THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
At the end of the day, what really matters is how one looks at the problem.
When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the
pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (ink won't flow down to the writing surface).
To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million.
They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any
surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
And what did the Russians do...??
They used a pencil!
1 John 1:7-2:1
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 2
2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Salvation is indeed a process.
It is a process whereby the beginning assures the ending.
The “ending” is eternal life in glory with Jesus.
SANCTIFICATION is the part of salvation's process that takes us from lostness to eternal life in glory with Christ.
We must keep clearly in mind the fact that we ARE all sinners.
The verb usage in Rom. 3:23 is present perfect, and includes both saved and lost sinners.
However, the antidote is in Christ Himself.
Thus, He Who has forgiven us and cleansed us, will CONTINUE to forgive and cleanse; because He has wrapped us in the robes of His own righteousness, and adopted us as His children whom He chastises when we sin (Heb 12:6-8).
Genuine repentance, in itself, changes the FOCUS of life.
It is because of repentance we are made new creations (2Cor. 5:17), and thus are “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6)
The repentant and changed, through surrender to Christ, will constantly focus on HIM instead of on SELF.
Thus, the process of God “sanctifying” the adopted child will call the child into a constant repentant attitude.
On this side of heaven, when we are saved, we do not become sinless.
But we will certainly sin less!
And that, because the new creation in us calls us to recognize when we sin, and call upon our “Advocate” who forgives and KEEPS ON “cleansing” us from all unrighteousness.
The beginning of salvation is surrender to Jesus as LORD and MASTER of our lives.
The process God uses to bring us through our sinfulness to perfection is sanctification.
The end will be where we receive the fullness of redemption and complete likeness with Christ.
Behold a “sinner saved by Grace;”
not sinless, but sinning less because,
his/her FOCUS is changed!