THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-20-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED.”

WELCOME

"WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES, WILL HE REALLY FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?" WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION?

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM! THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER STRIVE TO HONOR HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, THIS MORNING IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TO SING HYMNS ABOUT GOD AND TO STUDY FROM HIS MAGNIFICENT WORD. NOW LET'S BOW OUR HEADS BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FATHER, WE ALSO THANK YOU FOR THE MANY PRIVILEGES THAT WE HAVE, TO NOT ONLY KNOW YOUR WILL BUT TO OBEY IT IN ALL THINGS. FATHER, WHEN WE COMPLETE THE WALK OF THIS LIFE, HELP US TO RECEIVE THAT GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN WHERE WE WILL LIVE WITH YOU ETERNALLY WHEN WE HAVE PROVEN OURSELVES ACCORDING TO WHAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE, YOUR LOVE, AND YOUR MERCY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN THIS MORNING, AS WE BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE TO GOD. WE WILL BEGIN THIS MORNING WITH AN ENCOURAGING HYMN THAT REMINDS US OF JUST HOW MUCH OUR GOD HAS DONE TO PREPARE OUR ETERNAL HOME. SO, WON'T YOU DO YOUR PART IN SONG TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER SING, "SING TO ME OF HEAVEN!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE THAT WE LIVE IN A WICKED SOCIETY TODAY. NOW, THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING IS WRONG, BUT THAT MOST THINGS ARE NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT WE READ IN THE BIBLE. WHEN WILL HUMANITY EVER LEARN THAT THE ONLY TRUE AND RIGHT WAY IS GOD'S WAY? OR WHEN WILL WE ALL WAKE UP TO REALIZE THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS ONLY FOUND IN THE WAYS OF GOD!

WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD TODAY OF EVIL AND WICKEDNESS, MY MIND OFTEN GOES BACK TO ANOTHER TIME IN HISTORY WHEN MAN BECAME TOO WICKED. A TIME WHEN EVERYONE DID ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DESIRE AND THEY REALLY DIDN'T CARE ABOUT WHAT GOD HAD TO SAY. CAN YOU REMEMBER THE STORY OF NOAH?

NOW LET ME ASK YOU, BECAUSE OF THE WICKEDNESS OF THE TIME, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WORLD? YOU AND I KNOW THE ANSWER, ALL LIFE WAS DESTROYED BY GOD. IN FACT, THE TEXT TELLS US THAT IT GRIEVED GOD THAT HE HAD MADE MAN. HE WAS SORRY ABOUT THE CREATIONS HE HAD MADE, BECAUSE OF THEIR WICKEDNESS.

ALSO CONSIDER HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE SPARED DURING THIS GREAT CLEANSING? WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER, ONLY 8 SOULS. NOAH, HIS WIFE, THEIR SONS AND THEIR WIVES. THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO WERE CONSIDERED RIGHTEOUS ENOUGH BY GOD TO BE SPARED DURING THIS GREAT DESTRUCTION.

IN ANOTHER OLD TESTAMENT STORY FOUND IN GENESIS 19, WE READ ABOUT SOME CITIES WHICH WERE AGAIN DESTROYED BY GOD, DUE TO GREAT WICKEDNESS. WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE STORY OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH. THINK FOR A MOMENT HOW MANY WERE SPARED IN THIS DESTRUCTION? AGAIN WE KNOW THE ANSWER, ONLY LOT AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS WERE SPARED. THE REASON IS ALWAYS THE SAME, "THERE WERE NONE RIGHTEOUS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!"

I MENTION THESE EXAMPLES TODAY TO EXHORT US UNTO LIVING AS GOD WANTS US TO. WHY, THINK ABOUT THE WORDS OF JESUS IN MATTHEW 7:14, "BECAUSE NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, AND THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND IT." CONSIDER OUR EXAMPLES DISCUSSED THIS MORNING, IN COMPARISON JUST HOW FEW ARE GOING TO FIND IT IN OUR DAY? THE VERSE PRIOR TO THIS ONE IN THE SAME PASSAGE SAYS, "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE; FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND THERE ARE MANY WHO GO IN BY IT." THE SAD REALITY IS, CHRIST SAID MOST ARE HEADING FOR DESTRUCTION, AND NOT BY HIS CHOICE, BUT THEIR OWN!

