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MARCH: Jesus' Prayer for Us

March 31

A STIMULUS TO SANCTIFICATION

Awake to righteousness, and sin not. 1 Corinthians 15:34

The trouble, says Paul, is that “some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34). The real trouble with a man who is living a life of sin and who is not sanctified is that he lacks the knowledge of doctrine. That is his trouble: he does not know these things. And if you and I are not more determined than ever to “awake to righteousness” and to forsake sin, then the only explanation is that we do not believe the doctrine of the resurrection. And if we do not, we are yet in our sins and are destined for hell, and may God have mercy on us.

But then to crown it all, in the last verse of 1 Corinthians 15 Paul uses the word “Therefore.” That is the argument, you see the logic—you cannot get away from it. It is not just beautiful language. You have heard people reveling in a beautiful service and saying, “How marvelous, how beautiful, how perfect—the balance, the cadence, and the lilt of the words!”

But that is not what the apostle wants you to feel. He wants you to say, “Therefore”—“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable.” Let them say what they want to about you—stand on your doctrine like a man, unmovable, “always abounding in the work of the Lord,” in your personal life and living, in your life in the church and in the whole of your life, “forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” The doctrine of the resurrection—what a stimulus to our sanctification!

Let nothing come between us and this mighty truth. This is life. This is everything.

Love so amazing, so divine Demands my soul, my life, my all. Isaac Watts

A Thought to Ponder The doctrine of the resurrection—what a stimulus to our sanctification!

From Sanctified Through the Truth, pp. 152-153.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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