Spiritual Hunger and Thirst
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Whenever we are born again by the Spirit of God we are given a spiritual hunger and thirst after righteousness. Having been justified in Christ on the cross of Calvary, having been washed in His blood and clothed with His righteousness, we are, as a result, in time regenerated and converted by the Holy Spirit. However, even as we are perfect IN CHRIST, and even as we are born again, we are not yet perfect within ourselves (Romans 7:14-25; Philippians 3:12-14). We are given a hunger and a thirst to be righteous and holy within ourselves, not to be saved or justified, but because we have already been saved and justified by the grace of God in Christ. We desire to be like Christ as this is now the desire of our hearts and the goal of God’s purpose for us (Psalm 17:15; Romans 8:29). This is what motivates us to war against the flesh and walk after the Spirit. This is what inspires us to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). We will never attain this goal in this life but only as we will be glorified with Him.
What is most assuring about this pursuit of growth in grace and in knowledge of Christ here on earth is that it is not by our own power and goodness that we will attain this goal of being perfectly conformed to Christ. We “shall be filled” because Christ preserves us and works in us to bring us to this goal – “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6). Salvation, from beginning to final completion and perfection, is all of the Lord by His grace in Christ Jesus. As born again people, our whole desire, goal, and allegiance is “unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25).