SO DOES IT MATTER HOW WE LIVE, WHAT WE DO, OR WHAT WE SAY? THE LORD SAID IT DOES. CHOOSE TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE LIVING AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD. DON'T BE FOUND LACKING, CAUGHT UP IN THE WICKEDNESS OF THIS WORLD, FINDING THAT IT IS TO LATE TO CORRECT WHAT'S WRONG IN YOUR LIFE. SO, AGAIN I ASK, WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION OF OUR LORD, "WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES, WILL HE REALLY FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH," LUKE 18:8.

THIS MORNING WE ARE EXCITED AGAIN TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT IS A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI AND HE ALSO PREACHES FOR THE HWY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IN BOLIVAR, MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR AGAIN BEING WITH US TODAY.

AS FAR AS OUR DISCUSSION THIS MORNING, WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS, "GOD'S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER BROTHER GREEN WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN THIS MESSAGE OF THE MORNING. NOW LET'S JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, AS WE GLORIFY GOD OUR CREATOR. THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS "SOFTLY AND TENDERLY."

LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN

WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE IT IS, AS IT IS ALWAYS, TO OPEN GOD'S WORD AND TO STUDY FROM IT. AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES, LET'S CONSIDER AGAIN WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN 1PETER CHAPTER 2 BEGINNING IN VERSE 9 IT SAYS, “ BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE AND THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLS YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. WHO ONCE WERE NOT A PEOPLE, BUT ARE NOW A PEOPLE OF GOD. ONCE YOU HAD NOT RECEIVED MERCY, BUT NOW HAVE OBTAINED MERCY.” WE LEARN THERE WHAT IT MEANS TO REALLY BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GOD'S OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. AS WE CONSIDER THIS VERSE AGAIN THE LESSON HERE AT THIS TIME COMES AGAIN IN RELATIONSHIP TO THIS VERSE. WHAT WE HAVE JUST READ IN VERSE 9 REFERS TO GOD'S PEOPLE AS A HOLY NATION. WITH THAT WORD HOLY, THAT SIGNIFIES THAT GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO BE PURE. GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO BE CLEANSED AND GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO BE SANCTIFIED.

