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The Father, Who Has Qualified Us

November 13, 2019

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The Father,  Who Has Qualified Us

We all go through some sort  of qualifying process  at some time or another.     We have to qualify for a job.      We have to qualify for a sports team.      We must qualify to graduate from high school  and get into a college.      We even have to qualify  to be a passenger on an airplane.

In all the things we might qualify for,  it is absolutely impossible  for any of us  to qualify ourselves  for entry into heaven.      Many are trying to qualify themselves for heaven  with all sorts of good deeds,  church work,  spiritual exercises,  etc.      But,  we had better think twice,  because Jesus says  in Matthew 5:48,

Therefore  you  are to be perfect,  as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perfect?      Just like God Himself?      We’ve already missed the mark.      Nobody can be perfect.      And,  being really good  simply is not  good enough.      Some imagine  that it is not fair  to say we have to be perfect,  but the fact is  that heaven cannot have  the least bit of imperfection  in it.      By ourselves  we really are sunk  —  and if we don’t ever realize that,  we will surely  be headed for eternal condemnation  —  because that is heresy,  pride,  and arrogance  all rolled into one.      We cannot defy God’s word  and expect  to get away with it.

Even though  so many in this world  despise God’s message of salvation  through Jesus Christ alone,  it is the one and only hope  of anyone in this world.      The apostle Paul  talks about  how putting our faith in Jesus  changes our life style.      Faith in having the blood of Jesus  take away all of our sins  relieves us so greatly,  that we gladly desire  to live  like a child of God should live.      Even though we change for the better,  we still are not perfect  in the eyes of other people,  because it’s obvious we still sin.

Christians still sin.      Will they get to heaven?      Paul writes in Colossians 1:12-14,

Giving thanks  to the Father,  who has qualified us  to share   in the inheritance  of the saints in light.

For He delivered us  from the domain of darkness,  and transferred us  to the kingdom  of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption,  the forgiveness of sins.

God the Father  has qualified us  to inherit eternal life  in heaven.      We’re not qualified by ourselves  with good works,  because we are still sinners.      But,  the Father  has promised  that all who believe and trust  in the blood of Jesus  to wash away all of their sins  will get to heaven.      As Paul told the Colossians,  by faith,  we get taken out of the  “domain of darkness”  (which is our worldliness and sin),  and we get  “transferred”  into  “the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

It’s like we’re in a different world  —  even though  we’re still living in this world.      Instead of wanting  to live in the evils of this world,  we have come to love  imitating our Savior’s love for us.      We’ve discovered  just how marvelous  God’s love is  and we don’t ever  want to be away from it.      When,  by faith,  we live for Jesus,  we rest  in the fact  that with Jesus,  we  truly have “the forgiveness of sins.”

And with  “the forgiveness of sins”  we get eternal life  in heaven.      That is why  we gratefully  give  “thanks to the Father,  who has qualified us.”      God the Father  has promised  that faith in Jesus  will be the means  of our full forgiveness and qualification for heaven.

With thankful hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You have done the impossible for us.      Thank You  for faithfully leading us  to Your salvation  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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