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Holiness (4) God’s dwelling within His children

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Holiness (4) God’s dwelling within His children
by David Denninger - Monday, 24 April 2023, 11:34 PM

When Jesus died, the veil in the temple that separated and guarded God’s enthroned presence among His people was torn in two from top to bottom (Matt 27:50-51). It would no longer be necessary.

Jesus’ dying removed sin and did away with every legal requirement that stood in the way of the Holy One’s eternal desire and amazing plan to actually dwell in His holiness within the lives of sinful men and women.

“. . .  having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Col 2:13-14).

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (2 Cor 5:19).

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor 5:15).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Cor 5:17).

“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38).

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19)

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come and make our abode with Him” (John 14:23).

The apostle John presents the conclusion and the reason why God’s holiness is safe and unviolated in a Christian’s life.

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15).

“No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him” (1 John 3:6).

Every Christian has been recreated in a new life that is without sin. Our sinful natures were put to death at the cross.

“. . . Lay aside the old self, . . . and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Eph 4:22-24).

                                             (Spotlight 4, Lesson 8 in Doctrine 101: Learning about God)