Bible Ballistics: Pure In Body, Speech & Example? Vol. 5 #14
As I look at things around us it grieves me to my soul, to see God’s children behaving like the world. And not just acting like the world but being satisfied and unburdened about the worldliness that pervades their lives. Now, I understand that we all stumble and fall, but when we seem to be drawn to the “wallow” of the world it breaks my heart.
The first thing I’d like us to consider is the call in scripture to prove ourselves to be genuinely in the faith:
2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Hebrews 3:12-13, “ Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
We must understand that just saying we belong to Jesus doesn’t make it a fact– Only being truly ‘born again’ will make us children of God–ONLY by the supernatural ‘re-creating’ work of God in our lives.
John 1:13, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” He gives LIFE!
When we are born again, the Spirit of Christ/Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, imparting to us the power to be ‘born again’, to be ‘re-created’ into the ‘children of God’. We are empowered by His Spirit to live in that very power for purity. But as I mentioned earlier, saying so doesn’t make it so! There are those who claim the name of Jesus and yet know nothing about Him, who walk away when believing becomes ‘inconvenient’. Peter describes these people:
2 Peter 2:22, “But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
Paul also talks about this in 2 Corinthians 5:17,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Re-created!!!
Genuine believers become a ‘new creature’—remember that ‘re-creation’ by the Spirit of God. We are not ‘pigs’ that washed themselves up and are still pigs in a pretty bow, until the longing for the ‘wallow’ calls them back to their own ‘nature’. The ‘dogs’ returned to their ‘vomit’, because the dog never was changed, just cleaned up their act and tried to live like a real believer until the true nature came to the top.
But when we have a new heart, and a new nature we are empowered to live for Jesus, by Jesus!!! We are called and equipped to live for Him!
Ephesians is a wonderful book that talks about who we are “in Jesus” and tells us all that we are to do because of ‘who’ we are!!!
Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Ephesians 1:11, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”
Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
Ephesians 2:21-22, “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
And Paul goes on throughout this precious book to call us to living that reflects what we posses in Jesus.
Ephesians 4:1, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”
We are to walk/live in a manner worthy of our Lord and the price He paid to redeem us. And he goes on in chapter 5 to get down to the ‘nitty-gritty’!!! Let’s dig in! I’d like to lay this out in our ‘examination’ format–Ephesians 5:1-12,
“Be ye therefore followers of God,
as dear children;
2 And walk in love,
as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us
and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, (all immorality of any kind)
and all uncleanness, (moral uncleanness/lewdness)
or covetousness, (greed)
let it not be once named among you,
as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, (obscenity)
nor foolish talking, (foolish talking, inappropriate)
nor jesting, (mischief making)
which are not convenient: (not proper)
but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that
nor unclean person,
nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
hath any inheritance
in the kingdom of Christ
and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words:
for because of these things
cometh the wrath of God
upon the children of disobedience. (see 2:3+)
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness
10 Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame
even to speak of those things
which are done of them in secret.”
What are we called to? We are called to holiness, to purity, to godly living and yet not on our own, but ‘IN JESUS’—in the power that God imparts to us through His precious Holy Spirit—who He has placed within us who belong to HIM!!!
We are to be: following Jesus
loving like Jesus
being pure in body, speech and example.
My life is to be an example of godliness in all I do. We are to influence the world around us with our ‘Christ-likeness’, not with our worldliness. Are we letting the world change us or are we helping change the world around us by living for Jesus?
On the job?
In the neighborhood?
On social media?
Do we have once face for church and a different one for ‘after’ church? Or are we willing to yield ourselves to God, to reflect HIS glory: “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” That’s ALL!
Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Are you being evidence for God or a shame to His name?