In one of my last blogs I explained that I believesanctification is an instantaneous impartation of Christ's life into our hearts. All of Christs perfections have become ours as a result of the super natural work of the atonement, His holiness, His patience, His love, His oneness with the Father, His godliness are manifested in the sanctified heart. This perfect life of Christ is Gods gift to us. The sanctified experience is Christ in you the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27.
In an instance of time as we cry to God in godly sorrow and repentance the life of Jesus is born into our spirit and old things have passed away and all things are new. We have become a new creation in Gods sight for Jesus has been made our righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30. By this act of grace God has set us up to walk in newness of life. Halleluiah! We are poised like Abram to leave our county kith and kin to go on a journey with God into our promised land. What potential we have been given to grow from glory unto glory until we meet Jesus face to face on that glorious day. Every spiritual blessing in the heavens is ours; the unspeakable riches of Christ who is the very fullness of God.
Here we are on the cusp of the most thrilling ride of our life for God has plans for us to prosper, plans that neither will hurt nor harm us. But sadly many church goers who have tasted Gods glory stall on the start line. They forget that sanctification does not do away with ingrained old habits, for even though they have been sanctified by Gods grace, they have yet to work out their salvation.
This is the dilemma – how do I now live the Christian life? Most believers make the mistake that the Galatians made; by resorting to a list of 'do's and don'ts according to what they believe the disciples life should be. In this they are guided by the traditions of their church fellowship. Or they will try to imitate the life of Jesus portrayed in the gospels.
Either way they are still under the law with its regulations of 'works.' In Romans 6 we are to 'reckon' or 'consider' ourselves dead to sin – verse 11. The sanctification impartation must now be logged into our minds as we come to understand what God had accomplished. We must now begin to be sanctified in experience as by faith we allow this supernatural work to penetrate our minds and begin to transform our thinking – Ephesians 4:22-23. By sanctification we have died to sin for we are now a new creation and must put off the old ways. God has placed the life of Jesus into our hearts, now we must work this life out into our minds and bodies. We must 'count ourselves' a new creation.
We 'count ourselves' dead to sin and alive to righteousness by one word – surrender. We do not try to imitate Jesus, but we must surrender to the perfect life that God has born into our hearts. Our wills and ego must now be surrendered to the will of Christ. For we must have the attitude that Jesus had who did not consider equality with Godsomething to be grasped, but made himself nothing,... humbled himself and became obedient to death. -He stood aside and saw His Father work through him. This is the meaning of denial – to lay down our will and watch God work through us. Surrender your bodies as a living sacrifice.
This is a choice that we must make, to take the initiative in surrender, for the life that has been born in our hearts we need to manifest that holy life to the world. But when God, who... ... ..called meby his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me... . Galatians 1:15-16. This is sanctification made real for our neighbours and work colleagues. Our constant prayer should me not so much as 'Lord teach me how in this situation that I face'; but rather 'Lord I step back and will watch as you deal with this situation and your life is made real in me.'
This is sanctification made real as God intended it to be for in this way we are constantly walking in the light. you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.. Ephesians 1:8.
How many of us know this mystery f sanctification? As we go to work and out in our neighbourhood are we allowing the life, the liberty and power of the risen Christ, marvelling at his Holiness to be wrought out in us? Do we know and have experienced the fact that we are new creatures in Christ? Are we learning to work out the salvation that God has placed in us?
Fabulous blog John. You just renew my wonder in His work with every word. And this prayer just says it all:
"Lord I step back and will watch as you deal with this situation and your life is made real in me."
Aren't we so blessed that the Lord gives us such a simple path to salvation in surrendering to Him?
Our useless wee brains would be fried trying to "go it alone". We don't have the strength or the smarts to do the right thing off our own bats. But of course he never intended us to in His infinite love and mercy. I'll join you in that Hallelujah I think!
[quote]How many of us know this mystery f sanctification? As we go to work and out in our neighbourhood are we allowing the life, the liberty and power of the risen Christ, marvelling at his Holiness to be wrought out in us? Do we know and have experienced the fact that we are new creatures in Christ? Are we learning to work out the salvation that God has placed in us?[/quote]
The Holy Spirit has a unique way of working through you, wmj, to inspire us to look within and more seriously ponder the answer to these questions. What a wonderful blessing you are to this venue!
Wonderful writing though Christ's work is complete, it's only completed in me by every moment obeying and walking it ALL day long. Otherwise the new creation remains hidden under a lamp stand! Thank much John, Les