Today’s Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. NASB
My wife and daughter recently were invited to a church member’s house early on a Saturday morning to “can” apricot preserves. They had a wonderful time and I am personally enjoying the “fruits” of their endeavor. Admittedly, I was curious and stopped by during the course of things to see how it was progressing. They showed me how the first thing they did was to sterilize the containers to prepare them to properly receive the fruit. That came to mind as I read this parting thought Paul includes at the end of his letter. He prays that God would entirely sanctify us that we be preserved. It is one of those interesting things about God’s process of making us sanctified; that is, set apart as holy. When we come in contact with Christ’s saving blood in the waters of baptism, we are washed clean, forgiven, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Col 2:11-12) . So as we begin our new life in Christ, we have been cleansed and remain cleansed in God’s eyes as long as we remain in Christ. But then we also continue in the sanctification or being made holy process for a life time. It is something that happens to us when we are born again, yet it is something that continues to be performed in us by God as we allow ourselves to grow and mature in Him and His will. We are becoming holy even as we are holy in Christ. Just as God’s triune nature is revealed in other verses, Paul here describes the triune nature of man. We are to be made holy and complete in spirit, soul and body. What a beautiful thing to have… and to strive towards at the same time.
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