In Every Dimension
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Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
“I do not understand what has happened to the Christian community. Believers who go regularly to church, and profess to believe the Bible, often seem to go along with practices of the world around them with hardly any consciousness that what they are doing is unbiblical and really wrong. They lie without hesitation. They evade paying their bills. They cheat on their taxes. They ignore needy people. They fail to keep appointments. They freeload shamelessly. They lose their tempers. They grow critical and caustic. They desert their mates. If the Apostle Paul were here, he would be very concerned about this. To him, the mark of true Christian faith is that it changes everything you do and say. It affects every area of your life. A Christian may no longer act as he did before he came to Christ. This is very clear in the letters of the apostle. Every letter that he wrote ends with pointed, practical applications to daily situations of the truth the he had set out.” —Ray Stedman
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, the Apostle Paul talks about your whole spirit and soul and body—knowing Christ wholly, through and through, in every dimension…restored, renewed, reclaimed.
The adjective, whole, means containing all components; complete; not divided or disjoined; in one unit; constituting the full amount.
You are first and foremost a spiritual being. Of all the things that add value and uniqueness to the human creation, it is the spirit. In the Bible, the word, spirit, means breath, wind or air. The Greek word, pheuma, is used today in medicine. But used metaphorically, it represents the idea of a divine nature.
YOU ARE A SPIRITUAL BEING
• Your Spirit is Distinct in Creation
• Your Spirit is Designed for Communion
There is an interesting, descending order of progression found in
"God, you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in You." —Augustine
• Your Spirit is Continuous in Existence
YOU NEED SPIRITUAL RESTORATION
We live in a world where life can become shared, fragmented, stained and broken. …in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17b). But according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, God wants us to be whole, complete, restored. God can take your fragments and pieces, and bring them together in spirit, soul and body.
See Ephesians 2:1-3.
There are two primary issues of the spiritual life:
2) Re-hydration—just as heat drains, you must give attention to what is needed to maintain vitality and victory in your walk with Christ.
You are not intended or designed to live a depleted and defeated life, yet many things can deplete you:
See 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Paul describes the burdens, challenges and difficulties of his life and ministry.
God is faithful not only to provide a way of salvation, but to see our salvation through to the end. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6 ESV).
"Grace is not only the pardon that passes over our badness; it is also the power that produces our goodness." —John Piper
Are you a "dehydrated disciple" today? Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while (Mark 6:31 ESV).
Many fail to be holy because they do not pursue holiness. To pursue holiness is to pursue the Holy One, Jesus Christ. You can't be like Jesus if you don't spend time with Jesus.
Take Time to Be Holy
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
—William D. Longstaff
This message was preached from the pulpit of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
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