PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION

PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION

What is progressive or practical sanctification? Simply put, it a day by day process of becoming increasingly conformed to Christ in our mind, thoughts, speech, desires, emotions, actions, conduct or character. It is the process of growing in all things into Christ. It is growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29, Eph. 4:15, 2 Pet. 3:18).

The believers are presently perfectly like Christ in their born-again spirits, but not yet in their souls (will, mind and emotions) and bodies. While your spirit has fully experienced the redemption that Christ purchased for you with His precious blood, your soul and your body are still in the process of experiencing this redemption fully…

POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION

POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION

Living a holy life becomes easy when you quit striving to be holy in your own wisdom, strength, or effort, but simply acknowledge, admit, believe and receive the truth of your sanctification or holiness by faith alone in the person and the finished work of Jesus Christ.

As a new creation, your spiritual state of being, status or condition has been totally and eternally changed. You are no longer a wretched sinner, but you are now a gracious saint. You are no longer your old self, but you are now a new self in Christ. You are no longer an unrighteous person, but you are now the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)…

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (2)

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (2)

The revelation of the risen Lord Jesus to the early disciples revolutionized their thinking, perception, interpretation and response to persecutions, tribulations and challenges of life they faced. It undoubtedly deepened their love and passion for Christ and His Kingdom.

The resurrection of Christ should also change our attitudes to life and death. If you are still living only to please or satisfy yourself, then your eyes have not seen the risen Lord Jesus. If you are still afraid of persecution for Christ’s sake, then you have not known the risen Lord Jesus…

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (1)

THE IMPACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ON HIS DISCIPLES (1)

The appearance of the risen Lord Jesus to His disciples in their hiding place delivered and brought them out of their depth of despair and bondage of fear. Now that the Lord Jesus had risen from the dead and thus demonstrated His authority and supremacy over death and grave, there was nothing left to fear. Death, their greatest fear, had been swallowed up in victory publicly, perfectly, and permanently!

After the resurrection of Christ, the early disciples were no longer afraid of dying for Christ’s sake. Why would they anymore, having now realized that their Lord now hold in His hands the keys of Hades and Death?

THE FIRST WITNESS OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

THE FIRST WITNESS OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

Mary Magdalene was one of the few followers of Christ whose service to the Lord was not an eye-service or reward-motivated. Even when there was no promise of any rewards or obvious gains, Mary Magdalene was one of those who would still gladly minister to the Lord.

As she had provided for the Lord’s need out of her substance when He was alive, she continued after His death. Unlike Mary, many believers in our churches today are given to eye-service, seeking to please men, to gain recognition, receive applause or praise from the pastor…

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