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The Letters of Peter #3   T. Austin Sparks

Started Sep-23 by PAULFROMNYS; 151 views.
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Sanctification of the Spirit

"In sanctification of the Spirit" (v.2). Here again a change is marked. The old sanctification was ceremonial, ceremonial by reason of external rites and ceremonies. The old sanctification was entirely an external thing. Here it is a new dispensation and a new realm and a new order. It is sanctification in the Spirit; something quite different.

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The Blood of Sprinkling

"Unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (v.2), or the blood of sprinkling. But a vast difference is marked between Sinai and the blood of sprinkling which followed the giving of the law, which was the blood of condemnation and of judgment that any who failed would die. This again is the blood of sprinkling unto Life, not unto death; unto justification, of faith, not unto condemnation; unto liberty, the law of liberty, not unto bondage. The blood here sets free; the blood in the old time led into bondage. That is, the old covenant and the law was one of bondage, of condemnation, of judgment, of something hanging over your head all the time of which you would be afraid. The blood of sprinkling of Jesus Christ is something quite other. There is no condemnation, there is no hanging over the head of threats. There is liberty through this precious blood.

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And all this is carried through by the Divine Trinity. You notice they are all here. God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Spirit. The foreknowledge of God the Father, the sanctification of the Spirit, the blood of Jesus Christ - the whole Divine Trinity and Godhead moving in grace.

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   YES, but it is the Spirit of the Person of the Father, not a third separate person, as the Son is indeed a second distinct person in relationship with GOD and us.  As that life from GOD which is in GOD and is GOD is established in us through Jesus Christ, that life in believers is identified as the Holy Spirit.  As the dynamics of that process are spoken of in scripture it is: The person of the Father through the person of the Son: not a third distinct person.  

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A Living Hope

And then this emerges into the hope. What a different hope! At best the old hope was Canaan, the land, Jerusalem - earthly, temporal, but now 'begotten to a living hope'. It is another hope; not earth, but heaven; not temporal, but eternal. It is another hope, another inheritance, incorruptible. That could never have been said of Canaan or of Jerusalem, "undefiled, and that fadeth not away " (v.4) that could never have been said in the old dispensation. No, those things do not belong to anything here, but they belong to the new inheritance in the new place, and this all by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

These are only observations. They are not by any means an exhausting of the content and the implications, but they help us to note what a tremendous thing has happened for Peter, for his brethren, and for us, by the death of the Lord Jesus.

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