CHARACTER PERFECTION: THE CLOSE OF PROBATION (PART TWO)


In part one; we saw what is meant to be perfect. God does not require absolute Perfection from any mortal or angel. We also noticed that man experienced nature perfection at Eden prior to the fall, but presently his nature is fallen and sinful. God has promised to restore his nature and the world back to the pre-fall state, where sin and evil does not exist. The only condition or state which God require from us is character surrender which will lead to character maturity.

Someone might say, “How can I ever attain to this standard? It is too high for any mortal, in this world, to attain. I see myself falling below the standard Christ has given to me. HOW can I be MATURE in character?”

But before we study the HOW, let us see WHY this issue of Character Maturity or Perfection of Character is so important to our salvation in these last days.

CLOSE OF PROBATION

What will happen to our character BEFORE Christ comes in the clouds of glory?

Some sincere Christians believe in the gospel that Christ is coming to take away their sins. But this is a false gospel being preached to them. Christ is not coming to save any man in sin. He is not coming to take away our sins, rather he is coming to reward, those who have perfected their character, with immortality. This is only accomplished by the imputed and imparted righteousness of Christ to them.

When the general probation closes, Christ will cry with a loud voice in the Most Holy Place “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:11, 12

This text shows that, the Character of all will be fixed permanently before the second coming of Christ. Those who are wicked will stay that way, and those who are righteous will stay that way at a certain point in time.

A short time after this point, Jesus will come “quickly.”  We call this point the close of probation, because that ends the time when human beings can change loyalties from one side to the other.

The scripture point to us the time we are living in. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor or the sea, nor on any tree.”  Revelation 7:1

We are in the period just before the final time of trouble breaks upon the earth.  God’s angels have been commissioned to hold back the winds of destruction for a specific purpose. 

This specific purpose is stated in the next few verses of the same chapter. Apostle John wrote:

“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheadsAnd I heard the number of them which were sealed, and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”  Revelation 7:2-4

God is waiting for a special people, a people whom He can seal as His very own.  When He has found and sealed this final generation, then the climactic end of this world’s history will rapidly follow.

The scripture describe these people as follows:

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”  Revelation 14:1 These people are called the 144000 who will be alive when Christ shall come in the clouds of Glory.

What then will be the spiritual experience of this people?

“And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”  Revelation 14:5

What! They are without fault! This is impossible! Yes it sounds impossible. Isn’t it? But, brethren, I present to you not my word, but the word of God. This is the description of people who were ones sinners but whose sins have been blotted out by the blood of Christ while their probation lingers. God said it. And He will do it. Do you believe it? Yes I believe God can do it?

Jude wrote,

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:24, 25

If we might have any doubt about what “without fault” means, 1 Peter 1:19 and Hebrews 9:14 use this same phrase to refer to Jesus Christ.  There is simply no sin in their lives. They lived a sinless perfect Life taking Christ as their example.

“But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” 1 Peter 1:19

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14

WHAT THEN ARE THE PRACTICAL WAYS TO OVERCOME SIN AND SATAN DAILY?

This will be treated in part three of this topic.

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