PERFECTING HOLINESS


Recently I have been thinking about some mind blowing text in the Bible which talks about victory over sin and I have been asking myself, “how attainable is character perfection in this present world?”

It is clearly taught in the Bible that all who will be translated from among men at Christ’s second coming must be found without spot, faultless and blameless. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, Revelation 14:1-5). To be among these special group of people, we must now send our sins before hand into the sanctuary that Christ may blot or purge all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to sin from the soul temple and also retain our names in the book of life. We have already entered into the time of the judgment since 1844 October 22; the time when all sins are to be removed from the soul temple as Christ simultaneously cleanses the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.

If our sins are not sent into judgement for blotting, none can receive the seal of the living God in their forehead in the time of the refreshing of the latter rain. For we were told in Acts 3:19 to repent and be converted that the blotting out of sin can take place in the time of refreshing which will be bestowed from the presence of the Lord.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” Acts 3:19.

The final atonement is both heavenly work and earthly work; christ work and man work. As christ cleanses the most holy place from all sins that is transfered into it, we also must simultaneously cleanse our hearts and mind from all sins which have been accumulated by traditions, customs and habits through the help of the Holy Spirit.

We all must, through the power of the former rain given by the Holy Spirit, overcome daily all our cultivated and inherited tendencies to sin which resides in their hearts.

Christ will not translate any of us if our hearts are full of sinfulness or any bent to do evil. No one will be in heaven with a bent or tendencies to do evil because all who will enter heaven must have attained the same sinlessness that Jesus had; they must be holy within and without. Therefore all must strive to overcome every selfishness, evil tendencies, cultivated habits and wicked ways. This is not a joking matter; it is a life and death issue. Christ will not accept 99.9% victory because 0.01% is putting heaven at risk.  The Lord has promised to “make an utter end” of all afflication, adversity, trouble, sin and they “shall not rise up the second time.” Nahum 1:9.

Therefore, we all are to strive to enter heaven, looking unto Jesus our forerunner as our example. To strive is to go against what the flesh desire and do the works of the Spirit. Jesus have given us no assurance that we will attain to this state of perfection in a smooth ride but he has given us 100% assurance that whosoever take hold of His strength of victory shall find peace during this race to perfection. (Isaiah 27:5).

But Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy matter. noble, all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace of Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected.“– Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 331, par. 1.

As i have previously noted, according to the quote, to attain a perfect character is through “individual effort” and “through the merits and grace of Christ.” Man must cooperate with heavenly agencies as he wage “conflict after conflict” against the sinful hereditary tendencies. All must seriously and sincerely criticize themselves closely and allow not one blemish, stain, wrong habit, wrong feelings, sinful thoughts, guile remain uncorrected. This must be done daily, hourly and every minutes.

They must heed to the words of Paul: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5) Many christians are waiting for a miracle in their lives that will remove the filthiness in their soul. This, I say, will never happen. It is a false expectation that will never come to fulfillment.

It is true that there is no merit in our work. Nothing that we do earn us righteousness, for “by grace are ye saved through faith.” Ephesians 2:8. But yet the Bible is abundantly clear that we are judged and receive our rewards on the basis of our works. “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27 (see Revelation 22:12, 1 Peter 1:17, Romans 2:6). Our works, deeds, effort, actions does not atone for our sins, but our cooperation with God is needed in attaining perfection of character. We must demonstrate to the fallen world and to the devil that we have Christ abiding in us and through Christ we can workout our salvation with fear and trembling.

Faith in christ is acting upon God’s word and living by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God. Faith is not idleness or inaction. Faith is action. Faith works by love and love is the fulfilling [keeping] of the Law. (Galatians 5:6; Romans 13:10). I often give this analogy to explain what faith is:

If you are in a lecture hall full of students and some group of police officers ran into the hall informing all to go out of the hall as a result of a time bomb which had been planted in the lecture hall by a terrorist and the time bomb could be seen by all in the lecture hall. Let me ask: “Will you remain sitted in the hall despite believing that a bomb was actually planted in the hall and the police officers are round to detonate the bomb, or will you run out of the hall despite believing that a bomb was actually planted?” Am sure a sensible person will flee from the hall as quick as possible despite believing that the bomb is about to be detonated by the police officers.

WHAT IS HOLINESS?

Faith is acting out what God has revealed to us in his Word and Testimonies. This faith is what lead us to a state of holy lifestyle. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14). This is not an option. This is a command without which we cannot see God.

“Holiness is agreement with God”– Testimonies vol. 5, p. 743.

“Holiness is not rapture; it is the result of surrendering all to God; it is doing the will of our heavenly Father.”– Thoughts from the mount of blessing, p. 149.

Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.”– Desire of Ages, p. 555.

HOW DO WE PERFECT HOLINESS?

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

This text is powerful. It has come to be one of my favorite text on victory over sin. Paul gave a simple ways to perfect holiness. After one have been justified by grace through faith (imputed holiness), he or she had just begone the race of holiness, he or she now must live the life of Christ, he must take the following steps to enjoy the sanctified life (imparted holiness):

1. Having the promise of God: We must have the promises of God stored in the heart and not just a head knowledge. All must have a daily settling into the truth of the word of God intellectually and spiritually that they may not be moved to sin. This promises are gotten from the word of God. They are divine. They are powerful and sharper than any two edged swords (Hebrews 4:12). These promises are the words of God by which all must live on. We must have these promises stored in the heart that we might not sin against God. Said the Psalmist,  “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11. This was Christ’s method in overcoming. Since the word is from God and not from man, we can rightfully say this is God’s helping hand to make us holy unto perfection. It is the word that sanctifies the soul and sanctification is holiness (1 Peter 1:22,23).

2. Cleanse yourself: The next step is the role that you and I are to play. The text we are considering above says, “Let us cleanse ourselves,” it didn’t say, sit back and watch Christ cleanse you. Rather the emphasis is on us cleansing ourselves. Some one may say, “You are working out your salvation without the help of Christ. This is legalism.” This is not so! Faith, has we have explained previously, is action: acting out the word of God. James also gave a similar counsel: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8. Again we see a similar instruction to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts.

Does this mean we have a cleansing agent of our own to make this possible? Definitely not. What do Paul and James mean by us cleansing and purifying ourselves? David gave the answer. David asked the same question and the Holy Spirit gave him the answer: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalms 119:9.

According to Strong’s Definition, “to take heed” in hebrew is “שׁמר” or “shâmar” which literally means any of the following “to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard ; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).” That means if any one seek to have his life cleanse in this world he or she must build an hedge round about his heart with the word of God by observing and keeping all that the word says. Also he must hedge out anything that will defile his heart such as impure pictures, songs, words, etc. Jesus will not do this for us. In fact his blood that cleanses from sin will not benefit us if we do not accept it by faith.

3. Filthiness of the flesh and spirit: What are we to cleanse ourselves of? We are to cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of  the flesh and of the spirit. What filthiness? Outward filthiness (in the flesh) and inward filthiness (in the spirit or heart). Man is made up of flesh and spirit. God wants us to be purified not only inwardly, but also outwardly. Must of us know the inward cleansing. This is purifying our hearts from evil thoughts, wicked thoughts and sinful hereditary tendencies. This inward cleansing is both the work of Christ and man. The cleansing agents are the blood, the word and the Holy Spirit. These three will not benefit us if we do not cooperate with Christ.

The area must often neglected is the cleansing of the flesh (the outward part). The flesh is the body and the body has been bought with a the blood of jesus.

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

One way the body or flesh can be defile or made filthy is through sexual sin such as fornication, adultery, masturbation and having lustful desires by watching pornography movies or sexual content movies.

What we eat could also defile our body and make it filthy. Daniel understand this principle. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8. Defilement of the flesh is connected to diet. This aspect is broad which I might create a time to write upon.

To attain perfection unto holiness we must have a clean heart and flesh. The clean flesh is not the same as holy flesh or immortal flesh but a flesh undefiled of sinful habits or unclean food. Let us walk in the spirit and make no provision for the lust of the flesh.

Investigative Judgment and the Blotting out of sin


This is just a short study about the blotting out of sin. The reader is advised to do his or her own personal thorough study of this grand subject. There is a lot to include but that will be left for future study. This should be seen as an introduction to future studies on different aspect of this subject such as the time of the judgment of the dead and the living, when will probation close for the church of God and the general public, the mark of the beast and seal of God, the latter rain and loud cry etc. I will only focus on the blotting out of sin of the righteous during the investigative judgment time period.

The gospel without Judgement is an incomplete gospel. In fact it is “another gospel” which is different from what Paul preached (Gal 1:6-9). Paul preached the complete gospel of Christ which comprises of righteousness, temperance and judgment.

“And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” Acts 24:24-25.

The judgment brings fear to unrepentant sinners as it does to Felix, but peace of mind to the righteousness in Christ as it does to David. For David said:

“Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. 2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” Psalms 26:1-2.

Therefore, the Judgement is intrinsically part of the gospel. No wonder the everlasting gospel preached by the first Angel message of revelation 14:6, 7 include in it the judgement our message.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Rev 14:6-7.

But the question is: Which Judgement are we talking about? We have the investigative judgement, millennial Judgement and executive judgement. The first occupies our present focus, while the latter two will be discuss in future studies.

God shall judge both the righteous and the wicked at an appointed time. Every purpose and every work of both the classes shall be judged.

“And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Eccl 3:16-17.

But both the righteous and the wicked shall not be judged at the same time. They shall be judge at different time. The judgment will begin with the dead righteous and move to the living righteous. Then when the righteous dead and living are judged and rewarded with the touch of immortality at Christ second coming, the judgement will pass to wicked, both humans and angels, during the millennial time period.

During the millennial time period, the saints shall partake in the judgement of the wicked. Thus this means that the saints must have pass the test of the judgement before they can sit in the judgement with Christ to judge the wicked. The following text proves that the saints shall partake in the judgement of the wicked humans and angels with Christ.

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” 1 Cor 6:2-3

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Rev 20:4

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Dan 7:21-22

If the above is true, that means the saints do not partake of the judgment of the wicked until their own case have been decided and they have been given immortality and they are seated with Christ on his throne of glory. (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-53).

The righteous must have been tested and examined and screened before they can be accounted worthy of immortality. Therefore, those who are accounted worthy at Christ second coming must have been screened prior to his coming with his reward in his hand. This period when the saints are tested, screened, and examined is called the investigative judgment time period which must precede the savior’s coming in the mid-air and the gathering of the saints.

The righteous must have overcome all of their defects and their sins must have been blotted out at this investigative time period before Christ comes to reward the saints. When the sins of the righteous are blotted out, they can no more remember them. All our sins are written in a book called the book of sin, although it is not specifically called the book of sin but these text indicate a marking down of or sins in a book. (Jer 2:22; Deut 32:34; Rom 2:5, 6). When the sins are blotted out both in life and in the book before the coming of Christ, this signifies that the saints will live before Christ as holy and blameless and shall not remember the sins anymore.

David prayed that his sins shall be blotted out. (Ps 5:19). Nehemiah and David prayed that the wicked sins should be retained or remembered and not be blotted out. (Neh. 4:5; Ps 109:14). When our sins are blotted out, it brings newness of life which will lead to glorification (Isaiah 44:22, 23). And God remembers them no more when it is blotted out in life and in the book. (Isaiah 43:25).

It is this time of refreshing we need to send up our sins to Christ that they may be blotted out in life and in the book. Only those whose sins are fully blotted out will have their name retained in the book of life and be rewarded with immortality. (Rev 3:5). We must fully overcome all sins during this investigative judgement hour before we can partake in the millennial judgment of the wicked humans and angels. I pray the Lord make us fit through Christ righteousness. Amen!

SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON EARTH?


“When the preacher preaches the word that convict of sin beyond 30 Mints in the church, MEN and WOMEN will begin 2 get bored, sleepy, and Angry”
 
“But a football match is at least 2hours and you hardly see MEN and WOMEN getting angry except their team is losing, but rather they all with pleasure watch the Football Match.”
 
“In fact they can with Joy watch 2 matches a day, which is 4 hours of there life wasted on useless game without any gain.”
 
“If the pastor is kneeling to pray for just 15 mints, many will stone the pastor or even go back to sit down, but they can stay glued to the television for hours without a blink even if it cost them their Salvation.”
 
The moral Lesson is this:
 
“The World has really converted the church instead for the church to convert the world.”
 
Hmm, no wonder Jesus said:
 
“When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.
 
With the way the so-called professed Christians are going, I wonder if he will find even one. Satan is at war with Christ Church, and he will use all kind of entertainment to stimulate and arouse our senses to be stupefied with his poison.
 
Paul said:
 
“Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Cor. 13:5 NKJV.
 
Many of us will be lost will hoping and thinking we are still in Christ when in reality we are not HIS. He said in Mat 7:16-20:
 
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
 
He went on further to talk about those who are self deceived or self deluded about their standing with God while they knowingly commit sin:
 
Mat 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
 
May the Lord Help me and my Brothers who are called by the name of Christ. I pray the LORD will quicken our mind to be alive and awake unto righteousness and sin not. (1 Cor 15:34).
 
Be warned, He is coming Soon!