Looking honestly at my commitment to Jesus, I want to run and hide. Sitting tight hoping to melt into the scenery. Would like to forget all those times when I’ve let Him down. What I said…and did. All that I shouldn’t have. Just me?
Romans 6 is a big chapter in the Bible. Don’t speed read it. Turn off those modern gadgets. Concentrate. Focus.
What grabs me is that bit about Jesus freeing me from sin because of the cross. His death nixes mine. His resurrected life gives me what only He can. Romans 6: 22-23–‘But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Did you note that strange theological word–‘sanctification’? Hard to unpack let alone understand? Here’s where my Presbyterian heritage offers clues.
In its Larger Westminster Catechism (1647AD), the question centers on the meanings of justification and sanctification. Now I’ve done it. Added another tough-nut-to-crack word–justification! But listen to what the sage Catechism says–‘…in the former (justification), sin is pardoned; in the other (sanctification), it is subdued.’ I’m reading that again. Hmm. Fog begins to lift. Can see some forest and trees.
Sin forgiven. Justification. Sin subdued. Sanctification. One accomplished, once for all, by our Lord Jesus. The other lands in my ballpark, so to speak. Forgiveness guaranteed. Growing in the Lord less so as a moment-by-moment adventure. What God does is complete. What I do…well, you know, not quite.
Sin all forgiven by Jesus through faith in Him. His part. Mine is to subdue disobedience. For me, it’s one step forward, two back. Three forward with yet another one shoved in reverse.
Such is life this side of heaven. But when glory comes, that’s a different story! Mission accomplished… by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All forgiven.
Me and you? All grown up. Dry behind the ears. Seasoned and mature. That’s no theological mumbo-jumbo. Not by a long stretch. You can hang your hat on it!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for much better days ahead. Amen.