So . . .
You’ve crossed the line of faith. You’ve accepted the claims of Christ as true. You’ve sat at the foot of the cross and seen your sins, your very nature and flesh, nailed to those beams as the agony shown on our Lord and Saviors face and His anguished cries rang out like birth pangs, giving life to the new creation you’ve become.
How does this gift of unequaled grace through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit manifest itself in your life and in your daily walk? Or does it? Does it even need to?
Some will say that the final words of Christ on the cross provide the answer. “It is finished.” But is it? Can you separate Christ’s work of sanctification on the cross (Romans 3:25-26) from a disciple’s work of justification (Romans 10:13-15, Romans 12) here amongst the world?
Who speaks the truth here: Peter’s words in 2 Peter 1:3?
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Or, James’ words in James 2:17-18?
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
I suppose the fundamental question comes down to this: Was Christ’s work on the cross enough for our salvation (deliverance from our sinful nature), sanctification (consecration to God as a child and heir) and justification (validation and accounting of our faith and belief)?
I’ll have more on this subject tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your answers and commentary.