God's Justifying Grace must not be separated from his Sanctification

Sun, Jul 04, 2021
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6 (ESV) When you were a kid, did you have parents who would let you go see movies with friends that other kids weren’t allowed to see? Or did you think your Mom and Dad were “overly protective”? The kind who wouldn’t let you have a computer because it had a ‘curser’ . . . or who wouldn’t buy a certain kind of vacuum cleaner because it was a Dirt Devil. This week Derek will begin our study of the second of the two articles we are exploring, Article 8, Christian Living. This Article begins with a statement that we must believe that God’s justifying grace, or right mercy, cannot be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. This means that we are not only saved by his mercy but that our redemption has within it a power and purpose to showcase the very nature of God, that He is ‘gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’(Psalm 145:8), for His glory and not our own. We’re able to work out our faith because of His power, not ours – for His purposes to find us complete upon Christ’s final victory. To prepare for this week, please read and meditate on the words of Isaiah 43: 1-11
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