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Sanctification


2012 03 28 15 24 01 630

The awe-inspiring events that occurred at Mt. Sinai teach us about the holiness of Yahweh. "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses; now choose life so that you and your children may live and love Yahweh your Elohim, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him." Deuteronomy 30:19.Yahweh instructed us about a written "code of ethics" that would teach men how to become holy; that would teach us how to recognize the clean from the unclean. This is sanctification!


     In this lesson, we will be learning about a very important principle called “Sanctification.”  According to Strong’s Concordance, the word “sanctify” (#6942 in the Hebrew—qadash) means, “to be, make, pronounce or observe as clean...consecrate, dedicate...be, keep holy...purify, sanctify one, self.” In Scripture, all of these meanings are used to address those things that pertain to Yahweh and the work He is accomplishing upon this earth.  For example, we read in Genesis 2:2 that He “…blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” 

     Looking at the definitions of sanctify, we understand that the seventh day was “holy,” meaning separate (Exodus 16:23).  It was something that was to be observed, which means “to hedge about, guard, or to protect, attend, or keep.” A person was to sanctify this day, regarding it as clean and pure (Deuteronomy 5:12). Yahweh has made something pure and separate; He has separated the clean from the unclean, and He has commanded us to do the same.

     Scriptures are quite clear, from Genesis to Revelation, that a part of Yahweh’s creation--its inhabitants--had become unclean, as a result of disobedience. Man was created from the “dust of the earth” in the Garden of Eden, but he defiled himself by sinning, and thereby experienced physical death (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).  Man’s uncleanness (nakedness) was made known once he ate of the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil,” and death was the end result (Genesis 2:17; 3:7). In Strong’s #6172, 6173, and 6174, we not only discover what nakedness is, but what it represents (Exodus 32:25; 20:25-26).  Paradise was lost as a result of the true nature of man, which can be easily influenced and corrupted, because the true nature of man is to be disobedient (John 3:19; Romans 13:12; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 6:10-12; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9).

     Yahweh knew before He laid the foundation of the world that man would fail.  He knew, in giving man free will and a sinful nature, that paradise would be lost to a creature that had to be taught the meaning of sanctification (Exodus 19:14). Because of the impurity of the man, Yahweh made sanctification a central part of the restoration message.

     It is sometimes hard to understand man’s true nature.  He must learn that he is easily defiled, and that something has to be made right.  In order for the created man to come before the Creator, he must be purified. Flesh and spirit have few similarities, yet they “exist” together.  Flesh cannot exist without the spirit (Romans 8:1-11).

EVOLUTION THEORY OR THE WORD OF YAHWEH

     There are those who totally disagree with the teachings of Scripture.  They teach that man came from water and not from soil, having evolved upon land to his present state.  Yet the evolutionists cannot explain the elements of which man is made, nor how he came into existence. The basic compounds making up water and soil, according to the evolutionist, were already here and just changed over time, creating the essence of life. This theory is in direct opposition to the Scripture’s teaching on Colossians 1:14-18. However simple it may seem, the making of soil is a highly complex endeavor.  Soil is formed through the weatherization of rock; air and water being the two most prominent elements that create soil. Water is the most prevalent element in man.  Over two-thirds of the human body is water. Blood is ninety percent water.  But…from dust, man came!  Water is a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen that has been ignited by a spark. Water is the end result of a violent explosion, The flow of water helps to erode rock, which forms soil. Air, containing oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and moisture (water), helps to break down rock by combining with chemical elements in the rocks, causing decay, thereby forming dirt or soil.  This is a highly complex procedure.

     The evolutionist will never understand how a human brain, which is mostly fat, creates thought through electrical impulses. The nervous impulse passing from one neuron to another, creating thought. The psalmist addressed the issue through a simple statement: “I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works...” (Psalms 139:14-16). David, the writer of Psalms, did not understand how he came to be, but he did understand the Book and he did have faith in its validity.

     Again, man is something made from the dirt, having a mind that can think, rationalize, and make decisions. However, “Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  To the Hebrew, the heart and mind were intricately entwined, having oneness in their makeup. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceeds evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23).

DISCIPLINING OUR MINDS

     Paul teaches us that we are to have “…a renewing of our minds, being not con-formed to this world, but to be transformed in order to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of Elohim” (Romans 12:2). The teacher of Proverbs tells us, “The way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:19-23).