AS WE CONSIDER WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GOD'S OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED. THEY ARE A PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN PURIFIED FROM SIN. THEY ARE A PEOPLE THAT ARE CLEANSED FROM THEIR INEQUITIES. THEY ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED AND SET APART BY GOD FOR HIS SPECIAL SERVICE. IT'S INTERESTING AS WE READ ABOUT THIS HOLY NATION THAT THE SAME ROOT WORD USED BY PETER, THAT GREEK WORD, IS ALSO USED IN OTHER PLACES. IT IS USED BY PAUL IN 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6. IT'S INTERESTING AS WE CONSIDER WHAT WE ARE AS GOD'S PEOPLE. THEY ARE PEOPLE OF A HOLY NATION AND ARE SANCTIFIED. I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER HERE WHAT IT SAYS IN 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6 AS PAUL WAS WRITING AGAIN TO GOD'S PEOPLE, A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS, HE REMINDS THEM OF WHAT THEY CAME OUT OF. WHAT THEY USED TO BE AND WHAT THEY WERE NOW. CONSIDER WITH ME AGAIN WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6:9. IT SAYS, “DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE UNRIGHTEOUS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. NEITHER FORNICATORS, NOR IDOLTERERS, NOR ADULTERERS, NOR HOMOSEXUALS, NOR SODOMITES, NOR THIEVES, NOR DRUNKARDS, NOR REVILERS, NOR EXTORTIONERS WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU BUT YOU WERE WASHED AND SANCTIFIED AND YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” DID YOU CATCH WHAT HE SAID THERE IN VERSE 11? HE SAYS TO THE CHRISTIANS IN CORINTH AS HE TALKED TO GOD'S PEOPLE, HE SAID YOU ONCE LIVED IN SIN. YOU ONCE WALKED IN DARKNESS. THEN HE LISTS ALL THE SINS THAT THEY USED TO BE A PART OF. THOSE THINGS THAT WERE INDICATIVE OF THEIR LIVES AND THE WAY THAT THEY LIVED. HE SAYS SOMETHING HAPPENED HERE. YOU WERE WASHED; YOU WERE SANCTIFIED BY JESUS CHRIST. GOD'S PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED. THE SAME WORD WAS USED THERE AS WE READ IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2. A HOLY NATION.......THE SAME ROOT THERE. A SANCTIFIED PEOPLE, A PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SET APART TO BE USED BY GOD FOR HIS HOLY SERVICE. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE AS GOD'S PEOPLE. A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WASHED, A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CLEANSED, AND A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED FOR THE SERVICE OF GOD. YOU SEE THIS WORD IS USED THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION AGAIN TO ANOTHER VERSE THAT USES THE SAME ROOT WORD. IT IS USED AS PAUL WRITES TO TIMOTHY IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4. IT SAYS IN VERSE 12 HE REMINDS US WHAT WE ARE TO BE IS CHRISTIANS, AN EXAMPLE WE ARE TO SET. AMONG THAT LIST WE FIND AGAIN THE CALL TO BE A PEOPLE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED. READ WITH ME HERE IN TIMOTHY 4:12 WHERE SAYS, “ LET NO ONE DESPISE YOUR YOUTH BUT BE AN EXAMPLE TO THE BELIEVERS IN WORD, IN CONDUCT, IN LOVE, IN SPIRIT, IN FAITH, AND IN PURITY.” WE ARE TO BE THAT HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE WHO ARE PURE. WE ARE TO BE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED. WE ARE TO SET EXAMPLES HERE IN WHAT? IN PURITY. SAME ROOT WORD USED IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE VERSES THAT WE HAVE READ. WHAT ARE GOD'S PEOPLE? GOD'S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED. THEY ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PURIFIED AND A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CLEANSED AND A PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SET APART AND SANCTIFIED IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THAT IS WHAT GOD'S PEOPLE ARE DESCRIBED AS.

IT'S INTERESTING AS WE CONSIDER WHAT THAT MEANS TO BE THAT AS GOD'S PEOPLE. IT ALSO TELLS US WHAT WE ARE TO BE IN THIS WORLD. WE ARE A PEOPLE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED AND THEREFORE WE ARE TO LIVE AS GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. PUT ANOTHER WAY, WE ARE GOD'S HOLY NATION AND THEREFORE WE ARE TO LIVE IN WHAT WAY? IN A HOLY WAY. WE ARE GOD'S PURE PEOPLE. THEREFORE WHAT WAY ARE WE ARE TO LIVE? IN A PURE WAY. YOU SEE, IT'S NOT JUST WHAT WE ARE, IT'S WHAT WE ARE TO BE AS WE STAND BEFORE GOD AND AS WE LIVE IN THIS WORLD THAT SURROUNDS US. WE ARE TO BE SANCTIFIED BECAUSE WE ARE GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. CONSIDER WHAT THE SCRIPTURE TEACHES US AGAIN THAT SIGNIFIES WE AS GODS PEOPLE ARE TO BE SANCTIFIED. THIS ISN'T A NEW IDEA. YOU GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND CONSIDER SOME THE THINGS THAT WERE CALLED TO BE A PART OF GOD'S LAW, EVEN IN THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS.

