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01/08/2015

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The Real Purpose


"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have a sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart" (1 Pet.1:22).

Since God's plan for us was not something of happenstance, but out of a plan, lets take a closer look at what His plan really entailed. I think that God's purpose has been to fashion a people (us) to wear His name, to be redeemed from sin, and to reflect His holiness. Through the apostle Peter in today's verse, we see that He has decreed that we purify ourselves by obeying the truth... Salvation involves believing the truth, but the truth also has to be obeyed or it is reduced to just a bunch of words. The truth then becomes two things... A confession and a way of life. I believe it is clear that Peter wanted his readers to know that the way of life they had begun in Christ was a radical move... It actually meant being reborn. Faith and truth are much more than abstractions to be embraced. When a person acts on their faith, repents, and is baptized into Christ, that person is spiritually born again. If we tie Peter's words in with Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in Jn.3:5, the unmistakable association between baptism and rebirth is revealed. Not serendipity... Not fate... Not dumb luck... It is all wrapped up in a plan and purpose that is revealed by God to us in His Word...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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