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Discover the Book - May 22

  • 2012 May 22


Two Sides of the Coin of Salvation

Christ's work on Calvary forever gave us the power and authority so we can stop anything that enslaves us and so that we can start anything He asks us to do! 

First open your Bible to a Scripture that God is using to help you mortify your old life, something He is stripping away from your life or clothing you with! 

Second, find someone that you can ask about one burden they bear, and in the spirit of Galatians 6:2, bear it with them. 

Two Sides of the Coin of Salvation

Remember that there are two sides of the coin of salvation. We could use Paul's words from Romans—justification and sanctification. To best understand what Paul is asking us to do in Colossians let me contrast and explain justification and sanctification. 

  • Justification is what Christ did for me on the cross--sanctification is what Christ is doing in me because of the cross.
  • Justification was completely finished in me the instant I was saved—sanctification is an ongoing process never completed on earth until I meet Jesus face to face at death or His coming.
  • Justificationwas activated the moment I trusted in the Person of Christ Jesus and His finished sacrifice of the cross—sanctification grows with each obedient choice I make empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Justificationwhich is my position declared right in God's sight—sanctification is my practice made right by becoming more conformed to his image.

Just as there is nothing we can do before our salvation to make us accepted by God; and there is nothing we can do after our salvation that makes us acceptable to God.  

As we were saved only by the accomplishment of Christ's sacrifice on the cross—so we live each day 'by faith’ (the same faith by which we were saved). We are always dependent upon Christ's gracious death upon the cross that saves and keeps us! 

Colossians 3 is built around 14 imperative commands. Remember that God never commands me to do what He hasn’t already given me the grace to accomplish by faith through His Spirit!

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