Daily Bread - September 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:46
1 Corinthians 6:11 - And this is what you were (vs 9-11); but now you are
washed, but now you are sanctified by the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by
the Spirit of our God.

Without the active work of the Holy Spirit, the redemption of Christ Jesus
and all its effects would not be realized by anyone. But, by the Name of
the Lord Jesus and by the Holy Spirit, we have received all of the benefits
and blessings of being made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians
1:17-18). The Ethiopian could scrub his skin night and day, but his color
would remain the same (Jeremiah 13:23). A garment once dyed with the stain
of scarlet and crimson will always remain red -no matter how it is washed.
The leopard may wish away his spots and the man of flesh may hope for the
life of the Spirit, but the nature of it will always remain the same.

Preachers and those who have perfected the art of religion may toil night
and day to change flesh into spirit, but their efforts will not produce one
measurable change; for that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and it
cannot come into the Kingdom (John 3:3-6). However, one touch of Jesus and
the sinner will be made a saint. Just as Jesus touched the blind man who
immediately received his sight and the leper who was immediately cleansed,
the life of a sinner is washed, justified, and sanctified by the power of
His Name and the power of the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Holiness of heart and life is not the perfection of human nature, but the
holiness of the divine nature dwelling within (A.B. Simpson). Men vainly
attempt to perfect themselves to make themselves better and worthy of
something more from God, but all such efforts are futile. The righteousness
of men is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Man does not know the way of
righteousness; the holiness of God is completely out of reach. It is only
by the mercy and the love of God that the miracle of salvation can come,
and the Holy Spirit can become our guide to show us the paths of
righteousness and teach us the ways of God!

What we all need to understand -very clearly- is that unholy,
unregenerated, and unsanctified men will not dwell in the presence of a
Holy God. We must be changed; and that change takes place not by the
efforts of religion and ritual, but by the miracle touch of God. God made a
way for us to step into this miracle by providing us with the blood of
Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-22; John 10:9, 14:6). By Christ Jesus we enter into a
realm where the Spirit of God comes and overshadows us, and the divine
nature is created within (Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Peter 1:4; Titus 3:5; Colossians
2:11). The new creation, created in righteousness and true holiness, and
washed from all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, must then be
willing to submit to obedience unto God and the leadership of the Holy
Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:23-24; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans
8:14, 12:1-2; 2 Peter 1:3-11). The former manner of life, with all that
belongs to the world, must not be allowed to come and ruin and mar that
which has been made new in Christ Jesus (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 7:1;
Galatians 5:16,25; Romans 8).

Oh, dear saints, the riches of God are so precious that we must give all
attention to making our calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11; Hebrews
2:3; Ephesians 1:17-18, 3:8-21)
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