     It is impossible for the evolutionist to address the things of Yahweh.  It is easier for him to approach the creation (origin) of man from science, rather than the Word of Yahweh. Significantly, the evolutionist has not been able to explain why man has yet to evolve into a higher being.  As the human being matures, he devolves, for the most part, into something that is less desirable than he was in his earlier stages of growth.  It is easier to theorize about the origin of flesh than to come to an understanding of the immoral or unrighteous origins of the flesh. To challenge Scripture concerning man’s beginnings, without first looking within man, is to leave out the most important element—the Creator and His creation.  According to Scripture, man was made in the likeness of Yahweh by the power of His spirit because Yahweh is spirit (John 4:23-26). In this Spirit Creator, there can be found no unrighteousness (Psalms 92:15). Yahweh made that choice, deciding that righteousness was superior to unrighteousness. “You came down upon Mt. Sinai … gave them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: and made known to them Your holy Sabbath … by the hand of Moses Your servant” (Nehemiah 9:13-14). As one man so eloquently put it, “Either Sinai was a quantum leap in inductive rationalization on the part of Moses, or [Yahweh] came down and gave to creation His written instructions.” Yahweh instituted a written “code of ethics” that would teach men how to become holy; how to recognize the clean from the unclean, and then He would challenge man to make the same decisions He made.  This is sanctification!

THE CHOICES WE MAKE

     “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses; now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love Yahweh your Mighty One, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For Yahweh is your life and He will give you many years in the land (earth—Kingdom) He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

     “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no Elohim.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good. Yahweh looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek Elohim” (Psalms 14:1-2). 

     The awe-inspiring events at Mt. Sinai serve to utterly destroy the evolutionary theory, lending a greater understanding of creation. Moses, led by the Spirit of Yahweh, wrote the first five books of the Bible, dealing more with the re-creating of man than the original creation.

     Moses passed on to the house of Israel Yahweh’s righteous law, given in order that, if a man would attach himself to it, he would not only find eternal life, but life abundantly--on earth and in the coming Kingdom (Mark 10:29-30). These things are greatly misunderstood by those who teach that it was by chance and not by design that man was created. The existentialist’s approach to life focuses on the fact that man’s existence is unexplainable, isolated in a hostile or an indifferent universe. This kind of thinking is totally foreign to the “Master Creator.”

     Hope of restoration or reconciliation to Yahweh is one of the most important elements of the law, based on the supreme sacrifice of our Savior, Yahshua the Messiah. “Since then we know what it is to fear Yahweh, we try to persuade men.  What we are is plain to Elohim, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience … So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view … Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from Elohim, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that Elohim was reconciling the world to Himself in Messiah, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are, therefore, Messiah’s ambassadors, as though Elohim was making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Messiah’s behalf: be reconciled to Elohim. Yahweh made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of Elohim” (2 Corinthians 5:11-21).

     We know from Scripture that, “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4) and that the result of sin is death (James 1:15, 5:20).  “How much more, then, will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living Elohim?” (Hebrews 9:14)  We can be assured that a restorer or a minister of reconciliation will not only remove that which curses us, but He will also re-create, through the Spirit of Yahweh, a totally new person through sanctification by the Spirit (John 3:5-6). 

MAN’S CARNAL MIND

     After having looked at sanctification in reference to the flesh needing to be cleansed, as a result of man’s heart and mind, what then is the true reason for man’s failures?  Looking objectively at all that has been written, what would cause man to deny Scripture and teach that he was not created, but that he merely evolved?  What would cause him to deny Yahweh as the true Mighty One who created all things through His Son—after the Son was created?  “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created…so that in everything He might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:13-18).  Paul teaches, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent…Elohim has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and Elohim has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:19-31).

     What is it about the flesh that it resists so adamantly the things of Yahweh? Even His very Name is hated, not only by ordinary men, but also by Bible-believing people.  Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the Romans: “The carnal mind is enmity against Elohim [hatred of Yahweh], for it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, neither can it be” (Romans 8:7).  This is referring, not only to many of the world’s most renowned scientists, but also to people who supposedly have built their faith around the Scriptures. Two of the oldest and most influential religions of the world hold to Scripture, but deny Yahweh and His law. “If you knew Moses, you would have known Me because Moses wrote of Me” (John 5:45-46).  “You neither know Me, nor My Father” (John 8:19). 

     To those who say they are not under the law, Yahshua had this to say: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:17-20). 

     Do you truly understand the salvation message, and the Kinsman Redeemer—the Deliverer of man? See Luke 15 and 16; John 3:16 and Leviticus 25. Yahshua teaches, “Where your heart is, there is your treasure” (Matthew 6:21). “Seek first the Kingdom of Yahweh and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Whose Kingdom is it? “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Who rules over this Kingdom? “ ‘You are a King, then!’ said Pilate.  Yahshua answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a King.  In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth will listen to Me’ ” (John 18:37). 

