“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
These two verses are so rich with truth. They reveal so much about God and about us.
1. God is a God of peace.
2. God sanctifies us.
3. When God sanctifies us He does it completely.
4. God preserves our WHOLE spirit, soul and body to be blameless.
5. God calls us.
6. God is faithful.
I’m just going to touch on each of these for a moment. This is what God says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” –John 14:27
How amazing to have the peace of God. The world’s peace changes depending on the circumstances but God’s peace never changes because He is not swayed by the finite things of this world. The world and its troubles don’t disrupt or even phase the character of our infinite and unmovable King.
By God’s grace, He sanctifies us. Sanctification is to make holy and to free/ cleanse from sins. Amen! Many of us fall into times where we think that we have to clean ourselves. How prideful of us to even think that we posses something inside of ourselves to clean ourselves up. Look, God says through the prophet Isaiah that: “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Isaiah 64:6
We see here that even our ‘righteous’ deeds are like a polluted garment. So basically when we try to clean up our own sins it is like taking a filthy rag and trying to clean a dirty table with it. We aren’t really helping the situation but making it worse and adding to the mess.
But let’s take that a step further and look at the next fact that God sanctifies us completely. He doesn’t leave things unfinished. He is going to completely sanctify us. Of course we won’t see that here on earth but rest assured knowing that when Jesus Christ comes back and this world ends, our sanctification will be completed.
In the meantime, God is constantly sanctifying us through every trial, every slip up, every prideful situation, etc. and while he is sanctifying us He is preserving us as blameless. Again, this is totally and completely. We know this because He says: “your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless”.
Lastly, God calls us and He is faithful to do it. You may be asking what He called us to. Well let’s see:
“but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:15-16
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;” -1 Thessalonians 4:3
Those are just a couple. There are many more.
God has called us to be holy and to be sanctified. He has called Christians to be in the world but not OF the world. He has called us to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has called us to submit to Him, read His word and follow His word. All of this is done through the Holy Spirit which is why the verse 24 ends with reminding us that God is faithful and will do it.
Remember that we don’t have to fix ourselves. We cannot fix ourselves. Our job is to seek God wholeheartedly, know what He commands and be obedient. Since we cannot do these things in our own strength we pray and ask God to empower us through His Holy Spirit. Then as we hear the Holy Spirit, we must choose to follow His instruction and walk in constant victory.
How amazing is this Christian life?! All other religions say that you must do this and do that in order to gain eternal life.
Christianity is the complete opposite. THE TRUTH IS THAT: Jesus Christ is the only way to get to the Father who is God.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED :
1- Acknowledge that you are sin in need of a Savior
2- Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He came to earth and lived a sinless life. He was crucified on the cross and took the punishment that you deserved for your sins from God, that He died and 3 days later He rose again.
3- Confess that these things are true and confess that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior
This is not a ticket to sin and do whatever just because we don’t work to gain salvation. But we follow God and do what He asks because of what He has already done for us.
Praise God for these verses. I pray that you see the weighted glory, comfort and conviction in them and understand why I am putting these verses to memory and intentionally hiding them in my heart.
“Yes, please” to 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.