Friday, July 14, 2017

Path to Sanctification: A Series on How God Sanctifies Us Through Difficult Situations


A while back in my post on How to Stay Sheep, I touched a little bit on the salvation equation. That is, the two fold consisting of justification by faith through grace and sanctification.


Justification- God's removal of the guilt and penalty of sin and the declaration of a sinner as righteous through Christ's atoning sacrifice.
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God."- (Romans 5:1-2)
Sanctification- The Holy Spirit's work of making us Holy.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."- Romans 12:1-2
Justification is the once and for all work of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross while sanctification is the overall goal of that work; for us to be transformed from our sinful nature into the image of Christ.

I have decided to run a series that focuses on sanctification because we sometimes have a tendency to emphasize justification while we barely gloss over the fact that sanctification is just as important. Sanctification is the narrow gate Christ encourages us to go into in Matthew 7:13, it's fruits are hidden in the words of James. it's rewards are seen in the words of Paul to the Romans , King David provides an expose in Psalm 119 giving us a navigation route to sanctification. Sanctification is the continuous work of the cross in our lives, intended to last us a lifetime as we are being transformed from one degree of glory to another ( 2 Cor 3:18) through the power of the Holy Spirit.    

Our human nature pushes us to avoid difficult situations and gravitate more towards things that make us feel good. This is not a terrible thing in his entirety but there's a perspective change for us to consider as Christians. While we are Christians and still very much human, the death of Christ on the cross as provided us with an opportunity to respond to our experiences differently. To see every circumstance as an opportunity for Christ to be glorified and a similar example is the kind of response Paul gave to the Philippians on the motives of certain preachers in the church. In and through everything, our aim is to find Christ and Him glorified.

God uses many situations to achieve the goal of sanctification through us and in a lot of cases, these situations are difficult ones. This doesn't mean God always subjects us to face difficult situations or that sanctification can only be achieved through this means. However, God is able to use all circumstances, good or bad, to achieve the purpose of sanctification (Romans 8:28). Also, difficult situations often produce the fruits of sanctification because we are most humbled at our lowest points for the Holy Spirit to truly work in us; at least I have found that to be true, many times in my own personal walk.

I'll be sharing some of the experiences that have humbled me and how God has helped me see the fruits of sanctification in some of them. As usual, this is not a "I am all there" kinda series, it's more of, I am still moving but this is what I am learning along the way.

1 comment:

Oiled Lamp said...

Love this !! "Justification is the once and for all work of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross while sanctification is the overall goal of that work; for us to be transformed from our sinful nature into the image of Christ."