I just saw a guy stick his arm out his truck window, wind up, and deliberately hurl trash onto the side of the road. Wish id snapped his license plate. It was a small thing, but it floored me.
I take my stewardship here on earth seriously, but i have been homesick lately. This world is not my home. I am a citizen of a kingdom that can not be seen. I am becoming increasingly restless, and whispering more and more “Come Lord Jesus come. Just come back and end the transgression.”. How long to sing this song? How long will the transgression continue? In all fairness, driving through Detroit every day makes everything worse. But still. This world is not my home. Praise the Lord for prophesy. Praise the Lord for hope and promise to fix my heart on. How much more bleak would my heart be if i did not know that at the end of the story, God wins?
Today, while studying the vast display of humidifiers at Meijer, I stumbled upon a 2011 wall calendar called “Paths to God”. I bought it on a whim, and was relieved to find when I got home that the calendar was in fact about THE path to God, and not ALL paths to God, as I had begun to worry while driving home. Like a good Baptist girl, I was surprisingly pleased to find that the calendar was not entirely filled with warm-fuzzies. The year begins with a photo of an endless row of frost-covered trees, and displays the verse 1 Peter 2:21 “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” I realize that that verse comes from a passage about submitting to masters, but when you pull that verse out and place it in a frozen landscape, it calls you to follow down the path of suffering that Christ walked first. This does not mean to be lead to certain doom, but to step in the footsteps that Christ left us in the snow as an example of how to cross, endure, and spiritually survive the terrain that causes us to suffer. It is surprisingly comforting to start the year by thinking of the example that I have been given to follow. I wonder how many other people out there will spend their January staring at the same scene ;)
Edition: 1 hour status-post hovering over my new humidifier for an hour and a half I am able to breathe deeply without coughing or wheezing. Mission Accomplished.
Hey, this is how John MacArthur defines the components of salvation in the back of his study Bible. I think that you and I think the same thing, even if we don’t have matching lingo. I’m just sharing his paraphrasing of scripture because I suck at explaining non-medical things…as I found out during my membership interview…that was like a trainwreck, man.
I think these all kinda happen at the same time. You’re kinda right though that maybe justification is a little bit ahead of the other two.
Justification: justification before God is an act of God by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins and confess Him as sovereign Lord. This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man and involves the placing of our sins on Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us.
Regeneration: regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds if faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence of fruit. This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming.
Sanctification: every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. In progressive sanctification the state of the believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
If anyone feels the need to tell me I’m wrong or crazy, shoot me a FRIENDLY message and I’ll try to explain myself better, because I think that a lot of the above words could be missunderstood at first glance.