“There’s more work to be done concerning your sanctification.”
And more of the ones who aren’t doing it themselves are gonna tell you what you should be doing regarding your sanctification.
Here’s my advice: Forget trying to improve people (or yourselves) in God’s eyes. Dump that “3rd use” baloney, and just preach the law and the gospel, to kill off and to make alive again.
And BEFORE you write in with your 27 page tome with excerpts from the Lutheran Confessions and the Bible to buttress your little self-improvement/righteousness project…take a good long look in the mirror and honestly ask yourself what this project has done for you.
Jesus spoke to Nicodemus and laid some heavy ideas on him. Actually these “new” ideas weren’t heavy at all, but they were light…and freeing. But they were radically different and frightening to people stuck in the self-justification/sanctification, living by the law (for righteousness) game.
The sanctification of the righteous, the religion project, the improving yourself in the eyes of God project are all things that work against what Jesus brought to this world, and to you, via His cross and resurrection.
Give this one 10 minutes of your time. It may be the most productive 10 minutes you’ve spent in a long time.
I hear so many tortured (and torturing) souls quoting the Bible as to “WHAT WE MUST DO” that it is enough to make one lose their lunch.
Whether it’s comments on this blog, or preachers on the radio or t.v., or blog post on other Christian blog sites…or wherever.
Biblicism robs and destroys assurance and freedom.
“Sure the Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, not of works lest anyone should boast, but over here in 2nd Philopians 7, it says that YOU MUST EXAMINE YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU ARE REALLY SAVED OR NOT!!!!
Well, are you living on that thin margin of income and donating (TAX BREAK!) the rest to the poor? Visiting the prisoners in the jails and prisons? OF COURSE YOU ARE!!! JESUS told us to do as much… so if you aren’t doing it, and doing it with a pure heart with no begrudgement, then YOU HAVE FAILED the test. Maybe you really aren’t a Christian after all. Maybe you are nothing but a self-deluded backslider, who talks a good game, but really only “sacrifices” for the neighbor when it is convenient and won’t put too much of a dent into the pile that you are amassing for yourself and your own family.
Are you a Biblicist? Do you like to throw Scripture verses around to fit into your neat and tidy view of the Christian life and your own sanctification project, and to lord it over others who are not quite as “good” as you are?