May 16, 2019: SOAP #3451:   1Kings 1: 1Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1Thessalonians 5 Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, […]

May 16, 2019: SOAP #3451:   1Kings 1: 1Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1Thessalonians 5

Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 5:23 May God himself, theGod of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul andbody be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one whocalls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Observation:   What astatement!  It is a statement of God'scharacter and His willingness to carry through.  In considering God's character, I seebasically two major sides: Love and Holiness. These two qualities mix together into Goodness. If either were missing,we would not think of God as Good. At times Love and Holiness seem to opposeeach other but they are completely reconciled in the cross.  For it is there the righteous demands of ourHoly God are paid in Love by none other than God Himself!

Holiness is expressed in justice, righteousness, purity, faithfulness,etc.  Faithfulness is an expression ofHoliness.  God's holiness demands faithfulness!

God is faithful to act according to His character.  When Paul writes, “He will do it,” heis referring to the prayer of blessing in the previous verse.  God will bless them by sanctifying themthrough and through.  God will keep themblameless!

Application:   Indesiring to be holy and pure, what a special blessing to know that God is moredesiring of this than I am!  Of course, Iwant to live holy, but on my own, I do not find much success.  It is only as I rely on Him and live in anabiding relationship with Him that I have any hope of succeeding.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, throughyour Son, you paid the ransom you demanded. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, you provide the righteousness fordaily living you require.  There isnothing you desire of me that you have not provided for me!  What a gracious God you are!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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