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In Adam & In Christ – Two of Me!

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In ROMANS 7:25 the Apostle writes: “With the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” This is the clearest passage of all, and from it we learn that one and the same (believing) person serves at the same time the Law of God and the Law of sin. He is at the same time justified and yet a sinner . . . the whole man, one and the same person, is in this twofold servitude. For this reason he thanks God that he serves the Law of God and he pleads for mercy for serving the Law of sin. But no one can say of a carnal (unconverted) person that he serves the Law of God. The Apostle means to say: You see, it is just so as I said before: The saints (believers) are at the same time sinners while they are righteous, because they believe in Christ, whose righteousness covers them and is imputed to them. But they are sinners, inasmuch as they do not fulfill the law, and still have sinful lusts. They are like sick people who are being treated by a physician. They are really sick, but hope and are beginning to get, or be made, well. They are about to regain their health. Such patients would suffer the greatest harm by arrogantly claiming to be well, for they would suffer a relapse that is worse (than their first illness). [pp.114-115] – Martin Luther (1483-1546), Commentary on Romans; Kregel, 1977

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Biblical True Spirituality (Two of Me!)

Biblical True Spirituality ( Two of Me! )

According to Biblical True Spirituality, the Christian lives in the paradoxical reality of being a Sinner (in Adam) and a Saint (in Christ) at the same time – based on the whole counsel of the Holy Scriptures, specifically on ROMANS Chapters 6, 7 & 8.

“My conscience does not render a positive verdict in God’s courtroom when I look inside myself. The only reason I can sleep well at night is that even though my heart is filled with corruption and even though I am not doing my best to please him, I have in heaven at the Father’s right hand the beloved Son, who has not only done his best for himself but has fulfilled all righteousness for me in my place.” – Dr. Michael Scott Horton

Three Phases of Sanctification: God’s Written Word presents three different aspects of Sanctification: (1) Positional Sanctification; (2) Progressive Santification and (3) Future Perfected/or Final Sanctification.

The biblical word for sanctification is hagiazo and means “to set apart” for God or special purpose, figuratively “to make holy or sacred.”

The Tenses of Sanctification: CHRIST is our Sanctification!

Like salvation, which has a past, a present, and a future aspect, Sanctification does as well.

> The Three Tenses of Salvation:

Past –Saved from the penalty of sin (Justification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Present –Saved from the power of sin(Sanctification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Future –Saved from the presence of sin(Glorification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

And, Sanctification has Three Tenses as well, according to the Holy Scriptures.

1. Past Sanctification: Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our spiritual regeneration & conversion.

2. Present Sanctification: Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being conformed to His image,in Godliness. We are still in union with Christ living in the realities of Romans chapter 6, 7, 8 – all at the same time!

3. Future Sanctification: Ultimate sanctification is future: one day we shall see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. There will be no more sin in thought, word, or deed, or even in motives — and no “old Adam/old man” to make us even want a shred of that old, shoddy condition(sinfulness).

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