Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Cross of Christ @ Easter (Part 6)

The Cross as our Means to Sanctification:

Sanctification; it is a big word, but in its simplest idea means 'the process of becoming more like Christ'.  Since Jesus was perfect then sanctification is working towards perfection.  Perfection is something we will never grasp on earth as a human, but our faith continues a work of sanctification in us - which will be completed when we meet Jesus face to face and are given our eternal (new creation) body (because from then there will be no more sin, pain or imperfection at all).
"...the cross is the means of our sanctification. This is where the three other crucifixions come in.  We have been crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20).  We have crucified our fallen nature (Gal 5:24).  And the world has been crucified to us, as we have been to the world (Gal 6:14).  So the cross means more than the crucifixion of Jesus; it includes our crucifixion, the crucifixion of our flesh and of the world."
John Stott; The Cross of Christ, p 405
I hope you have enjoyed this little work up to Easter. The Cross of Christ  is an incredible book which I cannot recommend highly enough.  These six posts have been just a small taste of the covering and theological depth given to a look at what we celebrate and remember this Easter weekend.

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