He admits that there is sin and wrongdoings in each and every person’s lives and prays that the Lord will restore his heart to a holy and righteous state. This process of being continually renewed to a state of righteousness and pure heart is often referred to as sanctification. This was controversial at this time because of the new interpretation that Calvin had of scripture. Thus, sanctification was one of the things that Calvin and Roman Catholicism disagreed
When we put God at the centre of our lives, seeking forgiveness and justifying grace, the crucifixion of self takes place. Also, when we internalize the great principle of Love; Love for God and neighbour. Temptation is always knocking at us; it is when we yield to temptation it eventually becomes sin. To live the sinless life, we must live the life of the Cross. We can be church goers but not Christians (true followers of Christ).
This forces us to continually seek him with our own accord to strengthen our relationship with God, because our purpose for creation is to worship him, and sin is a reminder for which Graham articulated, “that we cannot live without a god, even if it is a god of our own making” (Graham, 2009, 29). After the fall comes redemption, redemption is the doctrine that shows how merciful God is towards his sinful creations. God, through his mercy, provides his son Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem and cleanse the sin of his worshipers. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ allows anyone that accepts Christ as the one true Lord and Savior may enter into the kingdom of God and live eternally without any pain or sorrow. Through these doctrines, Christian’s can stand firm in their beliefs and
They must not be ignored and prayer warriors must come under the covering of authority to be protected and battle effectively to help those oppressed and come to us for help. The ultimate winner of the prize: ‘The winner of the prize’ in 1 Cor.1: 24-27 is a powerful concept and tremendously relevant to the ultimate purpose of salvation and this is the birthing of a mature son. This is the fullness of the Spirit. God knows the hearts, therefore if we die while we are on the path to full salvation, we will go to be with the Lord, but Jesus is not coming back until… In Acts 3:21 Jesus is waiting until the times of the restoration of all things. This brings us to the heart of the culmination of salvation.
Psalm 89:26 says, “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation’” (NKJV). Many other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a good teacher, but they strip Him of His Deity. With the Word of God as our source, we can see that Jesus is just as much God as the Father and Spirit. In Phil. 2:5-11 Paul gives us a very clear picture of Jesus’ deity “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage…” (NLT).
However, he added a whole new dimension to his concept of justice because of his Christianity and devotion of God. St. Augustine firmly believed that only Christians, which worshipped God, can exercise true justice through the submission to
While this question seems to bear a simple answer – to follow Him, there is a more complicated answer which unfolds throughout the text. In the pre-text, beginning in verse 4, God provides a list which describes how the Israelites should follow him; this includes to follow, fear, obey, serve Him, as well as keep His commandments. Continuing in the pre-text, the Lord commands the Israelites to “put to death” (verse 5) any prophets or divine dreamers who encourage an Israelite to follow or serve another God. As explained by God, to love Him means to obey and follow Him, so if the Israelites love God they will follow this command. For the Israelites, this means to show their love for God, they must kill a prophet they commit this sin.
Sinful humankind is alienated from God. However, fellowship with God can now be realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:12) whereby God sent the spirit of His Son into the believers’ hearts, enabling them to call Him, Abba, Father (Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:5). New life in Christ. The salvation that comes from God is not simply patch-up work in human’s lives. Rather, believers in Jesus have their old self, the sin nature nailed to the Cross with Him (Romans 6:6).
Christ died on the cross, so that we may have eternal life (exchange theory). Adoption into God’s family is immediate; however we still have to go through a process of re-socialization (sanctification), as we grow in our relationship with Him, so many of our old social constructions may still be with us after salvation (symbolic interactionism). The conflict theory describes the experience of evil and disruption, but assumes that people can save themselves and overlooks sin. In terms of a functionalist perspective, “our goal as Christians is to help make social structures more functional through redeeming the people within them. The groups in society are more likely to be functional in reaching God’s intended goals if they are populated by Christians who are actively seeking God’s will, both personally and in terms of the structures within which they work” (Radcliff
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Many people have mistakenly thought that the goal of salvation is the forgiveness of sin to avoid hell. That’s not what John 3:16 is saying. Sure, not perishing in hell is an important part of what Jesus came to do. He accomplished that by paying the debt for all our sins, past, present, and even the ones we haven’t committed yet. If that’s all there is to salvation, that’s more than any of us deserve, and it would still be worth preaching.