The Goal Of Grace

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Still 'fine-tuning' our process. You can get to the original article HERE

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

 

We have seen that grace is a journey that we are all moving
through. This chart gives us a simple way to understand three important stages
in the life of Christ follower. Note that these all are most often understood
in the personal sense of individual responsibility to God.

 

Justification happens when a person comes to Jesus, puts
their trust in Him to save and affirms the truth of His resurrection. It is
this saving faith in Him that sets a person in the right place to walk with
God. We are saved by God’s grace and not by human effort.

 

Sanctification is the child-rearing stage where adopted sons
and daughters of God receive the Father’s love and discipline. That’s what it
means to be a disciple.

 

Glorification is the goal of a disciplined follower of
Jesus. Through a lifetime of learning how to be obedient and responsive to
God’s grace, the saint of God is prepared for a future responsibility in the
eternal Kingdom.

 

1 Peter 1:

13 Therefore,
with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be
brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As
obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in
ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy
in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am
holy.”

 

What is our responsibility to live in grace now? It is to
have our minds alert to God’s leading, fully sober and not stuck in delusional
worldly thinking. We need to practice hopefulness for the coming grace that is
not quite here yet.

 

We are to assume the posture of obedient children. Why do
children obey? Some will conform out of the fear of retribution or punishment
and that helps produce a sense of right and wrong. But there is a higher
obedience that comes from the heart of a child that wants to please and express
love toward the parent or teacher. A child can genuinely desire to do the right
thing because they want to replicate what they see in the lawgiver.

 

Obedience is wrapped up in the notion that we become like
Jesus. We become holy because we love what we see in Jesus. This holiness is
what sets Jesus apart from all others and why we love His nature.


 

 

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