Commentary By: Gordon King
As we approach the new year we also approach the coming of our King, Jesus Christ, the Messiah! As the new year rings in so does the closeness of the rapture of the church and the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.
And as these things approach we are being made more and more in the image of God.
We as believers in Jesus Christ are already justified, sanctified, and glorified in the eyes of God, yet we are now in the process of being sanctified, which may not make sense to us but it does to God. We have been sanctified by His righteousness and it will continue until our redemption is completed in Christ. We cannot be glorified unless we are first sanctified, and in God’s eyes we are already glorified!
“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.“
This sanctification process will continue until our redemption is complete, until we meet our Lord and Savior and see Him as He is, then and only then will our sanctification be completed in Christ. It’s a process of being made more like Christ, of becoming more righteous, holy, and pure.
All of us are on a journey together, a life in a world which is not our home but only a temporary residence. And each one of us is at a different level of sanctification, and we all have varying levels of faith. Each one of us is unique, no one just the same, and no one else has had the same experiences in this life as another, not one. As such we all have our faults and weaknesses, merits and strengths, we all see things just a little bit differently, from a different perspective.
Yet we should all be striving to see things from a godly perspective, from a heavenly perspective, from Christ’s perspective!
It isn’t always about what we do in this life but who we know! It’s about who we have a relationship with, and when we have a relationship with the Creator of this universe, Jesus Christ, then we have what it takes to overcome the world, to live as we should live, and to be imitators of Christ.
Like I said before, we are all on different planes of our Christian walk, some are still babes, others teenagers, and yet others elderly in their faith, how many levels are there? I don’t know, how many stars are there in the universe? We cannot expect all believers to have the same level of faith or to understand everything that we might have insight, wisdom, or understanding of, it just won’t happen in this world.
God our Father in heaven already sees us as being sanctified, as being a completed work in Christ, yet in this world it is still a process for us. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to us, but that is just how it is. We are children of God, and as such we will one day be a completed work in Christ!
The more that I learn and discover about God, the more that I know I have to learn about God. The more that my faith increases the more that I can see my weaknesses and faults, however, I can also see more of my merits and strengths as well!
When we obey God then we will be blessed, when we disobey God then we will be chastised for it. However, if we are born-again then we will get to heaven, we are children of God whether we obey Him or not! Once we have been saved then we are His forever, this is a promise of God! It is not our job to sanctify ourselves, this is the job of the Holy Spirit within us.
“that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.“
And if we disobey and are led astray, then the Holy Spirit will convict us and will teach us a lesson, and it may not be so pleasant! God loves those that He chastens, and He chastens those who belong to Him.
“For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.“
This chastening is a part of our sanctification process, if we are led astray or is we choose to disobey God then we shall be chastened.
On a side note we as Christians we are to love those who love us back and those who don’t, we are to even love our enemies! These aren’t my words but God’s!
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,“
Many things of God just don’t make much earthly sense to us, we cannot use human rationale and reasoning to make any sense of these things, for God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. We are not to question God in these things but to have faith and obey.
Whatever happens to us in this world, whatever we do or don’t do, I truly believe with all of my heart that once we are born-again we are the sole possessions of God, that nothing or no one can snatch us out of His mighty hands! We are not yet perfect, not one of us, no one. It is His job to make us more like His Son Jesus Christ, His job to sanctify us, to chasten us, to perfect us.
We must learn to love those who come against us, we must learn to forgive, we must have patience, mercy, and grace, for what we give shall be given back to us in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over!
“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
As born-again believers in Jesus Christ we can rest assured that we are resting in God’s hands, that He is in control, and that our redemption will one day be completed in Christ, just as He is! This should give us great hope and encouragement.
1 John 3:2
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
God bless my friends! Maranatha!