Daily email number 156 – from the Pastor

Good morning all,
As it  was such a beautiful day yesterday, we enjoyed a picnic out at Brixworth Park.  The joys of being retired!  But back to our letter for today.
The second part of salvation is SANCTIFICATION. Another long word to decifer.  Like justification, this is something God does for us.  Look at 1 Corinthians 1:30,  So justification is a legal statement of what happened when we believed in Jesus for salvation, a declaration that we are now righteous in God’s eyes.  Sanctification begins at the same time, as the beginning of a process that continues throughout our lives as we are set apart to become holy as God is holy.  As I said, this is something He works out in us, but it is with our willing cooperation.  Look at 2 Coronthians 7:11.  So this is the process whereby God restores us to His original purpose for our life, to glorify Him.  Sanctification is only finalised when Jesus returns or calls us to Himself at the end of our earthly life.  Then we shall be like Him, perfect and complete.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit in us, see 2 Thessalonians 2:13 .  He cleanses us from sin, and creates right attitudes and behaviour in us.  John spells it out quite simply for us in 1 John 2:3-6.
Remember, our position of righteousness can never be changed because Christ’s work on the cross cannot be undone and our salvation depends on that alone.  We are reconciled with the Father, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, forever.  We need to cling to these truths when sin threatens to entangle us, guilt accuses us or discouragement robs us of our joy in Christ.  Even when we feel defeated, remember God’s work in us, that He will complete.  Paul reminds us in Philippians 1:6.
Let’s reflect on these words today and allow His Holy Spirit to work this out in us, using the life of Jesus as our example, totally submitted to the will of His Father, and fulfilling His purpose.
Include in your prayers today:
Vinny
Roger, Sue and Daniel
Blessings,
Derek
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