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“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price; Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. “ 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
The Apostle tells us it is a “mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:26-27 Humanity filled with Divinity! “God hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-7 There is therefore now no condemnation. Romans 8:1 The righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us. Romans 8:1 The sanctified in heart minds the things of the Spirit. Vs. 5 The sanctified lives a life of peace. Vs. 6 Ye are in the Spirit and the Spirit of God dwells in you. Vs. 8 The Spirit abides and quickens our mortal bodies. Vs. 11 If he sanctifies you, you are led by the Spirit and you are the sons of God. Vs. 14 Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba Father, Vs. 15 The Spirit, itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Vs. 16 We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ and shall be glorified with him. Vs. 17 We wait the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Vs. 23 The Spirit helpeth our infirmities and also maketh intercession for us according to the will of God. Vs. 26-27 And we know all things work together for good. Vs. 28 He predestined that we be conformed into the image of his Son. Vs. 29 Hallelujah! if God be for us, who can be against us. Vs. 31 He freely gives us all things. Vs. 32 Nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Vs. 35 In all things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Vs. 37 Oh! Dear heart, what victory! What overcoming grace is in the life of the sanctified! Paul testifies that persecutions, tribulations and sufferings may be the lot of God’s holy people, but exclaims, “None of these things move me. God’s fullness abides, “In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in him.” Colossians 2:9-10 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 The sanctified life is a life of glory and overcoming grace. “These light afflictions which is for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 All trials, distresses, sufferings afflictions. and persecutions are working for us. Our afflictions are light but the reward is weighty. These are for a moment the reward of glory will be eternal. Afflictions now, glory then.
Little holiness crowd, you are looked at by worldly friends and relatives as a little strange. You are probably the speckled bird and the cast-off of the worldly crowd, but let us see what God thinks of you. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; which in times past were not a people. but are now the people of God.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
Tell me not of heavy crosses, Or of burdens hard to bear, For I’ve found this great salvation, Makes each burden light appear; And I love to follow Jesus Gladly counting all but dross, Worldly honors all forsaking For the glory of the Cross