Fear of God Devotional: Disaster – Separating Justification and Sanctification
What are the effects of separating justification from sanctification?
Kevin Swanson explains in this video that we are not free to sin. Rather, we are free from sin and transgressing the law of God because of the grace of Christ that takes care of the guilt of our sin and the corruption and power of sin over us. Today, many people want only to rid themselves of the guilt of sin but not its power over them. They want to continue to embrace sin instead of desiring that it be put to death.
If Christ’s blood takes care of the guilt, it will do just as much for the corruption of our sins. We cannot separate Christ’s death from his resurrection. To do so is to separate our justification from our rising and walking in the newness of life. We are saved by faith and by the sanctification of the Spirit of God. It cannot be one and not the other.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”