Take a very deep breathe, with a wide and tender smile, let the air out of your lungs!
Close your eyes and imagine a paparazzo in a world of God’s thought, travelling (using God is good motors) within a specific location clouded by you, thereby taking snapshots of this view. What would God’s view about you look like?
Omo mehn safe (pidgin slang for I’m out. Goodluck!).
Or, visualize a documentarian using a Nikon D500 (with the wide angle God’s lens), amble the nature of a believer’s realm. What would be contained in his documentation of such a nature via this special kind of lens? In other words, how is the believer seen through God’s view/lens?
Oh lord! What manner of documentation this gon be per reader! Lolz. For some, the document/photograph is simply going to be unholy for viewing (viewers discretion advised), while for others the case is different.
Well! I know some of you didn’t even close your eyes to imagine. For those that did, I suggest you open your eyes now if you can hear me and let’s all see accurately the believer through God’s lens. How you may ask? By His written word. That is the essence of this article.
But first let’s know who the believer is, don’t you think?
A BELIEVER is “one who believes,” that is, one who trusts, has faith in the gospel or one who is persuaded and convinced of the Gospel which is that Jesus came, he died for our sins and has been raised from the dead for our justification.
1Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
vs. 4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
Romans 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
Upon believing, he (the believer) received the gift of life.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
1 John 5:13 (BBE) “I have put these things in writing for you who have faith in the name of the Son of God, so that you may be certain that you have eternal life.”
Please read also: John 10:27-28, Romans 6:23
Let’s go further,
In the New Testament the word Holiness is taken by God 111 times, why? Because holiness belongs to God, it is His attribute Rev 15:4. He doesn’t demand it from anyone or anything, so he does something spectacular to the one who believes in him, in that he shares it with the believer. Somebody shout Glory!
Notice how holy is used for men back then such as holy prophet, holy apostle, holy women yet these men in themselves weren’t perfect including holy men of God. But they were called holy because they were chosen of God. Anything God chooses becomes holy, the moment the angel appeared in the burning bush it became holy, same way God now indwells the believer in Christ and he is become holy. It is His presence in the believer that makes him holy thus seen before God as holy. Same way God sees him as righteous because he is in Christ.
Saints as a word in the Greek means Hagios: most holy thing describing the status (1Pet 2:5, 1Pet 2:9, 1Cor 1:2, Eph 1:4, 2:21, 1John 4:17) of a believer as being holy in God’s sight already, not about how they lived but about who Christ made them by his blood, no one earned this title by good deeds.
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
Now we’ve seen that the status of the believer is holy because of God’s presence in him. So you might be wondering when God says walk in holiness what is He saying? Good news is that he is not telling the believer to produce holiness rather He is telling us to express it, to walk in that which has been made available. And this would find expression as men are taught the realities of what Christ has accomplished not by scare tactics or emphasis on hell etc.
This walk isn’t hard if well taught the Gospel, you’d realize it’s the believer’s natural tendency, it’s his life. The extreme that prevents those who have discovered their identity in Christ is lack of devotion and discipline.
God’s view of true holiness emanates from him (i.e. God made) and this holiness is gifted to man which can only be accepted (i.e. received upon believing the Gospel).
Thus the believer as seen through God’s lens, or how God views the believer is that he is reconciled, forgiven, holy, His abode, one with Him, just as He is, righteous, beloved and loved (Rom 5:17, Philippians 1:6, Col 1:22, Col 3:12, 1John 4:17, 2Cor 5:18-21, 1Cor 3:17, 1Cor 6:17, Rev 20:6, 1John 4:17, 1Pet 2:9)
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