1 Peter 1:13-15
"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all that you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.”
As Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.” And it is on God’s end. On our end we still have choices to make. God has already made His. It is our choice daily and even moment by moment that we carry our cross, dying to the fleshly desires of self; our selfish ambitions and the self-serving desires and wants in our heart.
It is by our choices that we determine the quality of our relationship with Adonai, the Most Sovereign God; the LORD and Master of all He has created in heaven and on earth. It is through the surrender of our identity of self, not our personality, that we honor our God with obedience.
In paying the full price for our freedom Jesus is returning us to our original condition and bringing us into His kingdom. When we accept this gift of life from Jesus we are reborn in spirit, restoring us to the original condition of Adam’s spirit before his “spiritual” death from disobedience. Our new spirit has been fully redeemed, washed clean and covered by the blood of Jesus.
In our soul the process of redemption is ongoing. We learn from the prophet Hosea that God’s people are being defeated because they lack knowledge with understanding of His ways. This is because in our past we were ruled by sin and even though no longer of this world, we still have to live in the world with sin.
The process of restoring our soul is being done as we wash it with God’s Word. This is the renewing of our mind as we learn the truths of God. It is by applying God’s truths to our life that our understanding grows. Even though sin is no longer our master it is only by sowing God’s Word into our heart and mind that we are able to overcome the influence of sin in our life with any consistency.
It is by the richness of God’s grace and the Word of God washing our soul that we are transformed, enabling us to walk in His righteousness on the outside more and more. This is the same righteousness we already carry on the inside that we were given upon our rebirth. It is through the Word, being empowered by the Holy Spirit living in us, that we abide in Jesus and Jesus abides in us.
It is a promise from God that our soul is being redeemed and will be completely restored when God makes everything new and the old order of things will pass away. This is when God will finish the good work that He has begun in us. It is through our faith and trust in God and His Word that we are able to have hope believing in an outcome that we cannot yet see.
Our body will be fully redeemed when Jesus returns and we are given a new body. We wash our body with Living Water for the cleansing process of washing away the impurities of the world and sin on our body. In this process we are making our body spiritually fit or ceremonially clean according to God’s Word. In our new body death will no longer live in us. This new body will be like the one Jesus was given when He rose from the grave. Jesus was seen with His new body by His disciples and others after His resurrection and during His ascension into heaven.
Father God, today we lift up a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to You for loving us this much. Help us to accept the gift of Your mercy and grace given because of Your complete love for each of us. Reach into our heart and mind, revealing the wonder of who You are to each of us. Let us receive this powerful gift of life You have given us and all that it really means to us. Thank You for doing for us what none of us could do on our own. May we approach our day's activities with a joy and a contentment knowing who we are and whose we are. We are Yours! Amen