June 21, 2020 ~ Justification and Sanctification

Readings for Sunday, June 21, 2020

Genesis 18:21:8-21

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

Romans 6:1b-11

Matthew 10:24-39

 

Justification and Sanctification:

The passage from Romans 6 points to two theological concepts: justification – that we are declared righteous in God’s sight by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; and sanctification – growing in righteousness through the continual process of being made more holy through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Paul asks in the second half of verse 1, “Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?” His answer is, “By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?”  Paul’s answer is important in that all Christians obviously do “continue in sin” despite the claim we have to forgiveness. To put it in the terms used above: our justification has been accomplished, but our sanctification is incomplete.

And yet, we are assured of this: the baptized Christian shares the resurrection life of Christ himself, who completely conquered sin in his death and resurrection. The life we are now to live is nothing short of the life of Christ in us.

Source: www.johnshearmanlectionary.com

 
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