Bought by the Blood

February 15, 2009

Fruit of the Word

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
-2 Corinthians 7:1

As Christian we are called to cleanse ourselves of every defilement of body and Spirit.  We have been washed by the blood of lamb, so sin’s mark is gone and we are now identified with the lamb of God, pure and holy and for Him.  The cleansing of self is something that we do as part of sanctification, the continual process of putting off sinful thoughts and actions and replacing them with that which pleases God.  This is only possible through washing with the water of the word.  Through God’s Word we are renewed and able to view all of life through the lens of the Gospel.  God’s Word allows us to see who God is and how to reflect His image.  By daily being in His Word we know what God’s revealed will is and how to live in obedience to Him.  Without His Word and applying it to life then we cannot free the body and spirit from that which so easily defiles it.

Application of God’s Word is what brings holiness to completion.  If we read God’s Word and do not apply it, then we are like a man who looks in the mirror and walks away and has forgotten what he saw.  Without application of God’s Word we deceive ourselves and do not receive the full benefits of what God intends for us through His Word.  We are called to act on God’s Word and if we do this we will find blessing.  God’s word is like a seed and by applying it, it is able to take root in our hearts and bear fruit.  If we truly fear God, we will hide His word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him.  (James 1:22-25, Psalm 1:2-3, Psalm 119:11).  God intends for His word to change us, but it cannot do that if we are not investing in it.  He doesn’t want His word to just to hit the surface level, but to penetrate deep down into our hearts.

It is because of the promises of God that we seek holiness through applying God’s Word to our lives.  He lives in our hearts and has promised to dwell among us.  We do not deserve this nearness to Him and it is a privilege to live for Him.  He is committed to being our God and this is not based on any good in us, therefore we should commit ourselves to Him and living to please Him.  On the basis of Christ sacrifice He has welcomed us into His blessing, so with our lives we should seek to give Him blessing, honor, praise and glory.  Since we have redemption purchased on Calvary by Christ blood we are now sons and daughters of the most high king.  Like all children, our goal should be to grow and mature and be like our Father.  Because of this great adoption our primary calling is to reflect the image of God by fearing Him and walking in holiness (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

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2 Comments »

  1. Finally I have found a blog of like interest.

    I like the picture you have of the cross. Did you do a search on google.

    God bless ya

    Comment by Deborah — February 16, 2009 @ 4:26 am | Reply

    • Yeah, I find it on google. There are a lot of neat pictures of the cross online

      Comment by bloodbought — February 16, 2009 @ 1:44 pm | Reply


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