Sanctification

Am I a Slave

I spent some time yesterday reflecting on slavery. Not the sort that comes with literal chains and menial service to one’s owner or master. I was thinking about spiritual slavery. The Scriptures are clear that apart from faith in Christ, we are all in a state of slavery. Jesus says, “Everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin,” (John 8:34). But in Christ we have been set free from bondage and have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13). I know that is true.

The Hole in Our Holiness

Followers of Christ are supposed to be holy people. And in one sense, we already are. Christ has become for us, “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In other words, we don’t have to achieve righteousness or holiness in order to be acceptable in God’s sight. Jesus has taken our place not only by bearing the penalty for our sin (Galatians 3:13) but also by fulfilling the requirements of God’s law for us, providing us with a substitute righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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