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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

LESSONS OF JOB
(Part 18)

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

Today's reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians points us to a basic and profound meaning of righteousness. Simply put, to be righteous is to be holy. "So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being build together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Eph 2:19-22). Here is an amazing passage about who we have become in Christ.

We relate to the Triune God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are members of the household of God (we are His children), we are founded on Jesus who is the cornerstone, and we are a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. As God is holy, we too need to be holy.

We used to be strangers (not knowing God and not relating to each other as brethren) and sojourners (wandering in the world lost or with no definite direction or purpose). Now we are citizens of the kingdom. We are brethren to one another. We have made quite a transition. "No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant" (Heb 12:22-24a). Such is the reality of our new life in Christ.

Our heritage is the holy legacy of the apostles and prophets. Jesus himself is the one at the center of our lives, and holding it together. God dwells in us and in our homes. Do we realize how amazing this truly is? "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Cor 3:16). We not only dwell with God as His children in His kingdom, but God dwells in us! The holy God has decided to make our bodies the temple of His Holy Spirit! Jesus lives in us and through us. How can we be anything else but holy!

Peter puts it this way: "like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Pet 2:5). This is our call. This is our destiny. This is what God intends for us, from all eternity.

God bless you all.

frank

(October 28, 2009)

"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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