Positional Vs. Progressive Sanctification

I woke up with this thought: No other gods before Me. It took me back to Isaiah 45. Verses 5, 6, 14, 18, 21, and 22 say that same thing. Verse 21 says, “…And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me.”

At salvation we were positionally and forever set apart for the Lord. No one and nothing else. That is our standing. Nothing can alter that truth. Yet our daily walk with the Lord is a journey of being kept continuously set apart for Him. There are ebbs and flows on our part.

When we choose to sin, we depart from our close fellowship. When we confess our sin, we are reunited in fellowship. That is the ebb and the flow. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

Hiding God’s truth in our heart is an essential life skill for our progressive sanctification. It is the truth that we live in, and make our own, that brings inner transformation. Hebrews 13:21 says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will…”

We depart from His process of conforming our will to His will through our thoughts first. All actions are based on our thoughts. His design in verse 21 continued, “…working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Picture His working His word into our heart through the eyes and actions of a potter. They first take the hard packed clay. It has to be softened with water and kneaded until it can be formed into a malleable ball.

That is just the beginning. While the wheel is spinning the potter adds more water, until it freely slips around their hands. Then they must apply intense pressure to center the clay. Until it is centered nothing useful can be formed. 

Hebrews 12:7 Amplified says, “You must submit to and endure (corrections) for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not (thus) train and correct and discipline?” Verse 10 says of this process, “…He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.”

2 Peter 1:4 says, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” We embrace His centering processes by clinging to His promises, as we enter into His very nature through our thoughts. More on this tomorrow.


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