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Saturday, 13 April 2013

I really am perfect!

Many who read these posts will understand; some may think it is the statement of a truly crazy person; but I enjoy reading the Bible.  I haven't kept a count of the number of times I have read the complete text and, of course, there are certain books, and passages, that I have read many more times than others; but one of the things that I love - and that many others have discovered for themselves - is the way in which I may be reading a passage for the umpteenth time when, quite suddenly, I notice something that I have never noticed before.

That was my experience during my personal devotions earlier in the week.  The plan I am currently following directed me to the New Testament book of the Letter to Jewish disciples of Jesus (aka the letter to the Hebrews).  I was reading in what we refer to as Ch.10 and the first 18 verses.  It was as I read v.10 that I stopped, and read it again: "And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

Did you notice what I had never noticed before?  It's the tense that the inspired writer uses - "... we have been sanctified ..."!  Now, in my book (you have downloaded it, haven't you?! if you haven't!), I have a chapter on Sanctification.  It's a very important word within the Christian faith.  But I explain that it is an ongoing process.  It is the process by which the disciple of Jesus is made increasingly more like Him.  And it's a process, I explain, that is only completed when we leave these sinful, mortal bodies, and go to be with Him.

Those words in the Letter to the Hebrews show that, from the perspective of eternity (there's a useful chapter on that subject, as well!) I am already viewed as being sanctified!  In v.14, the writer goes on to say that "... by a single offering He [Jesus] has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."  Wow!  That is amazing!

So, in spite of what others may see; in spite of what I know to be true about my own life; in the eyes of Father God, I am perfect.  He sees me, covered with the righteousness of Jesus; and I am justified, in Him.  Hallelujah!

(By the way, there are chapters on righteousness and justification in my book, as well!) :-)

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