Walking in the Spirit

But I acted for My Name’s sake, that it would not be profaned in the sight of the [pagan] nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt.  So I made them leave the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.  I gave them My statutes and explained My ordinances to them, which, if a man keeps, he will live.  Also I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know [without any doubt] that I am the Lord who sanctifies them (separates and sets them apart). – Ezekiel 20:9-12

Jehovah Mekoddishkem – the primary meaning of Jehovah comes from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. “I AM”. Mekoddishkem comes from the Hebrew word meaning “sanctify,” “holy,” or “dedicate.”

God’s distinctive and personal name in the Old Testament – ‘Jehovah’ – into ‘the name (the one name) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.

Sanctification does not come from keeping the Law, but from God – God’s way is not to take us out of the world, but to take the world out of us – This separateness is not a physical removal from other people but a spiritual relocation into God’s sphere of being.

How is the work of holiness or sanctification accomplished in the life of the believer?
Sanctification cannot be achieved by the self-ambition or personal effort of any person.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit.

So how do we walk in the newness of life?  We walk in newness of life by walking in the Spirit.

The holy person is one who is consecrated to the holy God and to spiritual service.  This means that the life and the conduct of the believer is to be distinct from the common or profane.  Of course this does not refer to the mechanical and routine necessities of life–believers use much the same measures for transportation, maintenance, and household matters as the unbelievers do.  However, within all aspects of life they make choices; and if they live, love, and choose as the world does, for the reasons the world does, they are profane.  They must seek ways to live out their faith (and this calls for a study of the biblical teachings on sanctification). The standard for this sanctification is God himself: “Be holy because I the LORD your God am holy.”  God is distinct from all celestial and terrestrial beings and items by his nature and his works.  And so the life of the believer is to imitate and reflect that holiness.

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Let Us Walk by the Spirit

 

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