Monday, September 08, 2008

God Changes

God Changes. That is a sentence that is bound to get some criticism, but it is true. Of course, God himself does not change, but God does bring about change in people. God changes us and conforms us into his image. Sanctification is the work of the Spirit of God as much as justification.

As Christians, we must always be dependent upon the Spirit for all of salvation, not just parts of it. We have a tendency to give God all of the credit for justification, and then to place the burden of sanctification squarely on the shoulders of God's children. Jude reminds us that it is God "who is able to keep you from stumbling."

Our righteousness is never our own, it always belongs to the Lord. Keep that in mind as you counsel young Christians, and as you share your faith with the Lost. If God's power is strong enough to snatch sinners out of hell, he can also polish the rough edges. Afterall, just look at Peter. Jesus called him out and then spent three years discipling him, and yet, at the end of those three years, Peter was still not perfect. But God, being rich in grace and mercy was not finished with Peter, and through God's grace, Peter became the cornerstone of the church of Christ.

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