The Holy Spirit Renews Us

New Jerusalem is the holy city, Jesus Christ is the Holy One, and in Him we are God’s saints, God’s holy people.

New JerusalemWe are not holy in ourselves nor because of our doing. Rather, God “chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4). That was in eternity.

Now, in time, according to the will of God, Jesus died, and by His death “we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

Based on this once-for-all offering, God “saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9). As a result of this holy calling we “heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation” and believed in Jesus Christ, and we “were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

Furthermore, in Titus 3:5 we read that God, “not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit renews us to match both the holiness and newness of New Jerusalem.

All of these steps of sanctification are of God and according to His purpose, which ultimately is to mingle with His holy people in the holy city, New Jerusalem.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.

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