Wednesday, August 23, 2017
It Just Seems True
For example, to say, “God takes all of His children through the Refiner’s Fire,” might imply that God wants to cook off what bothers Him about you. ONLY THEN, having burned off your many impurities, can He FINALLY make you something He likes. But nowhere in the New Covenant do we read that God refines US. Instead, we read that He has ALREADY refined us, and He is now working to refine our BELIEFS—from lies to truth. (See Romans 12:2.) That’s important.
In the New Covenant, heat and our performance in it has nothing to do with changing who we are; faith in Jesus Christ has everything to do with who we are. God is not heating you up and scraping off your impurities SO THAT He can eventually see His reflection in a finally nice human mirror—He already lives in you! You’re His perfect house. He already got rid of anything offensive or impure through including you in the cross and resurrection of Christ. He thinks that actually worked! What do you think? (See Romans 6:1-11.)
In those times when hardship and difficulty press down upon you, God is not refining you—He knows exactly who you are as His new creation—He is assisting you to know what He knows. And that takes some refining.