For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Through salvation we have been justified and acquitted of sin. We are declared free from the old nature of sin including the consequences that come with it, then sanctification which is a process.
The soul need to be purified from all it had known, the ideologies, cultures, events that has formed it, it has to come in obedient to Christ and this change has been designed to occur by the cleansing of the word.
that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
To cleanse the church by the washing of water, this is His Spirit in us washing out the residue of the old man in us as we continually subject ourselves to Him and His word. The word of God, both the written and spoken is Jesus Himself, therefore receiving and meditating this word takes a form within us that transcends our natural human configuration.
This is the process of becoming – becoming the fullness of Christ, that you heard the word and accepted it does not make it complete, you must become what you heard and have known. To radiance this complete TRUTH (Christ), we have to become it by submitting to its process of transforming us.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
The Holy Spirit will never violate your will, He will bring a subject to your knowledge, He will lead you but will never force you to comply against your will, and this is where crucifying your will to the obedience of Christ comes in.
Cleansing by the word starts with submission, that is allowing the word to consciously be alive in you, this also swallows what we call our weakness which has been the area we have not allowed the word to conquer or dominate, the area that have not been laid down for cleansing.
Father never intended for His children to remain at the salvation level – salvation is a crucial essence but we must also embrace growth that reveals us to our identity and becoming who has been revealed, we must go through cleansing by the Spirit and the word.
Siblings in Christ, let us allow the word to grow and form in us, so that we will completely radiance Christ Himself, the essence of our walk so we can boldly say “ I am a complete TRURH”.
You are unstoppable!
Love from Abba.