Acceptable Dust And Ashes
Genesis 18:27: And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
The God who created us out of dust knows all about us. His Word (the Bible) is quick (alive). A surgeon might be able to divide asunder our joints from our marrow but no one and nothing but God our Creator and His Word can divide our soul and spirit. No one and nothing can discern the thoughts and intents our hearts but God and His Word.
1 Thessalonians 5:23: 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.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Again, no one and nothing but God our Creator and His Word can sanctify us wholly. Neither can anyone or anything else preserve us blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sanctify: to make holy, purify or consecrate; hallow, be holy, sanctify. Sanctify is the same word that is translated hallowed in Matthew 6:9 and similar to the word holy in 1 Peter 1:16.
Matthew 6:9: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
1 Peter 1:16: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We cannot discern as perfectly as God can the distinctions between our soul and our spirit, much less divide them asunder or preserve them. Most believers agree that our soul is the non-material part of us that is still capable of sinning even after we are saved and needs to be forgiven and cleansed over and over. And our spirit is the none-material part of us that cannot sin and is able to relate to God. The Bible also speaks about our hearts and minds, our flesh, our old man and our new man. It teaches that we were dead in sins and now we are alive unto God. We have passed from death unto life.
1 John 3:9: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Isaiah 45:9: Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Isaiah 64:8: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Jeremiah 18:4: And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Because we know so little of the workings of God and possess none of the power of God, we desperately need to depend upon Him to make us new creatures that are pleasing to Him. We cannot do that for ourselves.
Ephesians 1:6: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Neither can we create clean hearts for ourselves or for others.
Care to discuss Acceptable Dust And Ashes with Ron?