Reflections

Reflections

Not all separation is bad and not all unity is good! 2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. In this verse we have the goal of the ongoing process of sanctification; Corporate and personal; that of holiness! An active process of striving and yielding; in Christ; for that perfect standing before God. Perfecting, or bringing to pass in thought and word and deed the work Christ has accomplished for us and in us. We might state it as follows; our active involvement in becoming what Christ has declared that through Him we are already reckoned to be. That activity of working out what God has worked in us; to bring out and show out the perfection of that perfect work of Christ; that perfect work of God which is contained in these earthen vessels of men and women. This work is not optional to the Christian life but should be the natural response of a heart and life touched by the Spirit of God. Sometimes we call this the call to Christlikeness but in this verse it is referred to as bringing holiness to completion. This verse reminds us that it is motivated by a reverence and fear of our God. Yet it moves confidently with a trust in the promises that if we separate ourselves from the unholy trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil, onto God we can be assured of our status as the Children of God (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). This process begins and ends with God, but yet we must take that work, and that working of God in our hearts, and then ourselves play an active part in this cleansing process; let us cleanse ourselves! God’s grace and the gift of Jesus has the ability to change fallen humanity’s self-centred obsession, to one that creates a worship filled obsession and relationship with God. But here is the wonder of this transforming relationship unto holiness, not only that we might be able to enjoy God but that He might enjoy us! Not only that we might glory in God but that He might also glory in us! Its purpose is not only that we might see and enjoy His glory but that we might also reflect it back to Him as perfect mirrors. What wonder this brings to our souls that sinners might be made so fitting of Heaven that the very thrice holy God of all can and will take delight in us! Christ plumbed the depths even onto suffering and death that He might bring us undeservedly to the heights of fellowship with God. What a wonder for us that He would see us, His handiwork, and glory in it. Here is the height we as Christians ought to strive for, that we might be those that God can glory in as He glories in His Son, as joint heirs, as adopted brothers and sisters of Christ. As individuals and as a body of believers, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. I challenge myself and you to strive to be worthy of our calling and to raise our worship to God for His marvellous converting love that He has for sinful men, and to see ourselves changed (2 Corinthians 3:18) from glory into glory!

O how marvellousO how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:   

O how marvellousO how wonderful!

Is my Saviour’s love for me!