“They use such big words in church – what do they mean?”

Posted: July 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Do you ever think about the fact that not every sermon is a “one size fits all” type of sermon? In all fairness, how can every one of them be anyway? Think about it. Who is the preacher preaching to in the congregation? Christians-lukewarm, on fire for God, and also the lost. But we also need to realize that he’s preaching to various ages and Christians of all spiritual ages too. Some are “baby Christians”; some are “more Spiritually mature Christians”. So, how does each & every person in that sanctuary comprehend the “big words”, (even though they come from the Bible), that are being preached from today’s pulpit? Well, unless the preacher defines them, within the context of his sermons, they don’t until they ask or go home & research it on their own. By that time it may be too late and then the person may have have lost the entire message and it’s purpose to his/her life. I started thinking about some of those “big words” and thought I’d do a little research for you if you’re one of those who question the “big words” but have forgotten to go further, yourself, to find out just what they mean.

Justification:

“Justification is the work of God where the righteousness of Jesus is reckoned to the sinner so the sinner is declared by God as being righteous under the Law (Rom. 4:3; 5:1,9; Gal. 2:16; 3:11). This righteousness is not earned or retained by any effort of the saved. Justification is an instantaneous occurrence with the result being eternal life. It is based completely and solely upon Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and is received by faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9). No works are necessary whatsoever to obtain justification. Otherwise, it is not a gift (Rom. 6:23). Therefore, we are justified by faith (Romans 5:1).” (http://carm.org/justification-and-sanctification) “….we do not contribute to our justification through our efforts.”

Sanctification:
“Sanctification is the process of being set apart for God’s work and being conformed to the image of Christ. This conforming to Christ involves the work of the person. But it is still God working in the believer to produce more of a godly character and life in the person who has already been justified (Phil. 2:13). Sanctification is not instantaneous because it is not the work of God alone. The justified person is actively involved in submitting to God’s will, resisting sin, seeking holiness, and working to be more godly (Gal. 5:22-23). Significantly, sanctification has no bearing on justification. That is, even if we don’t live a perfect life, we are still justified.” (http://carm.org/justification-and-sanctification) “To sanctify also means to set apart for holy use. Therefore we can have verses that talk about us being sanctified already because God has set us apart for holy use.” (go to their web site for all the verses they reference at this point in the discussion) “….we contribute to sanctification through our efforts.”
Just as people in cults “confuse the two” differences between Justification and Sanctification, others do too, as explained further on the above mentioned site (http://carm.org/justification-and-sanctification) “People in cults don’t understand the difference between justification and sanctification. Therefore, they must depend upon a cooperative effort with God to have their sins forgiven which is, essentially, combining the filthy works of man (Isaiah 64:6) with the holy work of God. They don’t mix. They can’t. Hence, salvation is by grace through faith, alone. To believe anything else is to miss salvation.”
More BIG WORDS to come…….

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