“We can never separate the fact that ‘God has saved us’ from the reality that ‘God is saving us.’” –Kenneth Kuykendall
Sanctification is the life-long process of becoming like Jesus. We are instructed in Scripture, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Theologians say it like this: We are saved; we are being saved; and we will, one day, be altogether saved. In every aspect of that statement, there is the admonishment and expectation of holiness.
Sinclair Ferguson said, “Justification never takes place apart from regeneration which is the inauguration of sanctification.” We cannot separate the fact that “God has saved us” from the reality that “God is saving us.” When we repented of our sins and trusted Jesus Christ for salvation, God declared us holy, in that, He positionally made us like Christ. From that moment, we are in an ongoing relationship where we live out our position in a practical way.
Positional holiness (justification) is manifested through practical holiness (sanctification). One day, we will see Jesus face to face. At that glorious moment, we will experience perpetual holiness (glorification). Ferguson is helpful when he succinctly declares, “Christians live their lives back from the future, as it were. Knowing what will be true for us then makes an impact on how we live now.”
Daily Reading: Isaiah 4-6
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