19th June 2015
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." (Ephesians 1:4).
God's ultimate plan is for us to be holy and blameless in His sight; this was His plan for us from creation. We are told that Jesus 'made purification for our sins', that our consciences have been 'cleansed from dead works', and that we have been 'washed' and 'renewed'. This means that through the death of Jesus, we can become holy - both outwardly and inwardly! It is as if we have had a bath until we are completely clean inside and out, all through the cross. There is no impurity or unholiness left and so we are filled with joy - like a young child who dances around after coming out of the bath! There is a saying which says, "Happy he who holy is!"
Titus 3:5-6 says, "He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus". This washing is not just a once of, but is continual, "the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ goes on cleansing us from every sin". Holiness is not about setting a standard and then working toward it - that will end in legalism. Washed holy Christians still commit sins, but we can still know that He has declared us to be His holy people.
Rev Derek Schiller (originally provided by SMS to ACC members)