Thrice purified

“and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev.17:14

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death..” Rev.12:11

There are some interesting lists of “threes” in scripture that pertain to God’s redeemed people. Here is one: called, chosen and faithful. “Those who are with the Lamb are the called and chosen and faithful.” Jesus said that many are called but few are chosen. How much fewer then, are those chosen who are also faithful. Those who are with Jesus have progressed from called, to chosen, to faithful. Here is another: the overcomers. These also have passed through three steps. First, the atoning blood of the Lamb was applied to them when they first believed. Then by their words, they professed Him verbally. Maybe they even preached and proclaimed Him. They have a testimony about the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they lived out “loving not their lives unto the death.” This includes willingly laying down of one’s life for Christ when faced with martyrdom. But it also involves denying self, dying to self daily, not loving one’s life in the flesh, killing sin and living the crucified life. Our purification in Him is not achieved through the first step only. As we follow the Lamb wherever He goes, He leads us all the way to the end of His “thrice purified” plan for the overcomers. These are the ones who are with Him.

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