Friday, May 25, 2012

The Eternal Call of God


The Eternal Call of God

By  Mordecai and Catherine Uka Dike

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he name church “the called out” suggests that Christians are called out for a specific purpose. Since we lack kingdom minded teachers in this present time, the majority of Christians don’t know what their calling is. When you ask those who think they know what their calling is, some will say they’re called to be apostles, some, prophets; some, evangelists; some, pastors and teachers. But in reality, God’s calling is beyond the ministerial calling; ministerial gifts are given to enable us to fulfill our spiritual or the heavenly calling (Hebrews3:1). Paul the apostle said that God didn’t call us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. (1Thessa4:7) Paul also said that God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began (2Timothy1:9). God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians1:4). It’s important for us Christians to know that the main calling of God for us is a call unto repentance; a spiritual call to attain true holiness in God. Now, the word that translated Holiness in Hebrew is the word “Kadusha” from the root word “Kadosh” which has the notion of sanctification, consecration not mere separation. From its English root, the term “holiness” is from the word “wholeness” meaning completeness or perfectness. Understand! The statement in 1Peter1:16… Be ye holy; for I am holy” and the one in Matthew5:48… Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect” have the same meaning. When something is declared holy, perfect or complete means that the thing has no faults or it is ideal in every way. In other words, True holiness signifies total conformity to Christ’s image, and that’s what we’re called for (Romans 8:28-29). To achieve true Holiness you must undergo 3 different aspects of separation, which includes spiritual, physical and emotional separation….  

Spiritual separation ~ Spiritual separation (1Peter1:2) means to disconnect one’s spirit from the spirit of the age “the lawless spirit that controls the people of this world” and to come out of sin. Spiritual separation can only be obtained when one becomes born from above which some call ”born again”, that’s when the Spirit of the Living God comes into our spirit man (Roman8:16). When this happens one will gain the grace “God’s divine ability” to free himself from the dominion of the sin nature of Satan that’s imparted in our human spirit through the disobedience of Adam (Romans5:12, 21).

Physical separation ~ After spiritual separation the 2nd is physical separation (2Cor 6:17) which simply means to discern and separate oneself from those people who can hinder spiritual growth. For instance, before God used Abraham according to His purpose He had to call Abraham alone (Isaiah51:2) out of his father’s household, his people, and out of his country (Genesis12:1-2). Physical separation is important because evil communications corrupt good manners, the Holy Ghost says; don’t be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God! As God has said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you (2Corinthians6:14-18).

Emotional separation ~ The 3rd stage of separation is emotional separation, which means to detach one’s human feeling from families, friends and relatives when God has spoken to you and has shown you what you are to accomplish for Him on earth. Emotional separation doesn’t mean not to remember people or think about them, another way to explain it is to condition one’s mind and prefer doing God’s will even when it means hurting your own feelings and the feelings of your families, friends, relatives and loved ones which is what Christ means when he says, If anyone comes to me and doesn’t hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person can’t be my disciple.  And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple (luke14:26-27). Take for instance John the Baptist who was the only son of his parents born during their old age. When John’s father and mother should’ve been enjoying and playing with their only son was when John the Baptist entered and stayed in the wilderness without subjecting to the feeling of his old parents needing him. Had it been John was emotionally attached to his family he couldn’t have yielded to the divine call of God. Likewise Jesus Christ, if He was emotionally attached to his mother above God’s will he couldn’t have agreed to die on the cross when he saw the tears of his mother. It’s certain that if a person doesn’t separate himself emotionally he’ll always find himself pleasing men instead of God. After going through these 3 stages of sanctification, internal purification follows gradually and on a daily basis as one is receiving the daily word of God “the present truth,” inward purification will continue until we conform fully to the image of Jesus Christ; true holiness must affect our spirit, soul and body…

And 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. (1Thes5:23).

It’s very important to remind ourselves always that we’re called unto Holiness, so that we can pursue it instead of chasing after other things; our mindset should be more in living a blameless life before God and man, instead of thinking only in world evangelization. We can win the world by righteousness! Jesus says, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew5:16). The early church preached the gospel mainly through their character, without quoting many scriptures (1John1:1-3), we need total separation!

Purpose of our Separation

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he aim of setting ourselves apart for God isn’t to criticize or  judge others, but to be able to see clearly and grow in the spirit so that we can help others grow spiritually in Christ….

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth (John17:19).

Separation will help one to develop a solid prayer, fasting, study and meditation lifestyle, It’ll also help to develop spiritual fellowship with God. Take for instance; during the course of John the Baptist’s separation in the wilderness the word of the Lord came to him. The Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes, and the high priest were there in their religious temple searching for God’s message in the scroll (the bible) while the Living Word came to John in the wilderness and inspired him to preach about the kingdom of God, which the Pastors, Bishops, and Arch Bishop of his days knew nothing about (Luke3:1-4). John was preaching to the experts of the law telling them to turn away from building religion and face the reality, which means to exit from the old order of the Mosaic Law to embrace the present truth, which is in Christ Jesus. Only in Christ, can one hear and walk in God’s Spirit accurately. The religious leaders in the days of John the Baptist possessed head knowledge of the scriptures, but lacked the accurate revelation of God. They believed that Moses and the prophets had spoken everything concerning God; they didn’t realize that God was still speaking to His children. It’s only when one separates him or herself for God that a clearer view about God can be developed and accurate fulfillment of His mind. Separation will help you to look into your own personal life to see what you’re lacking, see what other people are going through or what’s going wrong with all religious institutions. John the Apostle of Christ didn’t transport spiritually into the future Lord’s Day until he was persecuted and banished into the Island of Patmos (Rev1:9-10). All spiritual realities confided in the book of revelation was achieved during Apostle John’s time of seclusion in the Isle of Patmos, Paul the apostle wrote almost of all his epistles while he was in prison, as clement of Alexandra said; prison does to a Christian what the wilderness does to the prophets. Elijah worked out his immortalization in the wilderness. Moses did’nt encounter Jehovah while living in the king’s palace in the land of Egypt; God appeared to him in the wilderness. Martin Luther during the period of his seclusion after his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church translated the New Testament into the German language, which gave ordinary lay people the opportunity to read God's Word for themselves for the first time ever. Throughout the New and Old Testaments, God has never spoken to His people through religious organizations, He has always spoken to the people through an individual; a consecrated person “a voice in the wilderness,” not voices. We all need complete separation to fulfill our spiritual destiny in Christ.

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