Pure and Simple

1 … who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood … (1 Peter 1).

Its pure and simple.  The essence of God’s grace lies in His “choosing” sinners, while the essence of our sin lies in our choosing sin.  God chose us even over the life of His only begotten Son, while sinners choose themselves over that Son — that is, until the Spirit comes onto the scene and sprinkles us with the purifying blood of that Son.

The essence of sin is disobedience and the essence of salvation is obedience.  The power of sin began in the garden, where man first turned their backs on God and disobeyed His clear commands, following instead the temptations of Satan.  The power of sin ends in any heart, where sinners turn back to God and obey, according to “the sanctifying work of the Spirit,” who prompts them to follow Jesus in repentance and faith (Mark 1:15).  Paul wroteconcerning such “obedience of Faith” in Romans 1:5.

Lord, we thank You for choosing us, and sanctifying us, and purifying us, so that we have become obedient to the faith.  Help us This Day just to obey You, pure and simple.  Amen.