Repetitive acts can cause boredom, especially when the heart
is not passionate about the endeavor.
The nation of Israel was hardened to the things of God,
chiefly because their allegiance was based primarily on the letter of the law
and not the spirit of the law.
Life became very mundane, indeed the repetitive acts had caused the
people of God to become ensnared and caged by the sin of formalism. What they desperately needed, oddly
enough, they collectively rejected.
If Justification is the working of Christ, in our lives, to
cleanse us of our sins, blotting them out and removing guilt, and declaring us
righteous, then Sanctification is the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives
as a guarantor; guaranteeing our salvation by working in us to sanctify us. So,
for us as Christians, it is both Justification and Sanctification that is
needed in our lives, as clearly taught by James and Peter. Justification once,
when we are saved, and Sanctification by the works we do after we are
Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom that will not
serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”
I will allow my voice to be heard alongside the hundreds of
thousands who cry for morality to be reinstated in our land. While godly principles can be
legislated, their worth will hold little to no value if the people refuse to
change. Correct moral conduct
begins at home.
We have lost our way as citizens of these blessed United
Justification and Sanctification are two things that are
often confused in modern Christendom. Some see Justification as the first step
in Sanctification; some see only the need for Justification; while completely
different people see Sanctification being just as important to Salvation as
Justification. My goal is to examine what Justification and Sanctification are,
both to Salvation, and to us as everyday Christians. Let us start with
First, Justification is an
explanation that defends a specific action.
I love living in the mountains. On a clear day, as you climb
to the top of a mountain, your view is uninhibited. Personally I feel there is
nothing like it in the entire world.
From the hollows that provide a sense of security, to the mountaintops
where one can feel so free, God’s creation is beautiful. There is yet another
part of God’s creation that we cannot see with our physical eyes, the unseen
realm where Christ bids us welcome.
These “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8b) enable us to rise
above the gloom that sin produces.
The resurrection of the saints, and the great transformation
of those alive when Christ returns, has always been the pinnacle of
Christianity. The Second
Advent (when the first resurrection takes place) has even been called the
“blessed hope” in scripture (Titus
2:13). Christ, when speaking to
the Jews about his origin, told the people four different times in John chapter
six, “I will raise him up at the last day,” (verses 39b, 40b, 44b, and 54b),
thus showing when the first resurrection would take place.
This week marks the beginning of Advent. What that means varies from person to
person. For me, it’s spending time
reflecting on the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While I am fully aware that the date is
not right, what really matters to me is that people everywhere are more open to
hearing the wonderful story of my Lords first advent.
This year is a little different in the Elswick
household. My oldest son is
working overseas, and my youngest daughter and her husband are many states
away, needless to say, neither will be home for Christmas.
I know that there will always be some areas of disagreement when
it comes to interpreting the Bible. Yet today, I find myself standing further
and further away from the teachings of the modern church. I have always been
the type of person that needs to know all that can be known about a subject of
interest, especially when it comes to Bible truth. My withdraw from what is
presented as church doctrine should not be taken as departing from the faith,
no; I believe the present church has separated from the true teaching of the
In Exodus 20:1-17 we find the Law
of God, also known as the 10 Commandments. Often times we structure these
commandments into easy to remember phrases so that we can memorize them. I do
not believe there is anything wrong with this as we are supposed to study this
law and keep it in our minds. Often times it looks like this:
I. You will not have other gods before God
Psalm 119:72, “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than
thousands of gold and silver.”
How precious is the law of God to you? It seems I end up writing a lot about
the law of God. Partly because
many in the Church refuses to see its value, and also because I love how the
law reveals the character of God.
Verses like Psalm 119:165 offer stability in a time when men are running
to and fro, (“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall
offend them” Psalm 119:165).