Good mornin to you my friend, this is Lee Poskey.
Today I have a message for the born-again Christian of both lamentation and great celebration.
So let’s get right to the message shall we?
If you’re someone like myself whom God has quickened His new covenant grace in, you know how depressingly difficult it can be to find a church-fellowship that really grasps what God has given to us don’t you?
So often I’ve had discussions with religious leadership about celebrating that we Christians have been made fully forgiven, fully sanctified saints, who are fully the righteousness of God…and that truth is virtually never received-well by the religious minds that I visit with.
They usually chop down what I’m communicating right off the bat with something to the effect of…we’re “positionally” righteous and sanctified…but we don’t come out and celebrate that we’re all of that because we’re still sinners with a sin nature.
Since when does God’s word teach that we’re only “positionally” those things? (It doesn’t).
I’ll tell you what the problem of the religious mind is.
The reason why most professing Christians don’t celebrate that they’re fully forgiven, fully sanctified saints, who are fully the righteousness of God…is because they’re associating those blessings, those free gifts from God, with their behavior. (It’s that simple). They may not come out and say it that bluntly, but that’s the reason why.
Associating sanctification and righteousness with their behavior is how they come up with concocted arguments for “positional” and “practical” holiness & righteousness, (which is the basis for the false doctrine known as “progressive” sanctification).
Such people haven’t truly come to the place where they accept their utter depravity, and really owned God’s righteousness as their own righteousness. (Not in the literal-sense that I’m talking about).
I’ve visited with folks across the doctrinal religious-spectrum who’ve been immersed in church for decades, and they don’t have a clue about the exciting thrill and zeal of resting in God’s righteousness.
Religion simply adds so many distractions to what ultimately matters the most.
What did the risen Lord Jesus Christ’s finished work accomplish for you?
More specifically, what did His death, burial, and resurrection actually accomplished for you?
Understand what that accomplished for you, and you’ll understand that God has made you to be a spiritually-alive, fully forgiven, fully sanctified saint, who’s fully the righteousness of God.
That’s what it is to be complete in Him, and the sooner you understand that, the sooner you’ll be celebrating owning that spiritual treasure.
“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
At this point, if the religious-minded are still thinking “then what controls your behavior?” The answer is the the indwelling Spirit of God. I point them to 2 Corinthians chapters 3 & 4: https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-bible-text/2Co-3.html
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!