Sojourning Saints are Sanctified Sprinters
Our Story: God has a plan to bless sojourning believers who draw on His Spirit/grace/power to live in a sanctified obedient covenantal rlshp w/ Him
»10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things which angels desire to look into 1Cor 6:3 we rule angels
I. Sojourning Saints are Fix’n to Win
1:3 Born to a Hope=expectation of eternal reward/glory (power/pleasure) that causes us to joyfully endure loss of temporal glory/pleasure
»14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1:22 you purified your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit
II. Sojourning Saints Follow Christ in Faultless Holiness
2Pt 3:11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons should you be in holy conduct and godliness
1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely: indeed. may your whole spirit and soul (donut=mind, will, emotions) and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Spirit: we relate to God as He has specified not according our preferences and man-made traditions Mk 7:6-13 vain worship
2. Mind: we dwell on God-glorifying/praiseworthy/eternally profitable aspirations Phil 4:8 meditate on these things
3. Will: we train to delight in submissive obedience, denying ourselves for the eternal good Lk 22:42 not my will, but Yours, be done
Rm 12:1…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, your service/worship 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may experience…that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
»17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things… from your aimless conduct received by tradition…
III. Sojourning Saints Fear God rather than man or loss
2Cor 7:1 Since we have these promises, let’s purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God
Fear of the Lord=constant awareness that the God who judges is watching and remembering everything I think do and say Mt 12:36
Rom 3:18 no fear of God before their eyes. Ps 111:10 beginning of wisdom; Pr 1:7 knowledge 29 choice; 8:13 hate evil: pride, and arrogance, evil way, perverse mouth; 14:27 a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. 16:6 by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
Mt 10:28 do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
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