     Understanding these things, we can clearly see that there are prerequisites to entering the Kingdom belonging to Yahweh, which is ruled by Yahshua, and is governed by the laws of righteousness. Righteousness (from #6663 in the Hebrew) means “to be right, cleanse, clear self.” How does one become right or cleansed? To be sanctified, a person must be set apart, or made holy, and “washed” or purified, before he or she is able to stand before Yahweh. 

     What is the first step in becoming sanctified?  Turn to Hebrews 11:1-6, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at Elohim’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith, Abel offered Elohim a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith, he was commended as a righteous man when Elohim spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.  By faith, Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because Elohim had taken him away. Yet before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased Elohim. Without faith it is impossible to please Elohim, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek  Him.” 

     Yahshua thanked Yahweh for having hidden this from the wise and prudent, and revealing it to babes (Matthew 11; Luke 18). Paul wrote, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Yahweh (Romans 10:17). Unless we become as little children, having a simple, childlike trust in Yahweh, we will, in no wise, understand His law.

     “The law of Yahweh is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of Yahweh are trust-worthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of Yahweh are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of Yahweh are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of Yahweh are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Yahweh, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:7-14). 

A CIRCUMCISED HEART

     In dealing with man and his fleshly heart, Yahweh instructed him to enter into the covenant which He made with Abraham and His seed. The angel of Yahweh said to Abraham:  “In blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying, I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:17-18). 

     Paul said, “You are all the children of Yahweh by faith in Yahshua the Messiah. For as many of you as have been immersed in the Messiah have put on the Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Yahshua the Messiah. And if you be the Messiah’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29). 

     If a person decides to enter into this covenant, that individual is required to ratify the agreement he is making with Yahweh.  “And Elohim said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male ... shall be circumcised ... and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised. So shall My covenant be in your flesh an ever-lasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant’ ” (Genesis 17:9-14).

     The ratification of the covenant with Yahweh was called circumcision. Both circumcision and covenant have to do with cutting (Genesis 15). Yahweh declares to those who will make an agreement with Him, “Circumcise your hearts, and do not be stiff-necked any longer” (Deuteronomy 10:16). “Yahweh will delight in you, just as He delighted in your fathers, if you obey Yahweh your Elohim and keep His commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law” (Deuteronomy 30:9-10). 

     True sanctification means putting away the flesh—the old person—and being renewed in the spirit of our minds—putting on a new, righteous person, created according to Elohim’s desires for those of His covenant (Ephesians 2). 

     The evolutionist teaches that we came from the water; but Yahshua teaches that unless a man is delivered through the water and by the spirit, he will, in no wise, enter into the Kingdom of Yahweh delivered to this earth for those of Messiah (John 3; 1 Corinthians 15; Hebrews 12; Revelation 21).

     “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Yahshua, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great Priest over the house of Elohim, let us draw near to Elohim with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:19-24). 

     One must enter into the “circumcision made without hands” through baptism or cleansing by Yahshua—the Seed—coming up out of the watery grave (see Acts 2:38-39). “That He might sanctify and cleanse it (the assembly) with the washing of water by the Word…” (Ephesians 5:26).  “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Supernal nature of Yahweh in bodily form. And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: in Whom also you are circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of the Messiah: buried with Him by immersion, wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of Yahweh, Who has raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:9-12). 

     “So then faith comes by hearing the Word of Yahweh” (Romans 10:17).  Taking hold of those “words” will sanctify those in agreement with Yahweh.

     “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).  This written and living “Word” carries us along the ancient, but narrow pathway that leads us— those who are seeking truth—through the narrow gate that leads to life.

     A covenant and circumcision both have the sense of cutting—a cutting away of the fleshly heart (Ezekiel 36:26). We must not put our faith in man, but allow Yahweh to give us understanding. “Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

     What is the beginning of this knowledge? “The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Does having knowledge of the “circumcision made with-out hands” nullify physical circumcision?  Will physical circumcision guarantee salvation? (Study for yourself Leviticus 12:1-3; Ezekiel 44:1-9; Acts 15:1; and Galatians 3.) 

     Sincere seekers of the truth will be earmarked both physically and spiritually.  The removal of the flesh and walking in Yahweh's  Spirit will be a necessity for gaining eternal life. “There is, therefore, no condemnation to them which are in the Messiah, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Yahshua the Messiah has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Yahweh sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, because of sin, to condemn sin in the flesh:  that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:1-6).

