Let’s Break Some Bones. Part 4 of Hope series    

My bones are pierced in me at night, and my gnawing pains take no rest (Job 30:17).

He has aged my flesh and my skin and  broken my bones (Lamentations 3:4).

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice (Psalm 51:6-8). Verse 6-God’s Spirit prompts David’s spirit to live according to truth. Verse 7 Hyssop was a herb associated with cleansing and purification (Numbers 19:6) and is used here symbolically of cleansing the soul. The Hebrew word for wash is not the one used for simple cleaning of a dish in water, but rather the washing of clothes by beating and pounding. David wanted a through cleansing from the sin nature.

Dividing our soul from our spirit.  The process of Sanctification is simply becoming holy, purified or consecrated; it is a holistic cleansing of  body, soul and spirit.

It is the process of seeing Christ’s Life reproduced in us. Sanctification is simply the process of  separating, dividing and cutting away the soulish things in our lives from the spiritual.

Our greatest problem is impurity. Remember we have become a “dual” man. Our Outward man (our soul) continually affects our inward man (our spirit), and this cannot be. Our inward man needs to be released in order to direct our outward man. In other words, our spirit needs to be set free from  the tyranny of the soul. The only way this freedom is possible is to divide and separate the two.

In order for this division to come about, we must be able to “see” what God sees in us. Seeing is the first step toward dealing with the problem, and only the Word of God can give us the revelation we need to see what God sees. “… all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).

So, to the degree that we allow God’s Word and His Spirit to show us our “selves,” is the degree to which our spirit can be purified. Hebrews 4:12 points out what this process is like ”… piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

This Scripture points out that our soul and spirit together are similar to bones, which consist of joints and marrow. In order to divide our bones, they must be broken, disunited or separated. God’s Word is like His sword, and He uses the power of His sword to cut, pierce and divide our soul and spirit, just as you would divide the joints and marrow of our bones.

A joint is a coming together of two parts. Just as our soul is the place where our body, soul and spirit meet. Marrow means the best part, the inner most part where strength, vitality and life come from the richest treasure within our bones. Only when our spirit (the marrow) is separated away from our soul (the Joint) can it be sanctified by the Life of God.

In the separating of joints means to “Cut across” the bones. To divide the marrow from the joint means “Crack the Bones” or “break the bones.”

 

As Job cries, “My bones are pierced in the night seasons” (Job 30:17). As well as Jeremiah says, “He hath broken my bones” (Lamentations 3:4).

God’s love is manifested in His purpose to refine us so that our spirit will not be influenced and affected by anything from our soul. He doesn’t want anything to be able to move us from the peace and joy of His presence—from oneness of spirit.

Death at the Cross brings life. Dying to self is virtually unheard of in the life of most Christians. God is looked upon as a huge candy store not limited to only snacks, but full course meals eaten while sitting in our new expensive one of a kind Lamborghini.

God is desirous of making us holy by removing all the sin in our lives (our souls), Romans 8:29 informs us that the He wants us to be conformed to the image of Jesus by removing any character flaws belief systems, habits, thought patterns, or structures (in our spirit) that prevent His Life from flowing through us.

God accomplished both of these purposes by the Cross. Life comes only from the Cross. The Cross is the structure that breaks character flaws belief systems, habits, thought patterns, or structures that affect or personalities by bringing them to death at the Cross. We come to the Cross and place these flaws there and consider them as dead.

The Cross is the heart of all love and love is the heart of the Cross. The Cross is the only way to rise above all that imprisons our souls and spirit. The whole purpose of the Cross is to purge the soulish things in our lives (empty us out) so God can fill us with His abundant Life.

Throughout the Bible, the principle that “Life only comes through death” is very apparent. Remember John 12:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall unto the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth (hangs on to) his life shall lose it; and he that hateth (is willing to surrender it) his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

Just as Jesus was raised from the dead after the Cross, we too can “walk in newness of life” after being conformed to His death. God’s desired outcome is that after the death of our self-life, we might “serve Him in newness of the spirit.”

The Cross that cleanses us from sin is very different from the Cross that deals with our self. Jesus made atonement for our sins by shedding His Blood for us on that Cross 2000 years ago. He paid the complete price, and there is nothing else needed for our salvation . But in order to sanctify body, soul and spirit, we must allow God to daily, moment-by-moment, expose our self and then we must nail it to the Cross (crucify it).

If we go lightly, we are cheating ourselves and our Lord. Are we really prepared for what sanctification will cost us? It will cost us an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and immense broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means an intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every part of our body, soul and spirit must be chained and kept for God’s purposes only.

Sanctification  means being made one with Jesus so that the Holy Spirit that ruled Jesus’ (God’s Spirit) can also rule and reign in us. Are we prepared for what that will cost us? It will cost us everything that is not of God.

When our hope is fixed upon Him, it embraces our sight, our expectation and our trust all at the same time.

  • Isaiah 30:15
  • Romans 5:2-5
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  • Hebrews 6:11.

Hope is the only way we won’t be tossed about, the only way we won’t be turned around and the only way we won’t be driven by the winds of change as we patiently wait for God’s promises to come to pass (James 1:6).

You can see why God calls hope the “anchor of our soul” (Hebrews 6:18-19). It simply means we have “sure confidence” in God, His love and faithfulness no matter what He “allows.

  • 2 Corinthians 1:10
  • Philippians 1:20
  • Hebrews 3:6

In Closing: Our hope is going to be built on the purification of our spirit. If our spirit is purified, our hope will prevail. If our spirit is unclean, our hope will fail…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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