Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,
having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.
The foundation of those that are His is two-fold.
First, it is an intimate relationship with the Father, not a distant or intermittent connection.
‘the Lord knoweth them that are His.’
Christ is the rock on which this relationship is built. We are to have the same mind as Jesus had,
for the fruit of the Spirit is in
all goodness and righteousness and truth
Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus
. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
To ‘knoweth’ is a prolonged verbal form indicating, a coming to know and becoming known. It is a two-way discovery of intimate knowledge and each other’s character.
It is through Christ working in our lives, chastising us, and making us holy that we can identify with Him. In this of our life is under His authority,
God’s grace teaches us that He will not allow us to become once again subject to sin,
There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you
to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
We are sealed to the foundation of God by obedience,
if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,
ye shall live.
Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:
Christ gave us a most precious and priceless gift, purity, freedom from sin, with good works.
who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works.
Our faith and relationship with God necessitates good works within our salvation,
For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
If we fail to to believe with the fruits of obedience, Jesus will cast us aside.
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you:
depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.
If our works are filled with willful sin, it does not matter if we,
But those who profess to know God;
but in works deny him,
being abominable, and disobedient,
and unto every good work, reprobate.
~ Titus 1:15-16
Our carnal nature must die. If we have been saved, we have been freed from the corruption and reign of sin in our life.
. . . being sober minded. In all things
shewing thyself a pattern of good works:
in doctrine shewing uncorruptness,
gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned;
that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed,
having no evil thing to say of you.
We have no other choice as followers of Christ. We must flee sin at all costs in order to avoid the judgement.
Depart, ye that made the doctrine of my atonement a cloak for your sins, or ‘sewed’ it as a ‘pillow under the arms of my people,’ to make them sleep in carnal security, when they should have ‘worked out their salvation with fear and trembling.’
You profess to know me, but I disown you. My sheep I know: them that are mine I know. The seal of my holiness is upon them all: the motto of it, (Let him that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity,) is deeply engraven on their faithful breasts, — not on yours, ye ‘carnal, ye sold under sin!
~ John Fletcher
Who dares to stand for iniquity?
Who dares to proclaim this dark principle of sin
seething in the life of a Christian?
The Gospel demands that we stand in God’s light.
Stand with Paul:
shall we sin,
because we are not under the law,
but under grace?
Let Grace have its perfect work in your soul, and stand!