON'T DESPISE DISCIPLINE|
The wonderful thing about being a “child of God” is that YOU are “…accepted in the beloved…” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). What an awesome position to be God’s child and to be accepted by him as well. What makes you acceptable? Jesus does.
But you must “...put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ… (Romans 13:14 KJV). If you read Ephesians 1:6 again it says you are accepted “IN” the beloved (which is Jesus) and not “OUT” of the beloved. Remember God spoke from heaven and said this about Jesus, “…this is my BELOVED Son, in whom I am well pleased…” Matthew 3:17 KJV).
You have become the object of God’s divine, endless, covenant, and unconditional love because you have been justified by faith and are now “… in the beloved…” Without Jesus you are nothing more than an unrepentant sinner and unaccepted by God. But “…in the beloved…” you are NOW accepted (Romans 13:14).
Without Jesus and his finished work on the cross, you would NOT be acceptable. The only thing that makes you acceptable is JESUS and nothing else. Only IN Jesus, YOU are completely cleansed from sin and made righteousness. In addition, you are made holy and pleasing to God and therefore, have become “…accepted in the beloved…”
You are now the object of a holy, divine love because of Jesus. Since Jesus was the perfect Son (child), God wants YOU to become conformed to his likeness (Romans 8:29). Therefore, God loves you so very much that discipline is important for becoming Christ-like and he encourages you to be zealous about repenting from wrong behavior (Revelations 3:19).
|TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND|
Most people frown at discipline and often don’t understand God’s ways of doing it. The main focus of God’s discipline is always holiness and his ultimate desire for you is to be holy as he, himself is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Lessons through discipline are not easy, but God disciplines every single child without exception. God knows that discipline is a guaranteed road to holiness and obedience. You “…are being made free from sin…. Your fruit unto holiness…” (Romans 6:22 KJV).
He also knows that discipline includes some level of suffering. Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered also (Hebrews 5:8). It is not natural for you to be holy and God knows you need supernatural training in holiness.
Just like a caterpillar may go through a painful metamorphous yet yield the butterfly, so we too must experience a similar journey yielding the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28).
You are not a caterpillar, but I will use a caterpillar as a model only. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it settles to a safe place, called a cocoon. Many times when we are going through a transformation period it involves some trial or tribulation we may have to settle into, like a cocoon, for a while.
|A NEW CREATION|
God allows his children to be put into a place similar to a cocoon while transformation occurs. This cocoon, for the child of God, always includes the additional safety of being “in” Christ. During transformation the caterpillar dies to his or her old self and changes into a butterfly. During God’s transformation periods you will also die to the old self and change, through the enablement of the Holy SpirIt, into the “new creation (2 Corinthians 2:17).
The caterpillar only goes through the transformation process once, but God’s children experience ongoing transformation processes. In order for the caterpillar to shed its old self, most of the old body must die through a process called histolysis. Histolysis eradicates most of the caterpillar’s old self, leaving a “wee remnant,” and that “wee remnant” is used to build the new body.
|2 CORINTHIANS 2:17|
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BY PENSACOLA H JEFFERSON
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