TWO KINDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

TWO KINDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Though very religious and zealous for God, yet because of their ignorance the children of Israel would not receive or submit to God’s righteousness. Rather, they were seeking to establish their own righteousness.

Similarly, there are many religious and zealous people in the world today who because they are ignorant of God’s righteousness are seeking and striving relentlessly to establish their own righteousness. How is God’s righteousness different from Man’s righteousness? The Scripture clearly points out the differences between God’s righteousness and Man’s righteousness…

DON’T BE A MEN-PLEASER

DON’T BE A MEN-PLEASER

When your plans, steps or actions in life are motivated by the desire to please people, you are simply denying or robbing yourself of your joy, peace and fulfillment in life. You cannot arrive at your desired destination in life while seeking to please everybody you meet along the way.

Seeking to please men will only turn you to a puppet in the hands of your sycophants and manipulators, and render you unfit for God’s use. It will also turn you to a mere slave or instrument in the hands of those you are seeking to please. Therefore, seek only to please God at all times and at all costs. Don’t set it as your aim or goal in life to please people at all times and at all costs, for it is a sure road to frustration…

THE ULTIMATE SANCTIFICATION

THE ULTIMATE SANCTIFICATION

While in this fallen world, the believers are only spiritually united or joined with Christ. Paul testifies that “while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5:6 NKJV). But at His second coming, we shall be physically and eternally united with Christ (1 Thess. 4:16-18). This is the glorification of the saints, our ultimate sanctification!

While in this sinful and polluted world, your born-again spirit has been set apart from sin, the world and its pollution, but not your soul and your body. But at the coming of Christ, if you are still alive, you will be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet to be joined together with the Lord…

PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION

PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION

What is progressive or practical sanctification? Simply put, it a day by day process of becoming increasingly conformed to Christ in our mind, thoughts, speech, desires, emotions, actions, conduct or character. It is the process of growing in all things into Christ. It is growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29, Eph. 4:15, 2 Pet. 3:18).

The believers are presently perfectly like Christ in their born-again spirits, but not yet in their souls (will, mind and emotions) and bodies. While your spirit has fully experienced the redemption that Christ purchased for you with His precious blood, your soul and your body are still in the process of experiencing this redemption fully…

POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION

POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION

Living a holy life becomes easy when you quit striving to be holy in your own wisdom, strength, or effort, but simply acknowledge, admit, believe and receive the truth of your sanctification or holiness by faith alone in the person and the finished work of Jesus Christ.

As a new creation, your spiritual state of being, status or condition has been totally and eternally changed. You are no longer a wretched sinner, but you are now a gracious saint. You are no longer your old self, but you are now a new self in Christ. You are no longer an unrighteous person, but you are now the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)…

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (2)

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (2)

The revelation of the risen Lord Jesus to the early disciples revolutionized their thinking, perception, interpretation and response to persecutions, tribulations and challenges of life they faced. It undoubtedly deepened their love and passion for Christ and His Kingdom.

The resurrection of Christ should also change our attitudes to life and death. If you are still living only to please or satisfy yourself, then your eyes have not seen the risen Lord Jesus. If you are still afraid of persecution for Christ’s sake, then you have not known the risen Lord Jesus…

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