We Were Washed & Sanctified

We Were Washed & Sanctified

God’s Word has given us great and precious promises which belong to every believer.  We need to study and comprehend all of the priceless treasures that we have been given.

“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”  (Zech 13:1 NIV)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  (Ps 51:7 NKJV)

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.  (1 Cor 6:11 NKJV)

Jesus suffered at the hands of His enemies; shed His blood on Calvary; died a shame-filled death; and was resurrected on the third day and ascended into Heaven.  By fulfilling His calling on this earth, He not only purchased salvation for every person who accepts Him as their Savior and Lord.  He also is our source for continuous cleansing, washing, and sanctification.

Jesus is the living Word of God. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (Joh 1:1)

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  (Rev 19:13)

Jesus is the fountain spoken of in Zechariah 13:1.

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’  (Joh 7:38 ESV)

Jesus cleanses us from unrighteousness.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 Joh 1:9)

Through Christ we are justified.

. . . and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.  (Ac 13:39)

Through faith in Christ we are sanctified.

. . . to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.  (Ac 26:18)

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.  (Rom 3:28)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .  (Rom 5:1)

Let us rejoice and praise the Lord for the benefits and blessings of our mighty salvation!

On the Way to Glory

On the Way to Glory

“But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight,” says the Lord.  (Jer 9:24)

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (Ro 8:18)

There is only one thing in which all believers are permitted to glory.  It is the fact that we understand and know the God of our salvation!  What a privilege that we have been given. 

Paul refers to his present sufferings in Romans 8 and states that they fade into insignificance when compared to the glory that will be revealed in him.  (If you would like to remind yourself of some of his sufferings, read 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.)   

Nevertheless, in spite of all of his trials, Paul continued to serve His Savior.  He did not regret his conversion to Christianity; rather, he seemed to revel in suffering, as this next passage will demonstrate. 

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Cor 12:7-10 – emphasis added)

Paul is clearly talking about our need to depend upon and rely upon God’s grace and strength in order to carry us through every circumstance in our lives.  God upholds and sustains our lives.  (Ps 3:5; 54:4; Isa 46:3b-4) Without Him, our lives would have no meaning or sustenance.  It’s clear from the next excerpt from the book of Philippians that Paul had set his priorities straight, and that he valued knowing Christ above all else.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  (Phil 3:8-11 – emphasis added) 

It appears to be the case that on our way to glory, we will experience sufferings or trials of various kinds.  We can be reassured by Paul’s experiences, and know that God will be with us through everything, and He will amply supply the grace that we need to persevere. One day, we will receive the glory that has been promised.  In the meantime, let’s highly value and appreciate the fact that Jesus is our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord!