"As you have sent me into the world, so I send them. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they may be made holy, and grow in truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will come to believe in me because of the testimony that they give. Let them all be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are one: that as you are in me, and I in you, they will be together in us; and the world will know that you have sent me."
Made In China ...these three words conjure up many things to many people. But one thing is for certain, these three words have impacted the globe!
If followers of Jesus had a label sewn on them that said, "Made In Holiness", what images would be conjured up in the minds and hearts of the world?
Question: "What did Jesus come into the world to do?
Answer: The will of God in saving his people from their sins
- -not from the punishment of their sins, (that blessed aid to repentance)
- but from their sins themselves,
- the paltry as well as the heinous, the venial as well as the loathsome.
- His whole work was and is to send away sin
to banish it from the earth,
to cast it into the abyss
GROW IN TRUTHof non-existence behind the back of God.
His was the holy war;
he came carrying it into our world;
he resisted unto blood;
the soldiers that followed him he taught and trained to resist also unto blood,
striving against sin;
so he became the captain of their salvation,
and they, freed themselves,
fought and suffered for others.
This was the task to which he was baptized;
this is yet his enduring labour.
(adapted from George MacDonald's Hope of the Gospel, Salvation From Sin, emphasis added)'This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many unto the sending away of sins.'"
A friend of mine is in prison. He has recently renewed his pledge to follow Jesus. He is reading Neil Anderson's book Victory Over Darkness. He wrote to tell me that he was struck by a story of a young lady who had all that life could offer on the outside but was a mess on the inside. He compared life in prison, where men are stripped of external trappings, and yet can still hide behind the deception of the lies they believe about themselves and the world around them. The difference between those who know Truth and those who don't is in the way they act. Oneness with our Maker who is Truth, is the only way to experience the Truth of who we are and live in peace with the results.
Do you recognize the Captain of your Salvation's work in training you to strive against sin?
When you see the truth of it, the root evil at work in you, in others, in your community, do you strive against it, or waiver in doubt, fondness, fear, insecurity, cowardice, awkwardness, indifference, or apathy? Be Made Holy and Grow in Truth follower of Jesus...or stop posing.