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Grace Energized Men Maintain a Pure Life (30 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
June 13, 2008
Un-enslaved to Corruption in a Corrupted World
Our God is a Consuming Fire (Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29);
and He forever dwells in Unapproachable Light (I Tim. 6:16), surrounded by His exquisite creations that chant Holy, Holy, Holy-and fall down in obeisance before Him (Isaiah 6:3; Rev. 4:8);
and since the Lord God Almighty is Immutable, He is always that way, He will never change-it is we who MUST change.
Grace does not change God, it changes us. Grace has opened a way to God, a safe passage through the fire. Christ's work on the Cross opens the way for us to approach and know, serve and love our Holy God.
Knowing our Holy God
How constantly we need His life-changing grace, to energize us in our struggle against the flesh within, and the sins that so easily beset us. Sin constantly surrounds us, like flood waters; and swirling around, seeks to seep into any crack or unprotected area of our life.
Salvation described by Jesus is, "knowing God". Grace made us able to know the Unapproachable, Holy God of the Universe. But our God says that there is a choice about our purity we must make. He opened the way giving us His imputed purity. This is where God places upon us the actual purity of Christ in our new nature we have as believers (Rom. 6:4-5; 8:5-11; Col. 3:9-10; 2 Pet. 1:3). And when we sin Paul explains, it is not by the pure and new us, but by the sin in our old flesh (Rom. 7:17, 19-22, 25).
So we walk through life clothed in an imputed purity, also known as our positional purity which is also the purity we were given at the instant we trusted Christ as Savior. But this also means we now have an awesome new responsibility. That responsibility is what is called our personal, chosen or practical purity.
Participation in Purity is Demanded by God
Paul was the Apostle of purity. In each city where Christ's church was birthed, ...
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