I WANT TO DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS BECAUSE THERE IS A CONNECTION TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE SACRIFICES UNDER THE OLD LAW AND THE PRIESTS TO THE SACRIFICES THAT ARE MADE HERE TODAY UNDER THE NEW LAW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. CONSIDER AGAIN WHAT WE ARE TO THINK OF AS WE CONSIDER WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SANCTIFIED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT UNDER GOD'S OLD LAW. THE SACRIFICES THAT WERE TO BE OFFERED TO GOD WERE TO BE PURE. LEVITICUS CHAPTER 1:3 SAYS, “THAT OF THE BURNT OFFERINGS, THEY WERE TO BE THOSE THINGS THAT WERE WITHOUT BLEMISH.” THE SAME IS SAID OF THE PEACE OFFERINGS AND THE SIN OFFERINGS THAT WERE REFERENCED IN CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 OF LEVITICUS. WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE BROUGHT A SACRIFICE TO MAKE TO HIM, IT WAS TO BE SPECIAL AND SET APART FOR GOD BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST. WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO WOULD MAKE THESE SACRIFICES. THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS ALSO DEALS WITH THIS AS WELL. LEVITICUS 8:5-6 DEAL WITH A REQUIREMENT FOR THE PRIESTS. BEFORE HE COULD EVER OFFER THE SACRIFICES THAT THE PEOPLE BROUGHT, IT SAID HE HAD TO BE WASHED, CLEANSED, AND PROPERLY ATTIRED WITH THE CLOTHING THAT HE WAS PUT ON. HE HAD TO BE SANCTIFIED AND SET APART BEFORE HE COULD OFFER THE SACRIFICES THAT WERE TO BE BROUGHT. THE PRIESTS WERE ALSO TO BE PURE AS THEY STOOD BEFORE GOD. LEVITICUS CHAPTER 21 CALLS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PRIEST TO BE A HOLY PEOPLE AS THEY OFFERED THE SACRIFICES BEFORE GOD. EVEN IN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 22:2 IT SAYS, “IF A PRIEST WAS DEFILED HE COULD NOT SERVE AS HE WAS CALLED TO SERVE UNTIL HE WAS FIRST SANCTIFIED AND MADE HOLY, ACCORDING TO THE PROCESS IN LEVITICUS. EVEN GOD'S PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE SACRIFICES AND THE PRIESTS, GOD'S PEOPLE WERE CALLED TO BE HOLY IN THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS AND THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE WHOLE LAW. IN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 10 THEY WERE TO DISTINGUISH WHAT WAS CLEAN AND WHAT WAS UNCLEAN. IN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 11 IT SAYS THEY WERE NOT TO DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH ANYTHING. IF THEY WERE DEFILED THAN THEY WERE TO GO THROUGH THE PROPER RITUALS AND STANDARDS TO MAKE THEMSELVES PURE AGAIN. YOU SAY WELL, I THOUGHT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2. I THOUGHT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GOD'S PEOPLE, A SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTION THERE BETWEEN THE OLD LAW AND WHAT WE JUST STARTED TALKING ABOUT IN THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2? WHO ARE THE PRIESTS TODAY? WHAT SACRIFICES ARE BEING MADE TODAY? JUST AS UNDER THE OLD LAW, THE SACRIFICES WERE TO BE PURE AND HOLY AND BEING OF THOSE THINGS WITHOUT BLEMISH. JUST AS THE PRIESTS WHO WERE TO OFFER THE SACRIFICES, THEY THEMSELVES WERE TO BE PURE AND HOLY AND SANCTIFIED AND SET APART FOR THE USE OF GOD'S KINGDOM. WHAT IS THE CASE TODAY UNDER THE NEW LAW? WELL, TURNING TO FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2, AS WE'VE ALREADY READ THERE IN VERSE NINE, IT TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT NOT ONLY ARE WE A HOLY NATION, BUT WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. IF YOU GO BACK TO VERSE FIVE IN THAT VERY SAME CHAPTER, READ AGAIN WHAT PETER SAYS HERE. HE SAYS YOU ALL, SO HE IS TALKING TO CHRISTIANS. HE IS TALKING ABOUT GOD'S PEOPLE. YOU ALSO ARE WHAT? AS LIVING STONES BEING BUILT UP AS A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, TO OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. WHO ARE THE PRIESTS TODAY? WE ARE. GOD'S PEOPLE, EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN IS A PRIEST TODAY. WE MAKE UP THAT PRIESTHOOD OF GOD. THEREFORE, WHAT SHOULD WE BE? HOLY IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, PURE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, AND SANCTIFIED IN THE SIGHT OF GOD BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AND SET APART FOR HIS SERVICE.

