The moment you have been justified, the process of sanctification begins. This process of transformation changes you from the old person you used to be, into the NEW MAN. Sanctification transforms the broken image in Adam into the image of Jesus Christ. The old life and old life-style is replaced with the new. Behold the old life has passed away:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Justification frees you from the guilt and condemnation of your old life and what it used to be. It is a once and for all declaration that you belong to Jesus. Though a person is justified, they will still battle with sin. Sin has power, but God has not left us to tackle it on our own. He has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us through the process of sanctification. It is a process to which we must cooperate and be fully involved. New Testament teaching shows us that the sanctification process goes on for the rest of our lives.
It is possible for a person who is justified to reject the sanctification process. This person will refuse to change from their sinful ways, old habits and old nature. There is a higher place and a higher call that can only be attained through the process of sanctification… It is a work of the Spirit in willing vessel. It is Christ who draws us onwards and upwards over cliffs and mountains which the believer would never be able to climb on their own.
“from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” Psalm 61:2
There are rocks, hills and mountains the believer will encounter along the journey to the pearly gates of Heaven. These boulders,highlands and peaks were never meant to be climbed alone. Christ has not left His children here, on earth, as pilgrims without hope. The believer is not hope-less. Every pilgrim in Christ is a pilgrim with a mission and a mandate.
To all who are in Christ, celebrate a changed life, celebrate the NEW LIFE!
©Ruth E. A. Dickson UK
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