Daily Lenten Devotion Saturday, March 9th

Saturday, March 9, 2013 – Psalm 31; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23 and John 8:47-59

Romans 6:12-23 – 20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Once in a while someone will ask me, what exactly is sanctification? And how does one get sanctified in Christ?

Here’s two answers as they come to us from the confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Question 75: What is sanctification?

Answer: Sanctification is a work of God’s grace, whereby they whom God has, before the foundation of the world, chosen to be holy, are in time, through the powerful operation of his Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life, and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life.

Larger Catechism – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Westminster Confession of Faith (modern translation) chapter 13 – Sanctification

13.1 They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them: the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

13.2 This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man; yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.

13.3 In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail; yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome; and so, the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Sanctification is the process in which we grow in God’s grace and grow in God’s love, grace and peace. Sanctification is a life long journey and as I said yesterday, one that is never completed at least in this life. It’s a day by day process. Sanctification is the process by which we sense our brokenness, our sin and hear God’s call to a more holy life.

As we study God’s word. As we pray unto God. As we seek to abide in God morning, noon and night. As we seek to grow in God. As we join others in worshiping God. As we give our tithes and offerings unto God. Through each of these spiritual disciplines and others we are seeking to be sanctified in and through Christ.

This day give thanks for how God is sanctifying you even now and will always, until the end of life. Amen.

Psalm 31 – 19  O how abundant is your goodness
that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of everyone!

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