“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” Peter 1:22-23
The Word of God is eternal. God and His Word are One. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus and God are One and God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, His Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. We, who have trusted in Jesus for salvation, confessing that He is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead, are now born again by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. We are saved by grace through faith in God’s Word. So then, what does this mean for us today?
First, it means that now we have the capacity to love as God loves. This is fundamental to everything that we are and do. We are called to live by faith and faith works by love. Our souls have been purified from the imprint of sin and death from the old nature of Adam, by obedience to the Spirit of God that is now resident in us, to lead us into all truth.
Moreover, the Spirit of Truth in us gives us God’s perspective on every aspect of life if we are wiling to hear Him.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:13-14
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and the Comforter Whom Jesus has sent to abide with us and in us now and forever.
Our obedience to the truth points us to the pathway of God’s righteousness and the means by which we overcome the temptations and powers of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Apart from God we can do noting, but with God all things are possible. By the Spirit of Truth we are with God now and He is with us and in us, and He is for us, not against us.
By the Spirit of truth we have discernment to know and understand the true nature of things, to be able to test the spirits whether they are from God or from the devil. We are especially dependent upon the Spirit of God to help us navigate this life, because so much of what we hear and see is not of God, but is born of the lusts and evil purposes of men moved by their father, the devil. At the heart of all his works are lies and deceptions intend to steal, to kill and to destroy.
But thanks be to God, we are neither alone nor helpless in the face of his dealings. Indeed we are now more than conquerors over all of them, if we trust in and rely upon, without compromise or equivocation, the truth of the Word of God, not being swayed by every wind of doctrine or the cunning craftiness of men that denies God and His Word, calling for and demanding the removal of God from all matters of the government, of education in the prevailing society and the corrupt ways of the world.
We must be diligent to keep our hearts and minds free from the subtle seductions of men’s intellectual arguments and deliberate misinterpretations and misappropriations of the God’s Word as though what He has said is not really what He meant, or is now irrelevant in their highly advanced world. Therefore, it is left for their intellectual superiority to accurately evaluate it and reinterpret it to fit their rebellion and in doing so to advance their ungodly causes.
Be not deceived God is not mocked.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” Psalm 2:1-4
There are many voices around us today spewing the venom of pride, arrogance, self-aggrandizement and hate while all the while abusing and killing the innocent and blaming their deeds on those who oppose them. They dishonor themselves, then deny God and blame his people for their plight. They call for the destruction of well-established norms and systems that acknowledge the sovereignty and dominion of God, while they embrace and make laws to protect those things God has cleared declared sin and an abomination to Him.
But we must not be moved or shaken by the noise of their protests or threats nor must we be blinded, or muted in our Godly response to their deeds by the emotional impact of the passion they exhibit for their causes. We must maintain an attitude not of judgment and dismissal of them, but of love and grace for them while God works His work in their hearts, because, no man knows another man’s heart save God, only.
But the Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that now we are the sons of God. Likewise, our re-born spirits bear witness within us of those who are of like mind and like spirit of faith in God through Jesus Christ, to the end that we can have genuine unfeigned love and fellowship with one another in the Body of Christ.
We can love in spite of resistance. We do love because we are loved.
We can love and we do love fervently, because our hearts are purified and our motives are pure as well. We don’t love to satisfy lusts or to gain the advantage over others. We love to be able to give freely and without restraint of want or lack. We love with the force that causes even the hardest heart to warm to the love of God expressed in Jesus Christ.
The purification of our souls is evidenced by the love we have for those in the household of faith and particularly those whom God has brought nearest to our hearts. In this love we are blessed and fortunate, indeed.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26