Saturday, March 02, 2013

Preparing for Easter - Mark of Saints


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]


Pauls greeting to the people of Ephesus: To the saints . . . the faithful in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1:1

Many times in the Old Testament, God is referred to as the Holy One of Israel. Holiness is an attribute of God; holiness is a complete separation from evil and defines moral perfection. We discover many references of holiness in the New Testament. God and all that is associated with Him is considered holy. Jesus is addressed as the Holy One of God. In many of his letters, Paul uses the Greek word hagioi  translated as saints or holy ones when referring to those claiming Jesus as Lord. Sanctification through Christ is what give us holiness. Holiness is no longer just a place, like the Holy of Holies, nor does it only belong to the priests or apply to rituals. Because of Jesus, holiness becomes living in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

[Jesus] was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name. (Romans 1:4-5) Christians experience holiness through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Holy conveys a difference, a distinction, completeness, belonging to God. Ray Stedman says, “Holiness is the mark of saints.” If we belong to Jesus, then we will live differently than those who belong to the world.
  • Where do I experience the presence of the Holy Spirit? 
  • Is the Spirit of holiness evident in my daily life?

God, without You, I am nothing. For all goodness and grace come from You. Mark this saint with holiness; help me share this with those who walk in darkness. - dho

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