WHAT ABOUT THAT WHICH WE OFFER. IN VERSE 5 IT SAYS WE OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES. WE'RE NOT OFFERING UP ANIMALS AS THEY OFFERED UP UNDER THE OLD LAW. WE ARE OFFERING UP OUR LIVES. PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 12:1, “I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE BRETHREN BY THE MERCIES OF GOD THAT YOU PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE.” OUR LIVES AS WE LIVE THEM BEFORE GOD, ARE TO BE THERE FOR WHAT? THOSE ARE THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE AS WE LIVE, AS WE WORSHIP, AS WE WORK FOR GOD EACH DAY AS THE NEW TESTAMENT CALLS US TO, OUR LIVES BECOME A SACRIFICE UNTO GOD. A SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE. WHAT SHOULD BE INDICATIVE OF THAT SACRIFICE? IT SHOULD BE ONE THAT IS HOLY. YOU SEE AGAIN AS PRIESTS IN THIS PRIESTHOOD AND AS CHRISTIANS AND AS GOD'S PEOPLE, NOT ONLY IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE SANCTIFIED A DESCRIPTION, IT'S ALSO WHAT WE ARE TO BE EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT TELLS US HOW WE ARE TO LIVE. WE ARE GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE AND THEREFORE WE SHOULD LIVE AS THOSE SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. HOLY AND PURE IN THE SITE OF OUR GOD. THAT IS NO SMALL TASK. THAT MAY VERY WELL MAY BE THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THIS WHOLE THING. THAT WE DO WHAT GOD CALLED US TO BE AND THEREFORE WE SHOULD DO IT AS WE THINK ABOUT BEING GOD SANCTIFIED PEOPLE.

