by John Barnett

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Imperatives of the Crucified Life (16 of 49)
Series: Discovering David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett

Christ's work on Calvary forever gave us the power and authority so we can stop anything that enslaves us and so that we can start anything He asks us to do!

First open your Bible to a Scripture that God is using to help you mortify your old life, something He is stripping away from your life or clothing you with!

Second, find someone that you can ask about one burden they bear, and in the spirit of Galatians 6:2, bear it with them.

Two Sides of the Coin of Salvation
May I again remind you of the two sides of the coin of salvation. We could use Paul's words from Romans--justification and sanctification. To best understand what Paul is asking us to do in Colossians let me contrast and explain justification and sanctification.

• At communion we remember our justification, what Christ did for me on the cross--sanctification is what Christ is doing in me because of the cross.
• At communion we remember our justification that was completely finished in me the instant I was saved--sanctification is an ongoing process never completed on earth until I meet Jesus face to face at death or His coming.
• At communion we remember our justification that was activated the moment I trusted in the Person of Christ Jesus and His finished sacrifice of the cross--sanctification grows with each obedient choice I make empowered by the Holy Spirit.
• At communion we remember our justification which is my position declared right in God's sight--sanctification is my practice made right by becoming more conformed to his image.

Just as there is nothing we can do before our salvation to make us accepted by God; and there is nothing we can do after our salvation that makes us acceptable to God.

As we were saved only by the accomplishment of Christ's sacrifice on the cross--so we live each day 'by faith' (the same faith by which we were saved). We are alway ...

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