     A covenant must be ratified and an oath administered and adhered to before deliverance takes place (Exodus 24:7, Romans 10:9).  Does Yahweh give an oath and ratify a covenant?  (See Deuteronomy 29 and 30.) As Yahweh said in Isaiah 42:6, “I, Yahweh, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” Please also read Luke 1:68-75.

     There is no creation message, no deliverance message without the “cutting” of the flesh. Abel offered “...fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. Yahweh looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor…” (Genesis 4:4-5). Why? Was Abel circumcised of flesh and heart? He made an offering of cut flesh because of his faith and obedience to Yahweh.

PURIFICATION THROUGH YAHSHUA

     Even though sanctification had been given and received by Adam and Abel, it had not been offered to all men. The origin of sanctification began with the offering of Isaac. It ended with the sacrifice of Yahshua at Calvary (Matthew 26; Hebrews 9). The purification of all creation will be accomplished through Him.

     Physical man must address, not only his flesh, but he also must address the issue of turning to the spiritual Rock that delivers him from himself: “... lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:2b). 

     “Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all immersed unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual food; and did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that went with them: and that Rock was the Messiah” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4; Matthew 16:18). The assembled house of Israel was gathered to this Rock, a “Rock of offence” (Romans 9:33). His purpose here was an offence to many because the core of Yahshua’s message was about Yahweh, and His coming Kingdom to this earth (John 14:23; Ezekiel 37:26-28; Revelation 21:1-8).

     In order for man to address the issue of membership into this Heavenly Kingdom, he must first understand Scripture. In Mark 12, we read the greatest of the commandments, which was that man had to love Yahweh with his whole heart, and his neighbor as himself. Yet, once again, Romans 8:7 says that man’s flesh was not subject to the law, nor could it be, and that flesh was hatred against Yahweh. Flesh must be removed so that the covenant which Yahweh made with Israel in Deuteronomy 5 could be manifested.

     This covenant is what makes a sham of evolution because it addresses the inner man and not the physical man. This by-product of decay is ever facing physical death from the very moment of its birth, yet put within man is the Word of Yahweh. It points to something higher than man. The covenant law is contrary to man’s nature, but is something that can convert him, making wise the simple (Psalms 19:7). The conversion of man directs this decaying matter to a higher spiritual plane, thus enlightening man to the reality of something greater than himself. From Deuteronomy 4, we can understand Amos 3:2, which teaches us that Yahweh chose a peculiar people to carry this covenant law to the nations so that there could be no misunderstanding as to the reality of the Creator.

     In Deuteronomy 4:20, we read that Yahweh brought the people out of bondage, or out of Egypt, which represents sin. He brought them into an agreement with Himself so that they might become a priestly nation, a holy or separated people (Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9). Their purpose was to build a house in which Yahweh could dwell. The knowledge of Yahweh’s Name became great upon the earth (2 Samuel 7:1-26; 1 Peter 2:5). 

     The Redeemer came to rule over Yahweh’s house. “And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name, Yahshua. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and Yahweh Eloah shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

     Yahshua came to magnify His Father’s Name (John 17; Hebrews 2:12). Yahshua came to establish a new covenant with Israel through the power of the Spirit (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8 and 10).  The writing of the law is within man, instead of tablets of stone; the last becoming obsolete, growing old and passing away.

     As Paul wrote, Sinai revealed that physical man was in bondage as a result of his physical nature (Galatians 4:24-25). The Law reveals man’s sinful nature (Romans 3:20). Yet this same Law teaches that the Creator can repair this dying clay through His Spirit and the placing of His instruction manual within our hearts and minds for the sole purpose of giving man eternity. Yahweh offered it to all men (Acts 10:34-43).

     This is the story of creation. Man was created for a reason (Romans 11:32-36). Yahweh created man’s nature, but He also provided a means to sanctify the whole of creation and not just the man of dust. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were, by nature, objects of wrath. But because of His great love for us, Elohim, Who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Messiah, even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And Elohim raised us up with Messiah and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Messiah Yahshua, in order that in the coming ages, He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Messiah Yahshua” (Ephesians 2:1-10, and through the end of the chapter). 

     If we put into practice the principles that we’ve just read about, we will be sanctified and justified by the Spirit of Yahweh, in and through the name of Yahshua the Messiah (1 Corinthians 6:11; and Romans 11:26-36).

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