Friday, July 11, 2008

Justification and Sanctification Analogy

People are born as little helpless infants at the mercy of their parents. In the same way we are born physically, we are reborn spiritually. John 3 says as much.
This is a great way to think of a Christian's progress.
Being born again is being justified and starting as a helpless baby. You did not earn birth, you did not respond to a calling, you certainly had no free will choice in the matter. Your mother decided it was time to get you out, so out of the water you came. Had you done anything other than scream when your parents fell in love with you? No again. And once you are born, welcome to the world because there is no going back to how things were before.
Learning and growing and maturing is being sanctified. Gradually we learn to walk, talk, read, run, dance, and do a million other things that we are capable of as adults. Yet, if a teenager throws a temper tantrum and acts like an infant is they are not in danger of being unborn or blinked out of existence are they? Obviously not. God is Good.


kristi said...

this is a good analogy. i'm still struggling with the full acceptance of it, but you are really good at explaining what you believe. :)

Lydia said...

You explained this well. Thank you :)