AS WE CONSIDER THE NEW TESTAMENT, THERE ARE MANY ADMONITIONS THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE THAT WILL TELL US THAT WE NEED TO LIVE PURE LIVES. WE NEED TO ACT AND LIVE IN A PURE WAY. WE NEED TO BE THESE SANCTIFIED PEOPLE OF GOD. CONSIDER 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1:5 THERE WE ARE TOLD SIMPLY TO LOVE FROM A PURE HEART. WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE COMMANDMENT TO LOVE. BUT HERE HE ADDS TO IT. WE ARE TO LOVE WITH A PURE HEART. IT SPEAKS TO THE FACT THAT OUR HEART, WHICH IS THE VERY CORE OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, HAS TO BE THAT WHICH IS PURE. FIRST TIMOTHY 5:22. WE ARE TOLD NOT TO SHARE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S SINS, BUT TO KEEP OURSELVES PURE. DON'T GO BACK THE WORLD, REMEMBER THE VERSE THERE THAT WE READ IN 1CORINTHIANS 6, WHAT WE CAME OUT OF WITH ALL THOSE SINS. WE WERE WASHED AND SANCTIFIED SO DON'T SHARE IN SINS ANY LONGER. YOU'VE COME OUT OF THAT AND NOW LIVE PURE LIVES IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. EVEN THERE AGAIN AS WE CONSIDER 1PETER 1 WHERE HE SAYS IN THE TEXT, PETER IS WRITING AND CALLING THEM A HOLY NATION AND THE SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. YOU GO BACK TO THE CHAPTER PREVIOUS AND WHAT DOES HE SAY THERE IN VERSE 22? HE SAYS, “SINCE YOU ARE PURIFIED IN YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT AND SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY WITH A PURE HEART. HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT INCORRUPTIBLE THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN AND AS YOU OBEY GOD'S WORD AND WERE SAVED THEN YOU ARE SANCTIFIED. YOU BECAME A PART OF GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE.” UPON THAT FACT, WHAT DOES PETER SAY? YOU SHOULD LIVE PURE LIVES. YOU LIVE PURELY BECAUSE YOU ARE TO BE A PURE PEOPLE AND THE SANCTIFIED PEOPLE OF GOD. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO BE. THE WRITINGS OF PETER STRESS THIS AND IF YOU LOOK OVER TO 2PETER 3:14, AS WE STAND BEFORE GOD, HOW SHOULD HE FIND US? WHAT SHOULD BE IN OUR LIVES? WHAT SHOULD BE INDICATIVE OF OUR LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY AS WE STAND BEFORE GOD, AS WE STAND BEFORE OUR BRETHREN, AND AS WE WALK ABOUT ON THIS WORLD. 2PETER CHAPTER 3:14 IS WHERE PETER SAYS, “THEREFORE, LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE THINGS BE DILIGENT TO BE FOUND BY HIM IN PEACE WITHOUT SPOTS AND BLAMELESS. AS THE SACRIFICES OF OLD WHO WERE TO BE WITHOUT SPOT OR BLAMELESS, AS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF OFFERED HIS OWN BODY UP ON THE CROSS WITHOUT SPOT AND BLAMELESS.” HOW ARE WE TO LIVE? WE NEED TO IMITATE CHRIST AS PAUL EVEN SAID, “IMITATE ME AS I ALSO IMITATE CHRIST.” WE ARE TO LIVE LIVES THAT ARE WITHOUT SPOT AND BLAMELESS. WE ARE TO BE GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THIS LIFE. WHY? BECAUSE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE THINGS THAT HE ALLUDES TO IN THIS VERSE. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT PRIZE OF HEAVEN. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT MANSION PREPARED FOR US. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR INHERITANCE AS GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE AND AS GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. THE CALL TO LIVE YOUR LIVES IS MUCH EASIER SAID THAN DONE. AS WE STAND BEFORE GOD WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE LIVE THOSE PURE LIVES AND THAT REQUIRES US TO HAVE MINDS THAT ARE PURE. PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4:8 GIVES A LIST OF MANY HOLY THINGS, MANY THINGS OF GOD. AMONG THAT LIST IS THAT WE ARE TO MEDITATE OR COLLECT THINGS AND ADD TO OUR MINDS AND OUR LIVES. THINGS THAT ARE PURE. SO TO BE A PURE PEOPLE AND TO BE A PEOPLE THAT ARE SANCTIFIED THEN WE'VE GOT TO HAVE MINDS THAT ARE PURE. ALL THAT GARBAGE AND ALL THAT TRASH THAT YOU MIGHT SEE IN VARIOUS PLACES LIKE THE COMPUTER OR TELEVISION, AND THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT PURE, GET THOSE OUT OF YOUR MINDS. BE A PURE PEOPLE. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WE'VE GOT TO LIVE PURE LIVES. WE NEED TO HAVE MENTAL PURITY AS WELL AS PHYSICAL PURITY. IN THIS WORLD THERE ARE MANY CONTAMINANTS LIKE THINGS THAT RELATE TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, SEXUAL SINS, AND A WHOLE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN IF YOU ENGAGE IN THE SINS OF THIS WORLD. ARE GOD'S PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN THOSE THINGS? ARE GODS PEOPLE TO LIVE THAT WAY? WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE TELL US? TO LIVE PURE LIVES AS GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE, NOT ONLY TO HAVE MINDS THAT ARE PURE, BUT TO HAVE BODIES THAT ARE PURE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. AS WE CONSIDER THE WRITINGS OF PETER, IF YOU GO BACK TO 1PETER 1, THERE IN THE CONTEXT BEGINNING IN VERSE 13 IT SAYS, “GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND. BE SOBER AND REST YOUR HOPE FULLY UPON THE GRACE THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST AND LIVE,” HOW, “AS HOLY CHILDREN.” WE'VE GOT TO BE GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO BE GOD'S SANCTIFIED PEOPLE IN HIS SIGHT.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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