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Election versus sanctification part 1

"Seek peace with everyone and sanctification without which no one will see the Lord"!

Hebrews 12:14 * © *
 

In the evangelical world, the statement is very common: '' We cannot contribute anything to our own salvation, so we don't even have to try ''! The sentence is spot on, but it has been completely misunderstood, placed in the wrong context, because the sentence is all about our redemption, not about our sanctification. This has to be considered separately! In salvation, God is the one hundred percent implementer, and we cannot contribute anything, and in sanctification we are the only implementer (though equipped with God's ability to do so!) The whole New Testament is full of exhortations and statements in this regard. For example in 1 Thessalonians 4,7: `` For God did not call us to uncleanness, but to sanctification ''. Or also in 2 Corinthians 7.1, where Paul writes: `` Because we now have these promises, beloved ones, let us purify ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, for the perfection of holiness in the fear of God ''! There are many more passages (e.g. 2 Corinthians 1:12, Ephesians 4:24, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, etc.), but the quoted are two of the most striking. The total testimony of the New Testament shows that God not only redeems all his elect, but also provides all means of grace so that they can sanctify themselves before him. In practical terms, this means that they should not and may not and need not live permanently before God in distress of conscience. He, who has redeemed us perfectly, does not stop during and after the redemption and then makes us fail miserably in sanctification! Such a negative attitude and view of God would not be biblical, but fundamentally wrong and dangerous, because it keeps you down permanently and never lets you come to peace. In reality, God has divided the education of our new human being into two parts, and he ensures that all two parts can be carried out seamlessly one after the other. The election / redemption is carried out entirely by him on us until we can stand on our spiritual feet. And then it's our turn! And we should and can do that too. He gives HIS HIS all the strength to do so. Nobody should, may and must stay behind. That is the good news here: his word promises his own that they will come to victory: in Romans 8: 31-39 this is demonstrated in an impressive way. So it is never up to God who always wants to give sufficient strength and grace. Developing an attitude here, on the one hand putting your feet up and on the other hand blaming God if you become permanently dissatisfied, is not only disrespectful to our Lord Jesus, but also wrong and loveless and highly unspiritual!

If you take care of your own flesh all your daily life, and then become emptier and empty, have no more joy and no real friends, then in the end it is God's fault. This is not only wrong, but profoundly loveless and immature. If one sticks to the old stuff for years and does not humbly hand it over to the cross, then one just stands on the spot for years and does not spiritually mature the necessary maturation through which one should actually go through. The task of the Christian in the daily struggle is not to win with his own strength against all the attacks from outside, that is the greatest, unfortunately very widespread error in the world '' Christian '' Scene. It's exactly the other way around: the '' active '' The task of us Christians is to be permanent ''passive'' to stay: That does not mean to do NOTHING (put your feet up), but to do EVERYTHING in your name and your strength. How does that work in practice? So: That we humiliate ourselves again and again in front of him, and persist in a humble attitude, and act out of it. What does this continuous humiliation of the self lead to? On the one hand, this leads to the fact that a child of God becomes more and more calm, also outwardly. More and more relaxed. You take yourself less and less seriously. One shifts one's gaze away from the world and its offers to the divine, heavenly. You can be more and more overreached here, pressed. It becomes more and more indifferent, your own self-worth is no longer fed from the local system, but from above. Therefore you know what you believe and can do it ''allow''. One really becomes free (John 8:36). On the other hand, however, it also leads to a different attitude towards fellow human beings and fellow Christians: The others become more important to you than yourself. You draw your happiness more and more from making OTHERS happy, you understand the actual mechanism of becoming happy: Not your own feet lay up, put your own bum in the sun, but do something for others. THEN something comes back that is worth much more than the enjoyment that you give yourself. In general, it also leads to the fact that one becomes more content in life, more grateful, one puts one's own, in one's self ''Megalomania'' and ''Rebel'' off, you become humble from the heart and let yourself be told something. You can see the self-deception in holding onto your own EGO!

(May 20, 2015)