Matthew 10:24-39

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

June 22, 2014

 

Fear is a primary emotion.  Few of us will truly acknowledge the things or situations we fear; until one of them shows up on our doorstep or on the gateway to our soul.  Then we will tremble and then either engage our fear and overcome it or recognize the wisdom of a tactical withdrawal in the face of an overwhelming adversary.  Such a withdrawal may be so that we can gather more resources and develop an acceptable plan of response.  Or such a change in direction can be a wholesale retreat when we encounter a person who means to do us significant harm or a condition we recognize we cannot endure.

Romans 6:12-23

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

June 29, 2014

 

Somewhere along the way we probably heard the terms “justification” and “sanctification”.  Or if you have not, and these terms are new to you, let’s get on the same page. 

 

Classical Protestant Christianity defines it this way.  Justification is God’s declaration that a sinner is righteous.  This righteous designation isn’t because of anything the sinner has done.  Righteousness is God’s gracious decision to count the righteousness of Jesus as belonging to the sinner.  All of this is at God’s initiative--that’s why it is called “grace.”  Sanctification is living out God’s justification.  The sinner is not just counted as righteous but lives out actually being transformed into holy living.  Here we see in Paul’s writing what this looks like.  We do not live lives of wickedness.  We treat others with respect and dignity.  We do not lie, kill, etc.  Living out the Christian life is not a burden, something to be endured; rather, it is a joyful response to God’s gift of grace.  Both, justification and sanctification are both parts of redemption and are under the umbrella of grace.