Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:22-23
“You have come . . . to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.”
Although the Spirit is at work in us to transform us, our sinful nature opposes him every step of the way. We find we still struggle with indwelling sin. “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the spirit, and the spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want” (Galatians 5:17, NIV). A continuous conflict wages between two opposing forces in our hearts. When we want to do good, evil is right there with us (Romans 7:21). We struggle with pride, selfishness, impatience, a critical spirit, a sharp tongue, a lack of love, and countless expressions of our sinful natures.
We’ll have this struggle as long as we live in these bodies. It’s painful because we’re at war within ourselves, and continually we have to say no to sinful desires. It’s sometimes humiliating as sinful traits reveal themselves to our consciousness. Sometimes we soar into the heavenlies with Christ in our morning devotions, only to come crashing down with a thud before nine o’clock through some conflict with another person.
We long to be released from this warfare, and one day we will be. In Hebrews 12:22-24, a quick preview of heaven as it is now, we read of “the spirits of the righteous made perfect” (verse 23). This is a reference to believers of all ages whose spirits are now with Christ in heaven, and who are now “made perfect.” The sinful nature that now clings to our spirits like dirty, wet clothes will be done away with, and our spirits will be completely conformed to the likeness of Christ. This happens immediately at death when we go directly into the presence of the Lord. (Excerpt taken from The Gospel for Real Life)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges