THE JOY OF YAHWEH'S SALVATION
1. As Christians we must like to retain God in our knowledge for freedom from sin or to have morality, since those who are immoral are those who do not like to retain God in their knowledge. Romans 1:28-31
2. When something is liked, it is because of the pleasure or pleasant experience it gives. Therefore to like to retain God in your knowledge is to like the experience God gives. Proverbs 22:17,18, Proverbs 2:10,11, Psalms 43:3-5
3. We are encouraged in Scripture not to lean upon our own understanding but in all our ways to acknowledge God. This is the same as retaining God in our knowledge. Proverbs 3:5,6.
4. However, there are some that reject God, they do not desire the knowledge of YHWH’s ways, they do not serve him and they do not see any benefits to be gained from keeping God in their knowledge or consciousness. Job 21:14,15
5. They are lovers of worldly pleasure than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:2,4, 2 Thessalonians 2:12
6. However, there are benefits to be gained as we retain God in our knowledge. We are told, “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many”. So through the knowledge of Christ one receives the experience of being justified or freedom from sin. Isaiah 53:11, Romans 6:6,7
7. This is the same as becoming idol free because through justification God dwells in your heart through the Holy Spirit, replacing the idols (idol values). Ezekiel 36:25-27, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 1 Corinthians 13:14
8. Idol values separate us from God. They are the reason why men sin. Idols in the heart mean the absence of YHWH from the heart. Ezekiel 8: 8-12, Ezekiel 14:3-5,7, Romans 1: 21-23, Mark 7: 20-23.
9. But now being made free from sin through justification, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and become servants of God. Through the indwelling of the Spirit of God we establish the law of God. So instead of the experience of sinning, we are blessed with the experience of sinfreeness. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 6:22, Galatians 4:6, 1 John 4:13, 1 John 3:24.
10. Through the indwelling of God we experience achieved victory over sin. 1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4
11. This sinfree experience is the same LIFE that Christ came to give us. John 4:14, John 7:37-39, Matthew 1:21
12. The work of the Spirit is to reveal God to man, since He speaks of Christ and Christ is the one that reasonably explains the Divine Nature to us. John 1:18, John 16:13-15
13. Many do not like to retain God in their knowledge because God in us through the Spirit of Truth convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement and because their deeds are evil. John 16:7,8,13,14, John 3:19,20
14. The constant chastening from God (instruction in righteousness), to prevent us from building again the things we once destroyed, is not joyous but the benefits gained when we do listen (retain God in our knowledge) yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. John 16:7,8,13,14, Hebrews 12:11.
15. As we listen to God as revealed by the Holy Spirit through the faith and believe the faith, God remains in us causing us to do His good pleasure. Romans 1:16,17, (Romans 3:22, Jeremiah 23:5,6) 1 John 4:13, Philippians 2:12,13.
16. This is the experience of life and peace; it is having the spiritual mind. Romans 8:6.
17. Having the Spirit of God and Christ, walking according to the revealed truths, we are free from condemnation, from the law of sin and death because we are made keepers of the law through the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9,10, 14, Romans 8:1,2,3.
18. As you choose to like to retain God in your knowledge, to experience the joy of His salvation, I pray these things for you by God’s grace:
a. That “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13
b. That “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23
c. And that, “the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever." Amen. Hebrews 13:20,21.
By Sis. Karima Paris