May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV)
In the face of persecution and the spectre of death, Paul writes to the believers at Thessalonica to help strengthen their faith and encourage them of the glorious return of Christ.
He reminds them that God is so committed to us that he himself works in our lives and performs the sanctifying and redeeming work that we desperately seek. His work in our lives is so complete that his cleansing touch reaches every fibre of our being: spirit, soul and body. Being made in the image of God, we are trinitarian beings in microcosm having diverse faculties of spirit, soul, body – yet united in and as one fundamental person, like a single, seamless fabric. The “fall” affected every aspect of our being. Nevertheless, our God of peace will restore the inner peace that will resonate the fullness of life within us.
As we wait upon our Lord, who will surely come, let us be assured that our God remains committed in restoring us to the glorious creation that he meant us to be. The process of sanctification is not a “do-it-yourself” program but the dynamic activity of Father Son Spirit in our lives. Let us be encouraged to submit, participate and persevere in the restoring work of our creator. “The glory of God is a human being who is fully alive,” said St. Irenaeus.
Thank you Lord, that your love is so vast that you remain committed to see me restored to the fullness of life. Thank you for reaching into the very depths of my being and removing the brokenness to ultimately reflect your life and love through me. Help me to remain faithful and allow your cleansing work in my life. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.
Study by Danny Zachariah
First published on 14 May 2019 in GCI Update Devotionals https://update.gci.org
About the writer:
Danny Zachariah, is a minister in Grace Communion International and is Regional Director of the India Subcontinent.
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