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January 11, 2023

Being Made Holy in the Love of God

Eph 1:4 Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love, 1 Pet 1:16 Because it is written, "You shall be holy because I am holy."

Love here refers to the love with which God loves His chosen ones and with which His chosen ones love Him. It is in this love, in such a love, that God's chosen ones become holy and without blemish before Him. Firstly, God loved us. Then this divine love inspires us to love Him in return. In such a condition and atmosphere of love, we are saturated with God to be holy and without blemish as He is. Therefore, to be holy we need to stay with God in His love. For example, during your time with the Lord in the morning, you may be under the process of being soaked and saturated with Him [in His love] . But then your wife may say something to offend you and you lose your temper. Thus, after breakfast you go back to your room and pray, "O Lord, forgive me. I was being saturated with You, but one word from my wife caused me to be apart from You. Lord, bring me back to the soaking. Lord, how I praise You for the cleansing blood!" The purpose of this illustration is to point out that when we are in touch with God, we are holy. But when we are away from God, we are not holy. [And it is His love that draws us to stay in fellowship with Him.]

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp.26,33. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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