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Oct 6, 2021 - Default    No Comments

Justification and Sanctification

“Sixth, the Bible alerts us to a particular pattern for the believer’s sanctification. Every believer must pursue those good works that the Bible requires of us. These good works are done in obedience to the moral law of God (see WCF 16.1; HC 115). Good works are important for many reasons in the Christian life, not least to serve as “the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith” and to “strengthen [our] assurance” (WCF 16.2; compare Belgic Confession 24). Our obedience to God is both a duty and a delight. We obey God’s law both because we have to and because we want to. The life of sanctification is also an ongoing struggle against our enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil (WCF 13.2; see Rom. 7:14–25; Gal. 5:17). This battle will have its share of setbacks and disappointments, but we fight in light of the victory that Christ has already won on our behalf over sin and death (see 1 John 3:9; 4:4; 5:4–5). And because of God’s commitment to finish what He starts, we know that God will complete the project of sanctification that He has begun in our lives (Phil. 1:6; compare Canons of Dort V.13, WCF 13.3).”



Oct 4, 2021 - Default    No Comments

Was Jesus a victim?

Jesus was the victim in the hand of God, not a victim in the hand of Man. He is the Lamb of God, not a lamb of Man. No one took his life from him, but he laid it down of his own accord. “For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” He is the Victim and the Victor, the Lamb and the Lion.