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REDEEMED vs JUSTIFIED/Being Born vs Being Perfected

Isaiah 9:3-13 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel…. 44:23 the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

They have the term "just add water"; well you don't have to do anything north of simply staying alive to reach biological maturity from human birth to adulthood. The human maturation process is estimated to be among the longest of all life-forms on earth. About 1/3 the population might claim to be mature, and by stricter definition perhaps 1/4, or less might be mature; but none of them will claim to be perfect. God exhorts us to be perfect, but that is dismissed as a confusion over semantics, or the imprecise use of words. On the question of perfection, about all Christians might tell you that it just means to be mature. There is a clear distinction between maturity, and perfection. Maturity is a human experience; perfection is a divine experience. That which is of the earth is earthy; and that which if of Heaven, is divine, or Heavenly. We are directed to put on the Heavenly. Taking into account all the markers that define human maturity, by their demographics, you'll find no shortage of mature people on earth; yet none of them are raising the dead, walking on water, or talking to the frequent Hurricane Katrinas. The complaint regarding women's progress in today’s workplace is about a glass ceiling beyond which they cannot move beyond. Mankind in general has a kind of glass ceiling problem; of their own making by their unbelief. Unable to now access the powers of the world to come, which as manifested allows for their perfection; they are resigned to things that define them as mere men while they live. That resigned posture is confirmed by their iron clad assortment of denials concerning the great cloud of scriptures that exhort them to the be perfect. They are ready with a hostile disposition to any questioning of that prospect, and never speak of it. Witness their traditions of ceremonies for those who die arguably a wrongful death in their congregation. It would never enter into their minds that they might raise the dead to score one for Heaven. This is common place with Jesus, who by the way expects this of us. We've gone so far out-of-the-way we can't even imagine that possibility anymore. This is exactly why God can't be glorified in us according to his standard of perfection; because since our redemption, we refuse to go beyond the veil of our humanity and experience the perfection of Jesus. He did say "I will be perfected on the third day" and it was so. We might try making similar confessions since we are supposed to put him on, and glorify him.

It is through the knowledge of God that he perfects us, or justifies us from all things; and by believing....all things are possible. In our struggle renew our minds and be thereby transformed or perfected in the image of Christ, we should choose information instead of cacoon-formation. "We know what a masquerade all development is, and what effective shapes may be disguised in helpless embryos.--In fact, the world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities." George Eliot.

If you were not born, the option to grow is off the table for you. We make a confession by faith for salvation in order to be born again. We also have to make confessions for our perfection. The word of redemption was sent to change Jacob the swindler, into Israel the prince. When that word made that change in Jacob it came to rest in, or resulted in Israel, the prince having power with God. It changed Jacob’s name to Israel; which is symbolic of a change in his very nature.

The name Jacob means supplanter, or swindler. The name Israel means a prince that has power with God. We all want a better life for ourselves and like Jacob often we trick people or cheat the system to obtain some advantage in obtaining that better life.  Like the unconverted Jacob somewhere along the way we also will hear about the redeeming grace of God for us. If we are faithful to receive and act upon that word, what happened to Jacob next is symbolic of what could happen for us. The word changed him from a swindler into a prince with power.

Before God redeemed us we were powerless; not really a contender, and had very little say about the state of our condition in life. Having being redeemed however, we have a great deal to say about where we go in  life. Being redeemed, or saved not only qualifies us for heaven, but gives us power with God here on earth. We don’t have to play tricks on our brothers or cheat the system to get ahead. Being redeemed makes you the head and not the tail. It’s just a matter of actually realizing this truth through the knowledge of what God has done for you through Christ Jesus. When you know this truth you will be made free from the corrupting influences in life as you begin to share God’s divine nature.

Being saved qualifies us to begin contending in life for the promises of God that are given to us. These exceeding great and precious promises are given to us, but we have to take them. I may give you something but if you wont take it, your claim on it is invalid; same as with these promises given us by God. By these amazing promises we not only escape the corruption that we are exposed to in this world through lust for the things we see, but we are made a partaker of the divine nature of God.

2 Peter 1:2-4  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Our compliment of spiritual armament cannot be handled by flesh and blood hands; nor are they for our flesh and blood forms, but we are at war and they are indispensable. If we are perfect; that is determined according to our fitness for the task at hand...the ministry of reconciliation which Jesus began; and in the same tradition as he demonstrated by the power of God on the right hand, and on the left hand.

To share the divine nature of God gives us extraordinary power with God over circumstances in life. Being redeemed, God desires to glorify himself in us. In order for this to happen we have to  move on from salvation and go on to perfection. This just doesn’t happen like rain that falls without us taking actions to make that rain fall. Unlike the rain that just falls without our effort, we have to take steps to secure the promises of God for us. This is achieved by applying the same rule by which you were save.

Philippians 3:16  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. There is a principle rule that we subscribed to in order to obtain salvation. We believed in our heart the word of reconciliation delivered to us, and made confession of it with our mouth to confirm or validate our salvation in Christ. As we believed the things promised for our salvation and confessed them with our mouths we must now believe the things promised for our perfecting and make confessions of them with our mouth as well.

Hebrews 6:1-3  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. When we entered into salvation we were dealing with the elementary principles of the teachings of Christ for salvation. From the point of salvation we begin the journey of glorification where God glorifies himself in us. Sometimes we happen to be in the right place when it rains, but in this process we can be more proactive. The promises of God for our glorification are all yes and final. Philippians 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded : and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded , God shall reveal even this unto you.  If in anything we are less than perfect, God will reveal it to us.

As God reveals those things concerning us where we are other than perfect, it is not to condemn us but to urge us on to perfection in those things. Apply the same rule by which you obtained salvation as God shows you these things to perfect you, and glorify himself in you…or as you; for it is no more you, but the Christ that dwell in you.

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